|Memorial Day Weekend|
|By Sakic Jade on May 22, 2015 at 12:05 PM.|
Happy Memorial Day weekend. Kick off this holiday weekend with America's pastime, a baseball game! Friday, we will be out at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark to celebrate Star Wars Night with the Kane County Cougars. The gates open at 5:30, and the first pitch is at 6:30.
Down in central Illinois on Saturday, we will be supporting our furry friends. Family Furenzy is at the Pekin First Church of the Nazarene in Pekin, IL. The event begins at 1:00, and raises money for TLC Foster Pet Rescue.
Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!
|Trooper Spotlight: SL-2875 Aaron Brigman|
|By Sakic Jade on May 19, 2015 at 9:29 AM.|
This month's Trooper Spotlight features Aaron "ChicagoVader1975" Brigman.
How long have you been a part of the garrison, and what is it that sparked your interest in joining?
I officially joined in 2000. I was asked to join the Garrison by Mike Washko, who was the Garrison Commander at the time. He saw my screen name on the Replica Prop Forum, which is ChicagoVader, and contacted me since there wasn't a Vader in the Garrison yet. He explained the group and it sounded like a lot of fun and another way to meet fellow Star Wars and Costuming fans.
Of all of the troops that you have done, which one stands out in your mind as meaning the most to you and why?
That's a tough one, but I would have to say the Bug's Pals Troops at Advocates Hope Children's hospital. To be able to put a smile of the faces of kids and their families that are going through such a difficult time, it doesn't get any better than that!
How has being a part of the MWG impacted your life?
It's been a positive force for sure. I have meet a ton of wonderful people that I'm proud to call friends and team mates.
Outside of trooping and 501st related stuff, what do you do for a living, and what are some of your other interests or hobbies?
I'm in the Security industry. Some of my other hobbies are building models, sculpting and painting. I have been a comic book collector for over 30 years.
What support do you get from friends and family regarding the 501st and all the great things that you have done for the garrison?
My Wife always try to tag along when she can to help me get dressed and take pics and such, I have her wanting to join actually. My friends are all fellow geeks so they think it's great and I have a friend and coworker that will be joining our ranks hopefully once he has his Anovos Stormtrooper armor kit.
And lastly, is there anything, Star Wars related or not, that people might not know about you that they might be surprised to find out?
Hmmmm, I am a huge Prince fan and have been since 1982! Showing my age I guess. LOL.
|Come Out And Play This Saturday|
|By Sakic Jade on May 14, 2015 at 1:17 PM.|
This Saturday, May 16th, you shouldn't be stuck at home with nothing to do. There are plenty of opportunities to not only see our troopers, but to be a part of doing some good.
In Schaumburg we will have troopers at Busse Woods for the Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis Walk. Great Strides provides a great opportunity for people within the community to get involved in a great cause. Participants can form walk teams at their workplace, through their clubs and organizations, or with friends and family. Walk day is a fun, family-oriented event with a healthy 5k walk, children's activities, food, and festivities that participants look forward to year after year. The walk begins at 12:00 PM, with activities before, during, and after. To find out how you can help, click here.
In Chicago we will be at Soldier Field for Walk Now For Autism Speaks. Walk Now for Autism Speaks is an inspirational and impactful opportunity to raise money and awareness to help change the future for all those who struggle with autism. Participating in Walk Now for Autism Speaks empowers you to make a difference and provides you with an opportunity to honor someone with autism. Opening Ceremonies begin at 9:30 AM. For more information, click here.
In Bartlett we will have troopers for Kid's Fest at Banbury Fair. They'll have inflatable jump houses, costumed characters for the kids to take pics with, face painting, a giant chess board, games, food, and more! 10% of event proceeds will go toward the Pauly D Foundation, a local foundation created in the name of a 7 year old boy, Pauly Delle Grazie, who drowned in a pool in July of 2014. The Pauly D Foundation exists to educate children and families about the importance of water safety and drowning prevention. For a full schedule of events, click here.
