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Two-week listing of Richard's TV appearances

The Official Richard Burgi Fan Club was formed, first and foremost, to support the career of Richard Burgi. While Richard found the idea of a fan club in his honor a tad on the puzzling side -- "sort of bizarre," as he put it -- he gave the project his blessing. The RBFC was officially launched in October of 1998 and is a member of the National Association of Fan Clubs.

Club memberships are issued and renewed on a yearly basis, beginning upon receipt of the initial membership packet. The membership packet includes an autographed color 8x10 of Richard, an individualized membership ID card, Richard's current biography and annotated filmography and the current RBFC membership directory. Members also receive the quarterly RBFC newsletter as well as updates on guest appearances and interviews and all the latest news about Richard's current and future projects. Bonus items may also, from time to time, be included along with the newsletter.

Gift Certificate memberships are also available. Simply print out and fill in the registration form and send it, along with your payment (if by check or Money Order) or your PayPal transaction number, to the RBFC, care of Kathleen Cole.

Annual membership fees are as follows: US, $20; Canada, $25; All others, $30. Checks or money orders, payable in US Dollars, should be made out to Kathleen Cole and mailed along with a completed registration form to:

RBFC,
c/o Kathleen Cole
11155 Aqua Vista St., #302
Studio City, CA 91602-3700
USA

*** Visa and Mastercard users may now pay for their RBFC Memberships through PayPal *** -- Visa and Mastercard users, especially those living outside of the USA, now have the option of using their credit cards to make their Membership fee payments.

PayPal logoPayPal transactions are processed through their website at http://www.paypal.com, using wbkat852@aol.com as the RBFC payment address / account.  The process is fairly simple -- new PayPal customers must first register with PayPal, which takes about five minutes.  (Instructions are provided on the PayPal website).

Unfortunately, the added convenience is not without cost; Memberships or Renewals paid through PayPal are slightly more expensive to cover PayPal processing fees.  The Membership or Renewal rates for payment through PayPal are as follows: US - $22.00, Canada - $27.00, and International - $32.00. Remember, your payments must be made in US Dollars.

**NOTE** -- Even when PayPal is used as a payment option, we ask that you fill out and send in an RBFC Membership Registration & Renewal form. This will enable us to process your Registration or Renewal quickly and efficiently.  (Simply print out the Registration Form, fill it out, and mail it to the RBFC address printed on the form).

For further information, contact Kat through the following RBFC mail link.

General questions and comments about the RBFC should be sent to Kat; Member questions and comments on the newsletter go to Kat and questions and comments on this website go to Bert.


Club-related News and Updates -- 04 May 2011


Autographed RB photo available for purchase [17 Mar 08] *** Autographed official RBFC photo of Richard Burgi available for purchase ***  -- Anyone wishing to buy the official autographed RBFC 8x10 photo of Richard produced for the Return to Cascade convention (see left) should contact Kat Cole, RBFC President, at WBKat852@aol.com. The photo can be paid for by check, or by credit card through PayPal, with the price as follows:

$20 ($23 PayPal) -- includes S&H

If paying by check, please make the check payable (in US funds) to Kathleen Cole, not to the RBFC, and mail the check to the address below:

The RBFC
c/o Kathleen Cole
11155 Aqua Vista St., #302
Studio City, CA 91602-3700
U.S.A.

PayPal logoPayPal transactions are processed through their website at http://www.paypal.com, using wbkat852@aol.com as the RBFC payment address / account.  The process is fairly simple -- new PayPal customers must first register with PayPal, which takes about five minutes.  (Instructions are provided on the PayPal website).
 


RBFC pelican logo [17 Mar 08]*** Buy your Official Richard Burgi Fan Club tee-shirt today! *** -- Featuring the official RBFC logo seen at left  on the upper left chest, these tee-shirts are heavy-duty cotton. The shirts are short-sleeved, cream-colored, with the logo silk-screened in black, and are available in Adult Extra Large size. The shirts can be paid for by check, or by credit card through PayPal, with the prices as follows:

Continental USA -- $10 ($12 PayPal) -- includes S&H
International -- $15 ($18 PayPal) -- includes S&H

If paying by check, please make the check payable (in US funds) to Kathleen Cole, not to the RBFC, and mail the check to the address below:

The RBFC
c/o Kathleen Cole
11155 Aqua Vista St., #302
Studio City, CA 91602-3700
U.S.A.

