Anthrocon 2015 Charity Event Summary

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Hi, and welcome to the 2015 edition of the Anthrocon Charity Events Followup!

Anthrocon raised a new record total of $35,910 for The Western PA Humane Society, our supported charity this year. Thanks very much to Sarah Shively and all their volunteers who came out to participate!

We also set new records for money raised in the Raffle and the Bucket Brigade!

More special thanks are in order to the following groups and individuals:

* To all the donors who contributed artwork, merchandise, and memorabilia to the auction and raffle, and to all those who both bid at the auction and bought raffle tickets.

* To the Dorsai Irregulars, Anthrocon's security contingent, who contributed the Elevator Golden Ticket for 2016 and raised additional funds at the elevators.

* To Dr. Samuel Conway and 2, the Ranting Gryphon, for their charity performance for which all ticket sales were donated to charity. Also, again to Dr. Conway for his annual auctioneering skills.

* To all the fursuiters who volunteered their time for fursuit "bucket brigade" duties, with special thanks to Winter Skywere who shouted himself hoarse around the Dealers Room for hours and hours raising bucket money - an above and beyond effort!

* To the Westin, Omni, DoubleTree, and the Courtyard, who each generously offered up a four-night stay during Anthrocon 2016.

* To all the attendees who bought merchandise and made cash donations to the Western PA Humane Society's donations box at their table, which is always a large percentage of the total funds raised.

* To the generosity of attendees at our Closing Ceremonies, who donated more than $1000 on their way out the door.

I would like to give thanks to my staff who helped conduct both the charity auction and raffle. None of this could've occurred without the assistance of Mike "Mrianti" Pierce, Trevor "Mr. Mutt" Boyd, Tracey "Stormy" Bealer, and Tamarie "CelticKitty" Simmons.

Unclaimed high-ticket raffle items will be re-raffled next year.

Results will be tentative for a month or two after publication of this summary to account for additional incoming donations and human error.

Finally, here are all the details.

Charity Auction (in no particular order) [donor - item - sale price]:

Lèvé - Melissa & Doug tiger plush - $80
Anthrocon - Anthrocon 2015 giant fursuiter badge #2015 - $150
Salem Wolf - Rocket Raccoon "Gentle Giant" mini-bust - $130
Fdaki Industries - "A Brony Tale" DVD signed by Ashleigh Ball - $50
Wayward Leather Designs - Dragon Belly BRacers - $70
Tyrrlin - "Lazy Lady" Lindwurm doll - $125
DoubleTree - Four nights in DoubleTree for Anthrocon 2016 - $525
Gen Talon - "Jack Salem" framed original animation cel by Roz Gibson - $250
Anonymous - Jumbo wolf plush - $100
Charlie Groark - Cat sculpture by Vicky Wyman - $70
Rain Oubliette - Viking helmet - $175
salem Wolf - "From Scratch" 1978 1st ed double-signed book by San Diego Chicken - $150
Anthrocon - Anthrocon 2015 "Wolf" fursuiter badge - $450
Salem Wolf - Framed concept art for 1974 Disneyland "America Sings" attraction - $325
Omni - Four nights in Omni for Anthrocon 2016 - $750
Anthrocon - Anthrocon 2015 "Macro" fursuiter badge - $325
Big Paw - Viking bull plush - $60
NinjaTanuki - Lion King wooden poster - $250
Salem Wolf - 1994 imported Italian Simba cub plush - $275
Anthrocon - Anthrocon 2015 "Fox" fursuiter badge - $400
Soba - "Fabulous Dragons" complete set by The Danbury Mint - $300
Westin - Four nights in Westin for Anthrocon 2016 - $1600
Dorsai Irregulars - Elevator "Golden Ticket" for Anthrocon 2016 - $1200
Sheradon - Coyote fursuit partial - $950

Auction total: $8,860

Raffle (in no particular order) [donor - item - ticket sales @ $1 each]:

