Charities

Dragon Con Charity Auction  ◊  Charity Submissions  ◊ Charity Artwork Project  ◊ Robert A. Heinlein "Pay It Forward" Blood Drive  ◊ Dragon Con Superheroes


Dragon Con 2017 Charity Auction

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

At Dragon Con, we raise money for our designated charity throughout the convention via auctions and other events. These funds are donated to a designated charity that is selected at the beginning of the Dragon Con year in January. Organizations selected in the past have represented a wide range of community services, including support for families facing lupus, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and heart disease, assistance for the homeless, community food banks, education and libraries. In general, we look for a charity that can provide opportunities for our members, staff and volunteers – The Dragon Con Superheros – to have hands on volunteer experience and that will greatly benefit from the funds donated by Dragon Con. As the official charity of Dragon Con, we ask that the charity actively participate in the show at the convention, we provide a fan table (Thursday through Monday, with Thursday through Saturday seeing the most traffic) to give you an opportunity to educate our attendees on your mission. We host several charity events throughout the show, including our main auctions of Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and we encourage you to be a part of these as well. We have seen that having volunteers present to educate people has a direct positive impact on the fundraising efforts of our fans. Passion is most certainly contagious with our group! We evaluate each application based on organizational impact, financial need, and volunteer opportunities. Our goal is to ensure that each applicant is given equal consideration.

Click here for more information about Dragon Con, the charity selection process, and our charity requirements.

GA Special Olympics

We are so very excited to partner with Special Olympics Georgia as our 2017 official charity. Dragon Con will again match dollar for dollar, up to $100,000, any money raised for this charity at the 2017 convention.

The mission of Special Olympics Georgia is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

In 1970, 500 athletes gathered at a suburban Atlanta college to participate in the first-ever track and field event held under the Special Olympics Georgia banner. Over the past 46 years, the organization has grown exponentially and has helped thousands of children and adults in the process. The number of active athletes has grown to 27,115 participating in 25 sports. The first Executive Director of Special Olympics Georgia was Nancy Seekins from 1979-1982. Following her was Don Crawford from 1983-1996, and then Tex Crossin from 1996-1999. Current CEO Georgia Milton-Sheats is the longest-serving CEO of Special Olympics Georgia, having been in the position since 1999.

To learn more about the Special Olympics Georgia, click here.

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Charity Submissions

We welcome all submissions for the 2017 Charity Auction, benefitting the Special Olympics Georgia.

Without donations from people just like you, we would not have been able to raise close to $100,000 last year for the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

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 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 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM Friday and Saturday. The booth is in the Marriott 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

With this year being the 20th Anniversary of the first Harry Potter book, Art Show is proud to offer a unique project to our attending artists and fans that gives a nod towards the series and movies.  We are very excited to announce that the theme for this years’ Dragon Con Art Show Artist Charity Project is “Fantastic Beasts!!”  The “base” item we will be using this year is a paper mache suitcase with approximate dimensions of 6.5 in. x 4.75 in. x 2 in.  Please see the Jpeg of the item before the artist’s work their magic.  The transformed suitcases will be auctioned off at the Art Show Voice Auction on Monday at noon in the Grand Halls on the Exhibition Level of the Hyatt, with the proceeds going to this years’ Dragon Con Charity: Special Olympics Georgia.  Please come help us support a great Charity at the auction with the chance to take home a unique item!

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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.

Blood Drive Hours:

Thu. Aug 31

Fri. Sep 1

Sat. Sep 2

Sun. Sep 3

Mon. Sep 4

Start

11a

10a

10a

10a

9a

End

8p

7p

7p

7p

3p

The Blood Drive will be held at the Hyatt on the Conference Room level.

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

Blood Drive

 

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

The Dragon Con Superheroes, a community service project team for our members, volunteers, and staff will continue in 2017.  In its first three years, the Dragon Con Superheroes contributed nearly 2000 hours of community service in the months leading up to Dragon Con.  Projects included packing and sorting food items for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, maintaining trails at Sweetwater Creek State Park, working the Walk to End Lupus Now, building community gardens with the ACFB, supporting the Lymphoma Walk, mulching the Piedmont Park dog parks, and soliciting donations and packing backpacks with For the Kid in All of Us.  In all, about 250 Dragon Con fans and their family members worked on our nine projects.  We are looking forward to even more participation this year so that it can be our best year yet.  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! We hope to see you at one of our projects this year.

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