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Every day, our first responders are working hard to ensure the safety and well-being of people in our communities.  Assistance League of Atlanta is thanking those who give so much to us by giving police officers, firefighters and wounded warriors a day on the links during their second annual DRIVING “FORE”WARD Golf Tournament on Monday, May 6th.

Foursomes of first responders from Chamblee, Dunwoody, Gwinnett County, Peachtree Corners and John’s Creek will be among the field of players participating in the fund raising event for Assistance League of Atlanta, to be held at Bear’s Best in Suwanee which features a premier golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Donations and sponsorships from supporters and donors covered the cost for nearly 40 individuals to play golf as a way to thank them for their service.

The festivities will start at 8:00 a.m. to allow time for hitting range balls and warming up. Official shotgun start time will be 9:30 a.m. There will be a breakfast snack and a full BBQ lunch served, along with raffle prizes, fifty-fifty drawing and a silent auction after the tournament. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams, closest to the pin, longest drive and long putt contest.

About Assistance League of Atlanta. Assistance League Atlanta is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization committed to helping children and adults in need to rebuild their lives and become more self-sufficient. We assist a network of 250 community partners to provide new clothing, household goods, hygiene kits, comfort items and education aid to those affected by homelessness, abuse, and poverty. Funding for our programs comes from proceeds from its Attic Treasures Thrift Shop (located at 3534 Broad Street, Chamblee, GA  30341) as well as donations and grants..  Donations are tax deductible.  For more information, visit our website, AssistanceLeagueATL.org

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Save the Date: MomoCon 2019 Is Just Around the Corner

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From May 23rd – 26th, the Georgia World Congress Center will bring some of the biggest names in the gaming, anime, and geek industries right to Downtown Atlanta.

The 15th edition of MomoCon is nearly here. On Memorial Day weekend, it is expected to bring up to 110,000 people to Atlanta to indulge in their favorite guilty and not-so-guilty passions: anime, manga, tabletop games, LARP, competitive gaming, and even some cosplaying and martial arts exhibits for the more adventurous among us.

Check out the podcast below with MomoCon Director of Media Relations Renee Cooper.

This event has quickly grown to be one of the largest yearly geek events in the state, and it continues to grow at a rapid pace. For 2019, they will provide participants with 150,000 square feet worth of vending space, exhibits, arcade lounges, and even short weekend role-playing campaigns. With over 400 hours of events happening simultaneously, MomoCon promises to be a 24-hour, non-stop, and activity-packed event.

Naturally, registration is open already – and badges and passes are selling fast. Single day registration starts at $30, while 4-day passes start at $77. Some of the side concerts and tournaments are also available separately, so if you just want to support your mates’ Final Fantasy team or enjoy some Broadway-worthy vocals, you can do just that and reserve the real fun for next year.

Event Highlights

These are just some of the main events that promise to be the talk of the convention. After all, we are talking about 4 days, 8 simultaneous panels, 5 screening lounges, and two massive ballrooms.

  • The Career Fair, held on May 23rd at the nearby OmniHotel’s International Ballroom, will be the place to be for any aspiring game designers, artists, developers, and film industry workers. Admission to this site event is free, so take the opportunity to meet, greet, impress, or get your portfolio reviewed by big names. Last year, their Career Fair was visited by hiring higher-ups from Blue Mammoth, Creative Circus, Indigo Studios, Secret Sauce Studios, Crafty Apes, ASIFA, and the Georgia Film Academy. This year’s edition will be held in a larger ballroom to accommodate even more career-starting elevator pitches.
  • The Zeldathon: A series uninterrupted panels, challenges, and contests, all themed around the Legend of Zelda, featuring all the games from the 90s classic “The Adventure of Link” to last years’ Game of the Year winner Breath of the Wild. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
  • Autograph signing events will include comic book writer Adam Bryce Thomas, voice artists Charles Martinet and Monica Rial, and Cyanide & Happiness’ head producer Adam Nussrallah, among many others.
  • For Magic: the Gathering junkies, the Weekend Magic League events will feature Standard, Modern, and League format events. You can bring your own deck or experiment with a pre-constructed one.
  • If 20-sided fun (and despair) is more to your liking, the Adventurer’s League will also run beginner, intermediate, and advanced Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.
  • The list of live performers who will be around at MomoCon continues to grow. However, a series of YouTube personalities, crafters, and DJs have already confirmed their presence. Check out the full schedule here.
  • For those who need a breath of peace in between events or require low-stimulation environments to keep the fun going, the AFK room will be available to provide you with peace, quiet, and clinicians ready to put the world back in order.

On Saturday night, the adventure will get real at the Cyberpunk rave, which will start at 11 P.M. and finish at some point on Sunday.

What to Know and How to Prepare

MomoCon traces back its roots to Anime O-Tekku, a small event organized by Georgia Tech students to showcase their own love for Japanese animation, gaming, and fantasy. Ever since, it has become one of the largest conventions in the region, and it is without question the fastest growing one.

From the original 175 students who attended the first event to the 38,000 who enjoyed it last year, MomoCon has kept true to its spirit of providing over-the-top fun for those of us who have usually felt ignored by traditional media.

The Georgia World Congress Center and the nearby OmniHotel are ready to welcome the hordes of warriors, invaders, and heroes in the making who are coming to Atlanta for Memorial Day weekend. For added convenience, there is an air-conditioned bridge connecting both venues.

Registration packages are available here. The entrance fee for children aged 9 or under is free. Although MomoCon wishes to be a safe space for family-friendly fun, it’s important to keep in mind that anyone under 16 must be escorted by an adult, who will need to show a picture I.D. in order to collect the convention’s badges and welcome package. Naturally, any events involving martial arts or medieval weaponry (yes, there will be swords) will be reserved for the over-18 crowd.

Cosplayers and those who wish to try their luck at one of the 10 fan photoshoots should take a few minutes to review the costumes, props, and weapons policies.

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