Pensacon is dedicated to helping the community by supporting and partnering with the following non-profit charitable organizations.
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The Children’s Home Society of Florida is an agency that helps children find foster homes and adoptive parents in a safe enviornment. Their dream is:

  • To break the generational cycle of child abuse in more families.
  • To protect children from harm.
  • To heal children who’ve been hurt.
  • To create strong, stable families.
  • To help children grow up safe, healthy and prepared for life.

Pensacon’s goal is to provide a safe haven for all, including families and children. Because of this, Pensacon is a supporter of the Children’s Home Society and has provided free passes for the agency to provide to their families. In 2016, the Children’s Home Society displayed a motorcycle they were auctioning as a fundraiser and sold tickets for the auction. They brought in over $1,000 at Pensacon. Pensacon also donated a poster with the autographs of over a dozen celebrity guests for them to use in their auction. We look forward to continuing to offer the Pensacon experience to these families as well as providing fundraising opportunities in the future.

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of the Emerald Coast, Inc. – DHHS – is a non-profit organization established in 2012.

DHHS is recognized as the leader and primary provider of Deaf and Hard of Hearing services in Northwest Florida. DHHS offers direct client services to individuals and families as well as community education and information for professional groups. DHHS is partially supported by generous donations from individuals, community organizations, corporations and foundations.

 

Pensacon is proud to partner with DDHS to provide sign language translation for those in need of this service during panels and other activities. Pensacon has raised money for DHHS by holding an art auction during our Dress Up or Dress Up costume ball on August 26, 2016 that benefited both DHHS and Pensacola Little Theatre.

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Manna Food Pantries is a local, grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Their mission is to offer emergency food assistance, service the food–related needs of vulnerable populations, and engage the entire community in the fight against hunger. They are nonsectarian, community focused, and volunteer supported. They believe every person has a right to live free of hunger and to be treated with respect and dignity.

Pensacon is proud to have organized fundraisers for Manna, in particular when their stock was destroyed in the 2014 Pensacola flood. To date, Pensacon has raised over $6,000 and facilitated the donation of over 3,000 pounds of food.

During Pensacon 2016, Manna sponsored PensaCAN, a display of art sculptures made entirely of donated cans of food. People were able to vote on their favorite sculpture by donating money.

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OneBlood is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to 213 hospital partners and their patients. OneBlood was established on January 27, 2012 when three of Florida’s independent, not-for-profit blood centers, Community Blood Centers of Florida, Inc. (CBCF), Florida’s Blood Centers, Inc. (FBC) and Florida Blood Services, Inc. (FBS) came together in a merger of equals. The service area of OneBlood includes the Tampa Bay area, South and Southeast Florida, the Orlando-metro area and surrounding Central Florida counties, parts of Southwest Florida, Pensacola and Tallahassee and some parts of Southern Georgia and Alabama. (View the OneBlood service area map) The OneBlood name is a constant reminder of the collective power we share to save another person’s life.

Pensacon has a tradition of having the OneBlood buses parked in front of the Bay Center in order to allow our attendees to donate, which has been done since our first year and will continue in 2017.

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Math, Engineering, Science and Stuff — that’s what happens at the Pensacola MESS Hall. Inspired by the popularity of the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition’s Science Saturdays, the MESS Hall was founded in 2012 by Dr. Megan Pratt. After a successful summer trial run in a temporary location on Romana Street, the MESS Hall has relocated to a new home convenient to the Interstate off Tarragona Street. The MESS Hall is not a typical science museum. Rather than exhibits with planned outcomes, visitors get to work like real scientists, developing questions and creating experiments, engaging in complex reasoning and learning science just through tinkering. It’s all hands-on science.

Pensacon has partnered with the MESS Hall, which offered hands-on activities for kids at the Bay Center during Family Day as well as doing panels to teach kids principals of science.

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SouthBark is a non-profit, all-breed animal rescune which saves, rehabilitates, and rehomes animals from high-kill shelters along the Gulf Coast of Alabama and Florida.

SouthBARK is 100% volunteer and foster home operated.  Foster homes are the life blood of dog rescue.  We do not exist with out stable comitted foster homes.

The requirements are basic:

  • Love Dogs

  • Provide a safe loving home.

  • Provide food, crate, and basic supplies.

SouthBark provides all medical care for SouthBark foster dogs. We also provide incomprable support and assistance when needed.

Pensacon held a raffle during the premiere of the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for someone to win a hardcover copy of the film’s screenplay. Proceeds went to SouthBark.