Charity Auction

Proceeds from the Charity Auction will benefit two locally-based charities:

NAMI Minnesota
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. NAMI Minnesota offers education, support and advocacy. NAMI Minnesota vigorously promotes the development of community mental health programs and services, improved access to services, increased opportunities for recovery, reduced stigma and discrimination, and increased public understanding of mental illness.

NAMI Minnesota offers more than 500 free classes and presentations and over 70 support groups each year, and was recently recognized with prestigious national and state awards for its advocacy successes!

To learn more about NAMI, see their web site at: www.namihelps.org.

and

Gordy Dickson Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Gordy Dickson Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2002 for three purposes:

  1. To honor Gordy Dickson, local fan and science fiction and fantasy pro writer who died in 2001.
  2. To collect money to send potential new writers to the Clarion Workshop for SF and fantasy writers or some other workshop. Gordy always encouraged new writers.
  3. To promote accord in Twin Cities fandom by having a project that various fan clubs and individual fans can work on together.

For further news and information about the fund, see sffan.org/gdmf.

So, how can I help out with Charity Auction and other charitable events at MarsCon?

We‘re glad you asked. Here are a few ways to help:

Donate stuff!
It‘s not too late. We accept donations at planning meetings and all the way until the convention and even during the convention. If you have something cool that somebody would bid on, you can drop it off in Ops when you arrive at MarsCon.

Bid on stuff!
There is usually at least one treasure that you will really want—maybe an autographed picture of one of the Guests of Honor, a toy, some tickets to a movie, a poster, some books—so show up, bid, and remember that what you spend is going to support two worthwhile causes.

The Charity Auction is held on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. on the Main Stage. Auction organizers will accept silent bids prior to the Auction if you can‘t be in the room during the Auction. Open viewing starts at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, and some items will be on display in various function rooms throughout the convention.

Volunteer!
We always need help setting up the auction donations for display prior to the auction, holding up items for better viewing during the auction, keeping track of bids and tabulating, etc...

Let Us Know!
If you or your group are planning another charitable activity at MarsCon, please let us know ahead of time so we can help you promote your event as well.

Thank you!
It‘s a great way to help out!

MarsCon 2017
Dragons In Space

March 3-5, 2017

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3800 American Blvd. E.
Bloomington, MN 55425

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