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LibertyCon Charity Work

As many of you know, since our inception LibertyCon has been a 501.c(3) non-profit organization. We were formed with the goal of promoting literacy and education in the Chattanooga area and have done our best to follow that mission with our guests and incredible panels/seminars covering Literature, Art and the Sciences.

Since we are a non-profit ourselves, we've also always felt very strongly about helping other local and worthwhile non-profit organizations such as The Chattanooga Food Bank, Chattanooga Special Olympics, Orange Grove Center, and many others.

As a rule of thumb we try to keep enough money in the bank to cover running our convention for a couple of years. In the event of a 'bad year' or two we want to make sure that nothing will happen to LibertyCon itself. But apart from that, we try to redirect extra money to those local organizations that really need the help to do good works in our community.

The funds we donate come from you guys, and all of us at LibertyCon feel extremely gratified at the response we have had from our attendees for this. Whether you choose to help by supporting our Saturday Night Charity Auction and other Charity events throughout the convention (of which all of the collected monies are given directly to our Charity of Choice for the year) or even by just attending the convention, thank you for your support of Chattanooga area charitable organizations.



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The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer’s mission is to erase the effects of pediatric cancer and optimize each child’s quality of life through essential specialized intervention beginning at the time of diagnoses and continuing throughout survivorship. The Foundation provides services to children with cancer as well as their families through its three major divisions; Diversionary Therapy, Psycho-Oncology, and Healthy Lifestyle Education. The Foundation provides all services at no cost to the families. Services are funded solely by the generous donations of its supporters.

This year the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer is celebrating its ten year anniversary. As part of this celebration, the Foundation's new Education Advancement Center will focus on diagnosing and treating the educational and functional deficits associated with pediatric cancer and its life saving treatments. The center's programs will include an Industrial Arts program, School Tutorial Program, Neuro-Cognitive testing and remediation, and other specialty programs designed to optimize the families recovery from pediatric cancer.

You can find out more about The Austin Hatcher Foundation at their website.


LanasLove Logo web Lana’s Love Foundation is a local charity founded by Jim and Cindy Webster and is named after their daughter, Lana Beth. Lana Beth was an extraordinary eleven year old little girl diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma at age 6 and fought cancer bravely for 5 years. The Lana’s Love Foundation is a resource for families with children fighting cancer that is dedication to helping kids with cancer and their families have fun.

Lana’s Love Foundation asks for nothing in return for their services. One of their children they helped over the last year was Caitlin Puckett, daughter of Don Puckett. As a thank you for the wonderful work that Lana’s Love Foundation does for the community as well as for assisting the family of one of their own, LibertyCon presented their 2016 donation in memory of Caitlin Puckett to Lana’s Love Foundation on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 4pm at The Barn Nursery.

You can find out more about Lana's Love at their website.


Bethel Bible Village

Having lived in the Chattanooga area my entire life, Bethel Bible Village has been a familiar organization the entire time and they have worked for over 60 years to help the local children and young people through times of crisis and need.

Their Mission Statement is, "Bethel Bible Village's mission is to provide safe, nurturing and Christ-centered homes for children of families in crisis, and equip and inspire them to live productive Christian lives."  They go on to point out that while their service is Christian based, religion is not pushed on the children. They are open to children of all faiths, or none, they are merely working to help the young people with their circumstances.  And in case you didn't know, Bethel is not your typical "consultation" organization.  Instead they offer a safe and stable environment where the children can live, on average between 9 and 12 months!

Their operating costs are almost completely supported by local individuals and organizations, and LibertyCon is proud to help!


Recently one of the LibertyCon Family suffered a tragedy when Dave Martin's son, Andrew, passed away. aimlogo

Andrew had been receiving services and housing from the AIM Center, a local organization that specializes in helping individuals with mental issues.  In their own words: "AIM Center helps people with mental illnesses reclaim their lives. We treat the individual— teaching them to manage their condition across their living, working, learning and social environments."

They are a lesser known group that serves an incredible need, and doing it in a very underfunded manner.  



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LibertyCon favorite, The Chattanooga Area Food Bank, was once again our Charity of Choice for 2013's LibertyCon 26.

As you probably know, the Food Bank is a definite favorite charity of LibertyCon's. They do an incredible amount of good for the local community, and do an exceptional job with the money they receive. As a matter of fact, for every dollar donated they are able to provide five meals to those in need. The Food Bank truly does a phenomenal job to help those in need in the Chattanooga and Northwest Georgia area.

At LibertyCon 26, thanks to our attendees, we were able to raise a whopping $6,000 dollars for this organization! Not bad for a small SF/F convention in Chattanooga!

The Food Bank wanted us to come down to their annual "Share Your Christmas" fund raiser event over the holidays to do the presentation, and we were briefly interviewed by local anchor Cindy Sexton. You can see a clip of the video below:




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For our 25th Anniversary convention our Charity of Choice was the Challenger Center.

In case you're not familiar with them, the Challenger Center teaches and promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with a variety of hands-on simulations, experiments and other teaching models. They are a phenomenal resource for getting kids interested in the Aerospace Sciences as well as Space in general. To find out more about them, visit their webpage at The Challenger Center.

Thanks to our attendees, we were able to give them a check for $5,000 after LibertyCon 25.

But since 2012 was our 25th Anniversary, we decided after the convention that we wanted to go the extra mile. The Chattanooga Area Food Bank has always been a favorite charity of LibertyCon's, and a special favorite of one of our previous board members. Many of you know Sandy McDade who was head of Hospitality for more than ten years, and a person that we feel was intrumental in bringing 'southern hospitality' back to Southern Fandom. With her personal goal of feeding all of the LibertyCon attendees with more than the Little Debbies and potato chips that seemed to be standard for southern conventions at the time, the Food Bank was a natural charity for her to promote at every opportunity she could.

So over the 2012 holiday season LibertyCon was extremely pleased to be able to donate $5,000 to the Chattanooga Food Bank in addition to the $5,000 we had previously donated to the Challenger Center. The donation was made to honor the memory of Sandy McDade, and so the donation was also made in her name.

(The Food Bank also sent us a very nice letter thanking us for our help, which you can see here)