Ravens Roost 73




Volume One

January 2008




Our Newsletter has returned.  Ravens Roost 73 had a very busy and productive 2007.   Here are a few of the events from the latter part of the year.  Going forward we will provide you with a quarterly newsletter full of exciting and wonderful new adventures. 




While the Ravens struggled to get off the ball against the Browns in Cleveland on September 30, more than 100 fans packed into Laidback Lenny’s that day for the Ravens Roost 73 Annual Tailgate Party.  The volunteerism was in full swing 24 hours earlier, when Gail Weaver, Terry McQuaid, Andrea Yost, Nancy Harris and Terri Schaefer went to work in the kitchen preparing salads, etc.  The next day’s crowd enjoyed great weather, a carving station manned by Mike Weaver and Frank Schaefer and amusements that raised $1,656 for the Chesapeake High School Scholarship Fund; the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Maryland Special Olympics.



More than two dozen members of Ravens Roost 73 were among the current throng that flocked to Hunt Valley October 14 for the Komen Maryland Race for the Cure.  While most fans were in bed and a few were readying their tailgate for the rout of the Rams, this hearty band boarded a bus at Laidback Lenny’s on Turkey Point Road at 6 a.m. for an event which had nearly 33,000 registrants and raised over $2.7 million toward awareness and a cure for breast cancer.  More than $4,000 was raised by RR 73, believed to be the leader among all Roosts.  RR 73’s contingent was led by Annice Ripperger, a cancer survivor who completed the 3.1 mile course.  Next year’s Race for the Cure will be held October 19, 2008 and RR 73 invites other Roosts to join them in this noble cause.








Some 60 members of Ravens Roost 73 and a handful of invited guests got the Holiday season off in style December 1, with a Christmas Party at Laidback Lenny’s.  The food and drink flowed, and the desserts were just too good.  Highlights of the gift exchange included a singing and dancing frog and a frisky Chihuahua.  Thanks to Karen Albert and Sandra Braun for organizing.

 Congratulations to Barry Miller, who was awarded a plaque and an Honorary Membership for all he does to support our Roost by President Mark Yost.  We also presented Barry with his very own Ravens Roost 73 jacket.






Our community outreach was on display December 22, when Debbie Webber, Gail Weaver and Terri Schaefer showed up at the Dundalk Police Precinct at 7 a.m. to send officers, and their buddies for the day, off to a shopping spree at the Super WalMart in Hunt Valley.  RR 73 donated $500.00 to sponsor five children.  It was our fourth year supporting this worthy cause.







             ROAD TRIP!

Pro Player Stadium in Miami was saturated with purple and black December 16, when the Dolphins played host to the Ravens.  RR 73 did its part, as more than 60 members and friends chose South Florida for our annual road trip.  Our traveling party jetted south on Friday morning, checked into our beachfront hotel in Fort Lauderdale, and proceeded to have too much fun.  Happy Hour turned into Happy Day, as we were joined poolside by members from roosts 4, 8, 18, 43, 44, 71 and 88.  We enjoyed great weather on Saturday, 80 degrees and sun.  Sunday brought some rain and an overtime loss, but that didn’t dampen our spirits.  The party returned to BWI Monday morning.                                


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Fanwatch…….The Rippergers


More than a decade after the youngest member of the brood was playing defensive line for the Chesapeake High Bayhawks, the Rippergers still find themselves making the trek from Seneca Park, on the other side of Middle River, to Turkey Point Road.  Charles Ripperger remembers Laidback Lenny’s when it was Runabouts, learned that it was home to Ravens Roost 73 and joined in 2004.  His parents, Ronald and Annice (rhymes with Janice), followed, and all have become valued members.  Charles serves as Sergeant at Arms, and Annice’s goal to complete the Komen Race for the Cure took on deeper meaning in May, 2007, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  In between her second and third chemotherapy treatments last October, she was joined in the Komen 2007 event by her husband and the younger of their two sons.  “I had planned to walk, even before I was diagnosed,” Annice said.  “It was such a great feeling, so much fun to get out there and see so many others.”  United in their purple passion, the three diverge when it comes to their favorite Raven.  Annice is hoping for a healthier Todd Heap, Ronald is a Kelly Gregg man and Charles leans toward Ray Lewis.


Know of another member of 73 worth profiling in Fanwatch?  Drop Karen Albert an e-mail at newsletter@ravensroost73.com




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Karen Albert – Chairperson

Paul McMullen

Terri Schaefer


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