Jackson Becomes a Jedi
Jan12

Jackson Becomes a Jedi

This was a joint event between Ghost Base and Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion to make a little boy’s wish come true. Jack has terminal brain cancer and he wanted nothing more than to become a Jedi. His wish was going to be granted at Disney World, but in the fall, his cancer worsened quickly, so Make-a-Wish sent Jack and his family to Disney World, but when they got there, the Jedi Academy was closed. Our Clubhouse, a cancer support center for children and their families, offered their space for us to help make Jack’s wish come true. Ghost Base had less than two weeks to organize something, and everyone involved responded in an amazing fashion. Three Ghost Base members – Erin Blank, Amy Hill, and Josh Murphy – all helped to make a Jedi costume for Jack worthy of the Rebel Legion, which included robes, a tunic, spats to serve as boots, and his very own lightsaber. Radu Plucinsky of the 501st Legion also made a youngling training helmet (like the ones seen in Episode II) for Jack. Amy and Erin also worked with a western PA seamstress to quickly create fifteen robes for the other younglings (Jack’s friends and family) that accompanied Jack at the event. Bobby and Jessica Linn of the 501st Legion prepared for all of the younglings, which included Matchbox cars, posters, action figures, and so much more! They also provided Jackson with a posted signed by Stephen Stanton who voiced Grand Moff Tarkin in The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. Ryan Miorelli of Sunrider Base also graciously volunteered to walk through the Jedi Academy script provided by Lucas Film, and he handled everything with wisdom and patience worthy of a true Jedi Master. Ryan taught the children how to calm their minds, to think positive, and to use the Force to repel enemies, which everyone -Jackson especially – got to put to the test with the arrival of Darth Vader, his guards, and his officers. Jackson himself stood up and chased Vader out of the room with the power of the Force! Without everyone’s efforts from both the Rebel Legion and the 501st, none of this would have been possible, andJackson’s dream would never have come true. Truly, this was an event that reminded us all why it is that we do what we do.     Report Content Issue: * Blank Page Invalid Contents Broken Links Other Your Name: * Details: * Submit...

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Puerto Rico Base At The Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra

Collaborators: Maria Judith Gandia, Rafael Montañez and Nancy Nevarez. More details about this mission can be found here On October 30 and 31, and November 21st, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra hosted the event “A Celebration to Star Wars” at the Luis A. Ferre Performing Arts Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  What originally started as two concerts turned into six sold-out concerts in which people of all ages congregated with the common interest on the very popular sci-fi franchise. Rebel Legion members from the Puerto Rico Base (and a special guest from Cruz del Sur Base) participated in the majority of the concerts, alongside members of the 501st Legion Puerto Rico Garrison and the Puerto Rico Clan of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club.  The result was a complete interactive experience between the attendees, the orchestra musicians and the members of the Star Wars costuming clubs. “The Puerto Rico Garrison Commander, Jose Nieves, works with the Orchestra.  He and the staff of the Performing Arts Center Luis A. Ferre invited us to be part of the concert”, said Maria Judith Gandia (mjudith), Base Commanding Officer of the Puerto Rico Base.  “In the first five concerts, Nancy Nevarez (Anikah) represented the Rebel Legion on stage during one of the performances.”     The concert featured the Lyrical Chorale of Puerto Rico, directed by the soprano Joanne Herrero.  Under the direction of master Rafael Irizarry, the Symphony performed the musical score for both trilogies, which was composed by John Williams.  Rebel Legion member Julia Pizarro performed with the chorale during the performance of “Duel Of The Fates” from “The Phantom Menace” musical score. One of our members, Nancy Nevarez, was prominently featured as “Princess Leia”, alongside with a remote-controlled R2-D2 on the stage, recreating the iconic scene in which the popular character is introduced to the audience in “A New Hope”. “From the beginning of the dress rehearsal, the emotion was more than I could handle.  Listening to the Symphony Orchestra for the first time gave me an incredible peace of mind that I needed lately”, recalls Legion member Nancy Nevarez (Anikah).  “When I heard the first chords of “Princess Leia Theme”, I was trembling as I walked to the stage.  I wanted to cry, but I kept control of my emotions.  The elegance and wisdom of the master had no equal.  Meeting with members from our sister organizations fulfilled me because of the professionalism and camaraderie among them.  I am infinitely grateful for this beautiful experience and I hope for more opportunities like this one.” The Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 57th anniversary of foundation.  You can find more details in www.sinfonicapr.pr.gov...

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Colombia Outpost – HP SW Special Edition Notebook

Members of the Columbian Outpost, Autana Outpost, and 501st Columbia Outpost came out to the HP SW Special Edition Notebook on November 2, 2015 in Bogota Columbia. Those in attendance included: Macu Winsan (Jedi Knight), Josan Samlun (Jedi Knight), Renwin de Argol (Jedi Knight), and Lucy Hikaru (Mara Jade Skywalker). Report Content Issue: * Blank Page Invalid Contents Broken Links Other Your Name: * Details: * Submit...

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