Gen Con Names Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana as 2014 Charity Partner

INDIANAPOLIS (February 5, 2014) Gen Con, the annual game convention with nearly 50,000 unique attendees, has selected its annual charity partner for 2014­ Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Each year, Gen Con partners with one local charity, developing events programming intended to give back to the local community.

“We are so grateful to have a community-driven event like Gen Con here in Indianapolis,” said Gleaners President & CEO, Cindy Hubert. “The partnership with Gen Con will be a great one, and we are glad to have them assisting us in the fight against childhood hunger.”

Last year, Gen Con’s charity programming generated more than $25,000 for the convention’s 2013 Charity Partner, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana. This August 14-17, Gen Con will serve as host to numerous charity events supporting Gleaners, including a charity auction, the construction and demolition of a giant “Cardhalla” made of assembled trading cards, the “Slay the Creature” balloon sculpture battle, and many other highly anticipated events.

"Traditionally, Gen Con selects a charity partner that serves the youth of the Indy community, and Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana makes a daily impact on the lives of many children at-risk for hunger,” said Adrian Swartout, CEO of Gen Con LLC. Our team is honored to work with another terrific organization, and we look forward to the traditional outpouring of support from the generous gaming community.”

Specifically, Gen Con will support Gleaners with their BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids program, a youth initiative that provides weekend, take-home lunches through local schools. BackSacks are distributed to more than 10,000 at-risk children in grades K-6 in Indiana. These free lunches provide a nutrition resource to more than 230 participating schools.

About Gen Con

Gen Con, LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction and adventure game convention in North America, Gen Con Indy,The Best Four Days In Gaming!™. Weekend turnstile attendance of 159,364 and unique attendance of 49,058 grew the convention approximately 20% from 2012’s previous record of 41,000+ unique attendees. Acquired in 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast Peter Adkison, the company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. For more information, visitgencon.com.

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About Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana was founded in a three-and-a-half-car garage in 1980 with the purpose of fighting hunger in our community. Today, Gleaners serves more than 350 hunger relief agencies and 250 schools throughout 21 counties in central and southeastern Indiana, providing emergency food and grocery products to thousands of Hoosiers in need.

By October 1, 2013, Gleaners distributed over 28 million pounds of food which is the equivalent of 23 million meals. Every dollar donated to Gleaners helps provide enough food for four meals.

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. In Gleaners’ service area, nearly 325,000 people struggle with food insecurity—and 105,000 of them are children. Learn more at www.gleaners.org.