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HackCancer brings Game of Thrones to San Francisco for a unique charity event

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HackCancer, has announced their next event: Game of Thrones: A Royal Affair. To be held next Saturday (April 5th) at the Armory. With the season four premiere airing the following day, fans of the hit HBO series are eager to gather together to celebrate. 100% of the proceeds for the event will go to benefit the Lukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The event is described as transforming San Francisco’s landmark Armory building into 40,000 square feet of Westeros and the Free Cities. From The Wall to Winterfell, the market of Qarth to King’s Landing, join for an evening of live performing arts including sword dueling by iron-clad knights, great music, and medieval actors. Two stages with top area DJs will complete the experience.

“We’re thrilled to get to have found a castle where we can have this celebration around the new season of Game of Thrones,” said event producer Neil Kay. “Having the opportunity feels a lot like entering Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.”

The event will be closing off the adjacent portion of Julian Avenue that evening and offering a selection of San Francisco's finest food truck options.

Costumes are encouraged but not required, those without costumes are encouraged to dress in cocktail (but all are welcome).

HackCancer is a group of philanthropic, young professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area who create fun events that bring together great people to raise awareness and funds for a range of great causes, including Make-A-Wish, Family House, Bone Marrow Donor Program, and more. Between their events and charity auctions, they have raised over a half a million dollars.

Speaking with a number of their board of directors and event production team, it’s great to find a relatively younger group with a focus on these kinds of causes (most San Francisco charity events tend to skew towards an older demographic, or towards a green focus, which often leaves cancer and other medical charities taking a back seat). Beyond benefitting their causes, they are helping combat the regional stereotype of young tech professionals who often don’t give back to the community.

Co-founder and board members, Anjou Ahlborn, has been nominated for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Woman of the Year award for her work with HackCancer. Their other co-founder, Steve Chen won for LLS Man of the Year in 2013.

Event tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite.

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