PayPal logoPayPal transactions are processed through their website at http://www.paypal.com, using wbkat852@aol.com as the RBFC payment address / account.  The process is fairly simple -- new PayPal customers must first register with PayPal, which takes about five minutes.  (Instructions are provided on the PayPal website).


Winter 07 General Auction [03 Mar 07] ***RBFC Winter 2007 General Auction to run from March 4th - 10th*** The Auction officially began at 12 noon PT / 3:00pm ET on Sunday, March 4th, and ended at 12 noon PT / 3:00pm ET on Saturday, March 10th.

The RBFC's first auction of 2007 featured a selection of autographed photos, scripts, posters, DVDs, and wardrobe items from several of Richard's projects -- "The Sentinel," "24," "Point Pleasant," and "Johnny on the Spot," primarily.

Detailed information on the Auction itself and the catalog of items is available on the Auction page.

As with previous auctions, this one was run manually by the RBFC, with bids being placed by email using links set up in the Auction catalog.

A Yahoogroups list was established to allow bidders to better keep tabs on the high-bid status of various items. Subscription information is available on the Auction page.

This auction was a departure for the RBFC in that the proceeds went primarily towards defraying the Club's operating expenses. Hopefully the need for such "housekeeping" auctions will arise only rarely.

(Thanks to Carla and Kat for the auction item photos)


RBFC Fall 2005 Charity Auction opens Nov 5th [09 Dec 05] *** RBFC Fall 2005 Charity Auction brings in $2287.00 for the PMMC *** -- The RBFC Fall 2005 Charity Auction benefitting the Pacific Marine Mammal Center ran from November 5th - 19th and brought in a combined total, auction bids and donations, of $2,287.00.

As in previous years, this was an online auction. To see the final bids and the items that were auctioned, visit the Fall 2005 Auction page.

All proceeds go to our official charity, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center!
http://www.pacificmmc.org/


Richard attends Return to Cascade convention [07 May 05] *** "Return to Cascade" Sentinel Convention a success with guests and attendees *** -- "Return to Cascade" reunited the actors, creators, and some of the more notable writers, directors, and producers of The Sentinel for the first time in years. The convention was held February 26-27th, 2005 at the Westin Hotel LAX in Los Angeles, California, and was greatly enjoyed by guests and attendees alike.

Richard joined Sentinel costars Garett Maggart and Bruce A. Young, as well as series creators and executive producers Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo, for the Saturday afternoon festivities. The Q&A session proved to be "Old Home Week," with the actors and producers enjoying each others' company and the recounting of behind-the-scenes tales. The Q&A was followed by an hour-long autograph session and later, by a live auction conducted by the five guests. Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo raided their hoard of Sentinel memorabilia for often one-of-a-kind mementoes of the show, and to the audience's delight, the proceedings were leavened by laughter and goofiness.

With his official Convention appearance wrapped up, Richard joined members of his official fan club, the RBFC, for an informal meet n' greet session. Richard was, as always, witty, charming, warm, and down to earth as he chatted about work, interests, and life in general.

A CD of photos of the RBFC meeting will be available to Club members, with details to be announced once they have been finalized. Members, watch the official RBFC newsletter and list for updates.

 


Richard visits a playful pinniped at the PMMC [07 May 05] *** The Official RBFC charity, the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center (FSLMMC), has chosen a new name -- the Pacific Marine Mammal Center ***  -- A recent letter from the MMC (excerpted below) details the name change:

"With the expansion of our responsibilities to include cetacean rehabilitation, as well as the expansion of our education programs to include a broader curriculum, we have made the decision to take a leap and give ourselves a name that more fully reflects what we do -- Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

We are excited about the new name, as it is more reflective of our work with all marine mammals, as well as of the ever-expanding scope of environmental education programs we offer. We have big plans for the next couple of years including a renovation of our upstairs education area and the reconstruction of our outdoor pools and pens to accommodate our steadily growing patient load and improve the water quality for the animals.

