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April 2nd, 2009

Geekstravaganza is a charity geekfest the Austin Browncoats host to raise money for a worthy cause while uniting Geeks, Nerds and Browncoats alike. This year, we're supporting SafePlace, in their goal to end sexual and domestic violence through safety, healing, prevention and social change.

We take choosing our supported charities very seriously. There are so many amazing charity groups working to make this world a better place in whatever way they can. We're proud to be given the opportunity to help them with their cause.

SafePlace is an outstanding organization that is invaluable to the Austin, TX community. They envision a community free of rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence. To learn more about SafePlace: www.safeplace.org

Keira Knightley recently filmed a domestic violence PSA that really struck a cord within us. It is intense, but extremely effective: http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2009/04/keira-knightley.html

It is time someone called cut. According to the National Institute of Justice, from a recent National Violence survey, approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States. Those numbers are staggering. SafePlace is doing their part to save lives here in Austin. But they need our help. We hope you will all help us make Geekstravaganza as successful as it can be. SafePlace saves lives, and it's our duty to make sure they can continue to do so.

Thank you,
Austin Browncoats

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