LITERACY ACTION SELECTED AS DRAGON CON 2018 OFFICIAL CHARITY
ATLANTA – February 21, 2018 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, sci fi, fantasy, and gaming convention, has selected Literacy Action Inc. as its official charity for 2018.
And Dragon Con will celebrate five years of its Superheroes community service program with a slate of projects to benefit several different community-based organizations plus host a year-long book drive to support Literacy Action. In its first four years, the Superheroes program has contributed more than 2,400 hours in community service to Atlanta-based non-profits.
Since 2013, the convention has consistently raised more than $100,000 for each of its annual official charities, including a dollar-for-dollar match from the convention up to $100,000. Funds are raised through convention-based auctions, special merchandise sales, special events, and the dollar-for-dollar match.
“Over the past five years, we have raised more than $511,000 for our official charities, including the convention match, which is a terrific record and something I’m very proud of,” said Pat Henry, president of Dragon Con, Inc. “I am particularly happy that we selected Literacy Action as our official charity this year and I look forward to writing them a really big check.”
Dragon Con also announced its first two Superheroes community service projects for 2018, both benefiting Literacy Action. Each year, Dragon Con invites its members and fans in the Atlanta area to participate in a series of projects reaching different aspects of the metro area’s non-profit community.
“Our fans really are Superheroes, who are willing to give of their time and their talents to make a difference in our community,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said.
“Donations are always important, but there are plenty of organizations that also need volunteers to carry out their mission.”
To begin, on April 22nd, the Superheroes will assemble at Coan Park to serve food and run games at Literacy Action’s Family & Friends Day. The event also serves as their Spring Student Recognition Day, celebrating the students and their accomplishments over the past semester.
And, second, Dragon Con is hosting a year-long book drive to collect new and gently-used books at all reading levels that can become a part of the organization’s library. Books will be collected at every Director and Volunteer meeting between now and the convention, at the convention, and through Dragon Con’s office at PO Box 16459 Atlanta, GA 30321-0459.
About Dragon Con
Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta (Aug. 30 – Sept. 3, 2018). Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music, and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.