Lansing Food Bank Is Local Charity Partner with Shuto Con for 2012

Lansing, Mich., Mar. 13 - Last year over 1,300 attendees made their way into the Lansing Center, bringing with them over 189 pounds of food.

Local anime convention, Shuto Con, will turn to attendees once again this year to generously provide donations of food or money to the Lansing Food Bank during the weekend of Mar. 16th to 18th, in Lansing, MI.

"The Lansing Food Bank is a wonderful organization," said Stefanie Shall, Chairwoman and founder of Shuto Con. "And I am very happy to partner up with them again this year. Hunger is something no family should have to face, and I hope with our attendees bringing in non-perishable goods we can try to help those in need."

Shuto Con also raised $2,250 in 2011, benefiting the American Red Cross in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan.

Shall hopes to see everyone enjoying the convention in high spirits this year, while remembering the victims of the tragedy.

"Without Japan and its' rich culture and exquisite animation/games we wouldn't be the fans we are and wouldn't be able to attend all the wonderful anime conventions throughout the year that have been created in their honor. Japan and Japanese culture has greatly influenced all our lives and by donating to the ARC it is our humble way of saying thank you for everything." said Shall.

Over twice the attendance is expected this year with a great majority dressing in costumes, interacting with one another in a convention-wide, open-style event called "Interactive Cosplay".

"Interactive Cosplay is a great way to engage all our attendees." said Shall. "I have a feeling that such creative interaction with others will build great friendships and relationships with others."

Special ribbons signifying participation in Interactive Cosplay can be picked up for free at event registration and the bearer is encouraged to participate as the character they are presenting with other attendees throughout the weekend.

Shuto Con will also feature several voice actors and industry guests, dances, musical acts, costume contests, vendors and regional artists, screenings and more.

Membership badges can be purchased at the door for $40 for the three day weekend, and Lansing Food Bank provided containers will be available nearby for food donations.
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