Gen Con Partners With Stars Youth Foundation, Inc.

Gen Con Partners With STARS Youth Foundation, Inc.
Gen Con Indy 2012 Charity Fundraising to Support Local Youth Organization

SEATTLE (March 30, 2012) – Gen Con LLC announced today that STARS Youth Foundation, Inc. (SYF) has been selected as this year’s charity fundraising recipient. Gen Con operates several charity events annually to raise money in support of community, children, education, and families.

“Each year, Gen Con carefully searches for a meaningful way to make a positive contribution to the local Indianapolis region, through partnership with existing charitable organizations,” said Jeannette LeGault, Senior Director of Event Programming for Gen Con LLC. “We are delighted to be able to work with STARS Youth Foundation, Inc., in 2012. Their objective reflects Gen Con’s values of supporting youth and local communities.”

Christina Sparks, founder of SYF said, “When I received the news that Gen Con had selected STARS Youth Foundation to receive funding support, I was ecstatic! What an amazing opportunity! We are thankful for this opportunity and welcome it with open arms.”

Gen Con provided more than $36 million in economic impact to Indianapolis businesses in 2011, following significant growth over the last several years. 2012 marks Gen Con’s 45th anniversary, and the event is on-track to be the largest Gen Con in history. The event follows the record-breaking 2011 show, in which there were more than 36,000 badges sold and a turnstile attendance of 120,000.

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Gen Con, LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, sci-fi and adventure game convention in North America. It was acquired in 2002 by former CEO and Founder of Wizards of the Coast Peter Adkison, who owns the company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Gen Con is a consumer and trade experience dedicated to gaming culture and community. For more information visit the website at http://www.gencon.com . For up-to-the minute details, browse facebook.com/genconindy and twitter.com/gen_con.

STARS Youth Foundation, Inc. was founded on May 1, 2009. SYF is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of every youth they encounter by empowering them to succeed academically, socially, and morally. SYF affirms that every youth, irrespective of their social-economic status, deserves a chance to succeed. SYF is dedicated to transforming the Indianapolis community one youth at a time. More information is available at their website: www.syfindy.org .