Zombie genre isn't just for movie watching fun anymore, it now includes raising funds and awareness for charities and causes. AMC's "The Walking Dead" super fans Chris and Piper Smith joined forces with promoter/ publicist Sue Summers of Static Network to launch the first Detroit Zombie Apocalypse in May of 2013. Their very first event was to raise funds and bring attention to the Gleamers Food Bank in Detroit, Mi.
The following year, Detroit Zombie Apocalypse worked with The Walking Hope and Bradley Egel to create the event Zombie Apocalypse 2: Cancer Fears the D. This event raised funds for the American Cancer Society with the help of artisans, entertainers and vendors. Burlesque and belly dancers entertained attendees, along with tarot card readings, musical acts, and a daredevil. A silent auction, including paintings, signed photographs from "The Walking Dead", and the coveted item, a Walking Hope hoodie signed by 25 cast members helped raise donations for the ACS. It wasn't an easy task tracking down 25 actors and actresses from the show to autograph this hoodie, but it was worth fetching $600 for the foundation!
The goal of Detroit Zombie Apocalypse is to help as many charities, shelters, foundations and any other cause needing strong support to survive. They will continue to work with The Walking Hope based out of Illinois and look forward to making new friends with the same passion along the way.