A little further south in Edwardsville troopers will be out supporting Make-A-Wish at Ralph Korte Stadium at Southern Illinois University. Walk & Run for Wishes is a costumed family fun run and walk to benefit Make-A-Wish® Illinois. Enjoy a leisurely family walk or a 5K run on the beautiful campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. COSTUMES ENCOURAGED! Participants are invited to celebrate the spirit of a wish by dressing up as their favorite hero or character. If you ever dreamed of being a wizard, leaping buildings in a single bound, or wearing glass slippers and dancing the night away at a ball, this is the day to live out your dreams. We'll be there bright and early at 8:00 AM. To find out more about this event, click here.
Finally, in Joliet we will have troops at the Joliet Area Historical Museum for a Star Wars Scavenger Hunt. From 10am to 5pm as children and families are invited to find 20 of the original STAR WARS action figures, plus a special bonus figure hidden throughout the Museum's galleries! All participants get a STAR WARS Game Card and children will receive prizes for completing the game. FREE ADMISSION to the museum all day. For details, click here.
As you can see, we will be busy on Saturday. Hopefully, you can make it out to support one of these great causes and hang out with us.
|Our Fur Covered Friends|
|By Sakic Jade on May 8, 2015 at 11:31 AM.|
This Saturday, May 9th, we will be shifting our focus to another kind of charity at the 2015 Annual Rover Rescue Dog Show.
This dog show is held each year to promote awareness of dogs in need of homes, to raise money to feed and foster the dogs, as well as to provide appropriate vet care. Rover Rescue of Illinois is an Illinois-based, all-volunteer, group dedicated to giving homeless dogs a happy future.
The event will be from 10 am - 2 pm at the Athletic Center next to the Aurora Turner's Club. It is free to enter and you are welcome to bring your dog(s). There will be different vendors, prizes raffled off and a silent auction. Also featured will be a dog talent show including categories such as friendliest dog, fastest eater and much more. Rover Rescue foster dogs will also be available for adoption at the event.
Matthew Crowley Photography, TI 21915 of the Midwest Garrison, will be taking professional pet portraits against a studio backdrop. Troopers will pose for photos with you and/or your pets against a professional studio backdrop.
To find out more about this great event, click here.
Join us Saturday at the Aurora Turners Club. 1335 Michell Rd., Aurora IL.
|MWG Trooper of the Month February 2015|
|By Sakic Jade on May 5, 2015 at 6:46 AM.|
Congratulations to Ted Ruler for being voted Trooper of the Month for February 2015.
Ted was a mad trooper this month. He trooped in 5 events, coordinating 2 of them. But most importantly, Ted was responsible for coordinating an awesome surprise for a new member, and very long time friend of the garrison, Matthew Crowley. Ted gathered volunteers to help get Matthew a costume as a thank you for the thousands of pictures hes taken of us, for free, over the years. The surprise was given to him at the Adler After Dark troop, and Matthew was blown away by the gesture.
Keep up the good work, Ted.
|An Eventful Star Wars Weekend|
|By Sakic Jade on May 1, 2015 at 6:15 AM.|
That time of year is upon us once again. Free Comic Book Day and Star Wars Day, May The Fourth are this weekend. As in years past, The Midwest Garrison will be out all over the state in honor of these big days.
Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 2. For more information on Free Comic Book Day, click here. Here is where we will be on Saturday.
Oak Lawn Public Library. Oak Lawn, IL 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Twilight Comics. Shiloh, IL 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Wheaton Public Library. Wheaton, IL 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
G-Mart. Champaign, IL 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Vintage Villains. Danville, IL 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
McDonough County YMCA. Macomb, IL 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Messenger Public Library. North Aurora, IL 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Algonquin Public Library. Algonquin, IL 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
While Sunday, May 3 is just the i between day, we do have a few Star Wars Day events to wet your appetite.
