On May 18 and 19, we held our 6th and possibly final Comics for Charity event. The weather held out for us to make this event another great success! Over the course of two days, we raised $4589. We like round numbers, so we remitted $3445 to our main charity, Refuge RR, $575 to Frontier Animal Society, and $575 to Friends of Feral Cats Hawkesbury, i.e. $4595 remitted in all.
We didn’t quite manage to reach our goal of $5000, but we are still really proud of the amount we reached. I know the groups we helped out were very grateful for the support.
Poor Dale was exhausted from battling the deadlines on his Iron Man story arc, plus he had a terrible ear infection all weekend. Because of that, he didn’t do as many sketches as usual. The ones he did do were gorgeous, however! See our photos, below.
It was so nice to see some of our regulars – Michel, Mark, Vito, Chris, Colin, Tate (thanks for the surprise, Tate!), along with a slew of local fans, many of them young children! We also got to meet lots of great new people such as Doug and Glenn, with whom we’d been corresponding for a while!
Special thanks to Colin and his family, who went above and beyond the call of duty by bringing a huge stack of Canadian Tire money. The people at Friends of Feral Cats Hawkesbury were so grateful for it, as they buy all their cat food there!
Special thanks also to Dale’s mom, Agathe, and her spouse, Bob, for selling 11 posters on their own and donating water bottles for our booth! You two ROCK!!
Thanks also to Michel for taking over the booth whenever I needed to run errands! You’re hired, Michel! ;-)
Our posters featuring local landmarks were very popular once again and got lots of coverage in local papers! We sold out of the ones with a newspaper headline but will have some of the others when we go to Montreal Comiccon in September. Funds will still go to charity.
The biggest hit of the weekend, though, was the $5 grab-bags I’d spent long hours putting together. They contained 15 comics each and Dale personalized each envelope with a quick sketch. I gave him clear instructions to draw quick doodles, but he ignored me (not an unusual phenomenon) and drew little medallion sketches for the fans. The kids were OVER THE MOON!!!
These events take a huge amount of time to organize and host, so we feel the need to take some time off. We definitely won’t be holding a C4C next year, and probably not in 2015 either. We’ll see how we feel. We have some ideas for alternate fundraising approaches, but they wouldn’t have the scope of our C4C events, not would they be as fun… But we’ll keep thinking about it and will keep you posted! :-)
Until then, HUGE thanks to everyone who came out to make C4C 2013 such a great success!