Gen Con Announces 2016 Charity Partner

INDIANAPOLIS (January 12, 2016) Gen Con, North America’s largest and longest-running gaming convention, has selected The PourHouse as its charity partner for 2016. Each year, Gen Con partners with one charity, local to Indianapolis, hosting events intended to create donations for the partner organization. Opened in 2004, The PourHouse provides street outreach and peer advocacy for individuals experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis.

“Gen Con gamers have found a way to extend their creative reach into the streets of their host city, and The PourHouse is honored to have been chosen as the Official Charity Partner of Gen Con 2016”, said Andrea De Mink, Executive Director of The PourHouse. “Your generosity will provide opportunities for housing, healthcare, and restoration of lives.”

Last year, Gen Con’s programming generated more than $40,000 for the convention’s 2015 Charity Partner, The Julian Center. Since moving its convention to Indianapolis, Gen Con has raised more than $200,000 for local charities. From August 4 through 7, Gen Con again will serve as host to numerous charity events supporting The PourHouse, including the construction and demolition of a giant “Cardhalla” made of assembled trading cards, a charity auction, and many more.

“For more than a decade, Gen Con’s attendees have demonstrated tremendous generosity for the Indianapolis community, and one of the most difficult decisions that we face each year is selecting from among the many deserving local charities,” said Adrian Swartout, Gen Con CEO/Owner. “The PourHouse makes a difference daily in the lives of those in the Indy metro, and we are happy to partner with such a great organization.”

About Gen Con

Gen Con, LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction, and adventure game convention in North America, Gen Con, The Best Four Days In Gaming!™. Acquired in 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast Peter Adkison, the company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Gen Con 2015 was Co-Sponsored by Mayfair Games and Paizo Inc. For more information, visit www.gencon.com.

About The PourHouse

The PourHouse assists individuals experiencing homelessness in overcoming barriers to housing, treatment and healthcare. Through community-style street outreach and a unique peer advocacy approach, they help people define and achieve their goals. They distribute clothing, food, blankets, hygiene products, and related goods on a daily basis. Their biweekly Community Gatherings provide a hospitable environment for them to connect with people who choose not to engage with traditional service providers. Their agenda is simple: Define the next step and determine how they can help someone take that step. This approach creates a framework for relationship, trust and long-term success.

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