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Charity Auction

Charity Art Auction

Every year Odyssey Con hosts an art auction for charity.  Dealers, artists, and patrons of the convention donate items to help raise money, from which all proceeds go to support a non-profit charity chosen by the Odyssey Con committee.

The Art Auction is generally held Saturday afternoon.  Bidders are welcome to place bids on items beforehand.  Attendance at the end of the auction is not necessary to win, but does help insure that you are able to get in the highest bid.  Payment of the winning bid must be made before the piece is picked up by the winner.


2017 Charity - To Be Announced

Odyssey Con had a very successful year last year raising funds for our 2016 charity.  We are currently working on who are charity will be for 2017.  Stay tuned ...


Madison Literacy Network

Literacy Network

 

2016 Charity - Literacy Network

Odyssey Con deals with all forms of fandom — media, costuming, gaming, etc. — but at the core of it all are books. Consequently, for our 2016 charity we’ve selected Literacy Network to help bring the joy of reading to even more people. But there’s more to it than that. Literacy is a basic life skill, and the need for it is shockingly high, even if largely invisible. Here’s what the Literacy Network says about the problem:

 

• In Dane county, more than 17,000 residents lack the functional literacy skills needed to read a letter from their children's teachers, a label in a grocery store, or instructions from a doctor.
 
• In a national study, more than 65% of welfare recipients who had or attained a high school diploma left welfare and became self-sufficient within two years.
 
• Approximately 1 million Wisconsin adults qualify for adult literacy and English language services, but only 50,000 (or approximately 5%) of adults in need of services are currently receiving them.
 
• 18.93%, or 785,682 Wisconsin Adults, age 16 and older, are not enrolled in school and do not have a high school diploma.
 
• Adult basic education and ESL services are chronically underfunded. Nationally, the total annual government expenditure for adults in literacy education programs is approximately $310 per enrollee. By contrast, the government spends about $7,500 per enrollee in the K-12 system and $16,000 per enrollee in the higher education system.


Follow more information about the Literacy Network, please visit their website at www.litnetwork.org.



Donate

Care to donate to our art auction?  Thank you!  Please contact our convention by emailing the art show lead at artshow@odysseycon.org.  Donators, unless they wish to remain anonymous, will be listed on our website and in the program book.