Each year at RainbowCon, we run a charity raffle. 2014, the recipient of the raffle money was Equality Florida, Inc., and for 2015, the recipient will be the Big Cat Rescue of Tampa Bay.
We've been asked why we chose a non-LGBTQ charity for 2015, and the answer was simply that it is a local charity that does some amazing things. They help big cats that would otherwise be killed or kept in terrible conditions. They educate the public, provide for these cats, and work tirelessly to protect big cats from exploitation. It's a noble cause, and we wanted RainbowCon to help support that cause.
Through choosing Big Cat Rescue, we also decided on our theme: Walk on the Wild Side. This has given us so many opportunities for events, swag, and panel ideas. But, there is one bonus for 50 people who sign up quickly enough: a field trip to tour the Big Cat Rescue.
This will be a trip that leaves the hotel around 9am on Friday morning, and everyone will return by 1pm. A bus will take our attendees out to the Big Cat Rescue, and then they will be taken on an hour long guided walking tour of the facility. As someone who has been to the rescue, it's an exciting and educational hour, well worth the effort of the walk. The cats are beautiful, though many have tragic pasts that have left their marks.
Attendees will be able to buy raffle tickets throughout the weekend, and we hope to have someone from the Big Cat Rescue attend the closing ceremonies on Sunday. We think this is a great charity run by big-hearted people, and the money RainbowCon raises will go to so many wonderful projects. We hope that all those attending will enter the raffle to win one of dozens of prizes (which even includes a 2 night return stay with breakfast at the host hotel!) and help support this wonderful organization!
RainbowCon is a four day QUILTBAG-centric event for anyone and everyone. If you love QUILTBAG fiction and media, then this is the place for you. You don't have identify as GLBTQ to attend! You just need to love and support the GLBTQ community. In 2015, we've expanded our programming to include not only content for writers and readers, but also anyone who loves QUILTBAG television, movies, comic books, educational, and fandom topics. We're an inclusive conference, and we want everyone to enjoy themselves. Check out our schedule to see all the fun we have in store for you!