Charity Partners for 2018

Gen Con isn't just about gaming; it's also about giving! Gamers giving back to the community is a key part of "the Best Four Days in Gaming!"

This year Gen Con is partnering with two incredible organizations in our charity efforts. One, as always, is local and supports our Indianapolis community, the other, supports our gaming community.

Please welcome Second Helpings and the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund as Gen Con's 2018 Charity Partners. Funds raised during this year's convention will be split evenly between both partners.

About Second Helpings:

Each day, Second Helpings rescues prepared and perishable food from wholesalers, retailers and restaurants — preventing unnecessary waste and keeping food out of the landfill. That rescued food is transformed by volunteers and staff into 4,000 hot, nutritious meals each day that are distributed to 85 other social service agencies that feed people in need.

Rescued food is also used in the Second Helpings Culinary Job Training program that trains unemployed and underemployed adults for careers in the food service industry. This helps eliminate hunger and poverty at its source. More than 760 adults have graduated from this program, and Second Helpings alumni are now working in Central Indiana as cooks, executive chefs, business owners and culinary instructors.

For more information about Second Helpings, please visit their website

About Jack Vasel Memorial Fund:

The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund started in 2011, in memory of Jack Vasel, son of Dice Tower founder and host Tom Vasel and his wife Laura.

Jack was born two months premature and very ill with neonatal meningitis. After nearly seventy days in the hospital, Jack passed away. The gaming community rallied behind Tom and his family during this challenging time.

The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund grew out of Tom’s desire to honor that support and make a difference for people in need. The Fund provides financial assistance to members of the public who are part of the gaming community and who have suffered personal hardship not of their own making.

It is our hope that this work provides Jack with a lasting legacy that supports the entire gaming community.

For more information about the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund, please visit their website

Gen Con, along with Event Organizers, host events during the show to raise funds for the selected charity. Some of those events include ...

  • Ace of Aces Auction
  • Balloon Sculpture "Slay the Creature"
  • Cardhalla
  • Charity Auction
  • Nerd Night for Charity
  • Silent Auction

The list will continue to grow as we get closer to the show.

Past Charities

Over the past 12 years, Gen Con, along with it's sponsors, exhibitors, artists, attendees, vendors, etc. has raised over $260,000 for charity.

  • 2017 - Child Advocates
  • 2016 - The PourHouse
  • 2015 - The Julian Center
  • 2014 - Gleaners' BackSacks Program
  • 2013 - Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • 2012 – STARS Youth Foundation
  • 2011 – School on Wheels
  • 2010 – Pajama Program
  • 2009 - Indiana Math and Science Academy
  • 2008 - Fisher House
  • 2007 - Christel House
  • 2006 – Rupert’s Kids

The entire Gen Con team sincerely appreciates your support for these charity efforts. Together, we have made an important difference in the lives of those in need within Indianapolis and the greater Indiana community. Thank you!