Not being able to be home for the holidays is something that
many deal with yearly whether it be plane ticket prices, weather
or, for thousands of kids, health.
Now until December 9, 2011, all Scotty's restaurants, including
Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co, Scotty's Lakehouse, Scotty's Burger
Joint and Scotty's Brewhouse locations, will be collecting new
unwrapped toys for the children staying at Riley Hospital for
Children. For every toy donation made you will receive a free order
of Dill Chips.
During a few special days you will also be able to see the
501st Legion 'guarding' the Riley keep.
What is the 501st Legion? "We originally were
created over a decade ago by a group of Star Wars fans whose main
interest was creating the most screen accurate costumes possible to
wear at events like sci-fi conventions. Over the years, however,
our mission has evolved into appearing at charity and sporting
events, parades, hospitals, and official promotions for Star Wars,"
said Matt Hofmann, the Central Indiana Events Coordinator of the
One member will be donating their entire Star Wars collection to
the cause during their stent at the Scotty's Burger Joint location
on November 27th. "Chris Baker, one of our Rebel Legion
members, was brought into the world of costuming indirectly through
toy collection. Through the years of participating in events such
as this toy drive, he realized that what we do is so much
bigger than the movies or dressing up or collecting toys, so he
decided that instead of holding onto them, he made the
decision to donate the toys to Riley Kids, knowing how many
children could be brought happiness during the holidays as a
result," said Hofmann.
This isn't the first time the 501st legion has been
involved in Scotty's. "Our affiliation with Scotty's has been very
similar in evolution, where we
initially started appearing during GenCon in Indianapolis
last year, but since then has included the promotion of the Riley
Kids toy events. The 501st and Rebel Legions have always kept
promoting children's charities and organizations our top priority,
and there is no more important time during the year to keep these
groups in people's minds than during the holidays. We're often
called living action figures by people who come to our events, so
participating in toy drives makes perfect sense," said Hofmann.
To sweeten the deal, the days that the 501st Legion
is going to be at the Scotty's locations are the same days that
your kids can eat free. Nothing like a lesson in giving your new
toys to others along with getting their meal completely free.
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