The comics professional and fan communities are such tight-knit groups that we often say that when you come to C4, you’ve joined the family. The dedication that our friends on BOTH sides of the table show for their passions is not only the cornerstone of what we’re all about, but it inspires us to want to do our best and be community-inspiring superheroes outside of the convention floor as well. Cherry Capital Comic Con is a huge believer in being community-minded and giving back to help others- and each year, we choose a charity or two to benefit from funds that we raise throughout the weekend through our art auction and promotions held in partnership with our friends at the 501st and Rebel Legions.
Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center
www.traversebaycac.org Children Matter Northern Michigan is a beautiful place, a wonderful region to live and work. Yet even within our idyllic community, children are being harmed. Sadly, one in ten children are sexually abused by their 18th birthday. Just one incidence of child abuse is too much. It’s everyone’s responsibility to act on behalf of the most vulnerable among us – our community’s children. The Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center is a regional response center for the protection and wellbeing of children. Since 2010, the Center has been the first stop for children who are suspected victims of sexual and physical abuse or who have witnessed a violent crime. Accredited by the National Children’s Alliance, the TBCAC promotes a coordinated response that is compassionate, efficient, and puts the needs of children first. Considered one of the largest CACs in Michigan, Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center is the only nonprofit in the Grand Traverse region involved in the investigation of crimes against children. Located in Traverse City, the TBCAC serves six counties — Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Wexford — and the Sovereign Nation of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Through the Center’s comprehensive programming, children have a voice in the investigative process, caregivers are empowered to better protect and nurture their children, and community members are educated to identify and report suspected abuse.
THE HERO INITIATIVE
www.heroinitiative.org The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. The Hero Initiative creates a safety net for comic book creators in medical or financial need. The Hero Initiative has benefited creators and their families with over $800,000 worth of much needed aid, fueled by your contributions. It’s a chance to give back to those who have given us so much enjoyment! Proceeds raised from Saturday’s Art Auction & Steve Dillon Drink & Draw will benefit The Hero Initiative.