'Light Speed' Charity Event ReportBy Lisa
January 1, 2002 - 5:27 AM
On Saturday and Sunday, December 8th and 9th, Gary Hasson and his staff at Light Speed Fine Arts, Inc. held an open house at their offices and gallery in Laguna Hills, CA, south of Los Angeles. The two day event featured autograph signings by 23 Star Trek and other sci fi personalities, live and silent auctions, tours of the facilities, food and entertainment.
All the proceeds were donated to benefit September 11 Disaster Relief agencies such as The American Red Cross and other charitable organizations nominated by the actors.
Besides the host of Star Trek and science fiction actors at the event, in attendance to act as security were three locally based U.S. Marines in full dress uniforms; Gunnery Sergeant Mario Lira, Sergeant Michael Humr and Lance Corporal Jared Coons. These soldiers will be shipping out with their unit to Afghanistan in February. They got into the spirit of things, getting autographs and asking the actors to pose for pictures with them, but just as many of the celebrities asked the Marines to pose with them, as did many of the fans.
A fun time was had by all who were there as we got to salute some of our favorite fictional heroes, three very real fighters against terrorism, and to raise a worthy sum of money for organizations helping to provide aid and assistance to those in need.
Light Speed Fine Arts sells a wide selection of Star Trek and other sci fi and fantasy art, much of it autographed by the actors portrayed. To see what they have to offer, visit them at their web site by following this link.
Below you will find photographs of many of the stars who attended the event. Please note that these photos are copyright © 2001 by Michael J. Fijolek, and may not be copied or reproduced elsewhere for any reason without the express permission of the photographer.