Children's Miracle Network May The Fourth Be With You Fundraiser. Walmart. Orlando Hills, IL 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Star Wars Rebels Day. West Dundee Library, Randall Oaks Branch. West Dundee, IL 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
And finally, Monday, May 4th is Star Wars Day, May The Fourth. To learn more about this day, click here
Level 257. Schaumburg, IL 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Cherry Valley Public Library. Cherry Valley, IL 6:00 PM -7:00 PM
We hope you can make it out to one or more of our events this weekend. Happy Star Wars Day, and May The Fourth Be With You.
|By Sakic Jade on Apr 23, 2015 at 12:52 PM.|
This weekend, The Midwest Garrison will once again be headed to C2-E2 at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago. We will have a booth, located in the Fan Village on level 4 of the convention center, next door to the Family HQ.
We will be running a couple different events at this years con. On Friday and Saturday, we will be running our Droid Hunt Game throughout the convention center. This is an interactive game our troopers play with convention guests. Pick up a Droid Hunt badge at our booth, and you could win a fun Star Wars prize for playing along with us.
We will also be running our Blaster Arena mini game for kids on Saturday at 4:30 PM and Sunday at 11:30 AM in the Family HQ. Put on a helmet, grab a blaster and take on the Empire’s finest troops. Join members of the 501st Legion's Midwest Garrison in this interactive experience that lets kids play the role of Ezra and take on a Stormtrooper. For ages 6 to 12 only. Nerf blasters provided. Please arrive early to guarantee a spot. Donations to charity are gladly accepted!
Troopers will also be roaming the con throughout the weekend, happy to pose for pictures with you. For more information about the con, please visit their website here. We hope many of you will come to our booth and say hello.
|Star Wars Celebration Anaheim|
|By Sakic Jade on Apr 22, 2015 at 9:03 AM.|
This past weekend in Anaheim, California, The Midwest Garrison was well represented at Star Wars Celebration. Our members had some key contributions to the show.
On Thursday afternoon, Garrison Commanding Officer, Brian Troyan, presented J.J. Abrahms and Kathleen Kennedy with Honorary Memberships in the 501st Legion. An Honorary Member is classified as any individual who has been recognized universally as having made a significant contribution or impact to the Star Wars legacy.
For a full list of the 501st Legion's honorary members, Click Here
Members also participated in the Troop-Athon on Friday morning. Five teams of troopers went head to head in a timed obstacle course consisting of target practice, AT-AT walking, thermal detonator tossing, maneuverability, spaceship recognition, and scooter riding. Our team, Vader's Foot, took second place in the competition.
With so much Star Wars to soak up, it was an amazing weekend, and our troopers shined. Next up? C2-E2!!
|Light It Up Blue 2015|
|By Sakic Jade on Apr 6, 2015 at 4:10 PM.|
Last week, the world celebrated World Autism Awareness Day. Light It Up Blue is where thousands of iconic landmarks, communities, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families around the world affected by autism.
The Midwest Garrison has appeared in Chicago the past several years to help Light It Up Blue and raise awareness for Autism. This year, the Chicago event was held on the observation deck of Willis Tower. For more information on Light It Up blue, please visit their website HERE.
We also appear over the summer at the Walk Now For Autism Speaks event at Soldier Field. To see how you can help for this great event, click HERE.
|Trooping For Charity|
|By Sakic Jade on Mar 27, 2015 at 8:58 AM.|
We do many events here in The Midwest Garrison, including conventions, parties, weddings, parades, and libraries. What we most like to be known for, though, is the charity work we do. While any of these events can lead to a donation to charity, its the big events for MSABC, Autism Speaks and others that we can really raise the big dollars.
Troopers will be making an appearance at another wonderful charity event this Saturday, March 28. The charity, Donna's Good Things will be hosting an event for St. Baldrick's, who does fundraising for childhood cancer research.
If you are interested in donating to this great cause, or for more information on this event, Click HERE.
If you have a charity event that you'd like us to make an appearance at, please submit an event request, and we will try to make it out to support your cause.