Dragon Con – the charity side of geek

unnamedIt was a muggy Saturday morning in September in Atlanta.  We were on our way from the Sheraton to the Marriott, having just stood next to a pool in our historically-accurate costumes with historically-accurate underpinnings, when we got stopped by a family dressed as the crew from the Starship Enterprise.  They asked if they could take their picture with us, and we happily obliged.  The mom told us how wonderful we looked, and sheepishly admitted she wasn’t really a Star Trek fan, but their daughter Dawn was, so they all dressed up with her.  We told her that we love seeing the family cosplays, and that they looked wonderful.  The family hurried on their way, smiles on their faces, and we didn’t think much more about it.

Two weeks later, we saw an article by the Huffington Post with a picture of Patrick Stewart hugging our Star Trek family.  Dawn was meeting Sir Patrick Stewart as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Over the past few years, we’ve attended a lot of conventions, and one of things that sets Dragon Con apart is the involvement in charity, both on the local and national level.  Last year, the Dragon Con charity was the Atlanta Community Food Bank, where over $115,000 was raised, including the company match of over $50,000.  Every year there is a blood drive for LifeSouth, which serves more than 40 hospitals in the Atlanta area and more than 110 hospitals in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. In 2014, the drive welcomed 3893 donors and collected 3,292 units, assisted by a crew of more than 60 people from all three states who descended on Atlanta to handle the flood of donors in costume.  Also new last year was Dragon Con Superheros, which is a year-round community service project, which is continuing this year.

lrf_logo_KOThis year, Dragon Con’s selected charity is the Lymphoma Research Foundation, which will again match $50,000 of money raised.  We’re certain the charitable attendees will surpass last year’s donations, and it’s nice to know we’re using our power of geek for good!

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LYMPHOMA RESEARCH FOUNDATION SELECTED AS DRAGON CON’S 2015 OFFICIAL CHARITY

New Slate of Superheroes Community Service Projects Lets Dragon Con Fans Lend a Hand
unnamedATLANTA – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi convention, has selected the Lymphoma Research Foundation – Georgia Market as its official charity for 2015. Dragon Con will match dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, any money raised for this charity at the 2015 convention.
Dragon Con also announced its slate of Superheroes community service projects for Dragon Con members and fans in the Atlanta area. This program is now in its second year.
In 2014, the convention raised over $115,000 for its official charity, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and collected 535 pounds of food. Through the Superheroes program, Dragon Con fans contributed more than 900 hours of community service.
“Selecting the Lymphoma Research Foundation as our official charity this year was a very personal choice,” said Rachel Reeves, convention co-chair. “We are grateful that organizations such as this are working hard to improve treatments and cures for this devastating disease.”
Two long-time members of the Dragon Con family – Eugie Foster, Director of the Daily Dragon, and Mark Brown, Co-Director of Convention Operations – recently died from lymphoma, while a third member is currently battling it.
LYMPHOMA-RESEARCH-FOUNDATIONLymphoma is a group of blood cancers, most notably non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which accounts for about 90 percent of cases. Other types include Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma and immunoproliferative diseases. Over half a million people are currently living with lymphoma in the United States – the most common blood cancer in adults and the third most common cancer over all among children.
Three Superhero projects are currently planned for the spring and summer of 2015. In addition to having a great time, people who participate in any of these service projects will be invited to an exclusive celebration during this year’s convention and will receive a Superheroes t-shirt.
“We had a great time last year, getting together as fans and volunteers, to do something good and make a difference in our community,” Reeves said. “Donations are always important, but there are plenty of organizations that also need volunteers to carry out their mission.”
atlanta_food_bankThe first Superheroes project will see a return to the Atlanta Community Food Bank partnership, with a half-day of work in an ACFB supported community garden on March 21st.
Community gardens act as a powerful tool for social change by providing neighborhoods with fresh vegetables, attractive landscapes, and place to meet and work towards positive goals. Volunteers help with weeding, seeding, planting, tilling, cleaning, clearing, and any other activity that can possibly take place in a garden.
For the second project, Dragon Con will field a team of volunteers to raise money and participate in the annual Lymphoma Walk, supporting the Lymphoma Research Foundation, on April 11th at Wesleyan School in Norcross. In addition to the walk team, the Superheroes will have other opportunities to volunteer at the walk – possibilities include registration, t-shirt table, set up/clean up, and route cheerleaders.
A third project is in the works, and details will be announced when they are confirmed.
About Dragon Con
Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day Weekend in Atlanta (Sept. 47, 2015). Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information on the Lymphoma Research Foundation, please visit www.lymphoma.org.
For more information on Atlanta Community Food Bank, please visit www.acfb.org.
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DRAGON CON HOSTS NATIONAL REALMS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

