Support Charities: Benefit Auctions and Blood Drives

Worldcons have a long tradition of hosting benefit auctions for a variety of charities. We’ll be hosting three benefit auctions and a game show for charity this year:


Tiptree Award Charity Auction

The Tiptree Award Charity Auction will run on Friday from noon—1 p.m. Check their Website for a list of items to be auctioned:

Of course feminists have a sense of humor! Come to the Tiptree Auction to see it! Sumana Harihareswara, our auctioneer, could talk you into anything, from a first edition novel signed by Octavia Butler, a 25th Anniversary Tiptree t-shirt with a Freddie Baer silk-screen design, an unpublished musical score by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Anne McCaffrey’s Cooking Out of this World, and more. Also, the Tiptree Award mascot, Space Babe, will be represented by a hoodie and maybe even her blaster! There will be plenty of laughs and all for a good cause. Every dollar earned is donated to the James Tiptree Jr. Award —an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender. The aim of the award is not to look for work that falls into some narrow definition of political correctness, but rather to seek out work that is thought-provoking, imaginative, and perhaps even infuriating. The Tiptree Award is intended to reward those writers and other creative artists who are bold enough to contemplate shifts and changes in gender roles, a fundamental aspect of any society.

The Tiptree Auction made $1,500 at MidAmeriCon II


Build-A-World Charity Game Show

The Build-A-World Charity Game Show invites you to earn prizes, help create characters and new worlds with exciting authors and writers including special guess past Hugo winners and 2016 Hugo nominees. Help the panelists compete and win money for their dedicated charity either the Lyon-Martin hospital for trans people in San Francisco or the CHIditarod Foundation which helps to solve food insecurity and shortages in Chicago. The item is on the Tucker Stage at 8 p.m. Please note this was formally on at 9 p.m.


Fan Fund Auction – TAFF/DUFF

On Saturday from 11 a.m.—12:30 p.m. there will be a fan fund auction to benefit both the Trans Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) and the Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF). Help support DUFF and TAFF and take home some most excellent swag. The Fan Funds were established to give fans from far flung regions a chance to get to know, in person, the fans who were only known through letter columns (now the Internet).

Please consider donating items for this auction. Weird and unusual fannish stuff, artwork, interesting books or anything with a fannish connection, *pulp magazines* — the older the better, fannish t-shirts, crocheted Chuluthu hats, what-have-you! All donations gratefully accepted, and they’ll benefit two wonderful causes.

Please send all items as soon as possible to me at the address below, or, better yet, bring them in person to the fan fund auction: Curt Phillips, 19310 Pleasant View Drive, Abingdon, VA 24211.

The TAFF/DUFF Auction made $2,700 at MidAmeriCon II.


AboutSF/Orlando Pulse Victims Fund

There will be a charity auction to benefit two organizations: AboutSF, an education project of the James Gunn Center for Science Fiction at the University of Kansas, and the Orlando Pulse Victims Fund, coordinated by Equality Florida Action. Auction items will be on display near the Art Show in the Exhibit Hall for a silent auction from Wednesday through Saturday. Items with four or fewer bids by the end of Saturday will be sold to the last bidder. Items with more than four bids, plus a few special items, will be featured in a live auction on Sunday.

All items on the silent auction tables with five bids, as well as a few special items will be sold during the live auction to be held Sunday from 11­ a.m.—2 p.m. in the Flexible Activities Space in the Convention Center. This will be a fast-paced event that will prove both exciting and fun. Stop in for the fun and perhaps a chance to get your own special piece of fannish history.

We’re asking everyone, all con attendees, special guests, artists, dealers, other conventions ­ to consider donating items. All donations are tax deductible. We welcome items connected to fandom plus jewelry, costumes, books, gift certificates…anything except items banned by the convention (such as weapons). You can help make this benefit auction a greater success by helping to solicit donations from local stores, writing and sending donation request letters, or volunteering to help staff the auction tables or help at the live auction. For more information about the auction or how you can help, write to

The AboutSF/Pulse auction raised $9,765.


Heinlein Society Blood Drives

After last year’s successful blood drive at Sasquan (67 pints collected in two drives), the Heinlein Society has arranged for three days of blood drives in the convention center — Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m.—4 p.m in the 2300 Lobby (location of Registration). The blood drives are managed locally by the Kansas City Community Blood Center. If you haven’t donated blood before, here are the blood donation eligibility requirements. Note that 16-year-olds can donate with parental consent, and people over 76 can donate with a doctor’s letter. Select this link to schedule an appointment to donate blood at MidAmeriCon II. You may also be able to stop by the blood drive check-in desk at the con to make a reservation for a time slot.

The blood drives collected 150 units of blood