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Mission to (dit)Mars to Host FULL SPEED AHEAD Fundraiser, 10/21

Mission to (dit)Mars, a theatre arts collective serving Queens artists will be holding FULL SPEED AHEAD, their first fundraiser, at Sek'end Sun on October 21st in Astoria, Queens.

All proceeds will go to operating costs and maintaining their free programs such as the Launch Pad reading series, the Propulsion Lab writers group and various social mixers in the area.

Ticket prices are available in three tiers online and at the door. Impulse Power tickets are $15 and include 5 raffle tickets. Full Speed Ahead tickets are $20 online, $25 at the door (cash only) and includes 2 drink tickets and 5 raffle tickets. Warp Speed Ahead tickets are $40 online, $45 at the door (cash only) and include 4 drink tickets and 10 raffle tickets.

Drink tickets include well drinks, beer and wine for the entire event from 6-10pm. Raffle items include tickets to Lincoln Center, Queens Theatre, Astoria Performing Arts Center, prints of photographs by talented artists, gift certificates to local Queens businesses and many more. Tickets can be purchased online at

"The money is going to provide space and support for both for our flagship programs - The Propulsion Lab Writers Group and the Launch Pad Reading Series." explains co-founder Kari Bentley-Quinn.

Co-founder Don Nguyen adds "in addition to supporting our free programs, we are forging a new works partnership with the wonderful and historic Queens Theatre to create even more opportunities for our artists in this borough."

On picking the location for the fundraiser, co-founder Laura Pestronk explains "We've loved Sek'end Sun from the moment it opened. The food is amazing and the cocktails are scrumptious."

"There is also the big neon QUEENS sign on the outdoor patio - which we find irresistible. The food and drinks are great, and Derrek, the owner, has been supportive during the planning process" adds Kari Bentley-Quinn.

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