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  • Ravens Nest 10 raised $20,000 last year for five charities, including $4,000 each for Special Olympics Anne Arundel County, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Operation Welcome Home.
    Ravens Nest 10 raised $20,000 last year for five charities, including $4,000 each for Special Olympics Anne Arundel County, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Operation Welcome Home.

Ravens Roosts Relish Football, Camaraderie And Service

Monica Resa
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During the fall, many people huddle with friends and family to celebrate football, fun and fandom. But how many of those huddles end up producing $20,000 for local charities? As die-hard as members of Ravens Roosts 27 and 66 and countywide Ravens Nest 10 are, their passion is most genuinely felt off the field through charitable giving and community service.

Ravens Nest 10 president Cindy “Purple Dame” Ricci has been an ultimate fan for 20 years, and for over a decade, she has been a member of the nest, which serves all of Anne Arundel County. Because of Ricci’s expert skills in networking and success in leading the nest to raise large sums of money for noteworthy causes, she is the first female Ravens fan to be inducted into the Pro Football Ultimate Fan Association at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Under her leadership, the 70-member nest raised $20,000 last year for five charities, including $4,000 each for Special Olympics Anne Arundel County, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Operation Welcome Home. The group will continue supporting these organizations this year along with two others while participating in numerous food and toy drives and smaller endeavors throughout the year. Ricci credits the nest members’ ability to use their connections and hyper-involvement in other organizations in attaining such fundraising success.

While Nest 10 won’t be attending any away games this year, it’ll be perched at the Severna Park Bill Bateman’s to revel and root. Ricci encourages neighbors to drop by, watch some football, and ask for support and advice in their own fundraising efforts.

“It’s not about football but great friends and family,” Ricci said with a smile.

Michael Lombardi joked that he’s the lifetime president for Roost 27, which began in 1961. As president of the 103-member group, he’s passionate about the Ravens and optimistic about the season, predicting Baltimore as “10-6 and making the playoffs.” Dan Early, treasurer of Roost 66, agreed.

While the offense, defense and special teams units work hard for victories on the field, Roost 27 and 66 members see victories in how successfully they can serve the community and celebrate with one another.

Roost 27’s three large fundraisers include continuing to raise funds for Joseph Bower, a Ravens fan who was brutally beaten at a Raiders game; for “105.7 Mo,” a sixth-grader from Glen Burnie who is continually fighting cancer and is a die-hard Orioles fan; and for the Johns Hopkins Cancer Research for Prostate Cancer, a cause that has personally affected members.

Roost 66 will hold ongoing fundraisers for its Erin Leigh Sullivan Scholarship Fund, which goes to a Broadneck High School senior. This past year, William Morgan of Cape St. Claire took home the $1,000 prize. Donations to the scholarship fund can be made by contacting Dan at dan@longandfoster.com.

It’s a great thing when people come together to serve. Add in some spirits and snacks, and the time spent is well worth it. The Ravens may or may not make it to the postseason, but the charitable work of these dedicated roost and nest members is worth more than any championship.


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