It's a new week, and Midwest FurFest is only eleven days away! Sounds like it's time for #8 in the Midwest FurFest Top Ten: Sponsorships, and Why They're Important.
Before we talk about the cool stuff that Shiny Sponsors and Sponsors will receive, let's take a moment to talk about why sponsorships are so important to Midwest FurFest. As the convention has grown we have moved to bigger and better venues that could not only comfortably house the throngs of furries but also could provide comfortable environments for our guests to hang out, spend time with friends, and have a great time. The downside of that is that better venues cost more. Not too many years ago, we could plug in our equipment at any outlet we could find and that was fine. Now we need to pay several thousand dollars for electricity and the people to hook everything up. Catering costs have doubled over the last few years. And we have invested in convention infrastructure as well - equipment to make Registration run smoothly, computers for Art Show so artists can continue to get paid the last day of the convention, and bigger and better audio equipment for our dances. We have been able to meet all of these expenses through the generosity of our Sponsors and Shiny Sponsors.
So that's why you should consider a sponsorship. What do you get in return (besides that warm fuzzy feeling of accomplishment)? As you already know, every attendee gets a nifty souvenir con book, a copy of our acclaimed Restaurant and Services Guide, a Pocket Program, and a convention badge. Sponsors get all of this, as well as a complimentary Midwest FurFest 2012 T-shirt, a collectible pin, special surprise gifts, and the crowning touch, the Saturday Sponsor Brunch, featuring omelets made to order, smoked salmon, freshly-carved roast beef, French toast, and much more.
And then there's Shiny Sponsors. Shiny Sponsors get everything that attendees and Sponsors receive, plus a Midwest FurFest 2012 polo shirt, a few tokens of our esteem and a special cocktail hour in Ventana's, at the very top of the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, on Friday evening. They'll be able to enjoy the sunset over O'Hare Airport and admire the Chicago skyline while chatting with our Guests of Honor and their fellow Shiny Sponsors.
All levels of membership are still available! You can register online until 11:59 PM CST TONIGHT, Monday, November 5, or you can register at the door. Attendee memberships are $40.00, Sponsorships are $120.00, and Shiny Sponsorships are $250.00. For more information and to register, see our website at https://www.furfest.org/page/registration
Are you have already preregistered for a membership and want to upgrade to a Sponsorship or a Shiny Sponsorship? We would be delighted to help you! All you'll need to do is go through the Preregistered member line, but when you get to the front, tell them that you want to upgrade. A member of our staff will escort you to the super-fast VIP Upgrade station and we will take care of you there.
Another day down, another day closer to the convention! Check back tomorrow to see what #7 will be in the Midwest FurFest Top Ten.