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Buffalo Bisons 5th Annual Star Wars Night 6/9/2012

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:24 am    Post subject: Buffalo Bisons 5th Annual Star Wars Night 6/9/2012 Reply with quote

This was the 5th year for Star Wars night, an event that just gets better and better as we continue to do it. This is because of all of the talented and dedicated people who make the event possible. This event proves you can have people from all of the different groups work together and have fun! We had people from FanForce, The R2 Builders, The Rebel Legion, The 501st, The Jedi Assembly, and The Mandolorian Merchs and everyone had fun!






















Here are the links to the videos that played on the Jumbotron during the game leading up to the live show The videos were written, directed and produced by our own Bryan P. Stoyle who also wrote the show script:
Welcome Video
Video One
Video Two
Video Three
Video Four
Video Five
Video Six

MISSION REPORT

TYPE OF FUNCTION:
Star Wars Night for the Buffalo Bisons Minor League Baseball team


WHAT WAS OUR ROLE AT THE FUNCTION:
Joining the North Ridge FanForce to entertain the attendees, posing for photos and signing autographs, providing between-inning entertainment, and performing in the North Ridge’s post-game lightsaber dueling show “Storm Of Sith” All proceeds for the evening raised money for the American Heart Association.


DATE/LOCATION:
Saturday, June 9th, 2012
Coca-Cola Field
One James D. Griffin Plaza
Buffalo, NY 14203


MEMBERS WHO ATTENDED:
1. BigDanLevitan -- X-Wing Pilot (Hawkbat Squadron), Snowtrooper, General Grievous, Tarfull
2. Jedi XXL – Jek Porkins (Hawkbat Squadron), Jedi
3. StoyBoy720 -- Luke (ROTJ)
4. Pol Delorac -- Obi-Wan Kenobi
5. Jordan Nile -- Smuggler, Jedi, Emperor
6. Jeffrey Buholtz – Han Solo/Imperial Officer
7. Wally Peters – Captain Rex
8. Peter Mahalenko – “501st”Clone Trooper
9. RogueSolo -- Han Solo (ANH), Sith
10. JediKnightLisa -- Anakin Skywalker (ROTS)
11. Karate-Jedi -- X-Wing Pilot (Hawkbat Squadron), TIE Pilot
12. Scott Babcock -– Chewbacca (Freedom Base)
13. Padme of Hidden Lake – Padme/Jedi
14. Matt Dundon –- Biker Scout
15. Heidi Dundon –- Aurra Sing/Sith
16. Dan from Carida – Tie Pilot

Numerous Costumers from the North Ridge Buffalo NY FanForce

Various members of the 501st’s Garrison Excelsior, and Garrison Carida


THE GOOD:
Everything! In spite of back-and-forth weather reports of rain (and a light sprinkle early in the morning), everything went off wonderfully.

Costumers arrived to the field early in the morning. After dropping off costumes and gear into the changing area, the Bisons staff gave a tour of the ballpark with places for costumers to duck out of the way if needed. We then hit the field and implemented the out-of-town costumers into the dueling show that the North Ridge has been rehearsing since February. After that final rehearsal, we broke for lunch, and returned to the ballpark later in the afternoon to get ready for the event.

We did the group photo in just under 10 minutes, The gates opened an hour before the game started, and the costumers were there to meet the fans (over 13,500 in attendance) and pose for photos. There was even a special photo op area for the R2-D2 droid we had in attendance, as well as the homemade prop of Chip, one of the Bisons mascots, frozen in Carbonite from last years show.

Darth Vader threw out the first pitch and sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th Inning Stretch. Costumers were brought onto the field between innings for various functions (t-shirt tosses, interactions with the mascots). After the 5th inning, the first of 6 video segments leading up to the “Storm Of Sith” show started to play. The videos continued between and after innings until the end of the game. Following the game, the performance began, and was very well received by the fans.

Having participated in this event since it began in 2008, it is truly wonderful to see this annual event get bigger and better every single year. The Bisons love having Star Wars Night, as it has become the team’s second largest selling ballgame of the season (and, by all reports, may soon be rivaling the top-selling event). And to top it all off, we all had fun.

I want to thank everyone who gave us their time and commitment to this event. There was more than the normal trooping around to do at this event, and it brought many a smile to the faces of fans young and old. And I can’t tell you how incredible it is to stand on that field and look up to a ballpark full of lit Lightsabers.

THE BAD:
Morning rehearsal on the field was cancelled due to rain, but other than that there were no major problems with the event.


THE NAUGHTY:
The legendary post-event after party at the Adam’s Mark Hotel.

I can't wait for June 2013 to come so we can do it all again!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Way to go Echo!!!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome work guys
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to continue posting pictures as I get them...

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EXCELLENT JOB!!!! loved watching the videos.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually the 13,000 was last year's tally.

This year's tally was 15, 513.

Also, the full album for the event is on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150953567819303.438224.134403784302&type=1
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great job!!! Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a link to an article on TheForce.net
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Totals came in for the Bison's event...

Thanks to all who participated!
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I'm sorry, I thought the check was legible in the picture.

The total was $5759.00

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work guys! and very good photos. Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great job guys ... congrats Cool
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