Det, MI Star Wars at the Ball Park!!!!! Aug 19th--Grand Rapids

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  1. LeiaSkywalker4 Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    Apr 15, 2005
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    I don't know if everyone Star Wars related in Detroit has heard about this event in Grand Rapids, but I thought I would post it here to let you know what is going on. Just hoping to get more costumers and non-costumers for this event. Here is what TX-338 has posted so far on the Grand Rapids Fan Force boards.

    Hey Troopers and Non-Troopers,

    TD-1044 and I have been in contact with the Gameday Operations manager for the West Michigan WHITECAPS. They would REALLY love us to make an appearance at the Aug 19th evening game. They want us there SO much that they want to make that day STAR WARS day at the ball park. The game starts at 7pm and afterwards there will be a fireworks show. After the fireworks are over they are going to open up the field to anyone who wishs to stay and play STAR WARS: A New Hope on their big screen.

    Brent (TD-1044) and I have set up a meeting with the Gameday Operations manager to discuss what all they want us to do and what all we CAN do. After this meeting we will be post more information pertaining to ways that we can raise charity funds while at the Ball Park and other stuff like that.

    Let us know if you would be interested so that we have an idea of how many people we can expect.


    ****** AT A GLANCE ******

    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI

    Date/Time:
    August 19th (TIME is TBD) Arrive at park at 3pm Game Starts @ 7pm

    Who is invited:
    Everyone... With or without a costume. We will most likely need non-costumed help for this event. 501st/Rebel Legion and Fan Force

    ************

    -----UPDATE NOTES 6-26-06----

    Brent and I had a meeting with Mickey from the Whitecaps today. Here is a list of topics discussed.

    1. Large room to change and store totes.
    Mickey said we can use the Whitecaps' main office to dress and store totes.

    2. Will there be bottled water/Gatorade made available for troopers needing to replenish?
    Mickey said the Whitecaps will provide us with a cooler full of bottled water and other drinks. It'll be kept in the area we dress and store totes.

    3. Will the Whitecaps promote the event and do 'mentions' of the 501st during games?
    Mickey said the Whitecaps will start doing 'mentions' about the event and posting our logo on the big screen to generate interest.

    4. Darth Vader tossing out the ceremonial first pitch.
    Mickey suggested we have every 501st member in costume be on the field to throw out a first pitch.
    Members of the Whitecaps team will catch the pitches.

    5. Allow for a display/photo space area on the concourse for us to use.
    Mickey said he'll look into setting aside an area for this. Somewhere on the first or third base side of the concourse.

    6. Troopers should begin arriving at 5/3rd Ballpark around 3pm Saturday, August 19th. The Whitecaps will provide us with food and at that time we'll finalize things.
    Mickey says fans start arriving at the ballpark around 5:30pm to see batting practice.
    Troopers should be in costume around 5:00pm and head to their assigned locations
    Mickey will let us know when troopers will be needed for on-field, between-inning games with kids.

    7. Star Wars Trivia questions will be made available on the big screen between certain innings.
    Mickey approved this during lunch but said we can't do it in between every inning.

    8. Money for charity.
    Mickey has left this entirely up to us to decide. I will begin contacting my charity contacts.

    9. Tickets and parking passes.
    Mickey said none of the costumers will run into issues with tickets or parking if they arrive at 3pm.



    We'll need to compile a list of all the costumers who commit to do the 8/19 event and provide that to Mickey. That way if some of us arrrive late, the parking/ticket attendants can just cross you off the list and all should be good.

    We are going to try and do a photo booth but we still need to work out the logistics. The park is being very flexible and is willing to help us out with almost anything we need.

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    Next month we might do some scoutin
  2. BlastyTrooper Jedi Youngling

    Member Since:
    Apr 21, 2003
    star 3
    Here is the latest info from TX338:

    Hey Troopers,

    TD-1044 and I have been in contact with the Game day Operations manager for the West Michigan WHITECAPS. They would REALLY love us to make an appearance at the Aug 19th evening game. They want us there SO much that they want to make that day STAR WARS day at the ballpark. The game starts at 7pm and afterwards there will be a fireworks show. After the fireworks are over they are going to open up the field to anyone who wishes to stay and play STAR WARS: A New Hope on their big screen.

    Brent (TD-1044) and I have set up a meeting with the Game day Operations manager to discuss what all they want us to do and what all we CAN do. After this meeting we will post more information pertaining to ways that we can raise charity funds while at the Ballpark and other stuff like that.

    Let us know if you would be interested so that we have an idea of how many people we can expect.


