March 15–17, 2019
Overland Park Convention Center & Overland Park Sheraton Hotel

Naka-Kon Charities

Each year Naka-Kon attendees help us support selected charities by donations through participating in some fun activities. The Naka-Kon staff is always grateful for the support and help Kon-goers provide for these worthy causes.

The Miyagi Prefecture Reforestation Project

The Miyagi Prefecture Reforestation Project aims to reforest a significant coastal region of Japan that was damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami; the proceeds raised will be donated directly to OISCA, the international organization that oversees the project.

The project was conceived after Japan was hit by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and 8-meter tsunami in Tohoku Region on March 11, 2011.

In collaboration with the local and national government of Japan, forest experts, public and private companies, Nigata University, and members of the Association for the Coastal Forest Restoration in Natori City (a group of local farmers and disaster victims), OISCA is aiming to reforest a portion of the 3,659 hectares of damaged coastal forest in Tōhoku using seedlings from black pine and broadleaf tree species.

From 2011 to 2020, in the span of 10 years, OISCA will reforest the 100 hectares of coastal area near Natori City in Miyagi Prefecture. To help in the immediate recovery of the disaster victims, at least 30 local farmers are being subcontracted to raise black pine seedlings in the OISCA nursery.

GlobalGiving

GlobalGiving is one of the largest global crowdfunding communities which connects nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country. Through GlobalGiving, Naka-Kon has supported the Miyagi Prefecture Reforestation Project since 2014 as part of the ongoing relief effort for the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.

Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture Flood Relief

Last year, Japan experienced its worst flooding disaster since the 1980s and one of the most heavily impacted areas was Kurashiki, Okayama, the sister city of Kansas City, Missouri. This year, Naka-Kon will donate portions of the money collected through our charity events to the city of Kurashiki as they continue to recover. The donated money will be used to help the clean-up efforts and recover buildings that were lost.

How You Can Help

Please keep an eye out throughout the convention for activities which help make a donation. Such charitable activities include:/

  • Shrine Donation Box - The main shrine is located in the Ballroom A pre-function area with smaller donation boxes scattered throughout the convention!
  • Otaku Mural - Purchase markers and leave your art on our Otaku Lounge mural in the Vendor Room (Exhibit Hall B)!
  • Maid Café Photoshoot - Take pictures with our Maid Café staff!
  • Charity Ball - Come join fellow Naka-Kon attendees for a formal and elegant night of waltz dancing!

All proceeds from the above activities go directly to our selected charities.

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