Activities: Raffle!

Hey Skepticoneers!

Our fundraising may be slower and lower than we need, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have fun at Skepticon! So many of our activities cost Skepticon nothing or very little, but add so much to the event.

The next activity we would like to announce is our raffle! Last year was our first year doing this, and it was fantastically successful and so much fun!

This is your chance to win exclusive Skepticon items, fun stuff we found, and even an item signed by the speakers!

Tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5. You can also receive free tickets by donating items to the Food Pantry (limit 5 tickets) (and stay tuned for an announcement about the Food Pantry!)

The raffle will be held in the lobby outside the main hall. There will be 2 separate raffles: Saturday 10 am – 7 pm, winners announced at 8 pm; and Sunday 10 am – 2 pm, winners announced at 3 pm. Come by Friday to see a preview of some of the items!

Do you have something that is science/atheist/dinosaur related that you want to donate to Skepticon to raffle off? Email Bluebecca at [email protected]! Pictures of the item(s) would be appreciated :)

Love,
Team Skepticon

PS – The raffle proceeds help us offset some of the conference costs, but not all of them! Donate if you can! 

Don’t forget to reserve your hotel room!

Hey Skepticoneers!

Today is the last day Skepticon has a hold on the hotel rooms. Tomorrow they get released to the general public, which might make it harder to get a room later!

Call the Ramada Oasis at 888-532-4338 to make your reservations, and tell them you’re with Skepticon to get the discounted rate — $83 per night for standard rooms, $93 per night for pool-side or pool-view rooms. You can still get the discounted rate after tomorrow, but you must call them in order to receive the discount. They do not offer discounts on rooms booked online.

Staying at the Ramada Oasis is the most convenient option, as the hotel and conference center are all connected (you can avoid going outside for days!) Come join us!

Love,
Team Skepticon

PS – Gotta to keep asking, donate if you can!

Fundraising Update!

Hey Skeptonians!

Oh, you fantastic people, you are so wonderful! As you have heard, our one week matching donation challenge was hugely successful. Over $1,000 was donated in just the final 24 hours! The total donated was over $3,000. So amazing! At the same time, we also received a couple of sponsorships, and vendors paid the fees for their table. All in all, we received almost $5,000 last week.

What does that mean for our budget? Quite a bit, it turns out.

Our budget for a “bare-bones” conference was about $25,000. We poked and prodded at the numbers, and reduced the budget down to $23,000. We are currently less than $500 away from that amount, and we’re confident we can get that in the next month.

There is a huge weight being lifted off of us, and it’s all because of our marvelous donors, sponsors, and tablers!

From here on out, all the money that comes in will go towards fun stuff like merchandise and our plethora of activities (oh, just wait until you hear about our activities!), and towards the deposit to the hotel for Skepticon 10!

We thank you, so very much, from the top and bottom of our little dino hearts <3

Love,
Team Skepticon

PS — Don’t get us wrong, we’re sooooo happy with what we have already received, but we do need more… so donate if you can!

Why you should pre-register for a free conference

Hi Skeptonites!

We know that sometimes people ask, “Why should I register for a free conference? Can’t I just do it when I get there?” And the answer is yes, at-con check in is available, and we welcome anyone who chooses to do that!

But there are benefits for attendees who pre-register:

  • Dedicated, easy to find check-in line at registration!
  • Faster check-in at registration!
  • Be entered into a raffle for a special prize! (this will be separate from the general raffle that will be announced soon)

There are also benefits to Skepticon for you pre-registering. Planning for a conference involves a lot of ordering of stuff. It’s hard to know how much to order if we don’t know how many people are coming. If we have a better idea of how many attendees we’ll have, we can save a lot of money. We always over-order on stuff, because we want to make sure everyone gets stuff, but there’s over-ordering and then there’s OMG we totally over-ordered 0.0

So, if you’re going to come to Skepticon, or even if you think you might, do us a favor and register!

Click here to register!

 

Bunches of thanks!
Team Skepticon

PS – As always, donate if you can!

PPS – I finally learned how to format in WordPress. Yay me!

Activities: Art Contest!

Howdy Skepticon Town!

Our fundraising may be slower and lower than we need, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have fun at Skepticon! So many of our activities cost Skepticon nothing or very little, but add so much to the event.

