Anthrocon Charity Auction/Raffle FAQ (v14.0)

Overview: Anthrocon raised $32,579 in 2016 for the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium! 

  • What is the Anthrocon Charity Auction/Raffle?

    The Anthrocon Charity Auction is an event on Sunday afternoon of the convention that offers items and products unique to the convention to bidders to raise money for a charity, chosen annually by the convention. The Raffle has the same purpose, but is a ticket-driven event over Friday and Saturday that accepts non-unique items and merchandise, with all winning ticket numbers presented during Sunday's Dealers' Room hours. Higher value donations are sold at the auction. Lower value items are raffled at the charity's Dealers' Room table.

  • What is the Charity this year?

    Anthrocon has selected the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium to be our beneficiary for 2016. The Pittsburgh Zoo strives to foster positive, lifelong connections between animals and people through exhibits, educational programs, and their many conservation projects.  Their goal is to make certain the Earth remains a suitable home for all life by fostering discovery of the interconnectedness of the natural world.

    The following is from the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium:

    With 8,000 animals representing every continent on the planet, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium unequivocally boasts some of the wildest experiences in the steel city.  As one of only six public zoo/aquarium combinations in the country, the park offers guests first-hand encounters with a robust plethora of species, from the grandeur of majestic African elephants to the playful antics of gentoo penguins.

    Nestled across 77 acres of rolling terrain in Pittsburgh’s Highland Park neighborhood, the Zoo features several thematic neighborhoods.  As visitors make their way through the winding and immersive terrain, they traverse areas that represent different geographic regions and categories of species.  Beginning in the Asian Forest, visitors are brought nose-to-snout with exotic mammals such as snow leopards, Amur tigers, Amur leopards, and red pandas.  Continuing further into the African Savanna, African lions, black rhinos, springbok, dama gazelles, African lions, African elephants, masai giraffes, zebras, and cheetahs represent the awe-inspiring species that inhabit the heart of Africa.  Indoor facilities, including underwater adventures in the PPG Aquarium, high-flying primate fun in the Tropical Forest Complex, and reptile-centric thrills in Worlds of Discovery, offer countless opportunities for learning about, living among, and loving creatures of all shapes and sizes from around the globe.

    For outdoor adventurers, Water’s Edge gives guests a taste of a small Alaskan fishing village.  The quaint storefronts and unique viewing opportunities—including two underwater viewing tunnels that provide 270-degree views of swimming animals—highlight the necessity of saving northern species of concern, including marine mammals such as polar bears and sea otters.  Kids Kingdom is where the youngest of animal enthusiasts can run free, climbing 40-foot spider webs, playing on playground structures, and enjoying animal-themed hands-on adventures made just for them while also encountering small notable species such as kangaroos and meerkats, and domesticated species such as goats and miniature donkeys.

    The Islands, the Zoo’s newest exhibit area, features diverse species in an island-rich setting of water and land. Unusual animal sights and sounds beckon visitors to enter as the calls of siamangs, curious arboreal primates, fill the air. As visitors continue through the Islands, they encounter the endangered Philippine crocodile, a massive reptile with less than 100 wild counterparts, whose species survival relies on its existence in zoos. Galápagos tortoises, the giants of the tortoise world, also roam, critically endangered Visayan warty pigs play, and mysterious clouded leopards leap through the trees.

    The experience of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium reaches far beyond the animals who make their homes there.  Immersive, foliage-rich environments highlight the beauty of each animal’s natural habitats and unleash the majesty of both local native plants and flora from around the world.  Classes and programs open up a world of learning and fascination to participants of all ages.  Conservation initiatives powered by the Zoo take place behind the scenes, striving to uncover nature’s secrets while pulling fragile species back from the precipice of extinction.  A visit to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium not only offers delightful encounters with incredible species, but interconnects your world with the wild.

    Be sure to include a visit to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium as part of your Anthrocon 2016 adventure.

    More information about the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium can be found at their website, If you have any questions regarding the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, they can be reached through their representative to us, Jaime Szoszorek, at jszoszorek[at] or by the Zoo's main line, 412-665-3640.

  • What is the background of the Anthrocon Charity Auction/Raffle?

