The MultiVerse FunRaiser evolved from a previous online convention that was held during the 2020 pandemic.
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 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.
As time went on, the event came to encompass more and more interests than just the Superman and DC fandom, so Kelly teamed up with her podcast team, The Cereal Box Network, and brought in more volunteers.
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.
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.
Kelly Guentner – Co-Founder, Executive Chairwoman, 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.
Crayle Vanest – 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.
John B. Pyka – Title Sponsor
For over 20 years John B. Pyka (Johnny) has set himself apart as a multi-discipline Entertainer and Storyteller: Published Author, Comic Artist, Podcaster, Paranormal Storyteller, Singer, Magician and Harley Quinn Cosplayer! He shares fun and amazing adventures with the world, one audience at a time, one story at a time! Johnny is a lifelong comic reader and collector, a Star Wars “freakasaurus”, Pro Wrestling fan, and Movie fanantic. “Star Wars movies and Avengers comics made me who I am today” says Pyka and his audiences have dubbed him the “Prophet of Pop Culture!”
The MultiVerse FunRaiser has an amazing group of volunteers!
2024’s team will be highlighted in the near future.