MarsCon traditionally hosts a Charity Auction with proceeds benefitting locally-based charities. This year, we are sponsoring Geek Partnership Society and the Gordy Dickson Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Geek Partnership Society
The Geek Partnership Society (GPS) is a non-profit organization with a mission of celebrating imagination, inspiring creativity, and building our community through service and education. GPS works in cooperation with other organizations to better serve the geek community of the Saint Paul/Minneapolis area through:
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.
The Charity Auction is held at MarsCon 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. Some charity items will be placed in Art Show for quick sales prior to the live auction, depending on available space. Proceeds from the MarsCon 2023 Charity Auction will be split between the two sponsored charities.
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!
“When Books Come Alive”
March 10 - 12, 2023
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