Why donate to CVAAS?
Donations along with memberships and sales allow us to create quality events and bring excellent speakers right here to Fresno. We also use our budget to table at local venues, support the local secular and skeptical community, and to demonstrate that local religious leaders can not, and do not speak for everyone in the San Joaquin Valley.
Did you hear about the time that CVAAS helped Michael Shermer and Dinesh D’Souza have a debate about God right here in Fresno?
Maybe you heard that CVAAS members invited James Randi to have breakfast with us? Mr. Randi not only graciously accepted, but for over two hours he entertained us with very sharp conversation and answers to our questions. Plus, he did a little slight-of-hand magic.
It was pretty cool. But that’s just the kind of thing we do here!
It would be fun to travel to one of the big secular and skeptical events that always happen hundreds, or thousands of miles away. There’s the Reason Rally in Washington DC, or to Skepticon in Springfield Mo.
But for most people even Jame’s Randi’s “The Amazing Meeting” in Las Vegas seems too far away – and far too expensive.
This is one of the reasons why CVAAS is committed to bringing noted and popular skeptical, secular and science speakers to Fresno. We want to give everyone the chance to meet some of our best minds in the rational community.
Past speakers at the CVAAS annual Heretic’s Barbecue include Brian Dunnin, Ed Brayton, James McGaha, Eddie Tabash, and Heina Dadabhoy.
CVAAS has had to turn down opportunities because we just couldn’t stretch far enough to make them happen. We came very close to turning down the opportunity to host Aron Ra for beer and pizza right here in Fresno because our budget was at its limit.
But we got this crazy idea – what if we asked for people to “chip in?”
The results were better than we could have hoped. Within 48 hours we had met our goal.
So now we have a new goal – help us make the 10th Annual Heretic’s Barbecue into our own little mini-convention!
And be prepared, because we have some big plans to help out the atheist community in Fresno.