Matthew & Karen Porter Fire Relief

$79,636 of $100k goal

Raised by 592 people in 6 months
Rob Bradshaw
on behalf of Matthew Porter
 OAKLAND, CA
Our Faire and Fencing friends Matthew and Karen Porter have lost everything to the devastating Clayton Fire in Lower Lake, CA.  This happened while Matthew was armoring the US Olympics Fencing Team in Rio, and Karen was able to escape with little more than their dogs.  Loss of owned home and business.  

Please help out.  

This is all so new that we are only just getting organized, but they need some help now to be able to get by and start rebuilding.  We will update and keep things moving.   

(I am Rob Bradshaw, acting to help and solely for their benefit.  Please contact me with questions or concerns. )

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HANK YOU ONE AND ALL!
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Update 20
Posted by Rob Bradshaw
2 months ago
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Hello, Everyone! We simply can't thank you enough for your heartening generosity and compassion!

They tell us that today is #givivgtuesday , and one of the biggest days of the year for donations to the so many good causes out there. If you happen to be in that helping-the-world-be-a-better-place mode, please consider adding to Karen and Matthew's campaign to rebuild their home and dreams. Winter is coming, and every bit of help matters, as much to all of our hearts as well as to those small details like food and shelter.

The wheels of progress are slowly rolling forward, so please look out for a detailed status and plans coming soon. Nothing could be happening at all without your generosity and kindness.

Cheers, and a Happy Belated Thanksgiving!
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Update 19
Posted by Rob Bradshaw
4 months ago
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Great news! The PorterHouse foil and epee tournaments to benefit the Porter’s house rebuilding fund were a huge success! Together they raised $5000 for Matthew and Karen. This is a huge contribution, both in money and spirit. We can’t send enough thanks to all the organizers, participants, gift donors, referees, Halberstadt Fencers Club, and San Jose Fencing Center for their outstanding efforts.

The PorterHouse saber tournament will take place at Premier Fencing in Carmichael, California, on October 30. More information can be found at:

http://tinyurl.com/PorterHouseSaber

In a very real sense, every dollar raised for the Porters is another set of fasteners, piece of wiring, piece of pipe, part of a wall. The wishes of Matthew and Karen are to rebuild on the same location in Lower Lake because they purchased the lot in cash. They must wait until at least the end of October for the state to clear the lot and validate its safety before they can begin to fill in their rebuilding paperwork. This will be a long process and we will let you know how it develops.

We have received many wonderful offers of furniture, tools, appliances, and labor to help in the rebuilding. Please know how much these offers are appreciated, and will be needed in the future. We will notify you all when the time is right.

You have all been part of a huge, heartwarming, and life-changing effort to restore the hopes of this very deserving couple. Please know how much difference every one of you has made.

Until the next update, keep spreading the word, and happy stabbing!
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Update 18
Posted by Rob Bradshaw
4 months ago
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Greetings, friends of Matthew and Karen. This week marks an extraordinary milestone since the Porters lost their home, business, and possessions to the arson-set Clayton Fire in August. The funds raised now total more than $70k. This is a goal we are profoundly grateful to achieve. But it's still not enough, so we're not done yet!

This Sunday, October 16th, the PorterHouse (see what we did there?) fencing tournaments will be held in three different locations in the Bay Area. Information is here:

The PorterHouse Open - A benefit tournament for Matthew and Karen Porter. Sunday, October 16.
Men’s and Women’s Opens...

- Epee at The Fencing Center
- Saber at Premier Fencing Academy,
- Foil at Halberstadt Fencers' Club

More info:
http://tinyurl.com/PorterHouseEpee
http://tinyurl.com/PorterHouseFoil
http://tinyurl.com/PorterHouseSaber

As always, this fundraiser is run entirely by volunteers. All funds go directly to Matthew and Karen. Questions, concerns, and requests for receipts can be directed here or to the tournament organizers.

Have a great tournament, and happy stabbing!
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Update 17
Posted by Rob Bradshaw
4 months ago
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Hello, all you wonderful people!

We, meaning All of You, have truly changed the world for the better. We've raised $70,000! This will help in ways beyond our imagining, and I know Matthew and Karen are beyond grateful.

As much as we have done, as the first rains of the year approach it would be excellent of us all to continue to spread the word again and see if we can help further.

May you all feel the love and reap the good karma you have sown!

Remember the simplified link: gofund.me/armorer

Cheers!
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Keith Oshins
6 months ago

I have a garage full of good furniture and household goods from my mother's estate. Any and all of it is yours, should it please you.

