Ravenwood Castle hosts fundraiser to benefit children's hospitals

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Ravenwood Castle in the Hocking Hills region of Ohio will host RavenCon, a weekend long gaming convention, March 1 to 3. The event is dedicated to raising money for Child's Play, a charity which aids children's hospitals across the country.

RavenCon is a three-day, two-night event at which guests can enjoy board games, role playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, a Medieval-style dinner, and a silent auction. The event will feature game demonstrations by Colby Dauch of Plaid Hat Games.

Jim Reed, of Hudson, president and owner of Ravenwood Castle, notes a number of sources for fundraising built right into the event: Every ticket includes a $50

donation, and Ravenwood is donating 50 percent of all room rentals for the weekend. There will be a silent auction with proceeds going to the charity. Ravenwood will also host an online donation drive during the month leading up to the event.

"We're hoping to raise between $5,000 and $10,000 this year," Reed said. "I've been a supporter of Child's Play since it was founded in 2003. My first daughter was born in 2002; early in her life she had a brief stay in Akron Children's Hospital. The people we met there left an impression on our family.

"Child's Play started up the next year with the express purpose of helping children in hospitals, and we knew we wanted to help. When my wife and I purchased Ravenwood Castle earlier this year, we intended from the onset to host at least one Child's Play benefit a year. RavenCon is the first of those benefits."

Tickets for the weekend are $75, and include dinner Saturday night and a set of commemorative dice. Guests who reserve rooms at Ravenwood will also receive complimentary breakfast Saturday and Sunday. For more details on the event, visit www.ravenwoodcastle.com/ravencon.html.

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