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Breaking September News! (FurFright) [Sep. 4th, 2013|06:03 pm]
Open Paws - Proud to be Furry!

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[kgraleopard]
We're VERY excited to announce an appearance by a member of TAPS: The Atlantic Paranormal Society (the paranormal investigation group featured on the television show "Ghost Hunters" and "Ghost Hunters International") at this year's FurFright! Omar Sanchez, an investigator with TAPS West Coast and founder of Night Dwellers Paranormal Research Society (NDPRS), will be giving a Paranormal 101 presentation in the Main Ballroom Saturday at 4:30pm! Halloween + Ghosts + TAPS = Freakin' awesome!

We're also proud to welcome The Animal Haven to FurFright! The Animal Haven is a wonderful no-kill, non-profit shelter right here in Connecticut that does phenomenal work caring for abandoned dogs and cats and placing them in loving homes. They've been rescuing pets and serving their community since 1948, and work to fight animal cruelty though education and their spay/neuter program. We wanted to give some much-needed aid to our local shelters, so we're welcoming The Animal Haven to the FurFright Family!

This year we'll be working for The United States War Dogs Association, The Animal Haven, and The Connecticut Children's Medical Center (through our Friends Remembered Toy Drive). So please give generously!

And lookout for these events!

-- Our traditional Rocky Horror pool party (Sat @ 11pm)!
-- The return of our Fursuit Dance Competition!
-- Get ready for our Costume Competition!
-- The FurFright Photoshoot (get free high-quality photos taken of your and your friends)
-- Dances! (A great, diverse mix of dances to shake your tail)
-- The Draw Or Die! Art Jam!
-- Improv Jams!
-- The FHL Fursuit Hockey Tournament!
-- Our catered Sponsor/Dealer Dinner
-- The FurFright Trivia Challenge and Titanium Tea/Dessert Social!
-- 2 Fursuit Parades!
-- Karaoke!
-- 80+ hours of programming EVERY DAY!

And so much more!

A full schedule of events coming soon!

***PRE-REG NOW!!!*** Make sure you Pre-Register for the con before badges sell out! It's quick, easy, you save money, and you're guaranteed a badge. Don't wait and risk getting turned away at the door!

Register here: http://www.furfright.org/attendee.html **Deadline to pre-register is September 17th**

In This Issue:
1) TAPS Paranormal Investigator to appear @ FurFright!
2) Fursuit Dance Competition
3) Fursuit Massacre (Fursuit Games)
4) The Furry Car Show/Block Party!
5) FurFright & Halloween Means COSTUMES!
6) Our Charities Need Your Help!
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1) TAPS Paranormal Investigator to appear @ FurFright!

A member of TAPS: The Atlantic Paranormal Society (the paranormal investigation group featured on the television show "Ghost Hunters" and "Ghost Hunters International") will be giving a presentation at this year's FurFright! Omar Sanchez, an investigator with TAPS West Coast and founder of Night Dwellers Paranormal Research Society (NDPRS), will be speaking on the main stage Saturday at 4:30pm! Be there (or it will haunt you the rest of your life)!
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2) Fursuit Dance Competition

Furfright's Fursuit Dance Competition is BACK and ready to rock your world! Hosted by the fandom's powerhouse, JD Puppy! Come watch some of the fandom's talent get up on stage and show what they got! Interested in participating? Here are the rules for this year's competition!

http://www.furfright.org/FF_dance_competition.pdf
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3) Fursuit Massacre (Fursuit Games)

FurFright's Fursuit Massacre is always a blast to watch and play! Teams of fursuiters face off in FurFright Stadium where the secret ingredient is FUN (with a side of personal injury)! This year the games kick off Sunday at Noon in the Ballroom!

(*Fursuiters must be there at 11:30am to sign-in)
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4) The Furry Car Show/Block Party!

The Furry Car Show is back! Show off your ride, or just come out and see some amazing machines! There'll be prizes for both participants and spectators! And we're continuing the FurFright Block Party this year (at a more reasonable hour), with music and food! After the fursuit parade on Saturday, take a group photo with the fursuiters then head up to the parking garage for high-octane fun!

***You must be registered for the convention to enter your car***

Space is limited, so register now!

Car Show Registration:
http://furrycarshow2013-nl.eventbrite.com

FurFright Registration:
http://www.furfright.org/attendee.html

***The Car Show is looking for volunteers to help out. If you'd like to lend a hand, contact the Car Show Crew at arthemys AT gmail DOT com***
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5) FurFright & Halloween Means COSTUMES!

It's a Halloween con, people, so bring an awesome costume and make the halls of FurFright even creepier than they already are!

We're also having a big COSTUME COMPETITION! The most imaginative, entertaining costume wins! To take part, come to the Ballroom Saturday morning between 10am and Noon and sign-up (you do not have to be in costume to register). We'll be accepting a maximum of 20 contestants, and the sign-up process is first-come-first-serve, so the earlier you get there the better!

