INDIANAPOLIS (January 18, 2022) — Gen Con, the largest and longest-running tabletop gaming convention in North America, has chosen Jasper’s Game Day and The Patachou Foundation as its official charity partners for 2022. Since moving to Indianapolis in 2003, the annual convention has raised more than $350,000 for its charity partners.
“We’re proud to support these two incredible organizations, who are doing vital work in our gaming and local Indianapolis communities,” said Megan Culver, Gen Con’s Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Events. “Every year, we are moved by the generosity of our attendees as they partner with us to raise funds for our charity partners.”
As part of this agreement, both organizations will receive proceeds from Gen Con’s 2022 fundraising efforts, including longstanding charity events such as the popular Cardhalla, a mass destruction of giant playing card structures. Both groups will also receive promotional marketing and table space at the convention to connect with attendees and share information about their work.
“The Patachou Foundation is thrilled to be named one of the official charity partners for the 2022 convention and to have Gen Con as part of our hunger-fighting team," said Matthew Feltrop, executive director of The Patachou Foundation. “We believe in the value and power of shared experiences — whether around a board game or the lunch table — to shape a bright future for kids. With partners like Gen Con, we'll be able to serve more than 75,000 scratch-made meals in 2022 and attack the root causes of childhood hunger in our community."
“Jasper's Game Day is honored to be named one of the official charity partners for the 2022 convention," said Fenway Jones, executive director of Jasper's Game Day. "Jasper's Game Day strives to spread a message of hope and reach those in need of mental health services. Working with Gen Con will allow us to raise funds and reach a broader audience. During the pandemic, mental health care is more important than ever, and we will leverage this partnership to help save lives across the country and reduce the stigma that surrounds asking for help."
Gen Con Indy 2022 returns to the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium this August 4-7, 2022, operating in a hybrid format incorporating Gen Con Online virtual programming and Pop-Up Gen Con activations at game stores across the country. Badges will be available at gencon.com starting January 30.
About Jasper’s Game Day
Jasper’s Game Day (JGD) started in 2017 after founder and president Fenway Jones lost two close school friends in the span of ten months to suicide. Beginning as a one-time Dungeons & Dragons gaming event organized by Fenway and her father Aaron, JGD is continuing to spread suicide awareness and prevention at national gaming conventions, facilitating events for local gaming stores to raise donations for their local crisis centers, and online game streaming. They strive to reduce the stigma around talking about mental health so the world can start to treat it equally to physical health.
Learn more at jaspersgameday.com
About The Patachou Foundation
Since 2013, The Patachou Foundation has prepared and served daily meals and learning experiences for children to increase their awareness of and excitement about food. Every menu is planned with kids’ voices at the center. The Patachou Foundation serves over 75,000 scratch-made meals for kids annually and fights the root causes of hunger in our community. Learn more at thepatachoufoundation.org
About Gen Con
Gen Con is the largest and longest-running annual event devoted to tabletop gaming culture in North America. The convention, which began in 1968 in Lake Geneva, WI, takes place each summer in Indianapolis, IN. During the convention, attendees shop and demo games from hundreds of exhibiting companies and choose from thousands of ticketed events representing a wide array of board games, card games, roleplaying games, seminars, entertainment events, and more.
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