    The Charity Auction at Anthrocon started when the convention began back in 1997. Over the years, Anthrocon has raised over $270,000 for various charities. Anthrocon's Charity Auction has consistently been among the highest performing fandom Charity events by dollar amount annually. In 2009, a raffle was added. Here is a breakdown of approximate (convention) totals by year:

    1997: Therapy Dogs - $2,200
    1998: Whiskers - $3,200
    1999: Great Valley Nature Center - $3,600
    2000: National Greyhound Adoption Program - $6,500
    2001: Reins of Life - $7,200
    2002: Canine Partners for Life - $13,200
    2003: Support Our Shelters - $8,300
    2004: Forgotten Felines & Fidos - $7,200
    2005: Greater Philadelphia Search & Rescue - $6,400
    2006: Western Pennsylvania National Wild Animal Orphanage - $8,400
    2007: Animal Friends - $7,608
    2008: Pittsburgh Parrot Rescue - $13,154
    2009: Animal Rescue League Wildlife Rehabilitation Center - $8,992
    2010: Fayette Friends of Animals - $12,849
    2011: Toonseum - $11,522
    2012: Hello Bully - $20,656
    2013: Equine Angels Rescue - $31,255
    2014: The National Aviary - $32,372
    2015: Western PA Humane Society - $35,910
    2016: Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium - $32,579

  • How can I help?

    If you are interested in donating to the Anthrocon Charity Auction or Raffle, send an email to charity(at) stating what you are donating, your name, your preferred email address if it's different, and details on the donation (what is it, medium, artist/donor, etc.). Your information will be recorded for the convention. This information is for approval purposes only - details should be provided with the required information card at the convention.

  • What else do I need to know about donating items?

    If you are donating an item (artwork, sculpture, animation cel, etc), it must be G to PG rated (PG13- or R-rated items accepted only with prior permission). You may either bring it to Anthrocon if you are attending or you may send it via postal mail. Write to charity(at) to receive the address that postal mail items should be sent to. If delivered by mail, the item must include a 3x5 card with pertinent, legible information such as the donor, artist, medium, and any other important information a bidder or ticket-holder should know so that the item may be properly auctioned or raffled. If delivered at the convention, please do so at the charity's Dealers' Room table during Dealers' Room Setup hours on Friday. You will be required to fill out a 3x5 card with the aforementioned information for display and/or auction purposes. Items donated for the auction must be unique - they cannot be available anywhere else at the convention. And please: we appreciate your generosity, but do not donate multiple copies of the same item!

  • What will happen to my donation at Anthrocon?

    Your donation will be on public display at the charity's Dealers' Room table. Less-expensive items will be raffled, with drawing results displayed on Sunday. High-value items will be auctioned one at a time at Sunday's auction event. Once the convention is over, you will be emailed with the price your item sold for if you have provided an email address.

  • Do you have any written rules for the Anthrocon Charity Auction/Raffle?

    The new, revised rules are available on the Anthrocon webpages at They cover many small details of the Auction and Raffle that are not covered in this FAQ.

  • Are there any deadlines?

    We will need all mailed donations to arrive not less than two full weeks before the convention (no later than June 17th). Any donations sent after that date may be returned to you unsold. If you plan to bring your donation to the convention, you may drop it off at the charity's Dealers' Room table during Dealers' Room Setup hours on Friday.

  • Will the convention handle the Charity Auction's proceeds?

    Except for cash donations sent before the convention date, no. Unless the Charity is unable to attend the convention, a representative from the Charity will be present at the Charity Auction and their Dealers' Room table and will collect the funds as the items, services, and tickets are purchased. The proceeds will, at no time, be in the possession of Anthrocon staff.

  • Is this affiliated with the Anthrocon Art Auction?

    Only in that it is at the same convention. The Art Show auctions will feature only items entered in the Art Show. The Charity Auction/Raffle items on display are being solicited and auctioned with no affiliation to the Art Show. You may submit art to the Art Show and merchandise to the Charity Auction/Raffle independently.

  • Who is arranging the convention and auction?

    Dr. Samuel Conway arranges the convention and you may direct questions concerning the convention in general to him via the convention at anthrocon(at)

    Brian Harris arranges the Charity Auction/Raffle, and any questions involving the Charity Auction/Raffle at Anthrocon should be directed to charity(at)

  • What if I would just like to make a cash donation?

    If you would like to donate to the charity before or after the convention, please visit their website for instructions. If you wish to make a cash donation at the convention, the Charity will be present in the Dealers' Room during scheduled hours.

  • Is my donation tax deductible?

    If you have made a donation that has a cash value, it may be. Please contact the charity's representative at the email address specified above for the tax-exempt information.

If you have any further questions, have no hesitation about contacting us and you will receive a quick reply. If you know anyone else who would like to donate to the Anthrocon Charity Auction, please pass this information on. Thank you for helping us constructively help others, assist our community, and provide an enjoyable convention.

- Brian Harris
Anthrocon Charity Director


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