We love games at GeekGirlCon! We also love awesome events that help kids. So, here’s an opportunity to do both by supporting Extra Life, a 24-hour game marathon to raise funds for sick children and their families. Extra Life has been around since 2008, and since that time it’s raised over $14 million for children in hospital! This year, GeekGirlCon is proud to have two of its staffers taking part on September 16 for this great cause.
Once again, our very own Gaming Event Coordinator, Andy Munich (also known as The 8 Hour Gamer) and our Merchandise Manager extraordinaire, Shubz, will be battling the monsters of the Underdark as part of the Wizards of the Coast team to help raise money for the Seattle Children’s Hospital. Andy will also be running a game of Dungeons and Dragons as a Dungeon Master, so you can see him switch hats and roles throughout the marathon!
It’s that time of the year again. We’re less than two months away from October, which means that we’re less than two months away from GeekGirlCon 2016. But do you know what that also means? We’re ready to launch our Fundraiser for the DIY Science Zone!
A GeekGirlCon volunteer at Washington State Conference Center in Seattle, Washington during Con in October 2015. Photo by Danny Ngan
We love the geeky things we do.
It’s why GeekGirlCon is powered by a 100% passionate, volunteer-run organization (and 501c3 nonprofit) dedicated to putting on a fantastic con that celebrates women in science, tech, gaming, comics, and all other geekdoms. Take a look in this infographic at what we had going on last year!
Reserved seating for two at the GeekGirlCon ‘16 special events and closing celebration
Two weekend passes to GeekGirlCon ‘16
Adamantium: $1,000 or $85/month
Includes all above benefits, plus:
Cut in Line Pass for all Panels***
***Sponsors must arrive at the panel before it lets in and before the line caps. If the line has capped, sponsors won’t be allowed in. People who require accommodations will also be given first priority. Extra security measures may also impact this due to safety protocols for Washington State Convention Center.
Uru: $2,500 or $209/month
Includes all above benefits, plus:
Spotlight recognition in the Program Guide
Special recognition at one special event of your choice
Invitation to our Before the Con tour of the space with staff and board
Invitation to our “Behind the Scenes” dinner (with board member, executive director, and/or directors) before the Con
Vibranium: $5,000 or $417/month
Includes all above benefits, plus:
Exclusive Hosted Game Night with GeekGirlCon Gaming Staff for 10 Guests
For a third year, four intrepid members of the GeekGirlCon staff will be battling it out this Sunday, May 15th at Mox Boarding House for the Gauntlet!
What IS the Gauntlet, you ask?
The winning team also gets a literal gauntlet! Image source: Kristine Hassell
The Gauntlet is an invitational charity tabletop game tournament that includes local industry professionals from across all gaming genres. It’s also a marathon, and not a sprint: teams of four play games for nine hours! In addition to being able to play well, each team gets “power ups” throughout the games, which are special abilities to help boost their chance at winning. But, they don’t come cheap! Power ups are based on each team’s fundraising capabilities. The higher-ranked a team is based on its fundraising abilities, the more power ups they get! All fundraising efforts benefit a local charity. Last year, the teams raised an incredible $93,000, and GeekGirlCon also came fourth out of twenty teams! Information about the previous years’ event can be found on our blog here and here.
This year’s theme is Odyssey, and the charity of choice is YouthCare, a Seattle-area non-profit that works with homeless youth, to help them get off the streets and preparing for life. During the day, Mox will also be hosting other activities, such as face painting, a donation drive and a twitch livestream!
“We’ve been practicing the games as much as we’re able to make the org proud,” says Kristine Hassell, who, along with Hosanna Tolman, Kathryn Storm and Mikey Brant will be flying the GeekGirlCon flag high this weekend. But, that’s not all. In addition to preparing for the games, Team GeekGirlCon has been planning a group cosplay which they will reveal on Sunday!
So, if you’re free this weekend, head to Mox Boarding House and cheer on Team GeekGirlCon! You can also donate for the team’s power up ranking here.
Despite huge technical difficulties, we couldn’t have asked for such amazing donors this year. In GeekGirlCon’s first year of teaming up with Seattle Foundation for its GiveBIG program, we raised over $12,000 with 115 donors!
As a 100% volunteer-run, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, these dollars are crucial and we can’t wait to give back to all our supporters at GeekGirlCon’16 on October 9th and 10th!
[Extraordinary update: Despite huge technical difficulties, we couldn’t have asked for such amazing donors this year. In GeekGirlCon’s first year of teaming up with Seattle Foundation for its GiveBIG program, we raised over $12,000 with 115 donors! Read more about it in this blog post!]
GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event with the goal to invest $20 million in community nonprofits.
In addition to the money we raise today, we get an additional percentage of funds from the Seattle Foundation.
With the extra funds, you can help GeekGirlCon (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization), incelebrating every geek and promoting women in science, tech, gaming, comics, and all other geekdoms at a variety of events throughout the year and at our annual Con.
Our goal is 50 donations. Be one of our fabulous 50 donors and #GiveBIG!
We celebrated at Wayward Coffeehouse on Tuesday to track live results.
We will not be at Wayward on Wednesday, but the party continues online! Mention us on Twitter at @GeekGirlCon using the hashtag #GiveBig. You can see some of our tweets throughout the day, in the box below.
Karen had attended our inaugural con in 2011 for a sing-along screening of Labyrinth at the EMP. We’d held a sock-puppet making workshop earlier in the day, led by our Design Team, and she pointed out some key moments for puppet participation. (Seeing happy geek women & girls singing and smiling and waving sock puppets they made themselves packing the JBL theater was SQUEE.)
In 2013, celebrations for the 30th Anniversary of Fraggle Rock were taking place, and GeekGirlCon was presented with an opportunity to get in on the joy. The Jim Henson Company agreed to loan us Red – but she needed to be flown out with a handler and put up in a hotel. Red was certainly not a diva, and the expense was less than I’d predicted, but more than our entire programming budget.
The Executive Director and I decided it was something too special to not make happen.
“Mom, why do you have to help GeekGirlCon raise money?”
This question was asked by my nine year old daughter as I shepherded her out the door on the way to GeekGirlCon’s first ever fundraiser last month.
“Well, GeekGirlCon is a non-profit – that means no one person benefits from any money we make. We have to take all the money that people give us and put it back to work. When we want to do more, we need to raise more. That’s why we are having this fundraiser.”
I hadn’t intended for the fundraiser to be a teaching moment, but her questions made me realize that teaching our kids about why we give was an important discussion to have. Philanthropy, whether it be financial or through volunteerism, is important to my husband and me, so it makes sense that we would teach those values to our kids as well. But where to begin?