Charity Work

Since the inception of LibertyCon, the organization has been a 501.c(3) non-profit organization.

We were formed back in 1983 with the goal of promoting literacy and education in the Chattanooga area and have done our best to follow that mission with our guests and incredible panels/seminars covering Literature, Art, and the Sciences.

Since we are a non-profit ourselves, we’ve also always felt very strongly about helping other local and worthwhile non-profit organizations around the Chattanooga, TN area.

We, the LibertyCon Board of Directors, try to keep the costs of running the convention as minimal as possible while still providing an outstanding event for all of our attendees. The Board of Directors of LibertyCon and Staff are made up entirely of volunteers. Nobody gets paid anything to help out. All of the BoD and Staff pay for their badge membership, hotel rooms, and banquet tickets. Everybody pays. Putting on the show we love, LibertyCon, is a labor of friendship, family, and joy.

We LOVE to make LibertyCon happen as much as the attendees, pros, and guests love to be here. We all hold LibertyCon dear to our hearts and consider all those who come to the con as family. None of us do this for the money, except… we DO like to give the money away.

Every bit of money which is raised thru badge membership, donations, and the Saturday Evening Charity Auction goes to the LibertyCon Charity of Choice for the year.

We love LibertyCon, and we love the Charities we help support.

Below is this year’s Charity of Choice as well as a number of the charities we have sponsored through the years.

LC 33 (2021) Downside Up Inc.

Downside Up—a parent-directed non-profit providing support, education, and encouragement for parents, families and others who love and care about people with Down Syndrome. They connect children with the resources they need to grow and thrive. They inspire community acceptance by sharing with others the presence and potential of people with Down Syndrome. And They welcome every new family into our own, meeting them exactly where they are on this wild ride.

LC 32 (2019) A Smile for Troops

A Smile for Troops mission is to provide care packages for deployed service members; their goal is simply to bring a smile to the faces of as many of our nation’s finest men and women as possible. This is done this through providing baked goods and other donated items and sent to those deployed to bring a smile to their face, help with morale, and let them know those of us over here are aware they are over there.

LC 31 (2018) Chattanooga Room in the Inn

Helping Women and Children Overcome Homelessness

Chattanooga Room in the Inn (CRITI) Mission Statement:

“To empower women and children experiencing homelessness to become self-sufficient by offering a temporary home while providing programs and services necessary to meet their goals.”

CRITI is a three to nine month residential program for homeless women and children. Services provided at CRITI are free of charge and include transitional housing, three meals a day, access to affordable or free health care, life skills training, parenting classes, mentoring, assistance with finding affordable housing, and case management services. This program allows the women and their children to find stability and thereby increase their opportunities and chances for independence when they leave the program.

LC 30 (2017) Austin Hatcher Foundation

The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer’s mission is to erase the effects of pediatric cancer and optimize each child’s quality of life through essential specialized intervention beginning at the time of diagnoses and continuing throughout survivorship.

The Foundation provides services to children with cancer as well as their families through its four major divisions; Industrial Arts, Diversionary Therapy, Psycho-Oncology, and Healthy Lifestyle Education.

LC 29 (2016) Lana’s Love Foundation

About the Lana’s Love Foundation:

“We don’t know of anyone that has not been affected by cancer …whether it be a relative, friend, or co-worker. To have a child stricken with cancer is beyond description. Lana Beth was not the only one with cancer …we all felt we had the disease as well.

“Cindy and I talked many times, as bad as having a child with cancer is, it would be 100 times worse if we did not have some resources. Many people have to make a decision to go to work or to stay at the hospital with their sick child taking chemo. There is no money left for presents or to just have fun. Lana’s Love was created so those kids can have fun.”