The first activity we want to announce is the Art Contest! This is our 3rd year of having an art contest, and it has been amazing each time. This year’s medium is clay. That’s right, you get to go freeform and make an amazing sculpture, and win a prize for your effort!

Cost: $20 — Limit of 10 entries

Where: In the lobby of the main hall

What you receive: Crayola Model Magic clay, clay tools, paint, and paintbrushes

Attendees will vote on their favorite sculpture!

Details: Sales will start Friday at 9 am and will go until all 10 entries have been purchased. Model Magic is a spongy clay-type material that dries fairly well within 24 hours. You will receive individually wrapped 1 oz packs — 2 white; 1 each of red, yellow, and blue, plus your choice of 2 additional color packs. You will also receive a set of 5 admittedly cheap, plastic clay tools. Paint and cheap, plastic paintbrushes are available to customize your sculpture. Feel free to use your own supplies or decorations! (Feathered dinosaurs, anyone?)

Voting by your fellow attendees will begin Saturday at 2 pm. We hope you can return your sculpture by then, but we don’t want to rush you! You can return it to us at any time. Just because you might be late doesn’t mean you won’t win 1st prize, we’ve seen it happen!

Winners will be announced Sunday at 10:50 am (between the panel discussion and the first speaker.) Everyone wins a prize! First place gets to choose their prize first, second place chooses second, etc down the line. Plus you get to keep your sculpture!

The art contest has been great fun in the past, and we expect it will be again this year! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Love,
Team Skepticon

PS – Most of our activities are low or no cost to Skepticon, but the rest of conference isn’t! Donate now and help us keep Skepticon amazing!

Hotel rooms are still available! (for now)

Hi Skepti-town!

We talked to the hotel on Saturday, and there are still rooms available! We know their website makes it look like there aren’t, but don’t believe what you see on the internet! HOWEVER:

  1. You must call them at 1-888-532-4338 in order to book a room. Mention that you’re coming to Skepticon and they’ll give you a discounted rate. Their online system doesn’t work with discount codes, so they’re making us do things the old fashioned way.
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  2. Our hold on the rooms expires Thursday, October 13! After that, it is opened to the general public, and getting a room might be harder. As it is right now, we could potentially have the hotel all to our Skepticon selves. Mwah-ha-ha!

The discount rate is $83 per night for a regular room, $93 per night for a pool-side room (plus all applicable taxes, fees, first-born children, lunch money, etc.)

Hope to see you around the hotel!

Love,
Team Skepticon

YOU DID IT!

We asked, and we received.

Skepticoners, we made our $1,000 matching challenge! But wait, that’s not all. You donated more than the challenge! Our final total for this last week is $2,033! WOWZA! You over doubled the matching challenge! And with the matching donation of $1,000, that makes over $3,000 in donations this week!

Every dollar always counts to us, but even more so this year. We thank you sooooooo much!

But we’re not done yet! We still have a little over a month until Skepticon 9, and we have so much more we want to be able to offer you! Donate donate donate!

Love,
Team Skepticon

 

PS – For those following along with the bar on our donate page, the amount received includes sponsorships, vendor table fees, advertising, and monthly recurring donations (come join the Dino Club!)

TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!

People of Skepticon,

The time is approaching. It is now 12 noon in Springfield, Missouri, which means there is a mere 12 HOURS left in Friday. At midnight tonight, our matching challenge ends, as does our t-shirt pre-sale.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE! Donations made this week will be doubled, up to $1,000!

CLICK HERE TO BUY A T-SHIRT! Our supply at the conference will be limited, so buy now to ensure you get the size and style you want!

We thank you for your attention. Have a nice day.

Love,
Team Skepticon

Matching challenge ends Friday!

Hey Skepticoners!

Only 2 more days for your donations to be doubled by our matching donation! Keep on donating so we can meet our full goal of $1,000!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW!!! (or later, or both!)

We’re still far behind on fundraising — but the conference will go on! We have raised enough to pay for speaker travel, speaker hotels, and the venue itself. What we are fundraising for now are the extras that we deem necessary — programs, identification badges, closed captioning, videography, etc. And we’re confident we can make it!

Love,
Team Skepticon

PS – Don’t forget our t-shirt pre-sales end on Friday, too. Order yours now to get the size and style you want, because our at-conference inventory will be lower than usual. Don’t miss out!