Washington area fan John Madigan was diagnoses with brain cancer last year and his medical bills are mounting. He and wife Candy, who have hosted the Washington Science Fiction Association’s 3rd Friday meetings for several years, have started a Youcaring campaign to try to help raise funds to cover JOhn’s medical bills and household expenses.
Game Designer Brianna Wu, who was forced from her home earlier this month after threats related to GamerGate, has announced that she is forming a legal fund for women targeted by Gamergate. Wu is currently looking for legal advice to ensure that the fund meets all legal and tax requirements.
CANSMOF has announced that Jean-Louis Trudel (Québec City, Canada) and Jared Dashoff (Washington, DC) are the recipients of this year’s SMOFCon scholarships. Both recipients will receive aid to attend this year’s SMOFCon in Manhattan Beach, CA and are required to write a report about the event for CANSMOF.
The New England School Of Art & Design has announced the creation of a scholarship fund in the name of Bhob Stewart. Stewart, who published one of the earliest comic fanzines and in 1969 curated the first exhibition of comic book art at a major museum, taught at the school from 1970-1984.
Travers Milo, who won the Canadian Unity Fan Fund (CUFF) in an unopposed race, was unable to attend VCon as part of his CUFF duties, has now resigned as fund administrator, citing previous volunteer and personal commitments. Former CUFF winner Debra Yeung has agreed to pick up the administrator duties until a new successor can be selected.
CanSMOF has announced a call for applicants for this year’s scholarships to SMOFCon 32, to be held in Manhattan Beach, California, December 5-7, 2014. One scholarship is available to a Canadian citizen interested in learning more about con-running with the other scholarship available to any fan. The deadline for applications is October 15th 2014.
Phil Nichols is trying to raise the funds, or find a donor willing to purchase Ray Bradbury’s Retro-Hugo for Fahrenheit 451 with Bradbury’s papers at the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at IUPUI in Indianapolis. The Hugo Award is currently on the auction block with a starting price of $5,000. Nichols hopes a wealthy philanthropist would be willing to buy the Hugo and donate it to the Center. The auction ends on September 25.
Only weeks after concerns were raised that the Eaton Collection at University of California-Riverside was undergoing changes which would decrease their holdings and limit the use of the collection, Special Collections Director Melissa Conway announced that science fiction photographer Jay Kay Klein bequeathed $3.5 million to the collection. Eaton had previously acquired Klein’s photography archives, which span seven decades from the 1940s to the 2010s.
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The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced that it will be contributing funds to the Latino/a Rising anthology, an anthology which will support and promote emerging Latino/a authors. The anthology series will be edited by Matthew Goodwin.
Author Joel Shepherd will be bicycling from Bangor, Maine to Washington, DC from August 9-27 to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research Institute (CRI). Shepherd will be live tweeting his journey and invites fans to follow him on twitter, Facebook, and to donate to the cause.