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12.17.11: 7th Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing

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12.17.11: 7th Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Post by Volund Starfire on Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:08 pm

Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Legion and Kashyyyk Base of the Rebel Legion would like to invite you to one of our biggest events of the year. Salvation Army Bell Ringing in Portland, Oregon.

What: 7th Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Where: Downtown at Macy's at 621 SW 5th Ave. We'll have the same 2 doors we've had most years, so we'll be between 5th & 6th Ave on Morrison.
When: Saturday, December 17th from 11:00am* to 1:00pm**
Details: See below...
(*Event starts at 11:00, but meet up prior to that around 10:15am in the parking area to gear up. We pick up the collection kettles around 10:45am.)
(**If the weather is good, we can go longer--until 2:00pm.)

Parking:
The parking garage is at the ODS Tower on 3rd. It is between Alder and Morrison, so as you're driving south on 3rd (the only way you can go), the garage will be on your left almost directly after you pass the Alder intersection. It's a steep ramp up just past the corner. Once you're in, wind yourself up to the 5th floor, and park as close as you can to the Street Elevators (not the Office Elevators). There is a sign denoting both. This is a quiet, warm sort of garage usually, so it's good for costume changing. Plus there are no windows or outsiders floating around in there. I believe it's $4 to park on the weekends. From there, we just walk up Morrison to pick up the donation kettles and head to our posts.

SW Alder St & SW 3rd Ave Portland, OR 97204

Details:
Salvation Army supplies the kettles, bells, and ID badges. We will have 2 sites again this year, one at each entrance to Macy's, so once we get suited up I'll be looking for a volunteer to be responsible for the other kettle. The two doors are located about a 1/2 block apart, and within sight of one another, so most people can roam back and forth very easily.

Since this is a high-visibility event, let's stick with "formal" costuming standards as a guideline and official members only please. Kids are very welcome to brave the cold and ring as well, but just apply the same costuming standards. Jawas, Ewoks, Padawans, Anakin Podracers are ok, but mini-Vaders and mini-troopers aren't. Jawas and Ewoks are really big hits at this event! If you have any questions, just let me know.

The Salvation Army is very excited about having us back to help with bell ringing again this holiday season. We generate significant revenue for this cause each year. From $870 in 2005 to $1,224 in 2007, down to a tough economic dip at $728 in 2008, and down a little lower to $406.96 last year, so hopefully we can raise the bar back up again. Still, that's pretty amazing if you think about the fact that we're only out there 2 hours or so. And if we have a Vader and a Chewie, that really helps get the money flowing! (hint... hint...)

So be sure to come out and enjoy this fun trooping event!! For those of you who have never done this, it's a very fun event with a lot of buzz and a tremendous crowd draw. Lots of pictures and smiling faces

BTW - The Salvation Army really enjoys our support and we are by far their biggest bell ringing presence. They get a lot more than just the money from our volunteer work too. There is a lot of exposure, positive feedback, and joy. They go out of their way to get us this spot and it's pretty clear that we're very special in their book and they truly appreciate our support.

Roster:
Jason (501) - The Sith Ghost of Christmas Future (Darth Nihilus)
Katie (RL/501) - Senatorial Leia or Visas Marr
Rick (RL) - Chewie Claus
Ralph (501) - Santa Scout + X-mas Jawa's
Steve (501) - The Boba that Stole Christmas
Christy (501/RL) - ???


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Re: 12.17.11: 7th Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Post by Lord Draconis on Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:34 am

Sounds awesome, if I was closer I would help. I am a firm believer in the Salvation Army.
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Re: 12.17.11: 7th Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Post by Lord Bruticus on Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:01 am

Thanks for posting that, Volund!

We only have one Official Member in Oregon, TDE-091 Aysel (Visas Marr costumer). However, we have several in Washington State and a few in Redding, northern Cali. Perhaps one or two of them might be willing to lend a hand?
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Re: 12.17.11: 7th Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Post by Volund Starfire on Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:25 am

Aysel is my wife, Katie.
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Re: 12.17.11: 7th Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Post by Lord Bruticus on Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:34 am

Oh. right, LOL. Sorry - Cool

Since you're an SL, then, we should see about getting you numbered here! What a Face
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Post by Aysel on Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:58 pm

If some guys want to come down here (or up) that would be great. ^_^
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Re: 12.17.11: 7th Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Post by Darth Nocturnus on Sat Nov 19, 2011 12:37 am

Man I would love to do something like this! You guys have a good campaign!
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Re: 12.17.11: 7th Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Post by Aysel on Sat Nov 19, 2011 12:38 am

do one in your local area, call up the local SalArmy and see if they are willing to have you volunteer
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Re: 12.17.11: 7th Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Post by Darth Nocturnus on Sat Nov 19, 2011 12:55 am

I indeed shall. Zannah you hear that! We shall converse on this matter on Saturday at your temple. 'Tis the Season
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Re: 12.17.11: 7th Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Post by Guest on Sat Nov 19, 2011 1:41 pm

This sounds like an incredible thing to be involved in! cheers I seen on the local news just last night, that the local S.A. are needing more bell ringing volunteers.

We Can Do This!! cheers

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Re: 12.17.11: 7th Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Post by KnightStalker on Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:24 pm

As I will be EXTREMELY busy for next couple of days, and I'm sure you guys will be, I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Sithmas from us at Yavin 4! santa rendeer We've enjoyed trooping with you guys at ConNooga and CVI and look forward to seeing you next year! Happy Holidays.
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Re: 12.17.11: 7th Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Post by Tan'mar' War-on Dioro on Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:09 am

Actually this year, 2012, our bell ringing was on the 15th of this month. Here (<-Link) is the picture I used for my TOD, Tour of Duty, reports.
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Re: 12.17.11: 7th Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Post by Lord Bruticus on Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:54 am

Excellent pics! I love seeing the various clubs work together. We're looking at expanding TDE immensely up there, thataway, this coming year. We might even have a Spire up there before long! Looks like y'all had a great time.
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Post by Tan'mar' War-on Dioro on Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:53 pm

I will talk to the trooper, who is in charge this event, to see if next year he would be willing, to include, TDE.
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Re: 12.17.11: 7th Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Post by Aysel on Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:03 am

well, year before this, Volund was contact on it, and this year was the spotter rangler/Imperial Officer, so it could be whoever next year ^_^ and I'm sure whoever is the contact will be okay with it and if not I can use my sithy powers of persuasion on them ^_^
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Post by Guest on Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:09 am

Way to think ahead on this Tan'mar nothing like getting in at the earliest time available, that way the TDE can put it out there for future plans.

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Re: 12.17.11: 7th Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Post by Aysel on Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:17 am

this one is an annual event for the groups up here, we always do the Macy's doors on the 3rd weekend of Dec, we just have to include all the groups next year ^_^
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Post by Guest on Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:13 pm

Great cheers do you guys always post pics afterwards? if so, were??

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Post by Tan'mar' War-on Dioro on Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:25 pm

Lord Bane wrote:Great cheers do you guys always post pics afterwards? if so, were??
Yes, sir we do. santa rendeer Most of the time we post in our gallery.
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