After previously advertising that 2017's MegaCon Orlando would be Stan Lee's last appearance at a Florida convention, show organizers have confirmed that Lee will be returning to the Sunshine State in September for MegaCon Tampa Bay - but for a good cause.
“Florida is in need of some cheering up and what better person to do that than the one and only Stan Lee!" said Andrew Moyes, the FanExpo HQ VP who oversees MegaCon Tampa Bay. "We are excited to be bringing Stan to Tampa Bay for the first time and to work with him to support those communities impacted by Hurricane Irma.”
Lee is scheduled to appear at the convention, which is scheduled to take place September 29 to October 1 at the Tampa Convention Center, in "support of Hurricane Irma relief efforts."
Money will be raised for Hurricane Irma relief in two ways - an auction, and a portion of ticket sales.
$5 from the revenue earned by the sale of the next 2,000 tickets sold for MegaCon Tampa Bay will donated by the convention to Feeding Florida. If 2,000 tickets are sold, that would amount to $10,000.
On September 29 during Lee's panel, the prolific Marvel icon will oversee an auction which will include artwork from his personal collections, fan interactions, and other items. The convention estimates at least $10,000 will be raised from the auction.
“The generous support of the MegaCon Tampa Bay community will allow Feeding Florida to provide necessary supplies to our families directly impacted by Hurricane Irma,” said Robin Safley, Executive Director of the Feeding Florida. “Partnerships like this allow our statewide network of food banks to continue to support every community and provide many of the front-line services required during response and recovery efforts.”