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Keith Oshins
6 months ago
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"She's the most important thing in my world," Matthew said. You dang skippy she is!

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Alex Gioiella
6 months ago
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This right here is why I love the fencing community.

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Alice La Pierre
6 months ago
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Hello Matthew! I am a friend of Avis Minger, one of your Faire friends of the past. She says "hello!" and hopes you aren't discouraged by this setback. Avis is suffering from cancer, and hasn't much longer. She is not on the computer anymore, but you can visit her fundraising page for updates on her care; you can also call her -- PM me for her cell number, which she usually answers unless they've moved her phone to where she can't reach it. : https://www.youcaring.com/avis-minger-607595#goto-updates

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Cecilia Stolzer-Grote
6 months ago
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So sorry to hear about your loss, but I'm glad I was able to contribute. I only hope I have as many friends to call upon should something similar happen to me. I'm a kitchen & cabinetry designer, so should you need anything in the future just let me know. I think my vendors would consider helping out.

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Michael Tiffany
5 months ago
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Matt, we have a fairly new Kenmore Elite large-capacity washer sitting in storage in Ventura if we can figure out how to ship it.

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Barry Leonardini
4 months ago
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Mathew and Karen I want to be clear, I refer to your enrichment of true caring by your friends.

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Barry Leonardini
4 months ago
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Hi Mathew and Karen, Quite a turn out of support.Could you be more enriched compared to what you lost?

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Marti Dolata
6 months ago
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We are skint right now due to surgery bills, but if you could use some Ren Faire kit, we have extra, please let us know the address to mail it. Happy memories about Rum and cokes and the birth of the pig-farker clan.

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$79,636 of $100k goal

Raised by 592 people in 6 months
Created August 18, 2016
Rob Bradshaw  
on behalf of Matthew Porter
$36
David Hollander
19 days ago
TC
$500
Tom Cullen
19 days ago
1
1

I've not had the funds to contribute until now. More to come when the tax return comes through.

$100
Kathy Porter
20 days ago

Happy Birthday, Matt!

KP
$37
Ken Porter
20 days ago

Happy Groundhog Day!

SQ
$25
Stewart Quarles
1 month ago
BR
$50
Brian de Raad
2 months ago

Hope this helps

$86
Anonymous
2 months ago
SF
$50
Sara Farrow
2 months ago
1
1

It takes a village to help people recover, and it takes time. I am grateful that we still have you Matt & Karen, and I wish you strength, comfort, and newfound abundance. Much love, Sara Farrow

EP
$50
Evan Puziss
2 months ago

In solidarity with Gregor (nee' Puziss) Blackburn.

$100
Anonymous
2 months ago
Keith Oshins
6 months ago

I have a garage full of good furniture and household goods from my mother's estate. Any and all of it is yours, should it please you.

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Keith Oshins
6 months ago
6
6

"She's the most important thing in my world," Matthew said. You dang skippy she is!

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Alex Gioiella
6 months ago
6
6

This right here is why I love the fencing community.

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Alice La Pierre
6 months ago
4
4

Hello Matthew! I am a friend of Avis Minger, one of your Faire friends of the past. She says "hello!" and hopes you aren't discouraged by this setback. Avis is suffering from cancer, and hasn't much longer. She is not on the computer anymore, but you can visit her fundraising page for updates on her care; you can also call her -- PM me for her cell number, which she usually answers unless they've moved her phone to where she can't reach it. : https://www.youcaring.com/avis-minger-607595#goto-updates

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Cecilia Stolzer-Grote
6 months ago
3
3

So sorry to hear about your loss, but I'm glad I was able to contribute. I only hope I have as many friends to call upon should something similar happen to me. I'm a kitchen & cabinetry designer, so should you need anything in the future just let me know. I think my vendors would consider helping out.

+ Read More
Michael Tiffany
5 months ago
2
2

Matt, we have a fairly new Kenmore Elite large-capacity washer sitting in storage in Ventura if we can figure out how to ship it.

+ Read More
Barry Leonardini
4 months ago
1
1

Mathew and Karen I want to be clear, I refer to your enrichment of true caring by your friends.

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Barry Leonardini
4 months ago
1
1

Hi Mathew and Karen, Quite a turn out of support.Could you be more enriched compared to what you lost?

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Marti Dolata
6 months ago
1
1

We are skint right now due to surgery bills, but if you could use some Ren Faire kit, we have extra, please let us know the address to mail it. Happy memories about Rum and cokes and the birth of the pig-farker clan.

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