Charity Events

Kirk Riessen (1968-2017)

This year’s charity, The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, is dedicated to Gamicon’s longtime friend, Kirk Riessen, who passed away this past June from cancer. Kirk was an avid board gamer and dedicated a lot of his time and energy over the past few years to helping make Gamicon a success. Many of us in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City gaming communities became friends with Kirk and his adorable bichon frise, Buddy, who faithfully sat under Kirk’s chair through hours of gaming. Kirk frequented the Hobby Corner Thursday game nights and loved playing co-operative games like XCOM and Zombicide: and anything related to Firefly. Kirk’s friendly attitude, keen gaming strategy, and steadfast willingness to help his friends will be sadly missed.

He has also donated several of his games to the auction, and proceeds from those will also go to The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation.

Please contact Tim at if you would like to run any charity events this year.