Pensacon is dedicated to helping the community by supporting and partnering with the following non-profit charitable organizations.
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.

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.

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 invited OneBlood to park their buses in front of the Bay Center in order to allow our attendees to donate blood during the event. They have been doing so since 2015, and we are pleased to have them back for 2018. This year, the OneBlood will have buses both on the front plaza near Ticketing and Concessions, as well as an additional bus in Poseidon’s Bay (East Parking Lot) for those who wish to donate.

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 principles of science.

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 is proud to be a community partner of SouthBark, and holds multiple fundraisers each year to help further fund their mission.