Monthly Archives: September 2014

RVA Food Bank wins again! Mason defeats VCU, Tech, Woos, and others…

THE CHALLENGE – The 2nd Annual Alumni Charity Challenge
Which Richmond area alumni chapter can donate the most canned goods at Hardywood on Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014, 5-8:30pm.



VCU Alumni**
Richmond James Madison (JMU) Alumni Association**
Richmond Hokies**
ODU Alumni Richmond Chapter**
Roanoke College**
@Richmond Hoos – UVaClub of Richmond (University of Virginia Alumni)**
Hampton Syndney
Christopher Newport
William & Mary

** also participated in 2013

acc-cupTHE PRIZE – School name added to the Alumni Charity Challenge Cup (and bragging rights).

THE RESULT – Mason Alumni win the cup and bragging rights for the 2nd year in a row!

Champions: George Mason = 1+ TON


8:30pm – RVA matches donations from NoVa!

If you missed the challenge we hope you will make the event next year! I know VCU, Tech, and UVA are taking notes (they all visited our tent and asked questions) so we are going to need all the help we can get to THREE-PEAT.

@MasonRVA would like to thank those who made it possible to win the Cup (sorry if we miss anyone)…

Brian Jones ’06 (NoVa – for challenging the alumni board to donate over 1,000 lbs of food)
The Alumni Association Board of Directors (NoVa)
The School of Business Alumni Chapter (NoVa)
Gerica Goodman ’12 (NoVa – the new best Alumni Rep ever @MasonAlumni – for driving down from Mason, bringing the tent and the swag, and working the tent)
Jen Shelton ’94 (NoVa)
Carol Swigart ’06 (NoVa)
Jason ’93 & Cathy Reis
Chris Clark-Talley (NoVa)
Anna Goltz (NoVa – the old best Alumni Rep ever for her Peanut Butter donation)

Elaine Gregory ’09 (RVA)
Kimmy Pollard (RVA)
Sabena Moretz (RVA)
Conaway Haskins III ’99 (RVA)
Kerri Chapman ’98 (RVA)

Richmond Brewery Tour

Alumni Charity Challenge 2014 – Brew Tour Raffle

Special thanks to…

Elaine Gregory ’09 – for her generous donation again this year that resulted in her winning the raffle for the 2nd year in a row! (prize: two tickets for an RVA Brewery Tour).

Tommy Miller and Richmond Brewery Tours for donating to the raffle.

Nicola (my wife) – for supporting me supporting Mason.

Next MasonRVA event will be the long anticipated RVA Brewery Tour. We expect to sell-out, so subscribers to the blog will get the first opportunity to sign-up!

With Mason Pride,

Rob ’88

Free RVA Brewery Tour!

rvabrewtour1 Pound = 1 Ticket Raffle

As if supporting Mason and the Richmond Community was not already good enough, now you have one more reason to come out for the Alumni Charity Challenge tomorrow night.


acc-cansPickup some canned goods on the way home tonight to bring to the Alumni Charity Challenge tomorrow (Wed, September 17th, 5:30 – 8:30)  @Hardywood Park for the Central Virginia Food Bank.

Deliver your canned goods to the Mason Alumni tent and enter the MasonRVA raffle for a chance to win two tickets for an RVA Brewery Tour.  You will get one raffle ticket for each pound of food you donate.

Bring your friends who graduated from other fine universities and encourage them to donate canned goods at the MasonRVA tent for a chance to win the raffle (and help Mason win the challenge)!

Last year the raffle helped us divert a few donations from VCU alumni and Mason Alum Elaine Gregory ’09 won.

Go Mason!

The MasonRVA Challenge

No ice bucket required – MasonRVA and the George Mason Alumni Board challenge Mason Alumni in the Greater Richmond Region to connect to your Alma Mater this week!