Dr. Gerbasi - Russian wild canine nesting dolls - $132
Mama Folkmanis - Folkmanis tomcat puppet, signed - $35
Mama Folkmanis - Folkmanis grizzly bear puppet, signed - $40
Anonymous - AC '11 t-shirt, AC '14 conbook & performer badge signed by Lee Tockar - $46
Amaruq - "49 Shades Of Grey" t-shirt - $59
Darkclaw & Tyrrlin - Fabrikations Rocket Raccoon soft sculpture - $56
Bullwinkel Family - Basket of 13 moose plush - $53
Dr. Gerbasi - Ceramic horse head bookends - $31
Dr. Gerbasi - "Purr-fect" picture frame - $16
Dr. Gerbasi - "You Had Me At Woof" picture frame & wolf postcards - $18
Dr. Gerbasi - Fox plush & mug - $56
Dr. Gerbasi - "Toby" husky plush - $62
Dr. Gerbasi - "Dance Like An Animal" hair ties, socks, headband - $4
Dr. Gerbasi - Set of 6 Ty Beanie-Boos - $14
Dr. Gerbasi - 2x leopard keychain jewelery - $12
Dr. Gerbasi - MLP:FiM Benie Baby set - $44
Karmakat - Buffalo Wings TPBs - $47
Karmakat - Police Academy: The Animated Series Vol. 1 DVD - $19
Noy - European candy & soda gift basket - $217
Anthrocon / Fizz Otter - Anthrocon 2015 "Hyena" fursuit badge - $17
Anthrocon / Fizz Otter - Anthrocon 2015 "Bear" fursuit badge - $85
Anthrocon / Fizz Otter - Anthrocon 2015 "Otter" fursuit badge - $41
Anthrocon / Fizz Otter - Anthrocon 2015 "Tiger" fursuit badge - $44
Anthrocon / Fizz Otter - Anthrocon 2015 "Pony" fursuit badge - $55
Anthrocon / Fizz Otter - Anthrocon 2015 "Goat" fursuit badge - $26
Anthrocon / Fizz Otter - Anthrocon 2015 "Lion" fursuit badge - $45
Anthrocon / Fizz Otter - Anthrocon 2015 "Skunk" fursuit badge - $33
Diana - Bunny scarf - $23
Slickpuppy - Usagi Yojimbo #1-16 (Mirage) & #1-30 (Dark Horse) - $87
Hyena Agenda - "Fox Fire" t-shirt, stickers, buttons - $113
Hyena Agenda - "The Face" t-shirt, stickers, buttons - $75
Coventry Decor - "Yeeaah!" etched glass, signed by Jayson Thiesson - $11
Soba - Pink Panther mug, Mickey Mouse mug - $8
Soba - "Ferretrooper" print by Robin Wood, signed - $50
Soba - Mickey Mouse tie - $32
Soba - Electronic Sonic corkboard, neon store display sign - $130
Soba - Midwest Furfest 2006 ice cream social skeych poster by Spunky - $6
Legion Printing - Flagon with a dragon - $19
M&T Comics - "The First Lipizzaner" HC art book - $8
Wolf Blair Creations - "Dragon Rider" framed print by tBLAIRs - $18
Courtyard - Four nights at Courtyard Marriott for Anthrocon 2016 - $914
Sssage - "Celtic Dragon" hand-engraved glass vase by Sssage - $41
Sssage - "Master Of His Star" unique canvas print by Sssage - $39
Smooth-On - Lifecasting starter kit & Ultimate wound kit - $54
Tiger Torre Art - Leather bobcat mask, retired pattern - $19
The Gneech - Suburban Jungle cameo - $58
Tricia - Limited ed. Disney mirror - $33
Tricia - Doggie gift basket - $29
Draike - Cat breed illustrated playing cards - $13
Scrolling Fantasy - Golden retriever scrollsaw clock by Scrolling Fantasy - $17
Daniel Skirtandzy - Franklin Mint otter statuette - $17
Daniel Skirtandzy - Framed lenticular deer print - $14
Lèvé - 4' All Ball assortment - $33
Pixel and the Wolf - Pinback buttons (x50) - $31
Walt's Games - Zombies Bag o' Clowns & Giant Pimple plush - $2
Heather V. Kreiter - My Little Demon plush, signed - $38
Lupine Assassin - "Bone" complete collection softcover - $41
Lupine Assassin - The Complete Calvin & Hobbes HC book set - $177
Charlie Groark - "Disney's Art Of Animation" lenticular HC, 1st ed - $43
Club Stripes / Peaches & Cream & studio Cute - "Rio" figurine signed by Miu & Ponygirl - $38
The San Diego Chicken - The San Diego Chicken merchandise lot - $16
Chantilly Cat - Motion-activated candy dispenser - $20
Furry Picnic - Signed print by Foxy, 4x Furry Picnic mugs - $20
Chantilly Cat - Simba plush - $32
Amber Jennings Art - German Shepherd decoration - $4
Sharky - Folkmanis dragon shoulder puppet - $65
Petercat - "Silent Watch" cards - $23
Little Forkers - "I Could Fork You" book by Tess Cooper - $4
Sym - "Sno Mates" original framed art - $6
Paul Germinaro - 5 lbs Runts candy - $35
Sanguine Games - Vinyl art banner by Chris Goodwin - $9
Shinigami Girl - "Cops & Robbers" print - $45
Xolani & Steph - Pop Animation Dragonball Z Resurrection F Golden Frieza vinyl figure - $9
Julie Kossler - Furvilla 3-plush set w/ bag - $114
Red Falcon - Leatherbound journal - $33
Red Falcon - Leather claw bracers - $118
Red Falcon - Leather test tube arm/thigh - $46
Red Dog - T-shirt, red panda badge, red panda bottlecap button - $48
Dr. Gerbasi - "Furries Among Us" by Thurston Howl, signed SC - $35
WitchieBunny - "Ingress" t-shirt - $5
Inked Fur - "Cloud Warrior" print by Purple Pardus - $42
Murkrowzy - Bag of handmade tails - $32
Jasper Blue - Laser etched Anthrocon theme tag - $100

