I want to take a moment to draw your attention toward an important matter.
As everyone has probably already heard, our very own "Fettofficer" (Dean DeAnda) was recently given the opportunity to become a part of "Fett History" by being chosen to appear in the 2011 Star Tours film, as none other than "Boba Fett". In his own suit, built on the very principles that launched TheDentedHelmet.com almost a decade ago.
This is a pretty big deal guys and gals One of our "own" has officially joined the family of "Screen Used" Fetts. ! He's even been invited to attend the Opening Ceremony in 2011 !
With this opportunity, also came a bit of a surprise. Dean found out that there was talk about putting the very suit he wore in filming - into the Parks & Resorts museum There are no words to describe what an honor this would be folks !
Think about it? There are only a couple of Fetts under glass running around the world. They're genuine Lucasfilm artifacts. Dean has the opportunity to have his suit inducted into a Museum, displayed under plexi, just like a genuine movie artifact ! Not only will millions of people see his performance in the Star Tours film for the next 10 or 15 years, perhaps as many could also see it in a Museum indefinitely ! Intense doesn't even describe what Dean must be feeling. He's not the type to tout himself by any means. Nor is he the type to discuss his hardships.
Unfortunately, Dean has fallen on some pretty hard times. Sadly, as it turns out Dean has had to decline the invitation for inducting his suit.
I don't want to discuss Deans personal matter openly. He certainly won't do it
himself. But someone needs to speak up. Time is of the essence.
Without saying too much, some of you may know that Dean's sister was diagnosed with cancer around the same time as my wife Pam. She's been fighting the good fight every since. It's been such a hardship on Dean, and his family. With this misfortune, came other struggles as of late that have put such a strain on Dean and his wonderful family, that Dean has found himself in no position to be able to donate his suit to a Museum. He needs to sell it. As we all know, we have to do what we have to do in this life. Especially when the first rule is "Family" comes FIRST.
When I discussed this with Dean, I knew I had to try to help find another way. TDH has been good to me. You all know why Dean is a very proud man and would likely never ask for it himself.
So, to the matter at hand. I'm proposing a group venture. There is no requirement to participate. Times are difficult for everyone. But at least give it some thought.
We as a community are in a VERY unique position to help relieve some of Dean's burden, while at the same time getting a brand new piece of history preserved. There is strength in numbers.
What if we as a family could raise enough money to make this happen ? What I'm proposing is very simple. A drive for contributions toward a two sided goal. If as many of us as we can muster - could contribute even just a little, we could likely meet or exceed what Dean needs to get for his suit. We as "TDH" would essentially be "Buying" Dean's suit from him. In turn, the TDH family could contribute the suit to the museum on Dean's behalf !
I've said it before. But I'll say it one, last time. When Art Andrews founded this community, it was to promote change. To promote knowledge. After seeing his first Fett growing up, he knew it could be better - even then ! Look at us now? Did Art ever think that this community would have grown to be what it is today? Did any of you "Old Timers"? Think about it. We've grown in leaps and bounds. From research and discovering treasures from the past, to building Jeremy Bulloch his very own suit !!! We've had Fetts proudly represent TDH on TV, in Charity, and now an official Lucasfilm Production – “Star Tours II”. Our very own members have represented us in so many other ways as well ! Without Art, none if this would have ever happened. Does anyone ever think about that ? It's the very principle of “It's a Wonderful Life". How one person can affect the course of so many other lives. Without TDH, not one of us, would be here today. Not one of you that have accomplished your goals would be here today. And I, don't know where Pam or I would be today without the family we call TDH :praise
So starting today, if you can manage it, lets make this happen. Our contributions can make this happen. I'm the first to leap. How many of you, will follow me ?
The goal is anything above $2000. If we can reach this goal, the suit gets immortalized by TheDentedHelmet.com ! It is unclear at this point if we as a group will be credited officially. There are pretty stringent rules where Lucasfilm is concerned. But it's being looked into. With any luck, it will be allowed. And TDH will be immortalized as well
I do want to reiterate that -TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE- .
A huge thanks to everyone ! And best of luck Dean !!!
I also want to shout out a HUGE "Thank You" to Art Andrews for his support !
Thanks Art !!
Contributions can be made by Pay-Pal to :
If you would be so kind to make your contribution payment as "Personal" - "Payment Owed", it would
be received by the DeAnda family without the deduction of Pay-Pal fees. Every penny could
bring us closer to our goal !
- AUCTION DONATIONS -
Also, SUPERProps was awesome to suggest possibly accepting donations of items for auction as well.
If anyone is interested in donating an item that could be put up for auction, I would be more than happy
to accept whatever it is you have to offer. ALL proceeds of course, will go directly to Dean and his family.
Please feel free to contact me personally. Due to the nature of this situation, I will give preference to
messages received that pertain to this drive. I'm sure everyone will more than understand, as time IS of
the essence here
- PARTS DONATIONS FOR SALE -
1. dsonik Girth Belt - made to order.
~Version of your choice~
The first to contribute $70 to the DeAnda's , will
receive it for a $5 shipping fee (in the U.S.) that
goes to straight to dsonik. ($75 total) Once the
contribution is confirmed, I will contact dsonik with
your board name
1. "lawdawg" - CONFIRMED
RECEIVED THUS FAR :