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JemCon 2012: Show Me The Way to St. Louis, was attended by well over 100 Jem™ fans from all over the world, including attendees from the USA, England, Scotland, Holland and Canada - all partying down in the Midwest!
The convention featured honored guests, Patricia Alice Albrecht (the speaking voice of Pizzazz), Will Meugniot (Storyboard Director and Producer), Desiree Goyette-Bogas (the voice of Danse), and as a special treat, a surprise visit from Louise Dorsey (the voice of Jetta), making quite an entrance! In addition there were fan panels, workshops, vendors, an extensive display exhibition from the 2012 Con-Chair's own personal NRFB collection and many doll and clothing customs shown by our members.
Friday held Registration and our Opening Ceremonies, including staff introductions to get the excitement flowing. Next came the Meet 'N Greet with catered hors d'oeuvres, JemCon-traditional cookies, and a fabulous rock 'n roll-style cake made especially by our staff member Jamie's mother! Our outrageous Jem™ trivia contest followed, with many attendees talking into the night.
On Saturday morning, there was a choice of two activities: A Cartoon Discussion Panel called "Relationships in Jem™" with Luis, and a "Doll & Accessory" Workshop with Shevona. For the first time ever, we had a "Super Shopper Hour" for our vendors, followed by a very special guest panel with Patricia Alice Albrecht and surprise guest Louise Dorsey. After lunch, we held our first Q & A Guest Panel with three of our special guests, followed by a generous autograph session and our first of the two 2012 Charity Auctions. Saturday evening held the Cosplay Contest and Masquerade, Jem™ Karaoke and our Disco.
Sunday rolled in to include the Doll Discussion Panel "Old Meets New: Original Jem™ & Hollywood Jem™" with David and Shannon, followed by a choice between a Cartoon Discussion Panel, "The Misfits & The Stingers", with Luis and Shannon, and a "Doll Rescue" Workshop, with Maria. Then came another fruitful "Super Shopper Hour" with a fun and moving Special Guest workshop with Desiree Goyette-Bogas titled: "Write It, Sing It, Voice It" following close behind. Next was our second very special Charity Auction and our final Guest Panel Q & A with all four of our wonderful guests. To top the day and convention off, we heard a JemCon 2013 presentation by next year's Con Chairs, Maria and Sean O., and also from our staff with a discussion about "The Future of JemCon", followed by our Closing Ceremonies.
JemConners should be very proud of themselves! Between your generous donations and those of Will Meugniot, our combined JemCon Charity Auction total was a never-before-seen $5099! You all deserve a huge round of applause!