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ABOUT THE VAMPIRE COURT OF DALLAS
Tonight in Dallas, we'll have 200 homeless youth on the streets; over half of them have experienced sexual assault, and at least a quarter of them are LGBTQ. Nearly 40% of homeless youth have reported feeling unsafe at shelters, and 48% have experienced homelessness four or more times.

Overall homelessness has risen 9% since last year, with an overwhelming 66% of the homeless being people of color. Our veterans have one of the highest suicide rates in the US, compounded by poverty, PTSD, and substance abuse… averaging 20 suicides per day.

And every year, 40,000 infants are born with congenital heart defects; a quarter of them will need surgery or treatment to survive their first year. Only 85% of them make it to age eighteen.

After hearing those statistics, I’m sure you’re thinking the same thing we were: "How can I help?"

We're the Vampire Court of Dallas®, a 501c3 tax-exempt charity that has raised and/or donated over $15,000 in the past three years to those very causes, and more... all chosen democratically at our public meetings by our membership. We currently have 65 voting members in the DFW area, and number over 100 including at-large members, supporters, and volunteers. We know we're a micro-charity; we define success by doing the most good at the local level, not by massive dollar amounts.

I know the questions you must have; why 'Vampire Court of Dallas'? Or 'Do all the members wear capes and plastic Halloween fangs?' Well, some charities wear silly hats and drive toy cars, while others host exorbitantly expensive dinners that, unfortunately, preclude the involvement of young people and new professionals.

To that end, we try to empower various alternative subcultures and engage with charities that directly impact the local area. We do this by partnering with various clubs and venues throughout DFW, as well as local small businesses. For example, our biggest events right now are the annual Bleeding Hearts' Ball in February, and a Holiday Party and Toy Drive every December.

The VCD isn't here to try saving the world; we’re just trying to do the best we can while making the world a better, more inclusive place. So if you're running or volunteering with a local tax-exempt charity and want to try something a little different...

We're the VCD. How can we help?
 
HISTORY OF THE VAMPIRE COURT OF DALLAS
The organization that would later be known as the Vampire Court of Dallas® dates back to December of 2015, where the founders and a few friends laid the groundwork of what was primarily to be a social organization, to support the many local members of the Dallas/Fort Worth vampire/other-kin subcultures - along with creating a safe space with diversity and inclusion at its heart. The biggest breakthrough in what would become our future charity mission was in March of 2016, at the Anvil Pub in Deep Ellum, where some future members and other interested parties would illustrate the need for an overall direction and prove the collective need for a new type of charity to help ease the suffering of the local area.

Finally in September of 2016, a formal public meeting was called at Oak Cliff's Wild Detectives, in which our working charter was presented to a group who would become our first voting members as they were the initial signers of said document, approving the articles of incorporation and calling for the push for full charity status, working towards full federal recognition. The Vampire Court of Dallas® officially incorporated in October of 2016, during a trip to the Austin Capitol, with the state non-profit status granted soon after.

The federal IRS 501(c)3 exemption status was granted in February of 2017, just weeks before our first major charity event: The Bleeding Hearts Ball at the Church Dallas. This event was attended by over 800 people (despite the bitter cold) and collectively they gave more than $1200.00 to The Texas Heart Institute. This event has turned into our flagship yearly fundraiser, with multiple performers and a large raffle of prizes donated by local businesses throughout Dallas / Fort Worth. Each member of the Vampire Court of Dallas® looks forward to this event every year, due to both the feeling of giving back, and also the opportunity to come together as an organization and work for a common goal.

From there, we moved our monthly meeting location to its next home, the Second Floor of the Dallas Ginger Man Pub, from where we coordinated 3-4 fundraising events a year, on top of multiple volunteer and digital awareness campaigns, all while appreciating and supporting our local community by holding social functions and giving folks an opportunity to give back. It was here our membership hit a record of 50 voting members and over $15,000 raised for North Texas charities, with several committees established to aid in welcoming new members and developing social events to allow us to come together more as a community.

Finally in October of 2019, our growth in numbers moved us to our newest location, the Union in Oak Lawn. It is here where we hold public meetings every month to discuss current initiatives, lessons learned, and conduct all of our major business. These meetings are public for a reason; anyone can see what we are about and know that even though we are a little different - we love our community and work hard to make it better each day.

We're the VCD, how can we help?
 
OFFICERS OF THE VAMPIRE COURT OF DALLAS
Mike
King
(Director)
Rayne
Queen
(Vice Director)
Malka
Keeper of Records
(Secretary)
Mary
Purser
(Treasurer)
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Lane
Hospitaller
(Promotions)
Brandon
Guardian
(Master at Arms)
Mikey
Guardian
(Master at Arms)
Laeselea
Guardian
(Master at Arms)
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Danielle
Steward
(Media Relations)
Kim
Councillar
(Chaplain)
K'ryn
Councillar
(Chaplain)
Will
Herald
(Web Master)
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Bri
Emissary
(Ambassador)
Quinn
Emissary
(Ambassador)
Arthur
Watcher
(Social Media)
Syrena
Healer
(Medical)
       
   
  Lex
Seneschal
(Education Coordinator)
Sarah W
Cofferer
(Merchandising)
 
       
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