    ****** AT A GLANCE ******

    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI

    Date/Time:
    August 19th (TIME is TBD) Arrive at park at 3pm Game Starts @ 7pm

    Who is invited?
    Everyone... With or without a costume. We will most likely need non-costumed help for this event. 501st/Rebel Legion and Fan Force

    ************

    -----UPDATE NOTES 8-10-06----

    Topics discussed and Okayed.

    1. Large room to change and store totes.
    Mickey said we could use the Whitecaps' main office to dress and store totes.

    2. Will there be bottled water/Gatorade made available for troopers needing to replenish?
    Mickey said the Whitecaps will provide us with a cooler full of bottled water and other drinks. It'll be kept in the area we dress and store totes.

    3. Will the Whitecaps promote the event and do 'mentions' of the 501st during games?
    Mickey said the Whitecaps will start doing 'mentions' about the event and posting our logo on the big screen to generate interest.

    4. Darth Vader tossing out the ceremonial first pitch.
    Mickey suggested we have every 501st member in costume be on the field to throw out a first pitch.
    Members of the Whitecaps team will catch the pitches.

    5. Allow for a display/photo space area on the concourse for us to use.
    Mickey said he?d look into setting aside an area for this. Somewhere on the first or third base side of the concourse.

    6. Troopers should begin arriving at 5/3rd Ballpark around 3pm Saturday, August 19th. The Whitecaps will provide us with food and at that time we'll finalize things.
    Mickey says fans start arriving at the ballpark around 5:30pm to see batting practice.
    Troopers should be in costume around 5:00pm and head to their assigned locations
    Mickey will let us know when troopers will be needed for on-field, between-inning games with kids.

    7. Star Wars Trivia questions will be made available on the big screen between certain innings.
    Mickey approved this during lunch but said we can't do it in between every inning.

    8. Money for charity.
    Mickey has left this entirely up to us to decide. I will begin contacting my charity contacts.

    9. Tickets and parking passes.
    Mickey said none of the costumers will run into issues with tickets or parking if they arrive at 3pm.



    We'll need to compile a list of all the costumers who commit to do the 8/19 event and provide that to Mickey. That way if some of us arrive late, the parking/ticket attendants can just cross you off the list and all should be good.

    We are going to try and do a photo booth but we still need to work out the logistics. The park is being very flexible and is willing to help us out with almost anything we need.

    -------------------------------------

    For those of you who would like to stay in the area after the event on the 19th....

    Brent and I are going to open our homes to costumers who
    don't want to make long drives home after the event.

    We will provide mapquest photo copies of directions from the
    Ballpark to each of our homes.

    Costumers won't have to stay for the movie if they don't want to.

    Once the game ends an
  3. lovelucas Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Mar 19, 2004
    star 4
    just my post from Grand Rapids thread:

    GREAT job organizing this Donavon. and nice jobs by all, especially Blasty, Brent (who had to remove his bucket to reassure a little boy), mom Karen, etc There was such a positive vibe all day...so many kids wanted to talk about the story - they know their prequels really really well.. I love that. One little guy, who just learned that A New Hope would be playing after the game said he was going to talk his entire family into staying....He had never seen it! I "briefed" him and told him he really should experience the entire storyline of the saga. He was shocked at what happens to Obi Wan.

    A ton of people were asking me about the Make A Wish Foundation and how this fit in with Star Wars...and became teary eyed.

    here's one response from someone who emailed me at work:
    Linda - Thank you very much. The kids had a great time! Mary got one of the troopers to sign her hat after we walked around the field after the fireworks. Great group of people there!

    Very sad about the little girl. Nobody should have to go through something like that. Especially kids.


  4. lavagrrrl Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    May 16, 2002
    star 4
    What a wonderful event! Every time we go to an event in Grand Rapids, we have so much fun. Thanks to our event organizers who were able to make the event go so smoothly. There were a few bumps, but that is to be expected when you have an event of this magnitude.

    Special thanks to our non-costumed support: this is not a glamorous job, but it is needed, especially at an event this big. All of you who volunteered to wear a Make-A-Wish shirt and take photos, help Donavon with the photo/printing area, or just make sure our costumers were taken care of were very much appreciated! Having two families who benefited from Make-A-Wish there was also a nice touch.

    We raised over $1100 for Make-A-Wish in 6 hours! This was our most successful event to date. =D=

    Next time will be even better!
  5. LeiaSkywalker4 Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    Apr 15, 2005
    star 4
    lavagrrrl or BlastyTrooper will you tell those from the east side thank you for coming to this event at the 501st boards for me? cough*For some reason I can't post there.*cough[face_laugh]
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