Today, HomeCon’s Board of Directors announced that it has appointed Drew Crowder and Kelly Ann Collins Co-CEOs.
Launched in 2020 as the world adapted to a life of quarantine and social distancing with the intention of keeping communities entertained and connected to their favorite celebrities while focusing on community enrichment and philanthropy, HomeCon will continue its social do-gooding in 2021—and beyond.
An official Twitch partner, HomeCon allows attendees to virtually connect with celebrities for panel discussions and personal one-on-one video chats that benefit causes.
HomeCon’s 2020 events have been seen throughout the world—with attendees from 38 countries at the first event, HomeCon 01, in April 2020 with 112,357 live views; and attendees from 45 countries at its second event, HomeCon 02, in May 2020 with 605,804 live views. During these two months, more than 100 celebrities joined HomeCon to bring in approximately $240,000 in support of First Responders First, a charity that supports frontline public health workers, and a plethora of other celeb-designated causes, including Act Blue, Canada Saves, Los Angeles Food Bank and Start The Wave.
Kelly Ann Collins, along with being co-CEO of HomeCon, is founder of Vult Lab, a digital agency that has worked on hundreds of cause-oriented initiatives involving top thought leaders, influencers and brands, such as United Nations, TED, Starbucks, CBS, and more.
“I’m honored to be named Co-CEO with Drew,” she said. “From the beginning I was excited to help launch HomeCon. Now, I am thrilled to get to work with so many amazing people as we can continue the tradition of HomeCon – and our dream – that started at the beginning of the pandemic: using our social powers for good.”
In addition to her work on campaigns for social good, Collins has also helped to launch companies throughout her career, including USAToday.com and AOL Co-founder Steve Case’s Revolution.
Drew Crowder’s experience ranges from eighteen years in executive leadership, management and operations in media and entertainment to eleven years in gaming and a decade in film finance, streaming production and podcasts.
Crowder is the current Chairman of DC Entertainment Solutions, owner of Hashtag Arena and founder of Hashtag Studios.
HomeCon is partnered with The Woodshed, a virtual event production studio; Looped, a virtual venue for interactive live-streaming experiences, that it will use for its VIP events; Studio Nano; Crowder’s Hashtag Gaming Arena; and Collins’ Vult Lab.
HomeCon will kick off its 2021 fundraising for social good Thursday, June 24, at 7 p.m. CT / 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT with a celebration night on Twitch with Jackbox Games—the party game-making studio best known for hit games like YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, Quiplash, Fibbage, Drawful, Trivia Murder Party, and more—to benefit CDC Foundation‘s coronavirus emergency response fund that is helping to hire surge staff for health departments; funding labs, equipment and research; and providing resources to communities.