UPDATE: The raffle/reward part of the fundraiser is now closed until next year, but you can still donate to our fundraising page until it’s been retired for 2021. 

September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Vampires and blood drives seem like a no brainer – but unfortunately for an online event like this – a virtual “blood drive” will have to do instead. September also happens to be Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle cell disease is a red blood cell disorder is common among those whose ancestors came from sub-Saharan Africa; Spanish-speaking regions in the Western Hemisphere (South America, the Caribbean & Central America); Saudi Arabia; India & Mediterranean countries such as Turkey, Greece, and Italy.

So we’re raising money during #BIPOCVampDay for Sickle Cell Disease research and treatment.

WHAT IS SICKLE CELL DISEASE?

SCD is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. Healthy red blood cells are round, and they move through small blood vessels to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. In someone who has SCD, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle”. The sickle cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells. Also, when they travel through small blood vessels, they get stuck and clog the blood flow. This can cause pain and other serious problems such infection, acute chest syndrome and stroke.(www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/sicklecell/facts.html)

FUNDRAISER (Donate here)

The Raffle Prizes:

 

Original Vampire Art Pieces – Two original art illustrations by Ashley McCammon. A lavender Rococo drawing (8.5″ x 11″) and a rose drawing (12″ x 9″). These will be raffled separately, so you have two chances to win some lovely artwork. Each one is valued at $120

Ashley McCammon is a butch lesbian comic artist & storyteller based out of Dallas, TX. Her webcomic, Obelisk, is a gothic horror story set in 1900s Manhattan – where a struggling young woman comes face to face with a vampire, whose secret offers her a dangerous freedom from her grief and uncertainty. 

Scarecrow Fangs Care Package – A s”care package” donated by Scarecrow Vampire Fangs containing 3 pairs of fangs (Classic Fangs, Small Sexy Fangs, and Deluxe Spiral Fangs), our Bucky Tooth Cap, a SVF t-shirt, and SVF stickers galore. Value: $125

Custom Leatherwork Accessory – Donated by Whiskey Leather Works – $125 (+free domestic shipping) for either an existing designs or a custom piece of up to the same value, plus being bumped to the top of the queue.

Whiskey Works is an LGBT owned small business that hand crafts leather accessories. From fandom inspired to custom collars & bracelets, we aim to offer a wide variety of options. 

Vamp It Up Painting – One of a kind 12 inch vinyl/acrylic painting by Jahnny V (www.jahnnyveee.com). Value: $80

Vermillion Spark Necklace – donated by iconografi.com – a stainless Steel pendant, 1.75″ (4.5cm) featuring a deep red 11.5mm Swarovski crystal, on an 18” (46cm) stainless steel chain. Value: $30

Teen Titan’s “Raven” & Sailor Moon Funko Pop – Generously donated by Nyx (thebadwolfreigns) – a signed copy of Teen Titan’s Raven Graphic novel, written by Kami Garcia and Art by Piccolo, with both author & artist signatures. A Funko Pop of Sailor Pluto, Guardian of Time and Space. Value: $43

You can purchase raffle tickets by donating $5 or more on Tiltify with a variety of rewards including stickers, buttons, a postcard set, and custom illustrations. Visit our Tiltify page for more details.

THE SWAG (Donate here)

Here’s a quick look at some of the physical rewards we have for our donors. Every dollar counts!

VAMP SNACK ($10) – A repeat donor! Get 3 Raffle tickets for entry, a thank you card and stickers designed by Black Bettie Cosplay and Spicymochhi

FLEDGELING VAMP ($20) – Welcome to the world, new fledgling. Get 6 Raffle tickets for entry, a set of vampire themed buttons designed and face mask designed by Black Bettie Cosplay. Includes all previous rewards.

VAMPIRE SOCIALITE ($50) – Rise the ranks of vampire society. Get 8 Raffle tickets, a postcard set of vampire prints featuring BIPOC vampires by Ashley McCammon, Yakfrost, Spicymochhi, and Hunni B. Includes all previous rewards.

VAMPIRE COUNCIL ($100) – Join the council! Get 10 Raffle tickets, and a digital copy of Diverse Vampires – a collection of 11 full color character illustrations created by 6 BIPOC artists featuring non white vampires from a range of genres. Includes all previous rewards. We only have 5 copies available – so act quickly!

VAMPIRE ROYALTY ($200) – Spoil yourself – you earned it. Get 15 Raffle tickets and a custom portrait illustration from one of the following artists: Yakfrost, Bleached Kitten Ink, and Dali Darling Illustration (slots wil be first come, first serve – two available for each artist). Includes all previous rewards.

Yakfrost – Amihan is a nonbinary mixed black & filipino artist, cosplayer and Certified Elf LoverTM with an affinity for DND and high fantasy. They enjoy creating characters, stories and costumes while also giving a platform to highlighting intracommunity issues that creators of marginalized backgrounds face. See more of their work here.

Bleached Kitten Ink – Kalika is a black illustrator and cosplayer, who specializes in chibi illustrations, colorful designs and fan art. You can see more of her work here.

Dali Darling Illustration – Dali is a trans-masc nonbinary illustrator and cosplayer that specializes in watercolor and copic portraits and illustration for TTRPG, various fandoms and more. See samples of their work here.

DONATE DIRECTLY

Here are some charities you can also donate to during the event and year round:

Sickle Cell Disease Association of America 

Sickle Cell Ontario 

Sickle Cell Society (London)

Global Alliance of Sickle Cell Disease Organizations (Intl)