Today R2 and I participated in our 6th straight Combat Radio Breakfast with Santa charitable event, along with fellow R2 Builders Michael McMaster (who brought WALL•E), Paul Thompson and Gene Arena. Gordon Tarpley joined us as C-3PO, and there were dozens of costumers from just about every genre out there. This all event benefits homeless children and families, and gives them an opportunity to have an excellent meal, meet tons of characters, and get a present from Santa himself!
We all arrived between 6:00am and 6:30am to set up. Bless Michael McMaster, he brought 10 dozen donuts!
Funds are raised by auctioning dozens of autographed posters, artwork, and other memorabilia.
Gene, Paul and Michael had their droids outside to greet the guests as they lined up to get in the restaurant.
C-3PO and my R2-D2 were there to greet them once they entered.
A choir also sang. Here, they're preparing to head out to get the festivities started. (The Stormtrooper was not among them.)
People lined up for the 7:30am opening.
And in they come!
This was the award-winning photo, complete with full-body hug for C-3PO.
Once everyone was seated, things got a little Goofy.
Lots of characters visited with the guests.
The event itself was recorded for future broadcast.
Finally, the kids got to line up to meet Santa, and every one got a gift!
Tom Kenny, who does the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants visited with the droids, and had some fun.
It was another great and rewarding day, and I'm sure we'll be back next year.