Official Press Release
Heroes4Heroes (H4H), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to sending comic books, DVDs, and other forms of entertainment media to America's armed forces overseas, raised $24,000 on Saturday, November 8th, 2008, during the largest comic book convention in the Southwest, WizardWorld Texas.
"We're very pleased, as we doubled the amount raised last year," said Scott Hinze, a co-founder of H4H. "The auction, which was attended by close to 500 very generous supporters, brought in about $22,000, with an additional $2,000 raised through donations at our table on the convention floor."
"The big draw to the auction was the live art show that was happening on both sides of the bidding," Hinze said. "All around the room, talented artists were creating masterpieces that were then auctioned to the enthusiastic crowd. The top piece of the night was an unforgettable Captain America original by renowned cover artist Marko Djurdevic, which brought $3,700, followed by Lee Bermejo's haunting Joker painting, which sold for $2,900. Of course, the really 'big' piece of the evening was the 9' tall statue of the Incredible Hulk, generously donated by Marvel Comics, which went for the incredible price of $2,500."
"This auction represents our one big fundraising event of the year," Hinze said, "so we're obviously ecstatic that it was such a success. This means that we're going to be able to send that many more care packets to our men and women bravely serving overseas. We can't thank everyone who participated enough."
See pictures of the event at http://tinyurl.com/h4hliveart
Hinze added, "This year alone, we've shipped over 3,000 care packets, 40,000 comics, 800 DVD's and 500 books to American Soldiers all over the world and we've received praise from personnel of all ranks in the US Military, including Gen. David Petraeus. His letter, along with more information about Heroes4Heroes, can be found at www.heroes4heroes.org."