Charity Events

JordanCon is proud to support the Amyloidosis research fund at the Mayo Clinic. Since 2009 our charity events have raised nearly $9,000 for this cause.

Why Amyloidosis?

In 2006, James Rigney, best known to his fans around the world as "Robert Jordan," was diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis. This is a rare blood disease where abnormal proteins form in the bone marrow and become deposited in the patient's heart. After a long and difficult struggle, Rigney passed away in 2007, leaving behind his family, friends and an unfinished literary legacy. During his illness Rigney received treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and encouraged his fans to donate in support of the clinic. We are proud to continue to honor that request each year at JordanCon.

How Can I Support Amyloidosis Research at JordanCon?

Our two main charity events each year are the Seanchan Hold 'Em Poker Tournament and the silent Charity Auction. The poker game takes place on Friday evening, while the auction takes place on Saturday. A variety of Wheel of Time items, Robert Jordan memorabilia, handicrafts, art, signed books, and other fantasy or sci-fi collectibles are auctioned off, with all proceeds going to charity. We are always willing to take donations for the auction. Please contact our Charity Events coordinator for information on how you can donate or help.

In addition to our two main charity fundraisers, we often have smaller charity fundraising events at the convention related to the current year's theme. These are usually fun games or diversions that support our charitable giving goals. Keep an eye on this website and on the JordanCon Facebook group for announcements of these activities in the weeks leading up to the convention.

ANNOUNCEMENT
As of 8 December 2016, we are seeking suggestions of what events you would like to see from our Charity Events department. Please submit your ideas for new, returning, or improved events to us no later than 31 December 2016 for JordanCon 9 (2017). At this moment the only three events from past years expected to return in 2017 are: our Annual Charity Silent Auction, annual Seanchan Hold'em Tournament, & a Raffle. Your suggestions will keep the weekend full of fun activities! Any ideas submitted after this 31 December 2016 will be reviewed for inclusion in our 2018 Convention.

Contributions or gifts to JordanCon Inc. are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes. However, they may be tax deductible under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.

Charity Auction

JordanCon’s main charity fundraiser event is the silent Charity Auction, which is held all day Saturday, from 10 AM - 7 PM, in the Grand Ballroom, alongside the art show and dealer's hall. Items for the auction are donated by Tor, Team Jordan, and generous collectors, artists, and craftspeople. In past auctions, we have sold items such as Robert Jordan’s hat, Robert Jordan’s cane, prints of the Wheel of Time eBook covers, hand-made shawls, handmade beadwork, and rare notes and memorabilia from Jordan’s collection.

Seanchan Hold 'Em Poker Tournament (updated Dec 2016)

The second charity event JordanCon hosts each year is the “Seanchan Hold 'Em” Poker Tournament, which takes place on Friday night during the convention. Players pay a $20 entry fee to compete in this annual event with a $10 buy-in (only one re-buy allowed). Cosplay is encouraged, but not required.

All proceeds from the Poker Tournament are given to the Mayo Clinic. On average, the Poker game generates about $600 a year for Amyloidosis Research.

*****ANNOUNCEMENT*****
Volunteer Opening (8-DEC-2016): We're actively looking for an assistant to help Ben Gundersen​ run Seanchan Hold'em this year.

Just a couple requirements.
1. We need you to be available from 8:30 PM - 11:30 PM on Friday night of Con.
2. We also need you to be familiar with the rules of Texas Hold'em & willing to *not* play.

If you're interested in helping out this really important part of our charity fundraising efforts please email me (Jamie Cybert) at charityevents@jordancon.org. Please put "Seanchan Hold'em" in the subject line. Thanks & I look forward to hearing from you!!