What a Shiny Time we had! The initial estimate is that we raised about $1,000 for Equality Now. Not bad, especially considering the competition we had for the audience: the Peace Walk, the Jazz Festival and the hottest day of the year so far! Even so, 137 Browncoats and their friends and family came together to see Serenity on the big screen one more time. We laughed, we cried - and that was just during the DVD of Joss's speech as an honoree at Equality Now's "Men on the Front Lines" in May!
As people came in to the theatre, the Done the Impossible preview DVD was playing. At 2:15, we introduced ourselves, announced the winners of the costume contest, then drew tickets for the 15 door prize packs, including the Ron Glass-autographed script. The prizes were distributed in the outside courtyard after the movie. We then watched the DVD of Joss's speech, I read the last couple of sentences of Joss's message from last year's prescreenings and we all settled back to watch the movie.
Money raised from 47 cities in five countries around the world so far: $61,189.78 (Est.), with 35 cities reporting. We truly have "done the impossible, so that makes us mighty".
If you would still like to donate to Equality Now, you can go here, and when the form asks how you heard about Equality Now, please type in the code "SNEN-YVRBC", which stands for "Serenity Now/Equality Now - Vancouver Browncoats" and the money will be credited to our total.
Thank you to the amazing organizing team and thank you to all who came out and contributed to such a wonderful event!
Thank you to all those who donated items for our prize packs:
The Bedlam Bards
The Comic Shop
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
Slacktwaddle (Women of Sci-Fi Calendar)
White Dwarf Books
and, of course, a very big thank you and Happy Birthday to the man himself, Joss Whedon.