When it comes to our charity and our convention, I just have one simple criteria.
“Do you want to help others.”
And while this can be seen as a lost form of human interaction these days, the volunteer staff, the attendees, the agents and celebrities all understand what we are trying to accomplish – to show the world that just because we enjoy a specific genre of entertainment, we care just as much as anyone else. There are zero judgments from us based on race, religion, ethn…icity, relationship status, financial status or past history. We come together to have a great time – in the present – and celebrate our ability to give back, through a channel that some do not like…and that’s okay.
As we continue to grow, you may be asked why you like our charity or are attending our show, from people that don’t like “spooky” stuff. There are some people who – in all likelihood – will NEVER understand what it is we are trying to accomplish. I have wasted many a moment trying to explain what we’re doing, only to be told that I should read a certain book, or I should “give up,” or I should “just do things differently to appease others.” This is the course I have chosen. This is the course on which we will remain. Hopefully, no one will mistake our kindness for weakness.
I thank you all for walking this path with me.
Joe Ripple, Founder and CEO