We are very proud of our history, founders, board members, staff, and volunteers, included. Who would have thought that the rescue of that first tiny harbor seal pup 33 years ago would have such an impact on the lives of the thousands of marine mammals that we have given a second chance at life? We are so grateful to those of you who are long-time donors and to those of you who are new friends. It is your support that has allowed us to build our solid foundation and to provide our quality animal care and education programs over the years. You can be assured that the core values and vision of our organization will always remain the same."

**RBFC News** -- A recent visit to the PMMC revealed that the RBFC had joined the ranks of supporters whose names appear on a handsome plaque outside the Center's gift shop. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who've joined us in supporting the PMMC in Richard's honor!

(Thanks to Deborah, Kat, and MJ for the info)


RBFC-Supported Charities

Previously the RBFC honored Richard's interest in and dedication to the protection and preservation of the environment by supporting the National Audubon Society (NAS), donating in excess of $6,000 to that organization in the name of Richard Burgi by the end of 1999.

With the start of 2000, the RBFC -- after consultation with Richard Burgi -- decided to support an organization more in tune with Richard's interest in grass-roots work -- the Orange County Bird of Prey Center (OCBPC).

Fall 2001, and further consultation with Richard, brought us an additional organization to support with auctions and fund-raisers -- the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center (FSLMMC).

The Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center

FSLMMC logoLocated in Laguna Beach, California, the FSLMMC is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehailitation, and release of injured or ill sea lions and seals.

The FSLMMC website -- http://www.fslmmc.org/ -- says this of the organization's mission:

"Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit organization staffed by dedicated volunteers and funded by donations. Its mission is to:

  • rescue, medically treat and rehabilitate seals and sea lions that are stranded along Orange County, California beaches due to injury or illness;
  • release healthy animals back to their natural habitat; and
  • increase public awareness of the marine environment through education and research."
Their mailing address is:

Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center
20612 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, California 92651
USA

Telephone: (949) 494-3050 -:- Fax: (949) 494-2802
E-mail: info@fslmmc.org

The Orange County Bird of Prey Center

Based in El Toro, California, the OCBPC is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured or abandoned raptors as well as to educating the community about raptors.

Their mailing address is:

The Orange County Bird of Prey Center,
23352 El Perro Street,
El Toro, CA 92630

Their phone number is (949) 837-0786

For more detailed information on the Orange County Bird of Prey Center, visit our OCBPC Page.

At present the OCBPC does not have a website; should they launch one in the future, the URL will be added to this page.

While Richard greatly appreciates the thoughtfulness and generosity of his fans, he finds gifts a bit overwhelming. He would prefer -- and would be honored -- if instead, fans make a donation in his name to the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center, the Orange County Bird of Prey Center, or a similar organization in their home town.



*** The Fall 2001 RBFC Online Charity Auction *** -- Held from Wednesday, September 19th - Sunday, September 23rd, the Fall 2001 auction generated a combined total of US$ 4,577.00 in proceeds, all of which will go to the charity or charities chosen by Richard Burgi. To see the items which were on auction, please visit our  Fall 2001 Charity Auction page.

[09/25/01] The tragic events of September 11th, 2001 led us to reconsider the choice of auction beneficiary, with World Trade Center-related funds initially considered by Richard Burgi.

After seeing the nationwide and international fundraising efforts for the New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania disaster relief funds, just one of which -- the internationally-televised "America: A Tribute to Heroes" benefit program -- raised over $300 million in pledges, Richard is concerned that many small, local, volunteer-run and funded charities will be overlooked.

With that thought, he has asked us to use the proceeds of the auction to support the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, California.
 
