Dragon Con Superheroes

Dragon Con Superheroes  ◊ Event 1: Clean Up Day at Piedmont Park with Georgia Conservancy  ◊ Event 2: Walk to End Lupus Now-  ◊ Event 3: Backpack in the Park with For the Kid in All of Us

Dragon Con Superheroes

We are pleased to announce that the Dragon Con Superheroes, a community service project team for our members, volunteers, and staff will continue in 2016.  In its first two years, the Dragon Con Superheroes contributed nearly 1300 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, and supporting the Lymphoma Walk.  In all, about 200 Dragon Con fans and their family members worked on these six projects.  We are looking forward to even more participation this year.

In celebration of our Superheroes’ contributions to the community, we will again host an exclusive celebration during the 2016 convention.  Additionally, all Dragon Con Superheroes participating in this year’s projects will receive a free Superheroes t-shirt designed by the talented Sam Flegal.

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Event 1: Clean Up Day at Piedmont Park with Georgia Conservancy

Thanks to all the Dragon Con Superheroes who came out to make the Clean Up Day at Piedmont Park a huge success! We would also like to thank the Georgia Conservancy and the Piedmont Park Conservancy for all of their support. Over 40 volunteers came out to help spread the love that is Dragon Con, as well as 2 truck loads of mulch, and picked up a heaping 22 bags of trash. Please check out the photo gallery below for some insight into the great work the Superheroes did as well as how much fun was had by all! If you want to be a Dragon Con Superhero and join in the fun, please read more about us on this page. We would love to have you!

2016 Dragon Con Superheroes:  Clean Up Day at Piedmont Park with Georgia Conservancy

Piedmont Park Conservancy is the nonprofit organization working with the City of Atlanta for the preservation of historic Piedmont Park. Since their inception in 1989, the Conservancy has successfully restored the historic portion of Piedmont Park. The Conservancy has raised and invested more than $60 million for park beautification, maintenance/security, programs, and also includes a 53-acre expansion of green space.  The Piedmont Park Conservancy has successfully transformed the once dilapidated Park into the most visited in green space in Atlanta. The Conservancy currently manages more than 90 percent of the Park’s daily maintenance care and security.

The Georgia Conservancy is a statewide, member-supported environmental organization. Their work for environmental advocacy, land conservation, coastal protection, sustainable growth and outdoor stewardship recognizes the connection between the environment, the economy and our quality of life.  Founded in 1967, the Georgia Conservancy has a rich history of working with private citizens, business, government and academia to preserve and protect the state's natural resources.  Their mission is to protect and conserve Georgia's natural resources through advocacy, engagement and collaboration.

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Event 2: Walk to End Lupus Now

When: April 30th

Where: Piedmont Park

Time:Check in begins at 9a / Walk begins at 11a

We will again be participating in the Walk to End Lupus Now on April 30th in Piedmont Park and want YOU to join in on the fun.  There are several ways you can do so:

1.           Join Team Dragon Con Superheroes and walk with us!  Join our team, raise money*, and make a real difference in the lives of those living with Lupus each day.

2.           Aren’t available on April 30th?  Do you live out of town but still want to help?  Become a virtual walker and raise money* for Team Dragon Con Superheroes. No problem! Join Team Dragon Con Superheroes.

3.           Would you like to volunteer but prefer to support the actual walk itself?  Sign up here to provide help at the finish line and/or in other duties around the walk.

* Earning $50 or more for Team Dragon Con will earn you the exclusive Dragon Con Superhero status, complete with exclusive party invite and a t-shirt! 

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. 

During the 2014 Walk, the Dragon Con Superheroes were able to raise over $10,000 for the fight against lupus and we are hoping to raise even more this year!  Help us reach our goal and make a real difference in the lives of those living with lupus.

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Event 3: Backpack in the Park with For the Kid in All of Us

When: July 24th

Where: Cator Woolford Gardens

Time: TBD

In its final episode this year, the Dragon Con Superheroes will team up with For the Kid in All of Us to collect school supplies and prepare back packs for needy students.  School supplies will be accepted at all Volunteer and Director Meetings throughout the year.   Supplies needed include:

o  New Backpack (boy/girl/gender neutral)

o  6 - 2-Pocket Folders 

o  2 - Spiral Notebooks

o  2 - Filler Paper 

o  12 - #2 Pencils 

o  1 - 12pk Colored Pencils 

o  1 - 1" 3-Ring Binder 

We will be collecting these supplies at all of our Volunteer Meetings throughout the year, as well as, accepting donations through our office at PO Box 16459 Atlanta, GA 30321-0459.

Stay tuned for more details on the event to pack the backpacks for needy students.  The event will take place in late July and we hope to have our Superheroes team join us in full support for a day of work and fun.

More about For the Kid in All of Us:

Our all-volunteer, grassroots group started small – and grew quickly.

In 2003, a circle of friends noticed a troubling trend: the increasing number of families in greater Atlanta struggling to make ends meet. Led by current 6th District Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan, the group set out to raise awareness of the problem and make a meaningful difference in their community.

Their efforts led to The Toy Party, a toy drive aimed at bringing together a diverse mix of supporters to brighten the lives of Georgia families. While the first event was held in a private home, that intimate gathering quickly blossomed into one of the city’s must-attend holiday happenings. The host committee soon evolved into a not-for-profit organization. For the Kid in All of Us was born.

Bringing smiles to Christmas mornings is a wonderful cause, but FTK was determined to do even more. In 2006, the nonprofit launched Backpack in the Park, a back-to-school benefit that collects school supplies for needy students. Our calendar of philanthropy expanded again in 2013 with Kids to Camp, a campaign to send children to summer enrichment camps of their choice.

For the Kid in All of Us is a 100-percent volunteer organization, incorporated in the State of Georgia, recognized by the US Internal Revenue Service as a not-for-profit, public charity under Section 501(c)(3).

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