Article by PatrickD    (03-29-11 07:43 PM)
VALLEY FORGE, PA - March 29, 2011 - Zenkaikon is pleased to announce attendance numbers for its 5th annual convention, which took place March 18-20, 2011. The staff of Zenkaikon 2011 welcomed 3168 paid members -- a 59% increase over their last event. Including guests, vendors, artists, staff, press, and other complimentary memberships, 3422 people were present at the 2011 convention.

During the convention, Zenkaikon also collected donations for the American Red Cross' Japanese Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Fund. Donations were collected at the Zenkaikon merchandise table and at the convention's large events. Zenkaikon is happy to announce that with donations from attendees, staff, guests, and artists, nearly $3000 was collected for relief efforts. "It was heartwarming to see the generosity of our attendees this year. The amount raised does not even count the many artists who were collecting funds for their charities of choice," says Head of Communications Kristyn Souder. Zenkaikon matched 25% of collected contributions, with a total of $3750 being donated to the Red Cross' Japanese Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Fund.

Zenkaikon would like to thank all the staff, volunteers, vendors, guests, and attendees who made its 2011 convention the largest and most successful one yet. The Zenkaikon staff looks forward to announcing the convention's 2012 dates and location shortly.

About Zenkaikon:
Since 2006, Zenkaikon has been bringing quality Japanese animation (anime), comics (manga), and popular culture themed events to the Philadelphia area. The convention is staffed completely by volunteers, who want to share their appreciation for these mediums with the Philadelphia region. Zenkaikon features a variety of activities including anime and live action screenings, video and tabletop gaming, special guests, costume competitions, panels, concerts, vendors, and more. Starting as a small one-day event, the convention has grown rapidly to welcome over three thousand attendees in 2011. The Zenkaikon staff wishes to thank all the attendees who have supported and helped it grow over the years. They look forward to building an event that will be an integral part of the region's culture for many years to come. For more information on Zenkaikon or to register for the upcoming convention, please visit

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03-30-11 12:08 AM - Post#8609    
    In response to PatrickD

$3750 from a con that's still on the smaller side of the spectrum is absolutely awesome.
It never ceases to amaze me how much is raised by charity events at conventions. Fans often get mislabeled being generally selfish, things like this really help disprove the stereotype.
I'd love to see what sort of totals there are for just one year of conventions, and not just monetary items. Several conventions like Anime Boston and Anime Weekend Atlanta host blood drives, and others take donations for local food banks.
-Doug Wilder
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