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Local members of 'Star Wars' fan club participate in fund-raiser
Hesperia resident Carol Alves was one of three members of the Jedi Knights Club to use their love of all things "Star Wars" to benefit a recent American Cancer Society Fundraiser in Corona.
"They sure had a great turnout," said Alves, a retired City of Hesperia employee who goes by the name "Darklighter."
An estimated 750 people endured the summer heat outside of the Corona Library before finding a cool refuge inside.
The guests paid $5 per photo to have pictures taken with the characters of "Star Wars," which this year is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its historic release. The appearance of heroic Luke Skywalker, menacingly dark Darth Vader, radiant Princess Leia and cute robot R2-D2 all brought sounds of excitement from the fans.
Nathaniel Pike and his mother Jerrilynn Pike, who helped out at the photo table, joined Alves.
Thee fundraiser benefited the Corona Police Department, which later took part in a Relay for Life event. Relay for Life raises money for the American Cancer Society.