Sep 18, 2016

Our 2016 "Can't Stop The Serenity" event raised $4688! $3516 for Equality Now and $1172 went to Kids Need To Read. Thanks to all the sponsors, crew and attendees that helped make this another success. Keep Flyin' folks.

Aug 19, 2016

Rallying the Browncoats in Raleigh

Founded by Jen Hilton in 2006, The Raleigh NC Browncoats have sold out their 200 capacity theatre in advance for 5 years running. They will be hoping to do the same again for this year’s event which will be on Sunday 24th July at Raleighwood Cinema Grill – doors open at 6pm and the movie starts at 8pm.
5 years ago Jim Shires took over as local coordinator along with his small but mighty crew of helpers and sponsors.
Jim explains “At the very first Raleigh CSTS in 2006 I met then local coordinator and founder Jen Hilton. We had e-mailed each other about the possibility of an after party after the event. The CSTS itself was a great success but only myself, Jen and one other attendee showed up at the after party.
During that time though I really had a chance to connect with Jen and feel like I was a part of the local movement and group. Browncoats are at the very core good people. This is why when Jen decided after a few more years she needed a co- captain I was happy to help and when she ultimately was ready to step away I felt compelled to do what I could to keep the ship flying. I love our local Raleigh / NC Browncoats and am proud to be a part of the crew.”
When asked about why he became involved in the Serenity fan community, Jim responded “In 2008 (having been a Browncoat for 3 years) I came to find out about a Convention being held in Burbank California to celebrate Firefly & Serenity. I had never in my life been to a Con of any kind. Several of the cast were guests, Jewel, Sean, Summer, Adam & Ron. I tried to get a few folks from around here to go but for various reasons no one could take the trip. I decided that this kid (me) was gonna hop on a plane and go to California. My reasoning? Well they were all Browncoats, this was a Con for Firefly fans. I figured this was a trip I had to take.
I am so glad I did. The Con was great. I got to meet the cast and interact with them. Much more importantly though I met people in the community and fandom. 4 of them are some of my dearest friends to this day. Folks from all over the world. That is when I realized that from that day forward I was and will always be in a great community of the very best fans around. It has been and will remain an extremely positive aspect of my life.
Jim and his team will be donating 75% of profits from their event to Equality Now & 25% toKids Need To Read.
For more information on the screening, raffle and costume competition being held that night, check out their Facebook event
They have also sent this sponsor video which gives some information on the crew (thanked at the end).
Sponsors video

Aug 31, 2015

Our 2015 CSTS Raleigh Ten Year Anniversary Screenings raised a total a $6501! That is $4875 for Equality Now and $1625 for Kids Need to Read. See everyone in December for our Browncoat Christmas.

Jul 29, 2015

CSTS Raleigh Ten Year Celebration - Part 2 - Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog Screening

Raleigh Browncoats will be screening Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog as a follow up to our recent Serenity Screening! In most circles this would be considered an "affiliate" event but we feel like a "Companion" event suits us best. 

This event will be just $5 cashy money at the box office night of show. There are no advance ticket sales. We will have a mini raffle of a couple items and also a chance to pick up some of the left over merchandise from our recent shindig. All proceeds will go towards our final donation toEquality Now and Kids Need To Read. We have already proved we can be mighty. Lets see if we can carry this just a little bit further! 

Doors at 7:00, Dr. Horrible will start at 7:30 or so. 

**"Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" screened by permission from Time Science Blood Club, LLC.
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