Charity Auction 2016

In 2016, RavenCon’s Charity Auction supported the Dialysis Patients Citizens Education Center. The Center is dedicated to improving kidney patients’ quality of life and reducing the occurrence of ESRD (end-stage renal disease) through education and by developing awareness of dialysis and kidney disease issues, improving the partnership between patients and caregivers, and developing favorable public policy solutions.

The Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) Education Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the affiliate organization of Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC). Founded in 2012, the Center is led by a board of directors composed of 10 end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients, including six currently on dialysis and four transplant recipients.

In the opening months of 2016, we lost our good friends Ed Pope and Bud Webster. Our donation to the DPC was made in their names.

 

Charity Auction 2015

RavenCon has chosen the Richmond Animal League (RAL) as this year’s charity in memory of our late Vice Chair, John Patrick Jones.  John was very fond of animals and RavenCon encourages your support of one his favorite organizations.

Since 1979, Richmond Animal League has been finding homes for homeless dogs and cats in the Richmond area.

For many years they rented a kennel in Chesterfield County. In 1987 the property was sold to a residential developer and they were asked to leave the facility. In spite of this setback, they continued to care for many needy animals and boarded them at veterinarian offices and foster homes. Their goal was to raise enough money to build a brand new facility.

After 7 years of fundraising activities and the generosity of their community, their dreams became a reality! In May 1994, they opened their new kennel near Chesterfield Towne Center. This facility can house up to 30 dogs, and 60 cats and kittens.

Since their facility opened, they have helped thousands of animals. They found homes for over 1,700 animals last year.

Though there is now a small staff of 8 full-time employees, RAL has always been led by a volunteer board dedicated to reducing euthanasia rates in their community.

In 2009, they saw the great need for a low-cost, high-volume spay neuter clinic on the south side of the James.  A year later, they opened an onsite clinic.  The Loving Spay & Neuter Clinic provides low-cost services to municipal shelters, rescue groups, and private pet owners, as well as free services for feral cats.  Free spay and neuter services are available for pet owners who meet low-income guidelines.

Their history continues to be written as they grow.

Charity Auction 2014

RavenCon has chosen Foundation for Fighting Blindness as this year’s charity.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is dedicated to funding innovative research to find preventions, treatments, and cures for inherited retinal degenerative diseases that lead to blindness and affect more than 10 million people in the United States.
The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. (FFB) is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher Syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

Charity Auction 2013

RavenCon has chosen the Huntington’s Disease Society of America as this year’s Charity Auction beneficiary as a way to honor the memory of an attendee who passed away at last year’s convention.

In March 2000, the Huntington’s Disease Society of America named the University of Virginia Health System a Center of Excellence for the care of patients with HD and their families. The UVa HD Program was one of the first 10 Huntington’s Centers of Excellence in the nation and is the only one in Virginia.

Charity Auction 2012

The beneficiaries of this year’s RavenCon charity auction will be the American Cancer Society and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. A member of the RavenCon family, Mike Manning, lost his mother, Reba, shortly after last year’s convention due to undiagnosed breast cancer. We would like to honor her memory and that of everyone close to us that has lost a loved one to cancer.

Please help us to make this year’s auction a success. And maybe get something nice for yourself while you’re helping others.

Charity Auction 2011

Commemorative Air Force

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) was founded to acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States, and selected aircraft of other nations, for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans.

Much thanks to our donors for making this possible! With their help, we raised $1500 for the CAF.

Organization’s website http://www.commemorativeairforce.org/

Charity Auction 2010

Virginia Aviation Museum

Much thanks to our donors for making this possible! With their help, we raised $1200 for the Virginia Aviation Museum.

The RavenCon “family” lost one of their own in 2009. Vice Chair John Jones and Promotions & Publicity Director/Swagmistress Cheryl Lynn Jones suffered a death in the family; Cheryl’s younger brother Kenneth James Williamson passed away after a short illness at the age of 41.

Kenneth J. Williamson (aka “Boomer” or “Ken-ken”), worked at the first RavenCon hotel, the Doubletree at the Richmond International Airport. His co-workers had never seen anything like a science fiction/fantasy/horror convention before, so, as their ‘go-to’ guy, they asked him what was going on. He said, “Why don’t you ask my sister, she’s over there,” and introduced Cheryl to his crewmates. She answered the best she could even though she wasn’t a committee member yet. The next year John and Cheryl stayed at the Doubletree, and he told his co-workers that they would be there; the restaurant provided them with a fruit plate, the apples carved with the RavenCon logo on them. Boomer and his co-workers did their best to accommodate RavenCon — to this day the Doubletree is the standard to which we hold up other hotels.

Boomer loved trains, planes, automobiles, and teddy bears. He was a member of the USS CHESAPEAKE, a chapter of Starfleet International. He would dress up as a giant teddy bear — Major Ursa — for CHESAPEAKE recruiting functions. Kenneth was also an avid science fiction fan, having attended a few of the area Star Trek cons over the years — some of the Creation Cons in Richmond, Big “E” Con in Norfolk and Shore Leave in Hunt Valley, MD.

Boomer died at Memorial Regional Medical Center on July 29th, 2009. His parents requested that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Virginia Aviation Museum, one of his favorite places to go.

The RavenCon committee has selected the Virginia Aviation Museum as the recipient of the 2010 Charity Auction proceeds in his memory.

Museum website: www.vam.smv.org

Charity Auction 2009

The Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia

In honor of the bicentennial of Poe’s birth, RavenCon designated the Edgar Allan Poe Museum as the recipient of the proceeds of RavenCon’s charity auction. Much thanks to our donors for making this possible! With their help, we raised $800 for the Poe Museum.

Check presentation to Poe Museum on June 13, 2009. Pictured from left to right: Keith Kaufelt (docent of the Richmond Poe Museum) and John Jones (RavenCon 2010 Vice-Chair). Photo credit: Cheryl Jones

About the Richmond Poe Museum:

Although Baltimore, Maryland claims him, Edgar Allan Poe spent most of his youth in Richmond. He also has Virginia connections in that he was a student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and stayed at Fort Monroe in Hampton during his short military career.

The Richmond Poe Museum is located on Main Street in the downtown area. “The Old Stone House” is the oldest building in the city. Poe did not live here, but would have seen this house, being that he lived a few blocks away, and his first job, at the Southern Literary Messenger, was also close by.

The museum hosts items from Poe’s life, manuscripts, letters, and memorabilia. Special exhibits throughout the year highlight his career.

Hours:

  • Sunday: 11:00 AM — 5:00 PM
  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 AM — 5:00 PM

Admission:

  • Adults: $6.00
  • Seniors: $5.00
  • Students: $5.00

The museum is located at: 1914-16 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23223

 

FREE PARKING is available on 20th Street.

 

Museum’s Website: www.poemuseum.org

Charity Auction 2008

Monacan High School Literacy Fund

In honor of the bicentennial of Tee Morris, RavenCon designated the Monacan High School Literacy Fund as the recipient of the proceeds of RavenCon’s very first charity auction. Much thanks to our donors for making this possible! With their help, we raised $800 for Monacan.