$15,000 Tournament Purse Expected to Draw Top HeroClix Players From Across the County.  Other Gaming Highlights Include the Return of National Security Decision Making Game and Richard Garriott.

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ATLANTA – The TCGplayer.com Realms Open Championship, where the nation’s top HeroClix players can compete for share of a $15,000 purse, is returning for its second year to Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention.

 

Perhaps better known for its cosplay and the chance to interact with actors, artists, authors and other creators, Dragon Con is actually one of the largest gaming conventions in the nation.  Taking up most of the Hilton Atlanta Downtown, the gaming portion at Dragon Con features voice actors, game designers and other guests from the worlds of table top and video gaming, as well as the opportunity to play tabletop and LAN gaming in casual and tournament formats.

 

“We’re thrilled to welcome back to Dragon Con the TCGplayer.com Realms Open Championship,” convention co-chair David Cody said.  “Because of the qualifying format and the prize money, we expect some of the top players from around the country to participate in this tournament and make it a very competitive event.  It will be a great part of an already rich lineup of gaming and game-related programming.”

 

In addition to the TCGplayer.com Realms Open Championship, other highlights for the year include the return of the National Security Decision Making Game (NSDMG) led by Mark McDonagh, a retired Navy Captain and co-designer of the game, and guest Hall of Fame video game designer and American astronaut Richard “Lord British” Garriott.

 

As gaming at Dragon Con has continued to increase in popularity, the convention has restructured the gaming tracks for 2014 to provide a more streamlined, focused experience.  There will be just three tracks this year.

  • Table Top Gaming – Formerly called Gaming, this track’s programming will continue to focus on pen and paper and table top games.
  • LAN Gaming – Formerly called Digital Gaming, this title is simply a better description of the specific type of gaming in this track.
  • Video Gaming – The old Video Gaming and MMORPG tracks have been combined to better align with the gaming industry and focus on the content rather than the platform.

 

HeroClix is a competitive, table top game using miniature super heroes and villains from throughout pop culture.  The TCGplayer.com Realms Open Championship will take place over three days with constructed qualifiers on Friday, August 30th and the Championship event beginning on Saturday, August 31.  The top 32 competitors will share in the $15,000 purse, with the tournament champion taking home $4,000.

 

The National Security Decision Making Game presents players with a range of real world issues that they must decide how to solve, with each play assuming the role of a different political leader or deliberative body.  The game will be offered seven times, five using current global geopolitical issues and two relying on historical scenarios. In addition to the game scenarios, each lasting 4 hours, McDonagh and his team will offer more than a dozen lectures and interactive seminars on various geopolitical subjects, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the current situations in Gaza, Syria and Ukraine and the current thinking on chemical & biological weapons and bioterrorism.

 

About Dragon Con

Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information on HeroClix, please visit http://maxpoint.tcgplayer.com/heroclix/ROC-Dragon-Con-140829.

For more information about the National Security Decision Making Game, please visit http://www.nsdmg.org or look for NSDMG on Facebook.

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ATLANTA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK SELECTED AS DRAGON CON’S 2014 OFFICIAL CHARITY

New Superheroes Community Service Program Lets Dragon Con Fans Lend a Hand

 

atlanta_food_bankATLANTA – March 3, 2014 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi convention, has selected the Atlanta Community Food Bank as its official charity for 2014.  Dragon Con will match dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, any money raised for this charity at the 2014 convention.  

