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Post by Lord Bruticus on Fri Dec 27, 2013 12:30 pm

I will be meeting once again with the staff of Hillsides orphanage in Pasadena in March or April, to plan for this years annual STAR WARS Day event.  This is TDE's event when it comes to the fan groups; it's something WE started, and should be enthusiastically proud of.  

UPDATE:

THIS EVENT IS NOW SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 9TH, 2014

As a reminder, due to the sensitive nature of this event, we cannot post any photos of the kids there in the internet. Also, we cannot bring any of our own kids to the event. All persons trooping or attending the Hillsides orphanage troop must be at least 18 years of age.



Location:

Hillsides
940 Avenue 64
Pasadena, Ca. 91105

Website:  [Only admins are allowed to see this link]

Saturday, August 9th. Costumers are requested to show up starting from 9:45am to 10:00am.
The event itself starts at 11:15am and will last for approximately 90 minutes.

Weapon props (such as blasters and lightsabers are okay.

Things you need to know:

This event is an Official Event, as outlined in our Member Handbook, closed to the public.
The 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, and Saber Guild are invited to join us once again this year.  I will also try to get an R2 Builder to join us once again.

Hillsides was founded in 1913, and is tucked away in a very
quiet neighborhood in South Pasadena. There is an old and historic Mission church ("Church
of the Angels") on the property. The church is viewable from the street, but the actual
orphanage ("children's group home" in modern terminology) is not.

The orphanage is 90% funded by the state of California, however, they do rely also on
donations and volunteer work for much of the services they offer, which also includes
counseling services, and one-on-one education in a school they have on the property for
grades 2 through 12. For more information about the campus, the services they offer, and
how to donate and/or volunteer, their website is [Only admins are allowed to see this link]

Please do not contact the staff at Hillsides about this event.

I'm serving as liaison for all fan groups participating, but would be happy to help arrange
anything you might need if you would like to contact the staff their about their facility.
Just like last year, they (still) have exactly 66 kids in residence there; not all of them are the
same kids as last year. - We were meant to do this!!

The kids range in ages from 8 to 18 years of age. The average age is about 12.

These kids have been in approximately five facilities prior to coming to Hillsides; they have all
really been through the system. They therefore have an understandable need to smile, and
last year they did just that! They were very happy last year, and are all excited that we are
returning.

Due to security and safety reasons, we cannot post any photos we take with kids there
on the internet. No photos of any children there can appear on the web. For a good number
of them, it's imperative that their location remain "safely anonymous." Hillsides will have their
own photographer on hand for this event. We may take our own pictures, but it is very
important that we follow this rule for the safety of the kids in residence there.

The annual STAR WARS event at Hillsides was started by me in 2011, and both the kids and
staff there have really come to look forward to it; they all really love us. It is by far my most
favorite trooping event of them all.


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Re: Hillsides Orphanage - Saturday August 9th, 2014

Post by Darth Anino'j on Fri Dec 27, 2013 12:58 pm

Joe once you have all the information...please let me know so that way i get a count.starting in march/april of how many members will be there.
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Re: Hillsides Orphanage - Saturday August 9th, 2014

Post by Lord Bruticus on Fri Dec 27, 2013 1:01 pm

Will do, my Jen'ari.   
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Re: Hillsides Orphanage - Saturday August 9th, 2014

Post by Sith Princess Revan on Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:57 pm

More then likely I will be there again ^^
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Re: Hillsides Orphanage - Saturday August 9th, 2014

Post by Lord Asha on Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:21 am

Let me know what day this will fall on. If you guys get a Sunday I will be able to get a ride with a mando.
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Re: Hillsides Orphanage - Saturday August 9th, 2014

Post by Lord Bruticus on Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:53 am

Excellent. I traditionally meet with them in April to plan for the troop. The event usually takes place the first week in August on Saturday, but that is subject to change.

I'll have a solidified date some time in April, and will update the subject line and first entry of this thread as soon as we're ready to get the ball rolling.
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Re: Hillsides Orphanage - Saturday August 9th, 2014

Post by Lord Asha on Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:11 pm

Lost my ride. So..I'm up in the air...Sorry.
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Re: Hillsides Orphanage - Saturday August 9th, 2014

Post by Darth_Ziro on Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:49 am

Hopefully I can actually attend this year =D
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Re: Hillsides Orphanage - Saturday August 9th, 2014

Post by Lord Bruticus on Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:27 pm

I will be meeting with orphanage staff on April 9th to discuss planning for this year's event in August.

I'm hoping to get more interactivity with the clubs for the kids, including a possible "shoot-a-trooper" with the Legion, and I'll also be seeing about having the orphanage print up the Activity books in the "Apprentice Alcove" section of our website.  Members attending this should probably bring a pen or a pencil, as the kids will most likely be going up to TDE members (and other costumers) asking for autographs in the special section of the Apprentice Handbook, located here:

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I will update the first post of this thread when the meeting is over, with the exact date and time that this event will take place.
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Re: Hillsides Orphanage - Saturday August 9th, 2014

Post by Lord Bruticus on Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:28 am

The first post has been updated, as well as the subject line with the correct date.

