ESG 2016 Year in Review

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2016 has been a memorable year with many ups and downs for our members. With the all too recent loss of our Princess/General, Carrie Fisher, we are reminded of Yoda’s words “[i]n a dark place we find ourselves”. Now, more than ever, we know we must emulate the mission of Saber Guild as an organization – to follow the Jedi path of spreading hope and good will. After all, Rebellions are built on hope.

To kick off 2016, our mission was to raise awareness, drive membership and strengthen our connection with our fellow Star Wars fan groups/local community. In order to be successful, we needed strength in numbers. We have been fortunate to have very dedicated and talented members, including our newest recruits – many of whom feel like they’ve been in our Empire Temple family forever. Welcome to:

  • Allan Al
  • Group Shot by Christopher Pasatieri

    Members of SG, RL, 501st and Mando Mercs. Photo by: Christopher Pasatieri

    John Anthony

  • Joseph Cluckies
  • Kevin Cobb
  • Mike DeLucca
  • Kim Filardo
  • Chris Filardo
  • Christine Kennedy
  • Sue Kisenwether
  • Kevin Nystrom
  • Anne Richmond
  • Eduardo Rodriguez
  • Brian Weitz

 

In the past year, we have strengthened our ties to the local Star Wars fan groups such as Echo Base – Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs (Falco and Raquor’daan Clans), and 501st Empire City Garrison (see our #MannequinChallenge video here). We’d like to thank the members of these groups for being our brothers and sisters in arms for troops and performances. Congrats to our many members who received membership into these groups this year as well.

Photo with St.Mary's Staff by Irshad Mustafa‎

SG and St.Mary’s Staff. Photo by: Irshad Mustafa‎

On top of our 2016 goals, we continued to raise money for noble causes such as our local charity, St.Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. Through our members’ hard work at all 47 of our troops/events this year, we were able to raise $13,500 – 50+% more than what we raised last year. We cannot thank our supporters enough for their continued generosity and kindness. Please know that your donations went towards worthy causes, such as equipment for St.Mary’s Hospital to begin a video/animation group.

 

Members with Peter Mayhew. Photo by: Jason Laboy

SG and RL members with Peter Mayhew at WinterCon 2016. Photo by: Jason Laboy

Speaking of events, we were very fortunate to participate in some unique experiences, such as: conducting Padawan Training Institute for Play Fair, New York Historical Society, Geek Girl Brunch and the Ronald McDonald House; trooping at the first ever Star Wars Night at Yankee Stadium; performing a show and conducting Padawan Training Institute at New York Comic Con; attending both Heroes and Villains conventions in NJ (and raising money for the One Orlando Fund); and lastly, making Peter Mayhew an honorary Saber Guild member during Winter Con.

We’re already scheduling events for the entirety of 2017. We look forward to performing at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in NJ on February 4th and strengthening relationships with community groups such as Fort Hamilton Base, Geek Girl Brunch, Ronald McDonald House and our new home, the Chelsea Recreation Center. 2017 is going to be an exciting year with Star Wars Celebration in Orlando!

Last but not least, we’d like to welcome our new Council members. We thank our Council members past and present for their tireless work:

  • Local Director: Rubin Polizzi
  • Assistant Local Director: Amy Chrzanowski
  • Local Stage Director: Rodney Clarke
  • Battle Masters: Tyler Welsek (Choreography) and Diánna Martin (Acting)
  • Membership Director: Paul Sposato
  • Temple Librarian: Michele Montanez
  • Costume Counselor: Anne Richmond

Thank you for your continued support of Saber Guild: Empire Temple. We hope you will join us in 2017 as we look towards our new mission statement: Light the world one lightsaber at a time. To do so, we will look towards our 5 Pillars of Service to focus our work in assisting the community around us in innovative and creative ways with the hope of making the galaxy a better place:

5 Pillars of Service:

  • Charity
  • Community
  • Choreography
  • Costuming
  • Creativity

If you have any additional questions, we encourage you to reach out to us. If you’re interested in joining us on a Friday for one of our open rehearsals at the Chelsea Rec Center, please check our schedule on Facebook.

Have a happy and healthy new year. May the Force Be With You!

Upcoming Events

Empire Saber Guild at the NY Yankees SW Night

Empire Saber Guild at the NY Yankees SW Night

Aug 25, 7:05pm - Aug 25, 10:05pm

Yankee Stadium
One E 161st Street
Bronx, NY  10451 Map

Meet some of our #Jedi and #Sith at this Friday's New York Yankees #StarWarsNight Game! Empire Saber Guild will be trooping along with local #StarWars fan groups such as the 501st Legion: Empire City Garrison, Falco Clan of the Mandalorian Mercs, and Echo Base - Rebel Legion

Come find us and say hi!

For more info on the game, visit: newyork.yankees.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=nyy
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Empire Saber Guild Performance at Brooklyn Cyclones SW Night

Empire Saber Guild Performance at Brooklyn Cyclones SW Night

Aug 26, 6:00pm - Aug 26, 9:00pm

Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball - Mcu Park
1904 Surf Ave
New York, NY  11224 Map

It's one of our favorite times of the year - Brooklyn Cyclones (Coney Island) #StarWars Night! Join our members (along with members from Saber Guild : Endor Temple Operations and Saber Guild Corellia) as Kylo Ren and his Knights of Ren go on the search for #TheLastJedi at MCU Park. Will the Resistance be able to help her in time?

In addition to our performance, we'll be raffling off two lightsabers for our local charity - St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children, AND we'll be conducting our Padawan Training Institute (Please note: Spots are limited and on a first come basis. Please see our table to sign up.)

We can't wait to troop with some of the other local Star Wars fan groups such as the 501st Legion: Empire City Garrison, Echo Base - Rebel Legion, Falco Clan of the Mandalorian Mercs, Raquor'daan Clan_NJ, and more!

Hope to see you in Brooklyn!
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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk

Oct 15, 8:00am - Oct 15, 11:00am

Bandshell in Central Park
New York, NY  10065 Map

For the third year in a row, Empire Temple will proudly be a #ForceForChange by marching (in special pink tabards) in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk to raise money for the American Cancer Society. We began marching in 2015 in support of #SaberGuild's Assistant Global Director, Stephen, as his wife had just been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Feel free to join our members on October 15th - or if you are comfortable, you can support our team by making a donation to the American Cancer Society via our team page:
main.acsevents.org/site/TR/?fr_id=84650&pg=team&team_id=2224369

Thank you and May The Force Be With You!
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Posted by Saber Guild: Empire Temple on Monday, August 10, 2015

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