Whedonopolis 2016 is proud to announce that it has awarded funds raised from its inaugural event, WhedonCon 2016 to two agencies, The Sophie Lancaster Foundation and The Pop Culture Hero Coalition.
Despite the warning that first-year conventions rarely make a profit, WhedonCon 2016 raised over $2,500 in donations, which were disbursed this summer.
In 2007, 20-year Sophie Lancaster was walking home with her boyfriend, Robert Maltby, through a Park in Lancashire, UK. The couple had been returning home when there were attacked by a gang of mid-teens shouting epithets at the Goth-culture couple, who were repeatedly beaten and kicked in the head. After lapsing into a coma, Sophie was taken off life-support 13 days later by her family. Subsequently, five people were tried and convicted for the vicious attack.
Chosen by Guest of Honor Juliet Landau, The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was founded in 2010 by Sophie’s mother, Sylvia, with the goal of creating respect and understanding of subcultures in the community, and works with government and law enforcement to ensure safety for people in those groups.
In addition, funds were also awarded to the Pop Culture Hero Coalition, founded by Star Trek; Deep Space Nine alum Chase Masterson. Founded in 2013, the Coalition uses stories from TV, film and comics to make a stand for real-life heroism over bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBTQ bullying, cyber-bullying and other forms of hate.
A portion of the proceeds from WhedonCon 2017 will benefit the Al Wooten Jr Heritage Center, supported by Firefly actor Ron Glass, who passed away November 2016 from respiratory failure. More information can be found and memberships to the event can be purchased at www.whedoncon.com.
For more information about the work of these worthwhile agencies, please visit their sites at:
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation - www. SophieLancasterFoundation.com
The Pop Culture Hero Coalition - www.popculturehero.org.
The Al Wooten Jr Heritage Center - http://www.wootencenter.org/