I had no idea what to expect my first year at Slay-a-thon. All I knew was that it was a Buffy the Vampire Slayer event. Frankly, that is all I needed to know! I have been a fan of the show for many years, but never knew many people who shared my interest. So, I was intrigued to see what goes on at a Buffy themed event, as well as how many people actually show up.
“Wow, this many people share my love for Buffy!” To my surprise, the conference room was filled with Buffy fans from all over! As an episode of Buffy was playing on the screen, I looked around to see tables filled of merchandise! You had the smaller items to buy throughout the event at the registration area, including mystery goodie bags. But, there were 2 long rows of tables for a silent auction. We arrived early enough to where it was still Silent Auction 1. Of course later, there was another silent auction. Not to mention, the Live Auction!
I was in heaven! Because I became a fan many years after the show ended, I missed out on all the Buffy merch. When I would look on Ebay, I wouldn’t find much or it was WAY too expensive! But finally, I was able to buy some Buffy themed items! Unfortunately, I tend to run paycheck to paycheck, and didn’t have much spending money so I missed out on a few items. That is why I now make sure to try to save some extra money throughout the year so I don’t miss out on any more opportunities to get the items I want!
By saving up money, I was able to purchase a Sarah Michelle Gellar autograph the following year! I was SO excited! I had anxiously bid on it during the Live Auciton! What a rush! I kept getting outbid. In the back of my head, I kept thinking “This is getting high in price! Can I really afford this? Do you really need this? Maybe you can get one next year….” But, I kept bidding. Just as I was about to give up, I won! I was the highest bidder!
As I paid for my item, part of me was still wondering if I spent too much money. Let’s be real, I also feel that way after a $30 meal. I very rarely spend more than $40 on frivolous items for myself. But then I remembered, all proceeds of the event go to Make-A-Wish. And, I started to feel a bit better about my purchase.
That’s the great thing about Slayathon. You truly get the “best of both worlds”. The event is so much fun with awesome people that attend. You get to watch Buffy, buy items, eat and play games. Surprisingly, the 12 hours fly by!
But at the same time, you are helping a great cause. Honestly, I probably would not just write a check for a couple hundred dollars and donate it to charity. I would think to myself “I just don’t have the money right now.” I also probably won’t spend that kind of money on myself at a store either. But, I am more inclined to spend that same money on items that I really want knowing that it helps a kid’s dying wish come true.
It’s rewarding to be a part of an event you care about, and knowing that it makes a difference in many other people’s lives. I am always amazed at the amount of money we raise each year, and the amount of wishes we have granted. And, that is only from 5 years I have attended. It’s incredible to think about how much this event has helped families in the last 15 years!
Yes, Slay-A-Thon has made a difference in the lives of Make-A-Wish families. But, it has also made a huge difference in my life. I get to have something to look forward to each year, have an amazing time, make so many friends, AND help out a great cause. You truly can’t ask for more in one event.