Thanking The Folk Who Make This Happen!

Hello everyone, Gabriel here. We are closing in on ENnie Awards and Judge voting, only a couple days away, which of course means that GenCon is right around the corner. So, as I approach the end of my first year as Business Manager, I wanted to take a moment to thank those who help to make this happen.

To begin, I want to thank all of the fans, without whom we would have no awards. Your enthusiasm and patronage keep the industry not only running, but striving to produce better products for you. Of course, whether volunteer or professional, the industry itself is included amongst that fan base, for the people who produce the products are fans, as well. Thank you fans, both consumers and producers (and all the combinations), for keeping the industry alive and by extension, the ENnies.

Next, I want to thank DriveThruRPG, for sponsoring us this year. Without sponsorships and fundraisers, we wouldn’t be able to build the show. Thank you, DriveThruRPG, for helping us provide the fans with a way to show their appreciation for their favorite products and publishers, which in turn drives everyone to provide even better products. We appreciate what you do to help keep us going, as well as for continuing to be a great company with which I am proud to have this relationship.

I also want to thank all of the publishers who have participated in our dream date program, and the fans who won (or will win – the current one ends tomorrow and another one or more will begin Monday), as this is another very important method by which we are able to finance the ENnies. Whether or not your auction sells, we appreciate the support you provide. Thank you each for participating, and to any who are still planning to throw their hats in the ring.

For all past sponsors and dream date participants, I thank you, as well, and look forward to when you are able to participate again.

Finally, I want to thank all of the staff, judges, hosts, guest presenters, entertainment, and all of the other volunteers who do the real work. I thought about specifically calling out names, but it’s a long list and you all do so much in so many different ways that this post may become unbearably long if I were to go that level. Please know that I thank you and I appreciate you from the bottom of my heart.

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