Fan Fund activities at Chicon 8 brought in a total of $4,649.64 reports Geri Sullivan, a past administrator of the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund.
Fan funds enable a well-known fan to attend a major science fiction convention in another country or region.
The Live Auction brought in $2,160 with fans bidding on flash fiction by Michael Swanwick, dill chips from TAFF delegate Fia Karlsson, a hand-beaded/hand-knit lace shawl from Esther MacCallum-Stewart, and an original poem by Jane Yolen as well as one by Jo Walton. Also going under the hammer were Tuckerizations by Mary Robinette Kowal, Cat Valente, and Steven Barnes in collaboration with Larry Niven.
$1,432.64 Dublin/Glasgow suite (Comic & book sales, bar tips, & Tammy’s Tastings Ukraine); with thanks to CoNZealand
$ 303.00 Yard Sale
$ 584.00 Silent Auction
$ 170.00 Other donations ($2 given to Lynelle, DUFF 50th Party, Jeanne Mealy, Comic sales to Greg Ketter)
Geri Sullivan says: “Not only did we do remarkably well overall, 31% of the proceeds came from the utterly splendid support of the Dublin/Glasgow suite. A healthy but undetermined amount of that came from the sale of a box of Ben Yalow’s comics and copies of Mad Magazine from the 1960s-1980s while several hundred dollars clearly came from the tip jar and Tammy’s Tastings Ukraine cocktail event. Huge thanks to James Bacon for carrying on and expanding the support started at DisCon III, and to CoNZealand as well as Dublin and Glasgow. Those daily great big, gronking wads of money were amazing!”
The distributions to participating fan funds worked out to:
$1,132.66 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund
$1,245.39 Down Under Fan Fund
$1,086.62 GUFF (Get Up-and-over Fan Fund or the Going Under Fan Fund)
$1,172.95 FFANZ (Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand)
$12.02 PayPal Fees
I am very gratified at how well we did.
The silent auction featured even more Tuckerizations, with Walter Jon Williams, Garth Nix, and Charlaine Harris each donating one.
For the first several days of the convention, people kept coming up with more and more donations. Ruth Sachter brought several items that went well in both the live and silent auctions. Rich Horton donated a couple piles of books he’d edited; some went at Chicon and both Orange Mike Lowrey (the current administrator) and I (now a past administrator) have a few volumes for future fundraising activities. There were several others, and I apologize for not mentioning everyone by name.
Programming was great in giving us the space and time needed to run the live auction without being in a massive time crunch before, during, and after, and the Fanzine Lounge gave us a great space to run the fannish yard sale and silent auction from. It was all really quite fine, indeed. Many thanks for your report on it!
Hearty congratulations to all involved.