Here are just a few reasons this will be a great week to engage!

acc-cansServe our Community…

On Wednesday, September 17th, Mason Nation will defend our bragging rights in Richmond, Virginia (RVA) at the 2nd Annual Alumni Charity Challenge. The charity challenge is a great way to show your support for both RVA and Mason. Come out on Wednesday evening to see just how far our alumni board is willing to go to support local alumni chapters and the communities we serve. We hope you will stay and visit, but even if you only have time to stop by and drop off a donation, you will not be disappointed!  Go Mason! Beat VCU! and Tech and the Hoos…

Mason Fan

Energize your Mason Pride…

Still trying to decide what to do this weekend? It is never too late to decide to attend Alumni Weekend.

Alumni Weekend is a great opportunity to be inspired and you don’t have to attend the whole weekend to benefit.

Decide last minute to drive up to Fairfax to visit some old friends that got stuck up in NoVa and plan to take just a few hours to visit the campus for one of the following events:

Alumni WeekendThe State of the University
2 to 3 p.m.
Johnson Center, Third Floor, George’s Restaurant

Dr. Ángel Cabrera will discuss what’s ahead for Mason and how alumni can make a difference.   President Cabrera will be joined by Senior Vice President J.J. Davis, Provost David Wu, Athletic Director Brad Edwards and other university leaders.

Alumni Weekend Green and Gold Bash
Green and Gold Bash
When: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Fairfax Campus
Where: The Tent at the George Mason Statue, Johnson Center North Plaza
Cost: $15 early-bird pricing until 9/15 General Admission: $20
Additional $5 for Spirit Tasting (first 50 registrants get a whiskey fluted shot glass)

If you don’t do anything else for Alumni Weekend, this event is not to be missed. Whether your years at Mason were groovy, dynamite, far out, rad, cool, out of sight or totally awesome the Green and Gold Bash is the event for you. We’ve got lots in store, including a performance by The Green Machine, a spirited tasting presented by A. Smith Bowman Distillery, and mouthwatering cuisine paired with a selection of regional beers and wine served by Grafton Street Restaurant and Irish Pub. We’ll have caricature artists on hand to draw you at your best, and a photo booth to squeeze in and capture the moment. Don’t miss this opportunity to create more Mason memories.

Subscribe to and/or visit often for news and updates and anything and everything Mason and RVA.  Future upcoming MasonRVA events include:

If you have an idea for an event, would like to help with planning and/or take the lead on these or any other future events, send an email to Rob Walters BS ’88.


Beat VCU! and Tech and the Hoos and…

The official invitation to the Alumni Charity Challenge was sent to alumni today (see message below).
In addition to the information sent by the alumni office, MasonRVA would like to add…
  • We will have MasonRVA t-shirts at Hardywood for anyone that attends the challenge and brings a donation!
  • If you live in the Richmond area but cannot get downtown to drop off you donation, contact Rob Walters and he will try to arrange for pickup in your area on Monday or Tuesday night (Sep 15/16).  We are willing to go to Mechanicsville, Woodlake, Chester, Ashland, Powhatan, Goochland, and even the far West End if you will help us beat VCU!

From the alumni office in Fairfax…

MasonRVA is participating in the Annual Alumni Charity Challenge and we need your help! Last year we collected 1,091 lbs of canned goods to help benefit needy families in the Richmond area and wiped the floor with all of our rival schools in Virginia! This year we are hoping to make an even greater impact but we won’t be able to do it without you.

Join us at Hardywood on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 5 – 8:30 p.m. Alumni and friends of George Mason University who wish to contribute to—but cannot attend the Charity Challenge—may arrange to drop-off donations at the Alumni Relations Office on the Fairfax Campus (NoVA), located in Northern Neck 109 or the Office of State Government Relations in Richmond (RVA). Please contact Sabena Moretz or 804-786-2217 for the address and to let the office know to expect you. The Office of State Government Relations does not have a receptionist so we need to make sure that someone will be present to receive your donations.   Many thanks for your contributions.

If you have any questions regarding the Alumni Charity Challenge, please contact Rob WaltersLike us on Facebook and be sure to check often for the latest information on events and activities.

With Patriot Pride,
Rob Walters ‘88
MasonRVA Club Leader