Robbie Greenberger Memorial Texas Hold-em Poker Tournament
We’re pleased to announce the return of the annual Robbie Greenberger Memorial Texas Hold-em Poker Tournament, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Shore Leave Blood Drive
We are happy to announce that the Red Cross is coming back to Shore Leave this year for a blood drive. If you would like to give, sign up now by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter: StarTrekMD to schedule an appointment!
We will once again be holding a charity silent auction, this year to benefit the World Central Kitchen and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Visit the charity desk and check it out. There will be a variety of science fiction memorabilia to bid on, and even a membership to our sister convention Balticon.
Our official charities for this year are:
Navy & Marine Corps Relief Society
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to active duty and retired Sailors, Marines, and their families. The NMCRS offers a variety of programs and services, including:
* Quick assist loans: Interest-free loans of up to $1,000 for active duty Sailors and Marines
* Emergency travel: Interest-free loans for emergency leave travel
* Education Assistance Program: Scholarships and no-interest loans for eligible families
* Financial assistance: Funds to help with a variety of financial needs, including rent, utilities, home repairs, car expenses, medical expenses, and military pay shortage
The NMCRS is funded by charitable donations and does not receive any funding from the Department of Defense.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. No child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.
The Julien Fleming Memorial Fund
The Julien Fleming Memorial Fund supports families with critically ill children by providing grants to help offset treatment costs not covered by insurance.
The Maryland Food Bank
We will once again be collecting pre-packaged food items for The Maryland Food Bank. Any non-perishable food that can sit on the shelf for a while is appreciated. Examples are canned vegetables, fruit, meats/fish and soups. Also, bags and or boxes of rice and beans, milk, soy, rice, etc. If you are unable to give food, money always work just fine. For every $1 you give the food bank can buy $4 worth of food.