FSLMMC logo The Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center (FSLMMC) is a non-profit organization run by volunteers and funded by donations. Their mission is to rescue sick and injured seals and sea lions, rehabilitate them, and release them back into their natural habitat. To learn more about the FSLMMC and their work, visit their website at www.fslmmc.org.

If you would like to make a donation to the FSLMMC, you can make your checks or money orders payable to "Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center," and mail them to:

RBFC
c/o Kathleen Cole
11155 Aqua Vista St., #302
Studio City, CA 91602-3700
USA

Special thanks go to Richard and Lori Burgi (who donated the lion's share of the items up for auction), Jen Raisler, and Kathleen Cole  for their invaluable help in donating and gathering the items offered. Thanks also go to Kathleen Cole, Carla Coupe, and Bert Hayling for the time and effort spent organizing and running the Fall 2001 RBFC Online Charity Auction. Without their generosity, this fund-raiser would not have taken place.


*** The Spring 2000 RBFC Charity Auction and Raffle *** -- The RBFC was pleased to sponsor an Online Charity Auction and a Charity Raffle to benefit the Orange County Bird of Prey Center (OCBPC).

The Online Charity Auction began at 6pm EST, Thursday, April 6th, and continued through 9pm EST, Sunday, April 9th. Winning bids, along with additional donations, raised a total of US$1972.00 for the OCBPC. To learn more about the auction, the bidding process, and the items available, please visit the Charity Auction page.

The RBFC also offered a fourth season Sentinel Press Kit in a raffle open to all Sentinel fans. Second- and third-place winners each received an official OCBPC tee-shirt. Each raffle chance cost US$5, all of which went  to the OCBPC.  The drawing was held on Sunday, April 30th  and raised a total of $1,240 for the OCBPC. For more detailed information on the raffle, please visit the Charity Raffle page.

Special thanks go to Richard and Lori Burgi, Garett Maggart, Bruce A. Young, Kathleen Cole, Darla Kershner, and Suzy Missirlian for all their help and generosity in donating and gathering together the items offered in the Charity Auction and Raffle. Quite literally, we would not be holding these fund-raisers without them.


Photos for the RBFC Photo Album Page

The RBFC gladly accepts photos from Members for inclusion on the website photo page. There are a few provisos we must ask donors to abide by, however:

  • Richard should be in the photo (well, obviously). Photos of Richard with his cast-mates are fine.
  • Richard's family must not be in the photo (for everyone's peace of mind).
  • Whenever possible, everyone in a photo should be identified for us and willing to appear on the 'net (and there should be at least one RBFC Member in the photo -- excepting, of course, the aforementioned cast photos).
  • Photography credits and details -- by who, where, and when -- allow us to properly thank the contributors and label the pictures, so please be sure to include this information.
  • The RBFC reserves the right not to add a picture to these pages or to hold it for a later page update.
We can accept photos from Members as e-mail attachments in both JPG and GIF image formats (though JPG is preferable). One or two images per e-mail would be best, with the details for each image typed in the message body.

As Bert and Kathleen are joint Keepers of All Things Archival, please send e-mailed images to to one or both of them at the following addresses:

Bert -- deskbert@bahamas.net.bs
Kathleen -- wbkat852@aol.com

If you do not have access to a scanner, the RBFC can do the scanning for you -- simply mail your photo, or a reprint of it, along with the details to the following address:

The RBFC
c/o Kathleen Cole
11155 Aqua Vista St., #302
Studio City, CA 91602-3700
USA


We would like to take this opportunity to thank Laura Trout for very graciously turning her considerable graphic design skills to the creation of a veritable cornucopia of RBFC banners. She took our rather nebulous ideas and helped us focus and refine them, and then went above and beyond to create almost a dozen different banners, including several animated GIF versions.

Without Laura's contribution and inspiration, our banner selection would be poor indeed.

Thanks must also go to Laura Peck for sharing her beautiful "Rally" photos with us, as well as to the countless fans who have provided the scanned and "screengrabbed" images incorporated into the banners.

The banners can be found on our RBFC Banners page or by clicking on the "banner ad" image below.

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