To all my Watchers and friends, I hope I am not overstepping things here, but I wanted to share something with you that could use some help. There's an Indiegogo campaign that's coming down to the wire that I'd like people to take a look at and hopefully deem worthy of their participation.
Every year in Springfield, Mo. I help put on the Gaming Arts Media Expo, a sci-fi/fantasy/gaming convention, which this year will mark it's sixth and it's been growing steady from year one. It's a totally nonprofit event that benefits the local Regional Arts Council, showing how even when it's sci-fi or fantasy, there is still real artistic value and skill in the genre that is just as valid as more traditional forms. There are the traditional things like role-playing games, boardgames, and electronic gaming; cosplay and anime films, but also educational panels like costuming workshops, game design panels, artists giving not only technique talks, but practical information about being an artist in the sci-fi/fantasy industry. Miniature painting workshops, and lots more. Here's the deal. It's nonprofit, so our funding comes essentially from ticket sales and donations. The problem is everyone tends to wait till the last minute, which puts a lot of stress on the event, not to mention strained relations with the venue staff, who demand payment before the event. As it's our sixth year we've achieved the stamp of credibility and our various fundraisers have been doing well, but the big one is threatening to fall short.
This year we hoped to get what we needed to open the doors by introducing an Indiegogo campaign. It's done well, raising half of the funds needed, but time is running out. At the time of this posting there's a little more than hours left to raise the rest, and the way Indiegogo works it's either all or nothing. We either reach our goal, or it fails and all money is returned to those who pledged. Back to square one. So rather than having to start all over if that should unfortunately happen (or worse, be forced to cancel), I was hoping to make you aware of the event and it's fundraiser. If anyone nearby is interested in attending you can purchase your passes as a donation. If you're not planning on going, just not hitting a drive-thru once and sending $5 or $10 to the fund raiser could help putting on the event or canceling. Even if everyone just did a dollar, that would add up and do a world of good. Anyway, totally up to you. Whether you do or don't is totally no pressure. I just wanted to risk it and ask people just to take a look and see if you think it's a worthy cause. I very much appreciate you taking the time to check this out. Thank you
(If you feel this is an inappropriate venue, please let me know, and I'll remove it)
UPDATED: For those of you who checked this out and contributed in some way, thank you so very much!! Not only did we achieve our goal, but we surpassed it, which means for the first time we're opening the doors in the black and we have enough left over to provide some extra perks to our attendees! Thank you all so very much. Even if it was just a dollar or telling someone else about it, every little bit truly helped!