On Saturday, December 3rd we are having our Annual Charity Extravaganza. This is around our 20th year having this event and it has steadily grown every year. The event is a charity fund raiser to support the John Theissen Children’s Foundation (JTCF.org) which provides a wide range of services to sick and underprivileged children here on Long Island working with over 180 hospitals and child welfare organizations. In 2019, our last event before the pandemic, we raised over $24,000 for the foundation and we hope to beat that this year. This year’s event also marks the store’s 30th Anniversary, so it’s kind of a big one for us.
This is an all day event that runs from approximately 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm. The current schedule is:
12:00 – 6:00 PM – Artists’ Alley – Andy MacDonald (Multiple Man, Detective Comics) will be among a number of artists donating their time to sketch for free all day.
12:30 – 2:30 PM – The 501st Legion will be making their appearance along with Darth Vader who will be making his 501st appearance with the Legion that day
2:00 – 3:00 PM – Signing with the legendary Chris Claremont. Signatures will be $10 each with all proceeds donated to the John Theissen Children’s Foundation
5:00 – 6:00 PM – Santa Claus will be appearing!
5:00 – 6:00 PM – Writer Joe Kelly will be hosting a “Meet and Greet”. Come have him sign books while engaging in a comic discussion with a writer of both comics and screen
8:00 PM – Charity Raffle! We will raffle off over 100 prizes to raise money for the foundation. Tickets are $5.00 each and prizes include vacations, original art, CGC books, signed and exclusive comics and more.
There will be various photo opportunities throughout the day, including a life-size Funko POP! box, an appearance by The Mandalorian, and a few new surprises we have planned.
If you’d like to get a better idea about what we do you can watch a short documentary done years ago (when the event was actually quite smaller) at https://vimeo.com/82688164
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