Thank you to everyone — yes, each and every one of you — who attended FaberryCon North and made it the smashing success that it was. Because of you, a family was reunited, new life-long friendships were made, and lives were changed this weekend.
Putting on a con takes a village, and ours certainly is no exception. Karyn and Kayla, my amazing planning staff, took on so much more this time. The Thursday excursion into NYC was amazing!! Truly a unique and special opportunity, and it went off without a hitch. The Awesome Jamz Party absolutely lived up to its name, and KaraokGlee continued to be the perfect bonding event to kick off the con. Your hours and hours of planning and hard work helped make this con the most successful one yet. Thank you both for everything you do for me and for the con and for our family.
Thank you to our donors, especially the Gold Stars, for helping us keep our head above water and providing scholarship opportunities. Thank you to Lara and Mike and Dee, who helped keep things running smoothly all weekend. Thank you to our live-bloggers and panel moderators and game leaders for keeping the conversation going. Thank you to our party room inhabitants for letting us fill (and trash) your living space every night. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Fic Battle and the Fic Author Q&R and Pictionary and Open Mic Night for putting yourselves out there so bravely for our entertainment. Thank you for the BritannaCon attendees for making the sacrifice to come to both cons. We love you, and it gives us a sneak peek into how amazing an eventual merge will be. Thank you to everyone who bought drinks and food to share in the party rooms, or bought something at shopping time, or covered a meal for someone. Thank you to everyone who moved chairs and picked up trash and carried property back and forth, because I can’t do it alone. Thank you to everyone who stepped outside their comfort zone during an ice-breaker game so we could get to know you a little better. Perhaps most importantly, thank you to everyone who shared in the Here’s to Us panel, because I can guarantee that something you said affected someone else’s life in a profound way.
Thank you to everyone who spoke to someone new this weekend, especially our self-appointed Hospitality Leaders, Pooh, Kristine, and Alicia. Thank you, everyone, for helping make new attendees feel included. Thank you for sharing your stories. Thank you for being courageous and opening yourself up to new friends. Thank you for trusting us. Thank you for giving us second chances if we messed up. Thank you for your patience and flexibility and understanding. Thank you for your love and kindness. Thank you for helping the words “safe space” actually mean something inside our walls.
But most of all, I want to thank every single one of you for simply attending the con. Thank you for flying from opposite sides of the world or getting on the train or driving overnight across state lines just to be with us. You gave us your time and money, yes, but most importantly, you gave us you. Thank you for your laughter and your hugs and your smiles and your smart thoughts and your silly jokes and your love. It wouldn’t have been the same FaberryCon North without you. You made our con better by being a part of it.
It was a truly amazing weekend, and I am so grateful to be a part of this family. Thank you.