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Results for the 2017 Alumni Charity Challenge are in!

The combined total of food raised by all Richmond area Alumni Associations at the 5th Annual Alumni Charity Challenge was 48,355 pounds!
Congratulations to the in-state winner VCU raising 12,454 pounds of canned goods, out-of-state winner Michigan raising 4,886 pounds of canned goods, and small school winner William & Mary raising 3,185 pounds of canned goods.
Rounding out the top two in-state schools are George Mason at 4,013 pounds and Virginia Tech at 3,445 pounds. Rounding out the top two out-of-state schools are Penn State at 4,860 pounds and Wisconsin at 1,565 pounds.
83% of the food total overall was by online donations $8160 = 40,080 lbs.  An additional 8275 lbs of food was collected at the event.
#MasonNation, #MasonAlumni, and #MasonRVA finish 2nd in state and 4th overall!  MasonRVA thanks all Mason Alumni that donated online and came out to the event.

How can I get a MasonRVA t-shirt?

There are three (3) ways to get your free MasonRVA T-Shirt*:

1. Be a Mason student from the Richmond Metro area attending George Mason University.  Send an email from you student email account w/ the year you plan to graduate and your home address to and we will ship the t-shirt to your home in 2-3 weeks.

2. Subscribe to the MasonRVA blog to reserve your free t-shirt (include you size in the comments) and attend a MasonRVA event to pickup it up.

3. Donate $25 or more online to any Mason Fund and email proof of your donation with your mailing address to:  We will ship your free t-shirt to your mailing address in 2-3 weeks.

The supply of free t-shirts is limited, so don’t wait too long to take action! (or you will have to wait for the next batch)

* Limit one (1) per individual.

Beat VCU! Bring cans or donate online and the Central Virginia Food Bank Wins!

Alumni Charity Challenge - Wednesday, September 20 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. @ Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Alumni Charity Challenge – Wednesday, September 20 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. @ Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

This is 5th annual Alumni Charity Challenge and VCU is doing more than a little smack talking (see t-shirt above).   Mason Alumni embarrassed VCU alumni in 2013 and 2014 on their own turf in Richmond (RVA) by donating nearly twice as much food as all other local alumni chapters combined.  This year VCU alumni want break the 2-2 tie with George Mason and claim the “BEST TEAM” trophy for the 3rd year in a row.  Obviously Mason alumn cannot let that happen.

Help Mason this year by bringing non-perishable donations to Hardywood Brewing from 5:30-8:30pm.  The good news is that for the first time if you cannot bring food to the event, you can donate online until 11:59pm September 20 and help Mason Alumni in Richmond BEAT VCU!  Even our alumni friends in NOVA and beyond can help out!

And while you in the giving mood, take a few minutes to visit Give Mason page and make your annual donation of $25 or more (great habit to get into like changing your batteries in your fire detectors when we change our clocks an hour to spring forward or fall back).

And you do not have to register to attend the event, but we would love to know you are coming!

Looking forward to seeing you on September 20th and with your help, lets BEAT VCU! (and the Hokies, Wahoos, Dukes, Tribe, etc.)

With Patriot Pride,



Richmond New Student Send-Off 2017


Never too late to decide to attend!  This event is a great event and opportunity to meet fellow alumni and students from RVA, as well as, to pick up a free MasonRVA t-shirt .

Thursday, Aug. 3
7 – 9 p.m.
Bottoms Up Pizza
1700 Dock St, Richmond, VA 23223


New students, families, and alumni are invited to a summer send-off in Richmond on Thursday, Aug. 3 at Bottoms Up PizzaThis casual get together is a great opportunity to meet and get to know incoming Patriots, parents, and alumni from your region!

Attendees will enjoy dinner, refreshments, and remarks provided by the George Mason University Alumni Association.  Please pre-register and indicate your commitment to attend, which will help us plan for food.

Parking Information
Free street parking is available and there are two nearby pay-to-park lots (less than a block away).
The Main Street Train Station lot is free for the first hour, and $1 per additional hour (with a $5 max). This is located between Main and Cary across the street from the train station. There is another paid lot across Cary Street (between Dock and Cary) from the Main Street Station Lot.

Stay connected to Mason Alumni in Richmond
Learn about the Mason Admissions Volunteer Network

Upcoming MasonRVA events…

Alumni Charity Challenge
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 5-8:30pm Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
MasonRVA won the challenge the first two years.  This is the 5th annual event so there is time for Mason to reclaim bragging rights!  Stay tuned for more information.  The rules have changed this year!


Pregame @ Isley Brewing before Mason @ VCU!

Please join us for pregame gathering with other Mason fans at Isley Brewing Company starting at noon. Isley Brewing Company is located at 1715 Summit Ave, Richmond 23230.  MasonRVA will provide pizza, soda, and water.  If you don’t want to eat pizza, you can purchase some BBQ from the Jus Cukn food truck.  Checkout Isley’s website to see what will be on tap.

We should have Mason swag (and some MasonRVA t-shirts), as well as, RVA Beer Trail Maps and advice on which breweries to visit in the future based on your beer preference.

And after Mason beats VCU, join us just a few blocks away from Isley’s at Ardent Craft Ale’s Beer Garden to celebrate!

There should be plenty of street parking around the brewery so you can plan to either walk (~1.5 mi) or Uber to the game if you do not want to deal w/ traffic and/or parking near the Siegel Center.

In the future when Mason plays VCU or UofR on a Saturday evening in Richmond, MasonRVA will host a brewery tour of RVA breweries for Mason Alumni.   This year the game is at 2pm, so the best we can do is introduce you all to 1 or 2 of our 20+ local breweries.

Hope to see you Saturday and Go Mason!

Bring cans. Beat VCU – Wed, Sep 14 – 5pm


Once again, MasonRVA is participating in the Annual Alumni Charity Challenge and we need your help! We won this challenge the first 2 years and want to reclaim the trophy on Wednesday, Sept. 14. We will be collecting canned goods to benefit needy families in the Richmond area at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery from 5 – 8:30 p.m. All donations will benefit the Central Virginia Food Bank.

If you have any questions regarding the Alumni Charity Challenge, please contact Rob Walters.Like us on Facebook and check out for the latest information on events and activities.

With Patriot Pride,
Rob Walters ’88
MasonRVA Club Leader