Jim and Cindy Webster

LC 28 (2015) Bethel Bible Village

The Bethel Bible Village story began in 1954, with six boys living in cardboard boxes because their father was in prison and their mother was living in a facility and was not available to care for them. Floyd Hipp, a prison minister, realized something had to be done for children who were not legally “orphans,” but had no parent to care for them. He opened a home for those six boys and our ministry has grown from there.

For 60+ years we have witnessed how Rev. Hipp’s faith-based approach can help young people in crisis. We accept children and teens of any faith, as well as those who have no faith-based connection.

Over the years Bethel moved from its original location on Signal Mountain to its current campus in Hixson, thanks to a generous donation of land.

LC 27 (2014) AIM Center


AIM Center is a not-for-profit mental health program offering employment, education, housing, socialization, and wellness opportunities for adults living with serious mental illness. We are non-medical and non-clinical; however, we work in concert with other mental health professionals to provide comprehensive mental health services. Our focus is recovery! Using the Clubhouse program model of psychosocial rehabilitation, AIM Center allows members to develop relationships and create an individual recovery plan while working side by side with other participants and staff. Since 1989, we have helped over 3,00 adults in the Chattanooga community lead a full and meaningful life while living with serious mental illness.

LC 26 (2013) Chattanooga Area Food Bank


We bring nourishing food to the people of our region who have the need, and courage, to seek help. Working hand in hand with retailers, manufacturers, farmers, buying alliances and individual donors, our mission is to end hunger for every person in our region, today. And tomorrow, do it again.

LC 25 (2012) Challenger STEM Learning Center

CSLC Vision

The UTC Challenger STEM Learning Center is a member of the National Challenger Center Network that has 45 centers located in the United States, Great Britain, South Korea and Canada. The Challenger Centers were built as a living memorial for the crew of the Challenger Space Shuttle mission that ended in tragedy on January 28, 1986. Their mission was one of education with the first teacher “Christa McAuliffe” being a member of the crew. Today that education mission still lives in the Challenger Centers where students can explore hands-on science, technology, engineering and math programs.

LC 24 (2011) The Ronald McDonald House

Keeping families with sick children close to each other and the care they need. #KeepingFamiliesClose


Helping give children what they need most – their families

The mission of RMHC of Greater Chattanooga is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families.

We invite you to make a gift today so we can continue to open our doors to thousands more families in years to come.


Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Chattanooga benefits children by providing a ‘home away from home’ for families with seriously ill or injured children receiving medical treatment in the Greater Chattanooga area.

With the help of our local community and a strong network of chapters to share best practices, RMHC of Greater Chattanooga is able to carry out its mission by providing the best possible resources, facilities, and services benefiting children and their families at a time of need or medical crisis.

LC 23 (2010)  Special Olympics Tennessee

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community

LC 22 (2009)  Chattanooga Area Food Bank


We bring nourishing food to the people of our region who have the need, and courage, to seek help. Working hand in hand with retailers, manufacturers, farmers, buying alliances and individual donors, our mission is to end hunger for every person in our region, today. And tomorrow, do it again.

LC 21 (2008)  Orange Grove Center

The Orange Grove Center is a private non-profit organization, serving adults and children with intellectual disabilities. The agency was founded in 1953 by a group of Chattanooga parents and community leaders who were seeking services for disabled children within the county.

Since its inception, OGC has been at the forefront, nationally, in pioneering services for the developmentally disabled. Offered educational opportunities and new avenues for personal growth, OGC’s charter class of 25 students flourished rapidly. They became trailblazers, dispelling myths and dissolving long held public misconceptions about the learning potential of those challenged with developmental disabilities. Today, OGC is proud to offer a myriad of services to nearly 700 children and adults, lending them a guiding hand as they pursue their goals and dreams for the future.

Orange Grove Center continues to positively impact lives. And while the challenge of maintaining long-term support for our communities’ developmentally disabled citizens is omnipresent, we approach the future in the same fashion as did our predecessors in 1953.

Embrace the challenge and move forward! That’s just the way it’s done at Orange Grove Center.

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