Saturday, December 08, 2012

Christmas Breakfast & Fundraiser for Homeless Children

Today R2 joined many other characters from the Star Wars and other movie universes for Combat Radio's 2nd Annual Christmas Breakfast For Homeless Children, which combined a fundraiser and breakfast into a huge charity gathering. Lots of items were auctioned off, such as signed items by celebrities like Harrison Ford.

I hit the road at the tender hour of 5:30am for the 7:00am call time in Valencia, CA, some 75 miles north of me. Lest that sound like plenty of time, three of four freeway lanes were closed for a few miles, leading to lots of traffic. I arrived on time, and soon we had my R2-D2, Chris Romines' R2-A1 and Al Eisenmann's R2-D1 (and his Landspeeder and children/Ewoks), along with Michael McMaster's WALL•E set up.

Several members of the 501st also joined in.

The Marine Corps Reserve were on hand too, collecting lots of toys for Toys for Tots.

As the morning progressed, guests filed into the restaurant, and visited with the characters.

This dog named "Elvis" wasn't sure what to make of WALL•E (or Michael McMaster), but he kept a careful eye on him.

As the guests ate breakfast, the droids were left on the outside looking in.

A little later, Santa made an appearance, via fire engine rather than sleigh.

Toward the end of the event, all of the characters, including Merida, Rapunzel, Captain Jack and the Transformers, gathered for a group photo.

Lots of good work done for a good cause.

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