The time for costumers to arrive will be at 10AM (do not arrive at the property before 9:45am); interaction with the kids will begin at approximately 11:15am.

Saber Guild will perform their lightsaber show at 11:45am, and then photo ops for kids with costumers will resume as soon as the Saber Guild show is over.

The kids will have activity sheets from our website (the "Apprentice Alcove") and other activity sheets, and they will be going around to different costumers from all the clubs attending to get autographs from costumed characters (use your TDE username). Be sure to bring a pen or pencil!

The entire troop will be over before 1pm.

I am about to send a formal email out to the other clubs; I will post the text of it here when it is completed.
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Re: Hillsides Orphanage - Saturday August 9th, 2014

Post by Lord Bruticus on Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:27 am

{See above post}

I have created a PDF file which I will email out to the PR Officers and local leaders of the other clubs mentioned within it.  Here is the simplified text of that document, which is three pages in length:

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Hillsides orphanage troop – August  09th 2014

Where:
Hillsides
940 Avenue 64
Pasadena, Ca. 91105

Email me (see below) if you would like a PDF file with freeway directions to the facility and a
campus map. We will be meeting at the the reception area (where the roundabout circle is on
the map); the area we will troop at is practically at that location, and they will have a changing area nearby for us. Males and females will have secure and separate changing areas. Since it is a Saturday, we can park anywhere on the property, as long as it is in a marked parking stall.


When:
Saturday, August 9th.  Costumers are requested to show up starting from 9:45am to 10:15am.  The event itself starts at 11am and will last for approximately 90 minutes to two hours.

Weapon props (such as blasters and lightsabers) are okay.  

The show will start with a “Meet and Greet,” where costumers will mingle with the kids, pose for photos, and sign autographs.   Saber Guild will perform their choreographed lightsaber show at approximately 1140am, and more photo taking may take place afterwards for a short while.  The kids will have a number of activity sheets with them, and they'll be going around to the different costumed characters asking for character autographs.  Bring a pen or pencil, if you can!

The kids will then eat lunch while we gear down; Hillsides may then treat us to lunch afterwards, as they've done for the past few years.


Contact:
Joe “Lord Bruticus” Mignano  TDE-021

You may reach me if you have any questions via PM on the TDE forums, or email at
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Things you need to know:

This trooping event is an “official” private event put on by The Dark Empire, and the following clubs are invited to join us: 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, Saber Guild, and Jedi Assembly, and R2 Builders.

If you have a face character, such as Vader or Sidious, that would like to troop this event, please contact me, as there may already be face characters of that type already planning to attend. That way, I can keep record regarding specific face characters in attendance.  

We will have a large need for Stormtroopers, Clone Troopers (the kids will be watching a couple of CLONE WARS episodes immediately prior to the event), Royal Guards,  Mandalorians, and other “bucketed” characters, as well as Jedi, Rebel Pilots,  custom Sith, etc.

Hillsides was founded in 1913,  and it is tucked away in a very quiet neighborhood in South Pasadena. There is an old and historic Mission church ("Church of the Angels") on the property. The church is viewable from the street, but the actual orphanage ("children's group home" in modern terminology) is not.  

The orphanage is 90% funded by the state of California, however, they do rely also on donations and volunteer work for much of the services they offer, which also includes counseling services, and one-on-one education in a school they have on the property for grades 2 through 12. For more information about the campus, the services they offer, and how to donate and/or volunteer, their website is [Only admins are allowed to see this link]

Please do not contact the staff at Hillsides about this event.  
I'm serving as liaison for all fan groups participating, but would be happy to help arrange anything you might need if you would like to contact the staff their about their facility.

The maximum occupancy of Hillsides orphanage is 66 kids, and it is always full.  - We were meant to do this!!

The kids range in ages from 8 to 18 years of age. The average age is about 12.

These kids have been in approximately five facilities prior to coming to Hillsides; they have all
really been through the system. They therefore have an understandable need to smile, and
last year they did just that! They were very happy last year, and are all excited that we are
returning.

Due to security and safety reasons, we cannot post any photos we take with kids there on the internet. No photos of any children there can appear on the web. For a good number of them, it's imperative that their location remain "safely anonymous."  Hillsides will have their own photographer on hand for this event.  We may take our own pictures, but it is very important that we follow this rule for the safety of the kids in residence there.


Important for this year:

The kids will have a number of STAR WARS activity sheets for the first time this year, some of which involves a little interaction with members trooping this event.   In addition to photo-ops, kids will be wanting autographs, and may even ask questions about STAR WARS itself.   It is okay to answer their questions, if you are able to.

Hillsides is immensely appreciative to the various STAR WARS clubs that will be attending this event, and the activity sheets that the kids will have will come from the “Apprentice Alcove” section of the TDE website, as well as a special activity book that Hillsides will create for their kids specifically for this event.

The staff at Hillsides that is creating the “special activity book” would like to recognize the different clubs on it, and they are therefore requesting permission to use the various club logos on the activity book they are making for their kids.  The logos will be used exclusively on materials related to this event only.  I will be in contact with the leadership of each club, just to ensure that proper permission is obtained.  This is a huge honor, because Hillsides itself is more than an orphanage; it offers a plethora of services in cooperation with the State of California.



