Saturday, December 01, 2018

Combat Radio's Breakfast with Santa - 2018

Today R2 and I participated in our 8th straight Combat Radio Breakfast with Santa charitable event, along with fellow R2 Builders Paul Thompson and Gene Arena, and WALL•E builder Michal McMaster. 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! Dawn, Kyle and Kathryn McMaster also joined us, as did Natalie Tarpley.

We all arrived between 6:00am and 6:30am to set up. Paul was this year's hero with the donuts.

It's pretty chilly at that hour, so R2-D2 and WALL•E came inside to warm up.

The first of several busloads of guests arrived.

A choir started off the festivities with a song, as the guests started lining up.

The droids lined up to greet people outside.

As I mentioned, there are a lot of characters. It's almost a mini-Comicon.

The event is also broadcast on cable (which station, I don't know.)

In addition to a good meal, every kid gets a gift from Santa.

Funds are raised by auctioning dozens of autographed posters, artwork, and other memorabilia. By the time I got around to taking a picture, everything was pretty much gone.

Afterwords, we grabbed lunch at the adjacent Johnny Rockets, where they were advertising this nutritional supplement.

Everyone had a great time, and I'm sure we'll be invited back next year.

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