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RBFC charitable activities -- an overview

The organized charitable activities of the RBFC have generally remained confined to online auctions and raffles, with the proceeds of both supplemented with cash donations if Members desire to contribute in that fashion.

With the exception of our very first charity auction, which benefited the National Audubon Society, we have looked to our Honoree, Richard Burgi, for guidance on appropriate beneficiaries. After conferring with him, we supported the Orange County Bird of Prey Center for a time before making a more long-term choice of beneficiary -- the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, formerly known as the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center.

Richard is interested in a variety of charitable organizations, especially those which work to both protect and build an awareness of our environment -- the planet we live on, and the creatures sharing it with us; he has supported the work of the Yellowstone Ecological Survey and the San Clemente-based Surfrider Foundation, and has been happy to take part in the events benefiting the Moonridge Animal Park. He has also expressed an abiding interest in children's welfare and literacy programs, and in supporting national radio.
 

Richard meets a sea lion pup at the PMMC **Our current charity -- the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (formerly the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center)**

According to the PMMC website:

Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) is a non-profit organization staffed by dedicated volunteers and funded by donations. Its mission is to:

  • rescue, medically treat and rehabilitate marine mammals 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. 
The PMMC is located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, USA   92651, and the official wesite can be found at http://www.pacificmmc.org/

Continue on to our PMMC/FSLMMC page

(Photo courtesy of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center)


The Orange County Bird of Prey Center -- our previous charity **Our second charity -- the Orange County Bird of Prey Center** 

According to the OCBPC website:

The Orange County Bird of Prey Center was formed to:

    * Educate the community about raptors
    * Rehabilitate injured raptors
    * Release recuperated (recovered) raptors back into the wild 

The OCBPC is located at 23352 El Perro Street, Lake Forest, CA 92630, and the official website can be found at:
 http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Jungle/2423/ocbpc.html

Continue on to our OCBPC page


Our first charity - the National Audubon Society **Our first charity -- The National Audubon Society**  Our initial choice of  a charity to be supported by the Official Richard Burgi Fan Club came about entirely due to Richard's life-long interest in birds rather than due to any specific input on his part.  Our first charitable venture, an online auction of Burgi memorabilia, generated proceeds in excess of $6,000,  which was donated to the National Aubudon Society in the name of Richard Burgi by the end of 1999. 

The official National Audubon Society website can be found at: http://www.audubon.org/

RBFC charitable activities -- a chronological listing of events

The RBFC's first official event benefitting the National Audubon Society was an auction featuring Sentinel memorabilia in the form of cast photos and Sentinel scripts, most of which were autographed by Richard Burgi and his co-stars Garett Maggart and Bruce A.Young. Held in late March 1999, the charity auction raised over $6,000 for the NAS.


In honor of Richard's birthday (July 30th 1999), the members of the RBFC sent donations to the National Audubon Society in Richard's name in lieu of birthday gifts. The donations totaled in excess of $6,000.


With the advent of the year 2000, the RBFC has chosen to support a new charity, one Richard Burgi finds especially deserving -- the Orange County Bird of Prey Center (OCBPC). Future auctions and fund-raising activities will be held in aid of the OCBPC.


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

[04/23/00] The Online Charity Auction ran from April 6th - 9th 2000 and raised US$ 1972.00 for the OCBPC.  To see the items which were on auction, please visit our  Spring 2000 Charity Auction page.

[04/30/00] The RBFC offered a fourth season Sentinel Press Kit in a raffle open to all Sentinel fans. Each raffle chance costs US$5, all of which will go to the OCBPC. The drawing was held on Sunday, April 30th. The raffle raised a total of $1,240 for the OCBPC. For more detailed information on the raffle, please visit the Spring 2000Charity 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.



*** 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
10153 1/2 Riverside Drive, #494
Toluca Lake, CA 91602 


 
IAFF crest If you would like to make a donation to the FDNY Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund, the International Association of Fire Fighters (http://daily.iaff.org) has established The New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund. 

Make your checks or money orders payable to "The New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund," and mail them to:

New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund
P.O. Box 65858
Washington, D.C. 20035-5858 

NYC Board of Education crest If you would like to make a donation to the WTC School Relief Fund, the Board of Education of the City of New York (www.nycenet.edu), has established the WTC School Relief Fund. 

Make your checks or money orders payable to "The Fund for Public Schools - WTC School Relief Fund," and mail them to:

"The Fund for Public Schools - WTC School Relief Fund"
110 Livingston Street, Room 826
Brooklyn, New York 11201

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.


