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Canon Event-Crystal Ball Gala, Southaven MS

 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 4:14 am    Post subject: Canon Event-Crystal Ball Gala, Southaven MS
Event starting Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:00 pm for 6 hours
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Cross posted from the MSG boards. Please post if you want to attend.

Mark your calendar and plan to BE THERE! January 21,
2012 Crystal Ball Gala – DeSoto Arena – Southaven, MS
The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi puts on an annual
charity fundraiser called the Crystal Ball. Each year they select a different
theme and for 2012 they are using a Star Wars theme. This is a HUGE event
and they typically raise about $125,000 in one night with ticket sales, a
live auction and a silent auction (plus the cash bar sales). The average
attendance is 800 to 1,000 at $150 per ticket! These people are the movers
and shakers of Northwest Mississippi (bankers, lawyers, doctors) so it could
mean 501st exposure for other high visibility charity events.
They have a virtual “army” of volunteers that organize, decorate and run
the event. They spend a lot of time, energy and money to transform the
DeSoto Arena into whatever the theme for the year is. You can just imagine
laser lights, Star Wars music played by a live orchestra and back-drops from
the movies...add in live characters (from the 501st and RL) and you can see
how exciting and cool this event will be! They get lots of local newspaper
coverage and have taken out ads in local magazines to promote the event.
The event is held on a Saturday night from about 6:00pm to around
10:00pm so it would probably mean a stay over for anyone coming up from
Jackson or the other southern MS cities. They normally have orchestra
music playing during the silent auction then a meal, a live auction, a short
program and a live dance band to end the night's festivities. They would
probably want us there while people gather and during the opening music/
auction portion, then we could break while people eat, then they would
use us during the program on stage to add some flair and excitement. After
the program, things get a lot more "relaxed" and we could partake in the
festivities and dancing if desired.
There is a block of discounted rooms at a nearby hotel (rate is $70) so out
of town members can double up and only pay around $35 each to have a
close place to stay. There are also five comp’d rooms that are being held
for troopers that are travelling the farthest (since they will spend more in
gas!). I’ll be working with the garrison command staff to determine how
these rooms are divided up.
We are opening this up to any neighboring garrisons (Mid South Garrison,
STAR, Bast Alpha, Bama, etc.). They are going to want every Star
Wars character available so we should show up in force! This is a great
opportunity to get some publicity (at a VERY high exposure event) and the
photo ops will be incredible with everything they are doing to decorate.
(Plans currently call for a Death Star, X-Wing and 2 TIE fighters hanging
from the ceiling!) They will provide a meal to the volunteers and a secure
changing area (a special VIP room where you can take breaks and eat/cool
off/whatever). There is plenty of room for changing and storing gear on
site so that is not an issue.
They have received the official OK from Lucasfilm to use the Star Wars
theme so this is basically like a canon event.
Just an editorial - I contacted the local SCA chapter last year and asked
them if they would be interested in attending the event. They were less
than enthusiastic about it and now after posting the photos of the event on
their forum, I'm sure they are kicking themselves for not getting out and
dressing up. Camelot was THEIR gig and they totally missed it! I'd certainly
hate the 501st not to show up since Lucasfilm has given them the OK to use
Star Wars for the 2012 event.
To see photos of last year’s event: http://www.kevzone.com/cb/2011

We could really use help from the surrounding Garrisons to blow the top off.
Let me know if anyone is interested in attending. We really want to pull out all of the stops for this.
ts2657@gmail.com
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

continued.....

There will be food provided for each attending 501st or RL member. In addition, they will have a "goodie bag" for each volunteer. In previous years that has included a t-shirt, gift cards and commemorative tokens like event coins or whatnot. This year there will be a personalized laminated luggage tag for each 501st/RL member for your helmet bag or armor tote, We're also working on getting a signed and numbered copy of a Star Wars sketch card done by a local professional artist that works with Topps on the Star Wars card series.

(I'm also friends with the guy that is running the four cash bars that will be on site and will be able to get free drink tickets for those that want to indulge.)

A picture is worth 1000 words so I highly suggest you take a look at photos from last year's event:: http://www.kevzone.com/cb/2011

To keep up with the latest news on this event, see the post on the Rancor boards: http://www.rancorrai....php?f=22&t=550
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will be there!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This sounds like a really unique event. I wish I could go (working) but I'm glad the Corellians will be represented. Have fun!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The discounted hotel is:

http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/southaven/svncr/hoteldetail

Holiday Inn - Southaven
280 MARATHON WAY
Southaven, MS 38671
Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly 662-349-0444. Ask for the 2012 Crystal Ball Room Block. Reservations can be made at this rate up to 2 weeks prior to the event.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put me down at Tenative but I will try to be there.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will be wearing Episode II tatooine padme.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!!!! Bases and Garrisons from 5 states came together to make this a HUGE success!

Here's some pics:
http://s41.photobucket.com/albums/e297/AlabamaAmidala/2012%20Crystal%20Ball/
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! indeed. That's awesome.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job everyone
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