Top Cut Comics teams up with The Literacy Council

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – U.S. Air Force Airmen Jarred Lawson, 52d Component Maintenance Squadron arrow space propulsion Journeyman from Powell Ohio, plays a game of magic at the Club April 6, 2013. Magic is a card game in which the object is to either overwhelm your opponent with strategy or deplete their life source with brute force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

Staff Report

Top Cut Comics will be holding the inaugural Forest City Community Cup charity event at their new location, 2430 S. Alpine Road, on Saturday, January 30.

This event, which they have teamed up with The Literacy Council for, will feature a donation-prized Magic: The Gathering tournament, a silent auction and a raffle giveaway. All net proceeds from this event will benefit The Literacy Council, a not-for-profit organization that provides literacy education to people throughout the region.

Debbie Lindley, Program Director at The Literacy Council, said of the event, “The Literacy Council would like to thank Top Cut Comics for hosting this exciting charity event with proceeds going to help further our mission of providing literacy instruction to individuals and families to strengthen our community. Thank you to Top Cut Comics, all donors and participants for your support”

“After hearing about the dramatic shortfall of funding The Literacy Council received this year, we wanted to show our support,” said Stephan Ruszczak, new owner of Top Cut Comics. “The goal of this event is to raise money for The Literacy Council while providing a fun and exciting event to showcase Top Cut’s new location.”

Magic: The Gathering is a fantasy collectible card game that is sold at game and comic book stores throughout the world. The game combines fantasy and strategy and is played in casual as well as tournament settings.

“Magic: The Gathering and literacy go hand in hand. Each card comes with rules and instructions that help immerse the player in a world filled with dragons, angels, vampires and other mythic beasts. Increasing adult literacy also helps introduce more people to experience games like Magic,” explained Andrew Wright, organizer and Magic player involved with the fundraising event.

The event will also feature silent auction tables with signed comic books as well as other memorabilia and are open to the public throughout the day on January 30. Entry into the Magic: The Gathering tournament is $20 and limited to the first 64 entrants. Every person entering the tournament will receive a deck box, sleeves and a prize raffle entry. Tournament participants must provide their own standard-format 60-card decks. There will also be tournament-legal decks available to purchase at Top Cut Rockford while supplies last. Registration for the tournament begins at 10 a.m.

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