In addition, Dragon Con announced its Superheroes community service program for Dragon Con members and fans in the Atlanta area.

“The money that Dragon Con fans and members donate each year is very important to the charities we support, but these organizations also need volunteers to help them carry out their missions,” said Rachel Reeves, convention co-chair.  “The Superheroes program lets our fans come together as friends while making a difference in the community.”

Three Superhero projects are currently planned for the spring and summer of 2014, while a fourth one is targeted shortly before the Dragon Con convention to give out-of-town members an opportunity to participate. In addition to having a great time, people who participate in any of these service projects will be invited to an exclusive celebration during this year’s convention and will receive a Superheroes t-shirt.

The first event, organized in partnership with the Georgia Conservancy, involves trail building and maintenance at Sweetwater Creek State Park on March 8.  Located 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta, Sweetwater Creek State Park is a peaceful area of trails through fields, forests and along Sweetwater Creek to the ruins of an antebellum textile mill.

Next, Dragon Con Superheroes project teams will participate in the Walk to End Lupus Now on April 26.  Each year, the event attracts more than over 8,000 participants for a 1-mile walk through Piedmont Park, followed by live entertainment and food sales.

The third event, to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB), is set for May 24.  This is a terrific opportunity for Dragon Con’s members and fans to get to know this great organization before the convention.

Project teams at this event will help sort and pack food items so they can be distributed to families in need.  One out of every five Georgians is food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal comes from.  Thanks to donors and volunteers, ACFB distributed 45 million pounds of food and grocery to residents in its Atlanta and northeast Georgia service area.

Last year, through its charity auction and other fundraising activities, Dragon Con raised more than $87,000 for three official charities, which was more money than any previous year.  Since 2005, Dragon*Con has raised almost $311,000 for its official charities.

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About Dragon Con

Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days.  For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information on Atlanta Community Food Bank, please visit www.acfb.org.

For more information on the Georgia Conservancy, please visit www.georgiaconservancy.org.

For more information on the 2014 Walk To End Lupus Now, please visit www.lupuswalkatlanta.com.

 

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A vote for a donation

logo_mmsWe’re in the home stretch now!  Voting for the Chase Mission Main Street Grants ends on Friday, and as of 7:54 EST, we’re 173 votes away from our goal.  We’ve been blown away by the support our fans, old and new, have shown us, and we’d like to give that support back.  For every vote we receive, even if we don’t get the 250 votes, we will donate a dollar to the Red Cross Typhoon Relief Fund for our friends in the Philippines.

We would like to take our business full time to be able to share our geek with the world.  We’d love to open a brick-and-mortar store not only to sell our products, but hold classes to teach others how to craft like us.  And we’d love to be able to do more for our community, both locally and globally.

Click here to vote for us, and thank you in advance!

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‘Tis the season…for ZOMBIES!

Photo from Zombieland

Photo from Zombieland.  She just wants to hug you.  And eat your brians.

 

 

 

Ah, October.  The air starts to turn colder, the leaves start to turn colors, and the dead rise.  All over the world, zombie walks, fun runs and zombie days are cropping up, much like the undead themselves.  Here are just a few events we found that should keep you on your toes for the next few weeks in the South! For even more zombie fun, check out this list by Death By Zombie.

October 12, 2013 The Zombie Run – Miami, FL
October 12, 2013 Nashville Zombie Walk – Nashville, TN
October 12, 2013 The Walking Dead Zombie Walk and Food Drive – Senora, GA
October 19, 2013 The Kingston Zombie Walk – Kingston, GA
October 19, 2013 The Marietta Zombie Walk – Marietta, GA
October 25, 2013 The Charlotte Zombie Walk – Charlotte, NC
October 26, 2013 Zombie Walk Miami 2013 – Miami, FL
October 26, 2013 1st Annual Griffin Zombie Walk – Griffin, GA
November 1-3, 2013 Walking Dead Walker Stalker convention – Atlanta, GA
November 2, 2013 Greenville Zombie Run – Greenville, SC
November 2, 2013 Fredericksburg Zombie Walk – Fredericksburg, VA
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