Furry Weekend Atlanta

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Furry Weekend Atlanta
Furry Weekend Atlanta logo.png
Status Active
Genre Furry
Location(s) Atlanta, Georgia
Country United States
Inaugurated 2004
Most recent 2017
Organized by Furry Weekend Atlanta, Inc.
Website
http://www.furryweekend.com
Furry Weekend Atlanta fursuiters.jpg

Furry Weekend Atlanta, abbreviated as FWA, is a furry convention held annually in Atlanta, Georgia.[1][2] As of 2016, Furry Weekend Atlanta is listed as the 4th largest furry convention in the world.[3]

History

Furry Weekend Atlanta started as an outgrowth of a local furry meetups often held in Atlanta at the homes of various members of the furry fandom. As the gatherings became larger, the idea of formally holding a convention was raised. After several unsuccessful attempts, a plan was made to hold a convention in February 2004. The name Furry Weekend Atlanta was chosen to echo the name of the anime convention held in the city, Anime Weekend Atlanta. The name became a federally registered trademark on 2 December 2008.[4] Originally was held around Valentine's Day, the convention was rescheduled to be held mid-March in the year 2009.

Organization

Furry Weekend Atlanta, Inc., is the 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation which organizes the Furry Weekend Atlanta convention. Furry Weekend Atlanta Inc. is headed by an Executive Committee and in addition to operating the annual convention, promotes the acceptance of the furry fandom in the southeast United States. Furry Weekend Atlanta, Inc. retains only the funds necessary for the organization of the Furry Weekend Atlanta convention, and donates the rest to charities.

Charity

From 2005 to 2006, Furry Weekend Atlanta supported the Ellijay Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanctuary, a state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitation center located in Ellijay, Georgia. Furry Weekend Atlanta attendees donated almost $4,000 to the Sanctuary in 2006, and almost $3,000 in 2005. From 2007 to present, Furry Weekend Atlanta has supported the Conservator's Center, a nonprofit organization working to preserve threatened species.[5]

Locations, attendances, and charity donations by year

Year Dates Location Attendance Charity
Donation
Charity
2004[6] February 13–15 Holiday Inn Atlanta 270 Ellijay Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanctuary
2005[7] February 11–13 Holiday Inn Atlanta 500 $3000 Ellijay Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanctuary
2006[8] February 17–19 Holiday Inn Atlanta 557 $4,000 Ellijay Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanctuary
2007[9] February 16–18 Sheraton Gateway Hotel 762 Conservator's Center
2008[10] February 15–17 Sheraton Gateway Hotel 1,046 $5001 Conservator's Center
2009[11] March 19–22 Hilton Atlanta 1,371 $5054 Conservator's Center
2010[12] March 25-28th Hilton Atlanta 1,564 $4600 Conservator's Center
2011[13] March 17–21 Sheraton Atlanta Hotel 1,621 $8,000 Conservator's Center
2012[14] March 15–19 Sheraton Atlanta Hotel 1,902 $18000 Conservator's Center
2013[15] March 14–17 Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel 2,396 $18,400 Conservator's Center
2014[16] March 20–23 Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel 2,488 $20,000 Conservator's Center
2015[17] April 9–12 Atlanta Marriott Marquis 3,252 $28,000 Conservator's Center
2016[18] March 31-April 3 Atlanta Marriott Marquis 3,431 $28,922 Conservator's Center
2017[19] April 6–9 Atlanta Marriott Marquis 4,274 $35,000 Conservator's Center

Themes and Guests of Honor by year

Year Theme Guests of Honor
2004[6] N/A
  • Fursuit maker and graphic artist Valentina Caicedo
2005[7] N/A
  • Artist Jessica Maia Albee, aka "Jessie T. Wolf"
  • Artist "Fel"
2006[8] N/A
  • Cartoonist Bill Holbrook
  • Matt Burt
2007[9] N/A
  • Artist "Strider Orion"
  • Artist Daria McGrain
2008[10] N/A
  • Artist "Bonk"
  • Fursuiter "TILT Longtail"
2009[11] Safari!
  • Musician Matthew Ebel
  • Artist "Lizardbeth"
2010[12] Carnaval
  • "Kami Cheetah"
2011[13] Furries in Wonderland
  • Fursuit makers and fursuiters Lacy and Nick
  • Artist Zhivago Daemon
2012[14] Furries at the Moulin Rouge
  • Author Kyell Gold
  • Artist and writer Rukis Croax
2013[15] Still in Love
  • Artist and fursuiter Jimmy Chin
  • Artist Hibbary
2014[16] Furry University
  • Artist and fursuiter "Louvelex"
2015[17] Shangri La: Fur-gotten Orient
  • Artist Reimina Clover Keishana
  • Artist "Silverfox5213"
2016[18] Camp Furry Weekend
  • Artist "Demicoeur"
2017[19] Game On
  • Artist "Chibi-Marrow"

References

  1. ^ Martinez, Melysa (1 March 2012). "Previewing Furry Weekend Atlanta". Creative Loafing Atlanta. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Friedman, Maura (4 April 2016). "Furry Weekend Atlanta takes over Downtown". Creative Loafing Atlanta. Archived from the original on 12 April 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "List of conventions by attendance". WikiFur. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Furry Weekend Atlanta - USPTO (sn: 77413227, rn: 3539798)
  5. ^ "Our Charity – Conservators’ Center, Inc.". furryweekend.com. Furry Weekend Atlanta, Inc. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Furry Weekend Atlanta 2004". WikiFur. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Furry Weekend Atlanta 2005". WikiFur. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Furry Weekend Atlanta 2006". WikiFur. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Furry Weekend Atlanta 2007". WikiFur. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Furry Weekend Atlanta 2008". WikiFur. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Furry Weekend Atlanta 2009". WikiFur. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Furry Weekend Atlanta 2010". WikiFur. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Furry Weekend Atlanta 2011". WikiFur. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Furry Weekend Atlanta 2012". WikiFur. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "Furry Weekend Atlanta 2013". WikiFur. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "Furry Weekend Atlanta 2014". WikiFur. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  17. ^ a b "Furry Weekend Atlanta 2015". WikiFur. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "Furry Weekend Atlanta 2016". WikiFur. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  19. ^ a b "Furry Weekend Atlanta 2017". WikiFur. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  • http://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/furry-weekend-atlanta-turns-10/
  • http://www.atlantamagazine.com/article/scenes-from-furry-weekend-atlanta-2013/

External links

  • Furry Weekend Atlanta – official website
  • Furry Weekend Atlanta at WikiFur
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