FenCon IX - September 21-23, 2012 - Dallas, Texas

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A Fan-Operated Science Fiction and Fantasy Literary and Filk Convention in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area

FenCon Charity Efforts

We love to give: Thanks to all the fen who, over the years, have helped us give more than $15,000 to several worthy causes. Our annual charity efforts, born out of necessity in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, now seek to help a North Texas organization that can effect positive change in our community. Our designated charity for FenCon IX is Literacy Instruction for Texas.

Founded in 1961 by the local chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, LIFT is now one of the most widely respected adult literacy education programs in the United States. In the past year alone, LIFT has served more than 8,000 adult learners. The purpose of LIFT is simple: to teach illiterate and low literate adults to read English. It does not matter why they cannot read; LIFT's mission is "to enhance lives and strengthen communities by raising the adult literacy rate in Texas".

Literacy Instruction for Texas logo

Our 2012 charity efforts will include a limited edition signed and numbered art print by our Artist Guest of Honor, Donato Giancola. Ninth in the highly collectable FenCon charity print series, the printing costs of these works of art are paid by FenCon so your entire $10 donation for each print goes directly to the charity. We'll also have our annual charity auction on Saturday night, in conjunction with our art auction, plus a donation jar so you can give directly to this worthy cause.

FenCon Designated Charity Results:

Habitat for Humanity of South Collin County, 
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2011: Our designated charity for FenCon VIII / DeepSouthCon 49 was Habitat for Humanity of South Collin County, Texas. This nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry seeks to "eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action". Our charity auction and the limited-edition Vincent Di Fate cover print raised $2500 for this worthy cause.

2010: Our designated charity for FenCon VII was Carter BloodCare. Our charity auction and the limited-edition John Picacio cover print raised more than $1230 for this worthy cause. The blood drive also collected 40 units of blood Carter BloodCare is a not-for-profit organization that operates on behalf of patients and their loved ones in 56 Texas counties. Carter BloodCare is Texas' largest blood center, providing more than 330,000 units of lifesaving blood components for patients annually.

Carter BloodCare logo

Genesis Women's Shelter logo

2009: Our designated charity for FenCon VI was the Genesis Women's Shelter. Our charity auction and the limited-edition Kurt Miller cover print raised more than $2500 for this worthy cause. Genesis Women's Shelter exists to provide quality safety and shelter to battered women and their children through crisis intervention and short term crisis therapeutics and to reduce the occurrence of violence against women and children in the greater Dallas area.

2008: Our designated charity for FenCon V was Reading & Radio Resource. Our charity auction and the limited-edition Real Musgrave cover print raised a total of $2130 for this worthy cause. Reading & Radio Resource is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer agency, dedicated since 1969 to providing alternatives to reading for those who are visually or physically disabled and/or learning differenced.

Reading and Radio Resource logo

North Texas Food Bank logo

2007: Our designated charity for FenCon IV was the North Texas Food Bank. Our charity auction and the limited-edition David Mattingly cover print raised a total of $2000 for this worthy cause. The North Texas Food Bank passionately pursues a hunger-free community. In 2006, the NTFB distributed 32 million pounds of food to 764 feeding and education programs in 13 North Texas counties, including after-school programs, residential treatment programs, food pantries, emergency shelters, soup kitchens, senior citizen centers and low-income daycare centers.

2006: Our designated charity for FenCon III was the American Diabetes Association. The total raised by our charity auction and our 2006 limited-edition Darrell K. Sweet cover art print was over $1400! Thank you for helping us honor the memory of Judith Ward with your generous support of this worthy cause.

American Diabetes Association logo

Salvation Army logo

2005: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina we announced that the designated charity of FenCon II would be the Salvation Army to aid their disaster relief efforts. The FenCon Charity Auction raised over $2800. Signed, limited-edition prints of our first two program book covers by Cat Conrad and Larry Dixon plus some cash donations raised nearly $700. That's a grand total of $3500! Wow. Thanks to all the fen for their generosity.

FenCon Charity Cover Art Prints:

2004 FenCon cover print (limited edition of 50, signed by Cat Conrad)

2005 FenCon cover print (limited edition of 50, signed by Larry Dixon)

2006 FenCon cover print (limited edition of 50, signed by Darrell K. Sweet)

FenCon I
art by Cat Conrad

FenCon II
art by Larry Dixon

FenCon III
art by Darrell K. Sweet

2007 FenCon cover print (limited edition of 50, signed by David Mattingly)

2008 FenCon cover print (limited edition of 50, signed by Real Musgrave)

2009 FenCon cover print (limited edition of 50, signed by Kurt Miller)

FenCon IV
art by David Mattingly

FenCon V
art by Real Musgrave

FenCon VI
art by Kurt Miller


2010 FenCon cover print (limited edition of 50, signed by John Picacio)


2011 FenCon cover print (limited edition of 50, signed by Vincent Di Fate)



FenCon VII
art by John Picacio


art by Vincent Di Fate


Last updated 16 September 2012


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