Can’t Stop the Serenity – Washington, DC

“You know what the first rule of flying is?… Love. You can learn all the math in the ‘Verse, but you take a boat in the air that you don’t love, she’ll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells you she’s hurtin’ ‘fore she keens. Makes her a home.”

—Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) in the 2005 film Serenity

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Firefly/Serenity costume contestants.

Firefly/Serenity costume contestants.

From 2006 to 2014, the Sci-Fi Fantasy Outpost held an annual charity event, Can’t Stop the Serenity – Washington, D.C., to benefit Equality Now and Kids Need to Read (the signature charities of Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion, respectively), and other charities.

The event typically included screenings of Joss Whedon’s “Serenity” (2005) and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog”, a 2008 miniseries produced by Whedon for the Internet. Costume contests, live entertainment, raffles, prize giveaways, and a silent auction have also been a part.

“Can’t Stop the Serenity”, was conceived nationally as a tribute to Whedon, enabling supporters to hold screenings of “Serenity” wherever they were able to organize local events. The bulk of proceeds have been donated to Equality Now, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights of women around the world. Whedon’s mother, Lee Stearns, helped launch Equality Now in 1992.

The Sci-Fi Fantasy Outpost also donated a portion of its proceeds to Kids Need to Read, a non-profit children’s literacy organization that purchases books for underprivileged schools and libraries. Kids Need to Read was co-founded by actor Nathan Fillion, who played the lead role of Capt. Malcolm Reynolds in “Firefly” and “Serenity”.

The Sci-Fi Fantasy Outpost raised well over $25,000 for charity during the nine years it hosted a local CSTS event.

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