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!
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. We are looking for approximately 100 volunteers to spend the day with us making improvements to the park and enjoying the camaraderie of our Dragon Con community. We ask that registered volunteers arrive no later than 930a on March 8. Projects will conclude around 1p with lunch and a voluntary hike and tour of the mill to follow. Other specific details will be communicated to participants as the day approaches. Please click here to sign up.
Our second event will be the Walk to End Lupus Now on April 26th in Piedmont Park. The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. Through a comprehensive program of research, education and advocacy the Lupus Foundation of America leads the fight to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus. Lupus is an unpredictable and potentially fatal autoimmune disease that affects 55,000 Georgians, mostly women aged 18-45, but also men, children and women of all ages. Click here to join Team Dragon Con! The walk kicks off at 5p; however, we will be set up to celebrate and enjoy the day with the team at 1p.
Our third Superheroes event will be with this year’s official charity, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, to allow members to get to truly see where the funds raised this year will go to help the community. On May 24th, we will hold two sessions (9a – 12n / 1p – 4p) for our Superheroes to help sort and pack donated foods. Sign up for the event will open in April so stay tuned for more details.
In celebration of our Superheroes’ contributions to the community, we will host an exclusive celebration during the 2014 convention. Additionally, all Dragon Con Superheroes participating in this year’s projects will receive a free Superheroes t-shirt.
Director: Jennifer Breland (Contact: email@example.com)
We are pleased to announce the Atlanta Community Food Bank as our 2014 charity. The proceeds from this year's charity auction and other charity events at Dragon Con will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Dragon Con will again be matching funds raised at the show up to $50,000 with the hope of being able to send over $100,000 to the ACFB.
- 20% of the people living in Georgia are food insecure, meaning that they don’t always know where they will find their next meal.
- 28.8% of Georgia children live in food insecure households.
- 27.2% of Georgia’s children live in poverty.
- 19.2% of Georgians are living in poverty.
- From 2000 to 2010, the number of poor individuals in the Atlanta metro suburbs more than doubled, growing by 122%.
- In 2013 the ACFB distributed $9.21 worth of grocery products back into the community for every $1.00 donated.
- 94 cents of every dollar donated to the ACFB (including the value of all donated food) goes directly to services in the community to help fight hunger.
- The ACFB is one of more than 200 food banks that are members of Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organizations.
- In the fiscal year 2012-2013, volunteers served 106,418 hours oin support of the ACFB mission.
- As the need has continued to grow, the ACFB has been able to
respond, thanks to an involved and caring community. The ACFB
distributed an overall total of more than 45 million pounds of
food and grocery products in Fiscal Year 2012-13, compared to nearly 37 million pounds in the prior year. Over the past four
years, ACFB’s distribution has increased by 85%.
To find out more about the ACFB, click on the image below:
Help us to continue the Dragon Con tradition of charity work and thank you in advance for your support!
We welcome all submissions for the 2014 Charity Auction, benefitting Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Without donations from people just like you, we would not have been able to raise $87,000 last year for Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary, Georgia Conservancy, and the Marcus Autism Center.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to send an item (or items) for this year’s event, please send them to:
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.
Please keep checking back here for our 2014 Charity Artwork project!
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 2013, the drive welcomed 2972 donors and collected 7,544 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!
In two locations at Dragon Con:
Room A701-A702 of the Marriott
Atlanta Ballroom of the Sheraton (next to conference registration) (Thursday and Friday only)
Blood drive hours: