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7/27/2019 12:01:00 AM
Amazing Turnout For Be A Hero Comic Con
Photos Courtesy Melissa Cordell
Photos Courtesy Melissa Cordell

Melissa Cordell

LINCOLNTON, N.C. – Last Saturday’s “Be a Hero” Lincolnton Comic Con at Lincolnton High School went off without a hitch and brought out an amazing turnout to benefit Communities in Schools of Lincoln County.

While officials with CIS are still tallying numbers for people who attended and the total proceeds, the event’s organizers are pleased with what they saw all day Saturday. Amanda Moore, the program support coordinator with CIS, said: “The proceeds from the Be A Hero Comic Con will help supplement funding for our site coordinators that work directly in the Lincoln County Middle Schools. The Site Coordinators primary goal is to offer our at-risk youth the opportunity to set goals, provide a chance to give back to peers and the community, and to reach their fullest potential in school and life. The Be A Hero Comic Con gets better each year, and it truly is a fun way for the community to come together to support CIS but also to help surround these students with not only community support but empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. All proceeds stay in Lincoln County to benefit our youth.”

The con was filled with excited vendors, artists, and participants, some of which had turned out for the previous cons. Each year, fans and attendees are amazed at how much bigger the event gets and what gets added in. The CIS raffle this year included coveted items such as tickets to USA Main Event Wrestling Shows and a First in Fright Paranormal Investigation at the Cultural Center. Six winners of the Con’s costume contests, based on several factors such as originality and authenticity, won trophies and GameSwap gift certificates.

Mike Payne, who has been a leader of the Comic Con since he first came up with the idea for it back when the “Be a Hero” event was just a silent auction and art show, was also pleased with the event’s success. What blows him away each year is the “support from everyone in the community for this event.” Without that, it wouldn’t be able to exist annually.

This year, the third annual Comic Con received a $2,000 grant from the City of Lincolnton through the Tourism Board. This grant was key in making sure the event could run smoothly with its annual startup cost for securing the space and vendor supplies, such as rental tables. Becky Reavis, CIS Board Secretary, said: “The costumes were awesome. The vendors provided wonderful items as usual. The kids were smiling. Patrons new to the event were in awe. Everyone left happy and more knowledgeable about Communities in Schools. That’s all we could ever hope for.”

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