Area Brony Spectacular (BABSCon). Celebrating the hit Hasbro toy franchise and animated series “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” BABSCon featured a variety of events and guests that would appeal to its attendees from casual fans or diehard Bronies.
But the BABSCon weekend was more than a chance for Bronies to spend lots of time & money on “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” merchandise. In the spirit of camaraderie and doing good for the community, attendees with a few extra dollars in their pockets had the opportunity to help out a worthy charity like the San Francisco SPCA, which provides care and treatment for pets and animals (something befitting an animal-themed series like “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic”). San Francisco Suicide Prevention—another charity that BABSCon supported during the auction—was introduced by retelling the tragic events of Michael Morones, a young Brony who attempted suicide after all of the bullying he received over his fandom. It was a story that charity auction's MC would rather not have to talk about again as he made a passionate plea against bullying. Other charities supported by BABSCon included the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) and Peninsula Humane.
Donated original artwork from individuals or other Brony themed charities like Bronies for Good, merchandise autographed by the various BABSCon guests, and production items from “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” & other projects were up for grabs. Motivated by their giving nature and a chance to snag these one of a kind items, various bidding wars erupted between Bronies as initial $50 bids quickly jumped to the hundreds within seconds. One particular item that fetched a few pretty pennies was a bottle of water autographed and drunk by voice actress Nicole Oliver, which included a Princess Celestia shirt that she also autographed. The final tally of receipts from revealed that BABSCon reached nearly $9,400 thanks to the Bronies who won during the charity auction.
But the auction was not the only way for Bronies to help out a charity or two. A midnight “Pisketti Party” raised funds and awareness of Community Grows, which helps low-income communities learn job skills and healthy eating through growing gardens.
Just as "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" featured themes of banding together to help others in need as friends do, the Bronies did the same during the BABSCon charity auction and the San Francisco community was better for it. Be sure to check out BABSCon for next year's plans.