FanX: Charity Cosplay Groups Make Wishes Come True

The fall 2019 edition of FanX brought out much of the same excitement as last spring’s. Lines and lines of nerds (are we still feeling like nerds? Or just the smart people?) assembled to see what Utah’s most anticipated pop culture/sci-fi/fantasy convention had in store. From Tom Holland (Spider-man: Far From Home) as a featured celebrity to the cosplay rising to another level, there was a lot to unpack. While the event was put together to help make fan dreams come true, Star Wars charity cosplay groups at the event were on hand to make wishes come true. 

Five local charity cosplay organizations gathered to raise $5,000 for Make a Wish.

The 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Droid Builders, Saber Guild and The Mandalorian Mercs combined to form one massive block in the convention hall. Each of these clubs represents a larger international organization with chapters everywhere, including Utah.

The Droid Builders build custom droids and remotely operate them. Massive crowds gathered around to see the droids in action. A miniature R2D2 and BB-8 rolled out and stole everyone’s heart. 

The Madalorian Mercs formed a massive circle that gained the attention of many onlookers. More and more people made their way towards the Mandalorians, as they chanted and marched throughout the entire convention center. This tradition is referred to as the Mandalorian Death March. They do this at every convention, and it is quite the spectacle. 

 From the costumes to the choreographed death march, these groups really care about what they are doing. At the end of the day, each group was motivated to bring happiness into someone’s life through their costumes and live performances.

You can support their goal of raising $5,000 to make someone’s wish come true by making your own donation. Please show some support for these local groups. They love what they do and are way fun to see live! 

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Johnny Max Thomas
Johnny Max Thomas
Johnny is a former marketing intern at Salt Lake Magazine. He attended BYU and studied communications with an emphasis in news media. He is from the Los Angeles area and loves the scenery in Utah. When he is not in the office you can probably find him up on the slopes during the winter and trying to stay cool during the summer.

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