Charities

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Dragon Con 2015 Charity Auction

Director: Jennifer Breland (Contact: charityevents@dragoncon.org)

lymphoma research foundation

We are pleased to announce that the Lymphoma Research Foundation – Georgia Market is our official charity for 2015.  Dragon Con will again match dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, any money raised for this charity at the 2015 convention.  This year’s selection is a very personal choice, as 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 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.

In 2014, thanks to our generous fans and members, we raised over $115,000 for our official charity, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and collected 535 pounds of food. Additionally, through the Superheroes program, fans contributed more than 900 hours of community service.

Lymphoma Fast Facts:

  • Lymphoma is the most common blood cancer in adults and the third most common childhood cancer.
  • Every seven minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with a type of lymphoma.
  • Lymphoma is the most common cancer in young adults age 17 – 35.
  • According to the American Cancer Society, there are approximately 200 Americans diagnosed with lymphoma every day. 
  • There are more than 65 sub-types of lymphoma.
  • It is only through advanced research that we get one step closer to a cure for lymphoma.
  • Since inception, the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) has raised more than $55 million for innovative research.
  • The mission of LRF is to eradicate lymphoma and serve those touched by the disease.

About the Lymphoma Research Foundation

The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to funding innovative research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services. To date, LRF has awarded more than $55 million in lymphoma-specific research. 

LRF provides comprehensive, disease-specific programs and services to more than 50,000 people each year including:

  • Clinical Trials Information Service
  • Disease-Specific Publications and Websites
  • In-person Workshops and Educational Forums
  • Lymphoma Helpline and Support Network
  • Online Resources, Teleconferences and Webcasts/Podcasts
  • Patient Aid Grants
  • Professional Education
  • Public Policy and Advocacy

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Charity Submissions

We welcome all submissions for the 2015 Charity Auction, benefitting the Lymphoma Research Foundation – Georgia Market.

Without donations from people just like you, we would not have been able to raise $115,000 last year for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and collected 535 pounds of food.

If you’d like to help, we would love to have you donate an item for us to sell at the charity auction.  Items sold at past charity auctions have included: books, comic books, artwork, signed photos, movie props, prop replicas, toys, games, costumes, DVD players, computers, TVs, store and restaurant gift cards, weekend getaways at hotels, site visits to the “live” set of a TV series, a meal with an actor or writer, a writing review by an editor, inclusion (Tuckerization) in an upcoming book, and much more.  If you have an idea for something you’d like to donate and would like to discuss it, contact us at charityevents@dragoncon.org

If you would like to send an item (or items) for this year’s event, please send them to:

Dragon Con Charity Events
445 Atlanta South Pkwy #105
Atlanta, GA 30349

 

Please include your contact information (name and email or street address) for donation tracking purposes.  Our computer system this year that allows us to track all donations so we can send out receipts to everyone that made a donation (if you wish to donate anonymously, please let us know).

If you are unable to send your donation to us before the convention, we will have a Charity Events Booth open from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM Friday and Saturday. The booth is in the Marriot Hotel, 1 floor below the hotel registration desk.  At the booth, we will be displaying items that have been donated, as well as accepting additional donated items.  If you need help with your donation, come by the booth and we will have a staff member go with you to pick up the item.

As always, we thank you for your generosity.

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Charity Artwork Project

Please keep checking back here for our 2015 Charity Artwork project!


Robert A. Heinlein "Pay It Forward" Blood Drive

Give the gift of life and donate blood at the Dragon Con Blood Drive. For LifeSouth, which serves more than 40 hospitals in the Atlanta area and more than 110 hospitals in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, Dragon Con is a major donation venue.

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.

Don’t miss out this year! Join us, give blood, get a free T-shirt!

If you have any questions about the blood drive, please check out our FAQ for answers.

Check out the blood drive on Facebook.

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Dragon Con Superheroes

We are pleased to announce the creation of Dragon Con Superheroes, a community service project team for our members, volunteers, and staff.  After seeing the amazing impact of the funds raised each year throughout the convention, we are excited to expand our charity efforts to include several projects in and around the Atlanta area each year.  On top of the incredible generosity of our members, the community is strong and loves a good reason to get together outside of Labor Day weekend and we couldn’t think of a better way to do so! Click here to learn more!

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