Our Story

Origins

The MultiVerse FunRaiser evolved from a previous online convention that was held during the 2020 pandemic.

Co-Founder Kelly was sad that she wouldn’t be able to attend the annual Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois.

In a stroke of genius (or madness, depending on how you look at it, haha), she decided to hold a virtual event for that convention’s regular attendees that June, and anyone else who wanted to join.

Also missing all of the cosplay charity work she had been doing before the pandemic, she also began adding charitable aspects into the virtual convention.

The attendees enjoyed themselves so much, that she did another virtual convention that January too. They called it the Virtual Superfriend Celebration, or Virtual Superfriend Convention.

At this time, Co-Founder Kristin came on to the team, and started pulling amazing celebrity guests for the virtual convention.

Current co-chair Crayle was busy organizing her wedding, but still managed a couple of panels in the third virtual convention, and began to help planning the fourth.

Realizing that they were only gaining steam, and noticing that they had grown the audience so much further than the regular attendees of just one convention, they launched the new organization: The MultiVerse FunRaiser.

The Name

While the first few conventions these three worked on were very Superman and DC Comics-oriented, they knew that they were leaving a lot of geeky and pop culture ground uncovered.

So to emphasized the fact that all areas of geek culture, and all “universes” even, we chose a name with “multiverse” in it.

Then, we chose “FunRaiser” to show that we aren’t just raising money, we’re raising fun. This is a weekend-long event, for a good cause, but having fun along the way.

The Board

Kelly G. – Co-Founder, Co-Chair, Program Director

Kelly is an author, podcaster, cosplayer, and an amazing event organizer. She has been specifically involved in cosplay-related charities such as Costumers with a Cause for years. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two children, and two bunny rabbits.

Kristin B. – Co-Founder, Co-Chair, Celebrity Liaison

Kristin is a Graduate of Cedar Crest College’s Fine Arts program with a major in kicking butt and a minor in taking names.

Crayle V. – Co-Chair, Fundraising Director, Digital Manager

Crayle is a podcaster, fiction editor, cosplayer, marketer, and owner of Pokeballs by Crayle. She worked for a few different non-profits for several years before leaving for the private sector, but never lost her drive to stay involved in charitable endeavors. She lives in Indiana with her dog and husband.