Well, we crushed it with the Dementia Friends pinball event. Huge shout out to the PinVault dudes, the dudes that have the machines at Mind over Mash and all the others who were willing to put up their machines for the weekend. We raised 20x what CICOA (parent company of Dementia Friends Indiana) expected us to and had great attendance and a solid jump start for next year. Media-wise, we were on the cover of the IndyStar and on about every TV station I can think of. We plan on this being an annual event and hope to get it to the size of LAX and other events. It may not be that big next year, but we're going to work hard to get there. It's far past due that Indianapolis have a large expo like that but why not? And why not do it for a good cause? Not only does it promote pinball in the community, but all proceeds go to Dementia Friends Indiana.
PRELIMINARY PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR:
-Bigger location. Space was tight where we were at due to # of machines and popularity. I think we could easily double the number of machines and double the ticket sales now that we're a known thing and have media contacts.
-Tournament with prizes. We're gonna work on getting sponsorship for some solid prizes.
-Three day event.
WHAT I NEED FROM INDIANAPOLIS PINHEADS:
-Your pins! If you have machines you're willing to bring next year, PM me now and let me know so I can start my list. I already have a few new people from the HACKS group that have chimed in and are bringing machines. No sweat if things change later on, I'll reach out more towards go time next year and see where you're at, it would just be nice to get some preliminary numbers for when we reach out to sponsors.
-Spread the hype! We need the pinball community to continue to come together to make this happen. Let your friends in surrounding areas know that we're building up something big. It's gonna be dope.
Again thanks to all that brought their machines and to those came out to Books & Brews to hang over the weekend. Feel free to PM me suggestions for improvement if you have any so we can continue to improve on what we've already done. Let's do this.