The Skeptical Gamers and The Lafayette Skeptics will be raising funds for the Indiana Immunization Coalition at Gen Con Indy 2010.
The Skeptical Gamers will have a booth in the Family Fun Pavilion. Some members will perform amateur magic tricks and feats of mentalism in exchange for donations. All proceeds from the booth will go to the Indiana Immunization Coalition.
Said Don Riefler, lead organizer, "Indiana's childhood immunization rate is as low as 70% in some parts of the state, due mostly to poor public health education. With the funds we raise, the Indiana Immunization Coalition will spearhead a new educational initiative to help correct this deficit and stop the resurgence of preventable childhood diseases like measles and mumps, as we have seen in the UK and the Bronx."
Volunteers at the booth will also hand out educational pamphlets and try to raise awareness about immunization.
In additional to fund-raising, The Skeptical Gamers will also have presentations throughout Gen Con Indy. Subjects will include cryptozoology, archaeology, building local skeptical communities, and financial scams. Jen Meyers, a blogger at skepchick.org, Illinois educator Tom Foss, Riefler, and podcaster Colin Thornton will be among the presenters.
"We're a group of regular folks, all passionate about science and rational thinking, and we hope to impress that passion upon some of the people at Gen Con Indy," said Riefler
Gen Con Indy 2010 will be held at the Indiana Convention Center from August 5-8.
I am presented with an odd situation (considering that last month I was convinced I'd be sleeping under the table at my booth), in that now I have more hotel beds than I can occupy!
I made arrangements through the forums to share a room with a very nice person, and then was told that someone had already gotten me a room as part of booth operations.
ANYWAY, because I do not want to be That Person who coldly leaves a fellow gamer in the lurch, I am looking to find someone to replace me in a shared room at the Hilton. You'd get your own bed, and it would be $75 a night.
If you're interested, drop me a private message or email me at kendokamel at yahoo.com.