Costumes must be suitable for all ages. For the purpose of the competition, fursuits DO NOT constitute a costume! Though you may apply a theme and wear a costume OVER a fursuit. Costumes must show a basic degree of effort. Cheap-ass costumes are not allowed. Your costume can't be a "fursuit" you made out of a pizza box and a shoelace. For God's sake, people . . . TRY!
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6) Suit Up and Face-Off at the Fursuit Hockey Tournament!

It's fursuit floor hockey for FUN (i.e. national pride)! We need fursuiters and a hungry crowd to come on down for the FHL Fursuit Hockey Tournament! Teams from Boston, Montreal, Toronto, and other imaginary places will face-off in Game 2 (the first tourney took place this past May in Montreal. We can't remember who won...) and try to claim the Furry Cup! If you have a suit, come down and we'll put you on a team! And if we don't get enough fursuiters, you audience members are welcomed to play! You can bring your own stick and equipment, or we'll have sticks for you to borrow. Remember, these are just-for-fun, no contact, no slapshot, no injury games. Old time hockey! Eddie Shore! Dit Clapper! Your line starts, coach?
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7) Our Charities Need Your Help!

FurFright exists to accomplish two very important goals: to show our attendee friends a great time, and to help our charities. Every year we're inspired to try to make the world a nicer place for animals and those in need, and we can always count on our FurFright Family to band together and make a difference!

This year we're supporting...

-- The United States War Dogs Association. These dedicated Veterans educate the public about the service and sacrifice of our Military Working Dogs past, present, and future; send vital equipment and necessities to dogs and handlers working overseas; rally public support by collecting petitions to enact laws that aid/protect Military Working Dogs; help retired Military Working Dogs get adopted into loving homes; and train shelter dogs to be support animals for Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

-- The Animal Haven. We're proud to support The Animal Haven, a wonderful no-kill, non-profit shelter right here in Connecticut that does phenomenal work caring for abandoned dogs and cats and placing them in loving homes. They've been rescuing pets and serving their community since 1948, and work to fight animal cruelty though education and their spay/neuter program. We wanted to give some much-needed aid to our local shelters, so we're welcoming The Animal Haven back to the FurFright Family!

-- The Connecticut Children's Medical Center. To honor our friends in the community who have passed away, FurFright organizes a "Friends Remembered Toy Drive". Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Dealer Cashier at the con, and you'll receive a free gift and a card you can fill out and post on our memorial wall. The toys will be delivered to The Connecticut Children's Medical Center following the convention, where they'll bring some much-needed comfort and joy to children suffering from injuries and illness.

List of acceptable/needed toys: http://www.connecticutchildrens.org/files/6813/6027/3525/suggested_items.pdf

All money raised at FurFright will be given to the USWDA and The Animal Haven, and all the toys collected will be given to the Connecticut Children's Hospital. Every penny we raise goes towards providing general and veterinary care, food, equipment, essentials, education, and services for animals and children in need.

And to do all this... WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Here's how you can help!

--CHARITY AUCTION/RAFFLE--
This is where you can bid on and win some outstanding artwork and merchandise! We not only need your bids, but we need you to donate desirable items and services for others to drool over and grab! So bring your donated items to the charity room, bid, and help the War Dogs and The Animal Haven!

--FRIENDS REMEMBERED TOY DRIVE--
FurFright, and our community, is truly a family. We've lost too many members of the FurFright Family throughout the years, and we're always searching for ways to honor and remember them. As wonderful as one-time gestures are, we wanted to start a tradition that honors the memory of our friends by helping others. And so we continue our "Friends Remembered Toy Drive" to benefit the Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

It's so easy to brighten someone's day, and life. Just bring a new unopened toy or plushy (new with tags) to FurFright and drop it off at the Dealer Cashier (in the Dealers' Dungeon), and we'll give you a thank you gift. Also, when you make a donation, you'll get a card to write a personalized message to post on our Friends Remembered Memorial Wall.

Here's a list of toys and items the Connecticut Children's Medical Center is looking for:

http://www.connecticutchildrens.org/files/6813/6027/3525/suggested_items.pdf

--BOOK OF THE DEAD--
This is a great way for you ARTISTS and PHOTOGRAPHERS to donate your skills! The Book of the Dead is a portfolio we auction off, filled with all sorts of outstanding works! The deadline for mail-in submissions is October 15th. Or, just bring your submission to the charity room at the con. For more information please contact Silvermane at: silvermane1977 AT gmail DHOT com.

--DONATE MERCHANDISE & MONEY--
We'll be collecting cash and merchandise donations at the con in our Charity Room, as well as having donation buckets at the Dealer Cashier and with our Charity Bucket Brigade suiters, so PLEASE dig deep and give generously! Let's show the world the heart of our community!

If you have any questions regarding our charity and how you can help, please contact our charity department at: auction[at]furfright.org

Thank you all for helping us show the true heart of our community!
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FurFright
October 25-27, 2013
Cromwell, CT USA
www.furfright.org
Guests Of Honor: Tygurstar & Wallaby
Honored Speaker: Omar Sanchez (TAPS & Night Dwellers Investigator)
Charities:
The United States War Dogs Association
The Animal Haven
The Connecticut Children's Medical Center
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