Man, I’d be so much more productive if I stopped playing SimCity Buildit… Maybe then I wouldn’t be so far behind in my painting for Templecon. Relevance, you ask? Well, not much other than the link to Templecon itself, really. It is time for a reminder of this year’s annual Lost Hemisphere Charity Fundraiser though.
Templecon 2015’s beneficiary is the Hope Alzheimer’s Center of Cranston, Rhode Island. Some folks have asked why not a larger charity, and it’s a fair question. The reason is that a lot of larger charity organizations have a larger overhead to match, and portions of the proceedings are lost to that overhead. $500 is a drop in the bucket to multi-million dollar groups. They do amazing things, for sure, but that same $500 for a smaller charity could mean, for example, doubling their monthly budget for recreation therapy for their residents. It is in this way that we can make a direct and significant impact on the lives of people suffering from Alzheimer’s and the people that care for them. In the past twelve months the Gdayclan has lost two of its matriarchs, and other members of the Titans have also been affected by Alzheimer’s in a large way this year. The choosing of the Hope Center is a very personal thing for us.
Of course, we hope that you’ll be able to join us at Templecon and you’ll have a generous spirit, purchasing many raffle tickets, from which all proceeds will go directly to the Hope Alzheimer’s Center, facilitated by our good pals from the New England Privateers (who you can support further by looking into maybe attending CaptainCon).
Now, I did just say raffle tickets – we’d like to give attendees a chance to win something shiny to bring home from Templecon. To make that happen, we need shiny things. We’ll be providing a bunch of stuff ourselves, but we’re also accepting donations for the prize table. We’re looking for donations to be either New-In-Box or fully painted – we want to have them displayed on the table, catching the eyes of passers-by and enticing them to support our fundraising efforts. To that end, the prize pool currently includes (but is not limited to):
- Fully painted Cephalyx (Exulon Thexus) force, donated by Lost Painter (and Party Fouler) Tuna
- Fully painted Legion of Everblight (Kallus) force, donated by Rawrmachine‘s Tyrant Mithras
- Fully painted Shae theme force, donated by prolific podcast pom Kev Bryant
- Asphyxious the Hellbringer, donated by Noghannan and painted by Rob Hawkins
- Custom Earthbreaker Colossal, donated by Faultie
- Custom Rask and Ironback Spitter, donated by CaptainSpud
- Vyros2, Destors and Thanes, donated by Podthrall Dale of THACO Podcast
- Archangel, donated by ANDY FROM UK!
- War Hog, donated by local awesome guy MortymerXT
- High Command: Faith & Fortune w/ Escalating Conflict
- High Command: Castle of the Keys
- Level 7: Invasion
There’s more coming that we’re waiting on the final details for, including (but again, not limited to) tournament trays from Broken Egg Games, miniature storage solutions from KR Multicase, resin bases from Dragon Forge Design, and more models from Privateer Press, Soda Pop Miniatures, Arena Rex and Lord knows who else by the time we’re done.
This is where you can help out.
We had a fantastic table last Templecon, and I’m not going to lie – this one’s already looking pretty sweet, but we can make it even sweeter. If you think you might have time to paint up a model or two for the table… if you think your local store might be interested… if you’ve managed to make a life-size plush Shredder… If you think you might be able to contribute to the prize table in any way, please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get into a dialogue to make this happen.
I know I’m not speaking just for myself when I say thank you for your consideration.