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Cant Stop The Serenity

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 27, 2013 | Comments Off on Cant Stop The Serenity

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Joss Whedon fans will raise over $100,000 for charity through the 8th Annual “Can’t Stop The Serenity” Worldwide Movie Events
From April through September 2013, fans of television and film writer/director Joss Whedon will gather worldwide to raise money for Equality Now, a charity dedicated to promoting the human rights of beleaguered women and girls. Whedon was most recently at the helm of “The Avengers” as writer/director and also created “Serenity” which is featured in this event.

WORLDWIDE – April 26, 2013 – For the eighth year in a row, thousands of people around the world will participate in “Can’t Stop the Serenity” – a fund-raising event which has raised over $800,000 to date for “Equality Now”, a charity organization working to protect the basic human rights of women and girls across the planet.

Says Joss Whedon: “Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for – it’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity – we need it to stand on this earth as men and women.”

Everyone associated with events are volunteers, including this year’s Global Event Coordinator, Dave Catoe. Dave and his Global Team bring the event together by coordinating multiple participating cities across the US, Canada, Europe and Australia, all of which donate the majority of event proceeds directly to Equality Now, with the remainder donated to other charities such as local women’s shelters and literacy programs.

Each event features a screening of Whedon’s first cinematic release “Serenity” (based on cult television show “Firefly”) and is tailor-made for local audiences by local organizers. Events can include raffles, costume contests, concerts, auctions and prize giveaways, plus showings of internet sensation “Dr Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog”, Felicia Day’s hit web series “The Guild”, fan films and more.

Once the event season is over, there is a global online auction of collectibles, merchandise and more donated by Can’t Stop The Serenity’s generous sponsors.

This year’s events aim to raise over $100,000 for Equality Now and other charities.

Says Dave Catoe, Global Event Coordinator:
“In 2010, my friend Ashley and I said to each other “Let’s put on a show.” It went very well and it was mostly about having fun. Later, as I read more about what Equality Now, and the other charities that CSTS supports, accomplish, it became about the cause. So here I am at the Global level working with talented and dedicated people who are, as Joss once said, engaged in an actual fight against actual evil. I could not be more proud of our fandom.”

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For more information, including local event details, see http://www.CantStopTheSerenity.com or contact:
Dave Catoe
Global Event Coordinator
Dave.Catoe@cantstoptheserenity.com

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About Joss Whedon:
Whedon is a well known proponent of gender equality, from his mother being actively involved in Amnesty International and helping to found Equality Now, to the creation of strong female characters in stories like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, Firefly and Serenity. Most recently he has gained great acclaim as the writer/director of Marvel’s The Avengers. Says Whedon: “There are two ways to fight a battle like ours. One is to whisper in the ear of the masses, try subtly and gradually to change the gender expectations and mythic structures of our culture. That’s me. The other is to step up and confront the thousands of atrocities that are taking place around the world on an immediate, one-by-one basis. That’s a great deal harder, and that’s Equality Now. It’s not about politics; it’s about basic human decency.”

About Equality Now:
Equality Now was founded in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world. Working with national human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support their efforts to stop these human rights abuses. For more information, visit
http://EqualityNow.org
or contact
Amanda Sullivan,
Director, Women’s Action Network, Equality Now at (212) 586-0906 [New York City].

About Serenity:
“A passenger with a deadly secret. Six rebels on the run. An assassin in pursuit. When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything – or anyone – to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space. But, the greatest danger of all may be on their ship. From the mind of Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) comes a new edge-of-your-seat adventure loaded with explosive battles, gripping special effects and fantastic new worlds!” Written and directed by Joss Whedon for Universal. Released 2005.

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