|A Special Notice From KiScon 2015
||[Aug. 4th, 2015|07:15 pm]
KiSCon - Kirk/Spock Slash Convention
October 30 – November 1, 2015 in Seattle, Washington
Progress Report #6 - August, 2015
We have some important info for K/S fans who also love Sherlock, and a plea on behalf of the KiScon committee.
First, a reminder: If you want to catch the discounted membership rate of $125.00, the deadline is August 9. After that it jumps to $140.00.
(See below for details)
First, A Plea from KiScon co-chairs, Judy & Amanda:
Membership Numbers Are Low—If You Can Come, Please Register Before the Price Goes Up, or Consider Helping the Con with a Supporting Membership!
Due to the dedication and hard work of the various KiScon committees over the years, the tradition continues of offering a high-quality, memorable KiScon event every couple of years to our loyal K/S fans. But every year it seems to get harder and harder to recruit the numbers that will allow us to break even on running these events.
Because the KiScon organizers are always committed to making these weekends quality events, we always hold these conventions at professionally catered hotel or business retreat venues. These make for a great con experience, but the only way to book these venues is to guarantee a certain number of attendees for both hotel sleeping rooms and food and are charged this cost up front. If we cannot make our numbers for the guaranteed hotel room block or for the banquet, the con committee must go out of pocket to make up the shortfall.
At Boston's KiScon in 2013, we took a poll of how many folks thought they would come to a Seattle KiScon if it were held in the Fall of 2015. By hand count we had comfortably over the number needed to cover our hotel/food commitment. So far, those attendees have not materialized.
This year, for KiScon 2015, even if we incur a loss, KiScon co-chairs, Judy and Amanda absolutely guarantee we will fulfill our commitment and go forward with the convention – there’s no question about that. But as it stands now, three months out, we have only two thirds of the attendees we need to meet our hotel room/food threshold. For overall projected costs, this translates into us being over $1500 short, which Judy and Amanda will be responsible for paying out of their own pocket.
We are speaking plainly about this matter because we hope if some of you are on the fence about attending, you will find this information may sway you to register—ideally before August 9th to get the early-bird rate of $125. If you are unable to attend, we ask you to consider a Supporting Membership. For $40, we will send you all the items in the KiScon Membership Packet, which includes the KiScon 2015 Zine and the Vid show, both of which will be on DVD. Buying a Supporting Membership will be a tremendous help to us, and if you do decide you can make it after all, your supporting membership will go towards the cost of a Full Membership.
Raffle and Art Auction
As a contingency, we also wish to announce that if we do not cover our expenses for the convention, we hope to make up our shortfall at least partially by any profit the convention may make with our raffle, and at our art auction. Normally other than a small seller’s fee for artwork, the proceeds would all go to a charity, but given our membership challenges this year, we hope that you will all be agreeable in making sure the convention costs are covered before donating auction funds to charity. However, should you wish to donate an item to the auction and would prefer the proceeds of the sale to go to charity, we will, of course, honor your wish.
We are hoping a whole lot of you are out there waiting until the last minute and this potential shortfall never materializes. We will think positively and anticipate seeing the lion's share of our previous KiScon attendees again this year in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!
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