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2017 Charity Details

Fandom Festival 2.0: Charity Wars

Charity, competition and crafty ideas come to fruition at the Fandom Festival 2.0: Charity Wars! Fandom Festival 2.0 is a new and improved version, aimed at collecting can donations, monetary and necessities by doing a friendly and creative competition among popular fandoms. Think, a cross between Iron Chef and a Parade Float fueled by donations. This is a hands on, interactive event. Just want to donate to a good cause? Just stop by the event and drop off your donations!

10 fandoms will be allowed to register at a first come, first serve basis but must have 5 people minimum to register a table to a Fandom. For example, if you wanted to do a Fairy Tail table, you must have five people total ready to sign up to claim a table. It’s completely free! Then your fandom will be given a starter pack of materials to create a “table float” once the event begins.

The table float should be themed around your fandom, it can be any part of the fandom but it needs to have SOMETHING to do with it. It also will be a team effort, so play nice! Others from the fandom can join your team. Teams are not exclusive and are open to anyone joining up to 2:00 PM.

Want more materials than what you are given in the starter pack? This is where the charity comes in! Premium materials cost “charity goods” which can be considered toiletries, monetary or canned food.  Premium materials can range from clamps, more poster board, yarn, colored tape, ect… Premium materials are limited! Our attendees are creative, we never know what you’ll come up with! So the more donations you bring, the better! Want to just donate, but not participate? Then come in and drop it off at the registration table and you can choose what fandom to donate it to.

Guidelines/Rules

  1. You cannot bring in outside equipment or materials to build your table float.
  2. Our premium materials will be worth more monetarily than they are at retail cost, this is to help raise money.
  3. Fandoms are limited to (1) table, even if they are separate groups. We want everyone to make new friends and promote teamwork among the fandoms!
  4. Table floats are prohibited from using inappropriate symbols or words and must be family friendly. Hate speech is not tolerated and the offender will be ejected from the team.
  5. Fandom tables are for Fandoms of series of geeky nature (such as Steven Universe, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Homestuck, ect…) Fandoms not allowed are (but not limited to) offensive, violent, not family friendly, hate speech,  controversial or causes.
  6. Table float reservations are first come, first serve to groups of 5 people or more. Signups begin at 12:00 PM when doors open.
  7. Table building begins at 12:30 PM, but can start anytime afterwards. This means, if a table is open and a fandom arrives at 1:00 PM, they are welcome to start.
  8. Anyone is welcome to join a fandom table float building until 2:00 PM, which is when tables are beginning to wrap up.
  9. 2:30 PM table building halts, and judging process begins.
  10. Judging will be based on Creativity, Cohesiveness and Organization.
  11. Bad sportsmanship will not be tolerated. Haranguing or insulting other fandoms will not be tolerated.
  12. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. If someone in your fandom team or other team makes you uncomfortable or is behaving inappropriately, please report to the staff members at the front desk.

The winning fandom will receive:

  • A certificate of winning the Fandom Festival (per person)
  • The fandom will automatically get a table the following year
  • In the 2018 Program Book, the fandom will be listed as the “Charity Fandom of 2017”

Current Preferred Donations for Food Outreach

  • Canned Tuna Fish
  • Canned Chicken
  • Canned Turkey
  • Canned Salmon
  • Canned Corn
  • Canned Green Beans
  • Canned Mixed Vegetables
  • Canned Mandarin Oranges
  • Canned Pineapple Chunks
  • Canned Peaches

We look forward to what our creative attendees will come up with! All donations will be donated to Food Outreach of St. Louis.

 

Brentwood Library

The Brentwood Library, in central St. Louis County, was selected to be a recipient of funds raised through Anime St. Louis’ charity fundraiser for the last few years.  The extra money has been used to create one of the largest collections of manga in the Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis, a collective of nine independent city libraries within St. Louis County. Each book is marked with a special sticker thanking Anime St. Louis, and the collection is housed in the teen section of the Brentwood Library on new carousels.  The library reports the Manga are a huge hit with the young patrons at all 9 locations  and are constantly being checked out.  This year’s order of new titles include Barrage, Bleach, Blue Exorcist, DragonBall, Inuyasha, Kare First Love, K-On!, Mixed Vegetables, Naruto, Natsume’s Book of Friends, One Piece, Rurouni Kenshin, Skip Beat!, We Were There, Yu-Gi-Oh, 5Ds/Duelist/GX/Millenium/R/Zexal, and YuYu Hakusho.

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Extra Life

We are also excited to announce our second charity for 2017 will be Extra Life!  Extra Life is a national organization that raises money for children’s hospitals, with St. Louis’ chapter benefiting two local hospitals.  Be sure to stop by Extra Life’s booth to learn more and to sign up!

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“Game lovers of all kinds are spending the next five weeks raising funds and deciding what to play on Saturday, November 7 — 2015’s Extra Life game day benefiting St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, members of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  The grassroots gaming experience lets gamers register for free at www.Extra-Life.org, select St. Louis Children’s Hospital or SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, establish a fundraising goal and seek donations from friends and family to support their “game day.”

All funds raised through Extra Life by greater St. Louis area gamers will stay local to help our partner hospitals.  Since 2008, tens of thousands of participants have raised more than $8 million on behalf of this Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising program. All secure donations made on behalf of Extra Life participants stay local equally benefitting St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital to ensure that innovative programs can be funded, crucial equipment can be purchased and that no child can be turned away.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Greater St. Louis is gearing up for November 7 game day. Those interested in gaming for the 450,000 kids treated annually at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center can register at www.Extra-Life.org.”

 

Annie’s Hope

Finally, we are adding a fourth charity for 2017, Annie’s Hope!  Annie’s Hope is a community based not for profit providing comprehensive support services to children, teens and their families grieving the death of someone significant. The mission of Annie’s Hope is fulfilled anytime a hopeless, sad or angry child finds courage to face the future after the death of someone special.

“We know that children experience profound sadness, fear, anxiety, and confusion following the death of a loved one. The negative impacts affect their mental, emotional, social, cognitive, spiritual and physical health and development. The unfortunate reality is that most bereaved children are forced to navigate their grief journeys alone. Children’s grief is misunderstood, unrecognized and overlooked because adult caregivers are either overwhelmed by their own emotions, or they are not capable of distinguishing signs of extreme distress in grieving kids. Enjoining peers who understand one another’s pain normalizes the grieving process, provides kids with a safe place to explore feelings and better understand death, connects grieving children to a support network, and instills healthier coping skills. Compassionate grief support combats the incidence of school failure, depression, anxiety, and risk taking behavior involving alcohol, drugs and sex – all of which commonly afflict bereaved kids. Annie’s Hope is the only organization that offers a full array of free support services to the vast, underserved or sometimes wholly unserved population of grieving children in the St. Louis area. Offering programs free of charge to 3,600+ grieving kids and their families annually makes it necessary for Annie’s Hope to raise a minimum of $715,000 every year. Financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations allows thousands of St. Louis area children, who are disadvantaged by intense emotional distress, to find hope for healthier futures. Grieving kids need facilitated peer support to succeed in the classroom, experience decreased incidences of destructive behavior, and find productive ways to express anger, frustration and sadness.”