ATLANTA – September 18, 2013 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, and sci-fi convention, announced a record attendance of more than 57,000 for this year’s convention in downtown Atlanta. In addition to attendance, the convention set new records in its charity fundraising and blood drive efforts.
“We had a great year,” said Pat Henry, President of Dragon Con, Inc. “We had amazing actors and other celebrities join us. We had a terrific program of panels, discussions, concerts and shows. And, as always, the cosplay was out of this world.”
During the closing ceremonies, Dragon Con announced a change in convention leadership for 2014. Rachel Reeves, Senior Director of Guests and Media, will join David Cody as convention co-chair. Convention chairs are responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the convention.
Henry and Cody, Senior Director of Gaming, have co-chaired since 2011. Henry stepped down from that role but will continue to be President of Dragon Con, Inc.
Dragon Con’s annual Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” blood drive attracted a record turnout, with 2,972 attendees donating more than 6,000 units of blood and blood products this year. The annual drive – consistently ranked as the largest convention-based blood drive – benefits LifeSouth, which serves more than 40 hospitals in the Atlanta area and 110 hospitals in the Southeast.