Raffle total: $4,215

Dorsai Irregulars elevator donation - $20

Dr. Gerbasi's Furry Survey donation - $150

Dunkin' Donuts fursuiter donation - $178

PuppetShow donation - $200

SLIP donation - $200

Rooth (staff-in-absentia) 1% 2014 donation - $324

Furp memorial comic auction donation - $324

Cash donations at Closing Ceremonies - $1,073

Charity Poker Tournament - $1,320

Tani Da Real Anthrocon city shirt donation - $2,000

Western PA Humane Society merchandise sales - $2,093

Fursuiter Bucket Brigade - $3,735

Cash donations - $4,748

2 & Kage's Comedy Show (tix @ $10) - $6,470

Convention total: $35,910

Thanks again for a great year and see you all in 2016!

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Were the four nights at the Courtyard really part of the raffle and not the auction?
If so, how full was that jar with 914 tickets in it? Shocked

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Yes, the Courtyard hotel stay WAS part of the raffle.  I asked Rigel about it at the time and he said that they randomly select one of the four major hotels and put it in the raffle.  He indicated that this was to make it possible for anyone to win it instead of the person with the most money.

And he's right.  Do you think the bidding would have gone as high as $900 at a voice auction?

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Given that the arguably less-desirable Westin stay (unless it was a guaranteed low floor) went for $1600, I'd say yes, the Omni would've gone that high or higher, unless/until people did the math on a per night basis (which still doesn't explain the Omni results).

And arguably the logical conclusion of this approach is to put them all in the raffle...

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We had to start a second ticket can after the first one maxed out.

The Courtyard would arguably raise the most at auction, however it's unfair to always let the Courtyard go to the wealthiest attendee.  In the interest of balancing fairness, fundraising, and our responsibilities to both the charity and our attendees, we try to change up which one of four hotels goes into the Raffle each year rather than totally shutting out our less privileged attendees from winning any given hotel over time.

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I just did the math and relized I was about 1/3 of the charity auction. *facepaws*

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I'm disappointed there were no boobies at this year's 2/Kage event.

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How do I post stuff I'm a new member

 

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each time i say i am going to limit how much i am going to give a cute furry walked by and more money went in the bucket.... are there any not so cute furries you can get to carry the buckets? maybe i will be able to save some money next year lol Dance

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