Charities

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


Dragon Con 2019 Charity Auction

Director: Jodi Pace (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 participates in the show at the convention, we provide a fan table to give you an opportunity to educate our attendees on your mission. We host several charity events throughout the show, including our main auctions on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

American Heart Association

We are so very excited to partner with the Atlanta Affiliate of the American Heart Association as our 2019 official charity. This year's charity selection is a very personal one, done in the honor of our Comics Director, Thom Trainor, who lost his battle with heart disease in July of 2018. Dragon Con will again match dollar for dollar, up to $100,000, any money raised for this charity at the 2019 convention. We would love to show how much HEART our fans have by sending the total match to AHA!!

The American Heart Association’s mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

The AHA is a catalyst to achieving maximum impact in equitable health and well-being. The American Heart Association is in the United States and around the world, spanning all populations. It works on addressing overall health and well-being, anchored in cardiovascular and brain health by focusing on: breakthroughs in science and technology, changes in systems and policy, and engaging with individuals to transform communities. Additionally they work through networks that collectively define and assure scientific integrity, invest in impact, influence action, and connect across communities, sectors, and nations in order to meet the needs of individuals.

To learn more about the the American Heart Association, click here.

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Charity Submissions

We welcome all submissions for the 2018 Charity Auction, benefiting Literacy Action.

Without donations from people just like you, we would not have been able to raise close over $100,000 last year for the Special Olympics of Georgia.

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.

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Dragon Con Superheroes

The Dragon Con Superheroes is a community service project team for our members, volunteers, and staff to provide opportunities to gather and enjoy time with our Dragon Con family while giving back to our local community.  Since 2014, Dragon Con Superheroes have contributed more than 2,900 hours to Atlanta-area non-profits.  Projects have 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, cleaning and spreading mulch in Piedmont Park, a school supplies drive and backpack packing event with For the Kid in All of Us, a toy drive and bingo event with Children's Healthcare, and hosting an Olympic Town booth for athletes and families with the Special Olympics of Georgia. In the months leading up to the 2018 convention, Dragon Con Superheroes community service program, volunteers and fans delivered more than 8,500 books for Literacy Action, supported Literacy Action’s Friends and Family Day graduation ceremonies by hosting games and serving the event’s meal, and gave a women’s shelter a top-to-bottom spring cleaning for Partnership Against Domestic Violence. In all, about 290 Dragon Con fans and their family members have volunteered on the Superheroes 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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