Mid-Ohio-Con Sponsors Holiday Toy Drive

Tue, November 20th, 2007 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

Mid-Ohio-Con, Ohio's top comic book and pop culture collector's event, is teaming up with Columbus' Firefighters 4 Kids and the Skiffytown League of Heroes to help brighten Christmas for local children in need.

On Sunday November 25th, the public is asked to come to the main entrance of Battelle Hall in the Greater Columbus Convention Center and donate a new, unwrapped, toy to Firefighters 4 Kids. Costumed members of the Skiffytown League of Heroes will be on hand to accept toy donations and pose for photos from 10am to 4pm. Mid-Ohio-Con will reward each person who makes a donation with a certificate good for a $5.00 admission discount to the show. Regular admission is $15, with children age 8 and under admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult. No admission fee is required to participate in this special toy drive.

Mid-Ohio-Con takes place in Battelle Hall on Saturday November 24 from 10am to 6pm and again on Sunday November 25 from 10am to 5pm. Among the top events of kind in the United States, Mid-Ohio-Con features a large retail showcase for collectible comic books, cartoon art, toys and pop culture treasures. Over 100 celebrity guests will appear in person each day including the star of "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer", Doug Jones, Classic TV personalities Noel Neill (TV's original Lois Lane) & Mark Goddard (Lost in Space), TNA Wrestling star Raven and many others, including fan favorite comic book artists & writers. A complete guest list and other show information is available at: www.midohiocon.com. In addition to bringing the best in comic book and pop culture fun to thousands of fans, Mid-Ohio-Con has, since it's start in 1980, raised in excess of $1,000.000.00 in support of various charitable organizations.

The Firefighters 4 Kids program started in 1977 when a couple of medics went on a run at a low income home and noticed that the family did not have enough money to buy their children presents. They were able to help them out that Christmas and then launch the program that helps thousand of children each year. Firefighters 4 Kids started off in the basement of the Columbus Fire Department's old Training Academy. It was moved to a firefighter's garage the following year. Today it is operated out of a warehouse in the south end of Columbus where last year, they were able to distribute toys to over 10,000 children.

The Skiffytown League of Heroes is an online interstate group of individuals who share a creative bond in the realms of fan fiction and art. The group came together and met at various auditions throughout the country for the Sci Fi Channel's Who Wants To Be A Superhero?. The core group all auditioned for season 2, but with its popularity, new members with the same desires continue to join everyday. Many members of this online community act as good will ambassadors, taking the characters they created and bringing them to life at various functions in support of different charities and community programs throughout the country. Though they set out as individuals originally, they have joined together and have organized gatherings or "round up's" throughout the country, ranging from Texas, to Atlanta, Phoenix and now Columbus, Ohio for Mid-Ohio-Con.

This special toy drive will take place on one day only, Sunday November 25, from 10am to 4pm. The main entrance to Battelle Hall is easily accessed from the third floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 350 North High Street in downtown Columbus. Additional show information including a full list of celebrity guests, exhibitors and programming is available on line at, www.midohiocon.com.

 
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