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. MarsCon 2021 Charity Auction proceeds will be split between two locally-based charities:
Cookie Cart provides teens 15 to 18 years old with lasting and meaningful work, life and leadership skills through experience and training in urban nonprofit bakeries.
For further news and information, see: https://cookiecart.org/
Gordy Dickson Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Gordy Dickson Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2002 for three purposes: To honor Gordy Dickson, local fan and science fiction and fantasy pro writer who died in 2001. 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. 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: https://sffan.org/gdmf.
Black Lives Matter
The killing of George Floyd in MarsCon’s home state has brought Black Lives Matter back into international focus. While our science fiction fan community embraces diversity and inclusiveness, we recognize that we have a long way to go to get to our ideal future, and we support BLM’s mission to eradicate white supremacy and intervene when violence is inflicted on Black communities... because Black Lives Matter.
More info: https://blacklivesmatter.com
Music has been a huge part of MarsCon over the years. The Recording Academy - the folks who bring you the Grammies - has established MusiCares as a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need... such as widespread shutdowns due to COVID-19.
More info: https://www.grammy.com/musicares
Uncle Hugo’s and Rebuild Lake Street
The Twin Cities sufered huge losses in late May / early June. Donataions can make a world of difference. Consider contributing to one of the following:
(official) Help Save Uncle Hugo’s fundraiser
Help Rebuild Lake Street fundraiser
Fans Educational Network for Science Fiction / MarsCon
If you have money left over after donating to the worthy causes above please consider helping MarsCon pay for extra coronavirus-related expenses. Visit the MarsCon store.
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:
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 the Bridge when you arrive at MarsCon. The Bridge is located on first floor, across from the hotel’s front desk. We are able to take donations up until an hour before the auction.
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.
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 for your generosity!
MarsCon is a fan-run science fiction convention for all ages held every March in the Twin Cities area. At MarsCon you’ll find panel discussions, parties, guest of honor presentations, music of many kinds, our art show, film/anime room, science room, dealers room, charity auction, and masquerade. Our comedy music track is virtually a con in itself, and attracts a nation-wide audience.
“Forces of Darkness”
March 12 - 14, 2021
Hilton Minneapolis/St Paul Airport/Mall of America
3800 American Blvd. E.
Bloomington, MN 55425
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