I am pleased to say that the Wampa has been accepted into the 501st. For those who do not know who the 501st is, they are the World's Definitive Imperial Costuming Organization. If you have seen a Darth Vader or a Stormtrooper on TV or at an event, more than likely they were a member of the 501st. As much as they are known for representing Star Wars in the public they are equally praised for their charity work. Making appearances at children's hospitals and the fulfilling the requests for Make-A-Wish, the 501st menbers are true heroes in the eyes of many kids.
Here is a thier mission from their charter:
"...The Legion is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Legion seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work..."
To Promote Interest in Star Wars
While a growing number of people are experiencing a reawakening of their Star Wars fandom, new generations are seeking ways to celebrate their passion for George Lucas's modern mythology. The 501st Legion brings these fans together, reinforcing the enduring longevity of the Star Wars saga.
To Facilitate the Use of Costumes
Some fans are content to collect action figures...other fans want to be action figures. Nothing professes your passion quite like building your own detailed costume replica of a classic Star Wars villain, and there's nothing quite like the feeling that comes from bringing the characters of Star Wars into the real world and sharing the magic with others.
While our organization was founded to simply provide a collective identity for costuming fans with similar interests, the 501st is proud to put its resources to good use through fundraising, charity work, and volunteerism.