Edmonton Expo & Serenity Screening at the Garneau

Looks like we may have lost a nothing part a while back and our website post authors were down for the count. We’re firm believers that late is better than never, so we’ll try to catch everyone up on what we’ve been doing lately.

AB Browncoats began as a small group of friends who registered a new not for profit organization in fall of 2009.  We’ve run a variety of charity events throughout the province since 2010 and have raised over $58,000 for mainly women’s and children’s charities in that time.

Sept 22-24 found us in the thick of things at Edmonton Expo running our annual charity booth. We had a great time chatting with everyone who stopped by and raised $1825 for our partner charities YESS and WEAC (e4c Alberta). Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS) and e4c Alberta’s Women’s Emergency Accommodation Centre (WEAC) offer safety, shelter, and support for individuals in need in Edmonton.

On Sept 28th, we joined with the Metro Cinema Society to present a screening of Serenity. Ticket proceeds supported the non-profit cinema while poster sales and a silent auction raised additional funds for YESS and WEAC. The screening event raised $934.50.

A great variety of auction items were donated by:
  • Qmx,
  • Sean Abbott,
  • Bev Williams,
  • Scott Irving,
  • Clinton Ouderkirk,
  • Alan Tudyk,
  • Drew Semper & Sheelagh Semper, and
  • Nathan Fillion.

We owe a great deal of thanks to the Metro Cinema Society and their staff and volunteers; Pete, Dan, Nic, Shania, Antoine, Connie, Hitomi, Miro, Brent, Owen it is always a pleasure to work with your team!

For those of you figuring the math at home – we’re certainly not dividing nuttin’ into nuttin’. Our donation total for our week’s activities is $2759.50, which will be split equally between YESS and WEAC.

Even more exciting?  With the donation totals from this past week, we’ve raised $62105.55 since we started on this journey 7 years ago!  I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty proud of all of us this evening!

Edmonton Expo – Prize Draws

Good morning everyone.  We hope you had a great Expo. If you purchased a raffle ticket this weekend, and didn’t make it back to our booth to check the numbers, no fear. We have all the details ready to go…

  • Friday – 1655355 CLAIMED
  • Saturday – 1655431 Redraw #: 1655426
  • Sunday – 1655526 CLAIMED
  • Grand Prize (Geekograph) – 1655444 Redraw #: 1655481 CLAIMED

As you can see, we’re still waiting to hear from our Saturday and Grand Prize winners.

We will keep posting the numbers on Facebook and Twitter for 1 week to give people a chance to claim the prizes. If we don’t hear from anyone by Monday, October 5, we will redraw. We kept all the tickets and hope you kept yours as well.

As shiny as winning a prize is, everyone who participated should give themselves a giant pat on the back. Between the Serenity screening, draw, and booth shopping, you’ve helped raise $1335.46 this weekend. We’ll be dividing the proceeds between YESS and WEAC.

Good Works: Edmonton Expo Results

Thanks to all the wonderful people who supported our charity booth this weekend we raised 2012$ (CAD) for our charity partners. We will be donating 1007$ to the Edmonton Women’s Emergency Accommodation Centre (WEAC), 503$ to Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS), 301$ to Kids Need to Read (KNTR), & 201$ to Equality Now.

Highlights of the weekend:

  1. Thanks to the shiny Edmonton Expo organizing team, we held our first charity Serenity screening at a convention. The screening raised 572.35$ and many a door prize was handed off to attendees. We’re hoping to repeat the success at the next Calgary Expo and make the Edmonton screening an annual tradition *quickly searches for wood to knock*
  2. Much plotting relating to the expansion of the AB Browncoats charity booth to the Lethbridge Expo (we’re shooting for 2015) happened. There were giggles. And far too many games of “Cunning Hat Punch-buggy” while the plot thickened.
  3. Custom Geekspot magnets, exclusive to the Alberta Browncoats, made their debut at our charity booth. They looked AMAZING; Kaylee eating a strawberry drool-worthy!
  4. Happy Harbor Comics swooped in to save the day when our Square reader refused to read anything…
  5. We’re trying not to name drop but… a ruggedly handsome elder brother of a certain Cap’t stopped by to say hello.
  6. Ahem, now we’re name dropping. Famed cos-player and convention guest, Jessica Nigri, stopped by our booth to pick out her own cunning hat. We think it looks great on her!

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Serenity Charity Screening

Don your best flowery bonnet, grab your rain stick & join the Alberta Browncoats for a charity screening of Serenity (Universal, 2005). This is an un-ticketed event; your Friday or Weekend pass Edmonton Expo ticket is all you need to come join in on the fun on Friday from 5:30 – 8:00 pm in room 104.

This is a charity screening; donations will be greatly appreciated. Donors will be eligible for door prizes. Remember last year when we gave away six Nathan Fillion autographed items as door prizes? Keep that in mind 😉

Important points to remember:

  1. This is an un-ticketed event. If you have a ticket to get into Edmonton Expo on Friday (or a weekend pass), you have a ticket to attend our charity screening of “Serenity”.
  2. Since this is a charity screening, donations will be gleefully accepted at the door. In exchange for your cashy-money, we’ll give you a ticket for the door prize draws. We’re still gathering prizes, but to date we’ve already set aside 3 items autographed by the Captain!
  3. Even if you can’t make it, please share this event on FB, invite your friends/family/frenemies, and shout about it from the rooftops. The wonderful crew at Edmonton Expo has gifted us with screening space that fits up to 300 people and we’d LOVE to see it filled!

But wait! There’s more!
The Edmonton Expo team tells us that the room they’ve assigned for the screening holds up to 300 people. I know there’s at least that many Browncoats in Edmonton. Hope to see a packed room and lots of costumes from any genre.

Don’t forget to visit our charity booth (#1000)
As in previous years, we will have a charity booth at the Edmonton Expo in 2014. Come purchase our shiny wares & support women’s and children’s charities.  We’ve got some great new items debuting in Edmonton this month.

Profits from the booth & Serenity (Universal, 2005) charity screening will be split between Equality Now, Kids Need to Read, Youth Empowerment and Support Services, and Women’s Emergency Accommodation Centre.

Results: Edmonton Expo 2013

For the second year in a row, we had a fabulous time hosting our charity booth in the hometown. Thanks to everyone who supported our charity booth by buying a toque, bag or raffle ticket we raised $2110 for charity! You make us all so mighty!

The donation breakdown from this weekend’s event is as follows:

Matt Stevens (Geekographs) donated a wonderful John Barrowman “Cap’t Jack” geekograph for our booth raffle which John generously signed for us. As is quickly becoming a tradition, Jason Palmer drew our raffle winner. And a ruffle on our raffle bin. The proud winner was Alan Rose.

Jason Palmer donated a wonderful Edmonton Expo piece to our annual charity auction. And we shouldn’t forget to mention that John Barrowman also signed another special item to add to the charity auction as well!  2014’s auction is starting to look like something special.

We owe a huge thank you to Clinton, Paul, Wendy, Bev, Andy, Natalie, Sheelagh & Drew for all the help with booth set-up, sales, and tear down.

We were so busy, we forgot to take lots of photos! If you did take any photos of our booth we’d love to see them. Please share them on our Facebook page.

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