RB in 4PS; Jerseys to be raffled

[12 Aug 02] *** RBFC Charity Raffle in honor of Richard Burgi's birthday ***-- The RBFC Birthday Charity Raffle is now closed.  After a slow start, the Raffle gained considerable ground with proceeds totaling $1,105.00 by the July 15th cutoff date. Though raffle entries had to be in by July 15th to qualify, donations in honor of Richard's birthday were to be accepted through the end of July for inclusion in the Raffle total.  The final amount raised by the raffle and related donations was $1153.80, which was turned over to the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center  (FSLMMC) in Richard's name.

The RBFC offered a replica of the "Four Point Shot" Cascade PD basketball jersey (pictured above) and an 8x10 photo of Richard, both signed by Richard Burgi, in a raffle open to all Sentinel and Burgi fans. Raffle chances cost US$5 each.

The winning RBFC Charity Raffle contestants are:

  • "Ellison's" basketball jersey, signed by Richard Burgi -- P. Hurd of Brooklyn, New York
  • Autographed 8x10 photo of Richard Burgi -- Pat Charleville of Federal Way, Washington
Special thanks go to Richard and Lori Burgi and Kathleen Cole for their invaluable help in in donating and signing   the jersey and photo offered in the Summer 2002 RBFC Charity Raffle. Without their generosity, this fund-raiser would not be taking place.

(Thanks to Steffi Pollok and Kat Cole for the images of Richard Burgi and the Jersey)


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[09 Sep 03] *** The RBFC Summer 2003 Charity Auction -- final results ***  The Summer 2003 Charity Auction in honor of Richard Burgi's birthday ran as scheduled, ramping up to a frantic pace during the last few hours.  As of Monday, September 8th, the combined total of auction proceeds and donations was $4,030.00. This sum will be presented to the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center (FSLMMC) in honor of Richard Burgi.
 
Richard Burgi in the J.Crew car coat - images from The Sentinel [07 Aug 03] *** The RBFC is pleased to announce the RBFC Summer 2003 Charity Auction in honor of Richard Burgi's birthday! (Speaking of which -- Happy Birthday, Richard! All the best for many, many more!) *** -- The Auction Online Catalog is now available for viewing; simply click on the banner above to go to the Catalog page. There you will find a veritable treasure-trove of Burgi memorabilia, very generously donated by Richard and Lori Burgi with some additional items donated by Kathleen Cole and the RBFC.

The photo montage at left (which is available in larger size by clicking on the image) features the jewel in our Auction crown -- Jim Ellison's (and Richard's) very own black leather J.Crew car coat, size Large. This one of a kind piece of "Sentinel" memorabilia can be yours!

The RBFC Summer 2003 Charity Auction opened on Sunday, August 3rd and will run through mid-day Saturday, August 16th. Bidding will be done via email, as has been the practice with previous RBFC auctions. Further details on the Auction are available at the Summer 2003 Auction page.


 
Richard Burgi supports the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center The RBFC Summer 2003 Charity Auction, held in honor of Richard Burgi's birthday, will once again support the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, California.

The FSLMMC mission statement (which is reproduced below) does not fully convey the challenges facing the Center. It would be hard indeed to overstress the constant need for long-term volunteers and for donations of time, materiel, and money; one outbreak of domoic acid poisoning can fill the Center to overflowing with sick marine mammals and devour resources -- supplies, medicine, funds -- at an astounding rate.

We are pleased and proud to join Richard and Lori Burgi in their support of this most worthy organization.



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. 
FSLMMC contact information:

Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center
20612 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, California, USA   92651 
(949) 494-3050 phone (949) 494-2802 fax 
Website: http://www.fslmmc.org
Email: fslmmc@earthlink.net

 

As it is an ongoing concern of Richard's  that many small, local, volunteer-run and funded charities are overlooked, he is considering additional charities to be supported by this auction.  Should Richard choose additional recipients for the proceeds of the Summer 2003 RBFC Auction, we will announce them here and on the Auction page.

Special thanks go to Richard and Lori Burgi (who donated the lion's share of the items up for auction), and to Kathleen Cole  for her invaluable help in donating and gathering the items offered. Thanks also go to Kathleen Cole and Bert Hayling for the time and effort spent organizing and running the Summer 2003 RBFC Online Charity Auction. Without their generosity, this fund-raiser would not be taking place.

- The RBFC Coordinating Committee, August 2003


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