|The initial ideas of the organization were conceived in December of 2015, between the current founders and several friends that would later join us as our corps of officers. Around that time, the emphasis was primarily on being social…developing a supportive community for 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. At that point, we began to lay the ground work for what would become our charter and overall mission. While we did have ideas in regards to building a charity infrastructure, there really was no long term plan to implement at that point instead choosing on building internally while continuing to look for an overall direction.
The biggest breakthrough in this avenue was in March of 2016, where the initial meetings took place at Anvil Pub Deep Ellum with several of our future members and interested parties. This pivotal meeting began the first of several ideas and ultimate push to pursue charity work as a primary outlet for our volunteers, developing what would soon become our well-known charity aspect. This move was largely inspired by our friends at the Vampire Court of Austin and the New Orleans Vampire Association...two other major subcultural organizations nationally known for their work with the homeless and animal charities in their local area.
Finally in Sept 2016, a formal meeting was called at Oak Cliff’s Wild Detectives, in which our working charter was presented to a meeting of what would become our first voting members…with the initial signers of this document approving our articles of incorporation and leading 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 state non-profit status granted soon after.
Full federal 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) giving more than $1200.00 to The Texas Heart Institute. This event has turned into our flagship yearly fundraiser, the weekend before Valentine’s Day, 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, but 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 current home, the Second Floor of the Dallas Ginger Man Pub, from where we coordinate 3-4 fundraising events a year…as well as multiple other volunteer and digital awareness campaigns…all while appreciating and supporting our local vampire/other-kin community by holding social functions and giving folks an opportunity to give back.