The annual STAR WARS event at Hillsides was started by me in 2011, and both the kids and staff there have really come to look forward to it; they all really love us.  It is by far my most favorite trooping event of them all.  



See y'all there!

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Re: Hillsides Orphanage - Saturday August 9th, 2014

Post by Darth Anino'j on Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:01 pm

Thank you Joe for setting this up again! I will be there!!!
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Re: Hillsides Orphanage - Saturday August 9th, 2014

Post by Lord Bruticus on Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:47 pm

I just got an email from the orphanage. They love the HNAD audio CD's and they would love for them to be distributed this year. I've just informed them that I will have 100 of them on hand at the event.

Also, I'm doing something else this year, but can't say what it is yet.  Wink 
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Re: Hillsides Orphanage - Saturday August 9th, 2014

Post by Darth Anino'j on Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:41 pm

Ok gang this event is two months away. Since Joe has set up this event for us again this year ( which i'm highly thankful for) I would like to get a list of our members who are planning to attend. If the new project I'm working on for the club gets approved by the council, it would be great to have a list of our members present! If anyone would like to help provide water for the event, that would be helpful! I will have water with me ( like always) but if you want to bring some you are more than welcome!
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Post by Darth Mortis on Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:07 pm

Attending.Unless something pops up that prevents me from going. 
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Post by Lord Bruticus on Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:03 am

I just got an email from the 501st.  Both they and the Sunrider Base of the Rebel Legion have about 25 costumers lined up to troop the event this year!   Add the Mercs, TDE, Saber Guild, etc., and we're going to have a HUGE turnout!

Just a heads up...

I need to know if we have any "face" characters coming.  TDE doesn't have a Darth Nihilus in SoCal that I know of, so I am going to allow a Nihilus costumer in the 501st that wants to troop this.  

There is also a Princess Leia from the Rebel Legion coming.  

That's it for now.  Post here or PM me if we have any other canon "face" characters planning to troop this.
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Post by Darth Anino'j on Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:23 pm

I believe we will have a quinnlin voss and aayla secura from saber guild coming, as well as a vader and maybe a maul! I will get an answer from them next tuesday! The event is on the saber guild calendar and I invited everyone who was the meeting last night.
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Post by Darth Rokahn on Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:41 am

This is still far enough out that I may try to come out to it if there are still openings?
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Post by Lord Bruticus on Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:57 am

sycophantnagaraja wrote:This is still far enough out that I may try to come out to it if there are still openings?

Absolutely! Email me at [Only admins are allowed to see this link] and I'll send you a couple of PDF files you will need, one with directions and a map to the facility, the other with event info and some guidelines for the event.

I'd love to meet you in person!
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Post by Lord Bruticus on Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:50 am

I managed to trade shifts at work with someone, so I should have this entire day off. I normally work swing shift, and would have had to go to work immediately after this event was over, but that doesn't look to be the case now, thankfully.

As such, I'd really like for our members to get together (maybe with members of the other clubs, too) for a lunch / dinner that evening, although Hillsides staff usually does feed us a little.

I live in the Huntington Beach area, one mile from a Cheesecake Factory with valet parking (but of course, LOL). That, of course, is my first choice, but understandably out of the way for many people. I don't know South Pasadena all that well, though.

Does anyone have any suggestions? If not, then I'm going with Plan "A!"   
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Post by Lord Bruticus on Sat Aug 02, 2014 10:01 pm

Just a heads up - this event is a week from today. See you all soon!

We are expecting over 50 costumers this year from the Legions, Mercs, TDE, TJA, and also an astromech from the R2 Builders again this year. We're doing something a little different this year that we haven't done in past years, can't say what since it's a bit of a surprise - not just for the kids and staff, but for the costumers as well. This will be one orphanage visit long remembered!   
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Post by Lord Bruticus on Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:44 pm

Just two more days! A couple of posts up, I was wondering if anyone would like to meet up for lunch afterwards. I don't know the Pasadena area all that well, so I'm hoping for suggestions. Otherwise, I'll default to Cheesecake Factory in my area.

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Post by Lord Bruticus on Sun Aug 10, 2014 4:36 am

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MISSION REPORT:

On Saturday, August 9th, 2014, 50+ costumers and folks from The Dark Empire, 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, Saber Guild, Jedi Assembly, Rogue Rebels, and R2 Builders descended upon Hillsides orphanage in Pasadena, California, and made a house full of orphaned kids have a day filled with galactic fun. Every kid, Hillsides staff person, costumer, and wrangler received a patch commissioned especially for this year's event. Rogue Rebels (the amazing Liz and Sal Perales) gave each child a STAR WARS toy, and a member of the Mandalorian Mercs (his name escapes me, please forgive my momentary relapse of Sith-timer's) gave out a bunch of lightsaber crystals that he no doubt collected from a number of misfortunate Jedi (which is why the Sith are the Mando's best customers). 100 HNAD audio CD's were also distributed. It will be a day long remembered, for sure.

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