Crowds, schedules, the immediacy of once-a-year events and other stressors common at conventions and expos can be triggers for many emotional issues, especially anxiety and depression.
The AFK Room is a quiet space for people who are looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of a major convention and regain their calm. The AFK Room is staffed with volunteers and clinicians who can answer questions and offer support for people who need time away from the busy show floor. MomoCon is happy to help Take This provide this service to all attendees who need aid, to take serious and meaningful steps to help those attendees who may face any number of challenges including anxiety, social discomfort, harassment, dysphoria-related issues, and much more.
More than a quiet room, the Take This AFK Room is a safe space for people who need it, staffed with volunteers and clinicians who can answer questions and offer support for people who are stressed out. Some visitors simply need a break from the excitement and stimulation of a large event. Others seek conversation about mental health related issues. Still others check in to support Take This and their mission.
In addition to the main partner charity organizations, MomoCon also works with many local groups in a Charity Row in the Exhibit Hall, including the Georgia Garrison of the 501ST Legion (raising money for their endowment for the Make a Wish Foundation), Extra Life for Kids, St. Judes, and many others!
Started in 2007 by internet sketch comedy group LoadingReadyRun, Desert Bus for Hope combines video games and tedium to benefit charity. Desert Bus is the world’s longest running internet-based fundraiser and has raised more than $1.2 million for Child’s Play over its six-year history. This makes it the most successful charity gaming marathon in the world.
MomoCon is happy to provide exclusive items each year to raise money through Desert Bus for Hope, often limited edition signed games, figures, and items from our featured guests! To date, MomoCon items, often signed by our featured voice actor guests and created by some of the excellent craftspeople guests, have raised over $40,000 for Child’s Play!
In 2014, as an example, the super talented Fev Studios worked with MomoCon to create this Avatar the Last Airbender Blue Spirit mask, which was subsequently signed by Dante Basco and Sifu Kisu at MomoCon 2014. The mask was auctioned off for $8000 to benefit Desert Bus.
Each year beginning in 2018, MomoCon selects a yearly charity to focus at-con donations towards and help an organization with a great mission! In 2018 our chosen beneficiary was the Boys and Girls Club. Through the sales of specialty merchandise and custom events with donation elements built in, we were able to raise several thousand dollars for this great group!
Our 2019 official charity is St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital!