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As we wrap up 2016, we want to take a moment to reflect on the last year

As we wrap up 2016, we want to take a moment to reflect on the last year and share what we have planned for 2017.

The past year saw one of the biggest changes to Child’s Play since it was founded, we made a change in how our giving campaign works.  In past years, we’ve sent our domestic partner hospitals an identical in-kind gift of consoles, games, accessories and movies. This year, we divided the shipment into two parts: a check designated specifically to their Child Life program and a smaller in-kind gift with a choice of console best suited for each hospital’s needs.

Since 2004, the Child’s Play Dinner Auction has given the supporters of Child’s Play an excuse to don their finest and spend an evening together. This year, hundreds of people from the gaming and tech community gathered to raise money and celebrate another successful year of Child’s Play. We raised over $160k this year, with the surprise item of the evening being A Year Of Custom Coffee Roasting From Penny Arcade’s Tycho Brahe.  Thank you to everyone who donated items and attended the dinner this year.

2016 was the biggest year for our grant program ever.  We provided nearly 30 grants to libraries, shelters, schools, trauma centers, transitional housing, day programs and more to help them purchase games and systems. We have also helped bring VR setups to hospitals for therapy and distraction as well as iPads to special education classrooms and inpatient psychiatric units.  For more information on our grant program, please email foundation@childsplaycharity.org.

Looking ahead to 2017 we are really excited about what we have in store.  Child’s Play has been working with EEDAR to develop our Therapeutic Gaming Guide, and we are teaming up with them again to classify the therapeutic properties of every game from mobile to VR that comes out for the next three years.

Many programs we are funding through our grants will take off in 2017, here are just a few:

CoRe Gaming Group: A therapist-led group for students using video games to strengthen their social skills and develop behavior and emotional management strategies.

Gold Rush Cure Foundation: A nonprofit working to deliver a shortened time to mass market for Virtual Reality systems in hospitals, a leapfrogging of the current solutions, with installation, testing and analysis of systems, user recommended guide of solutions and options, pros and cons for hospitals, and a lot of happy kids who get to experience VR now.

Bungie Foundation’s iPads for Kids program: The mission of this project is to reduce distress and suffering in children by providing patients with fully customized age-appropriate entertainment that allows for distraction, therapeutic play, and a sense of normalcy that is vital to creating a positive hospital experience in an otherwise stressful and scary situation.

We are continuing our Gamers Give Back tours with our amazing partners over at Game Changers.  We are planning the next 15 hospital visits now, with the first ones being early January. These are an opportunity for us to meet the child life staff that are doing the great work we support and find out how we can fine tune the help we are giving to maximize your donations.

After the success of our PAX West booth, we are planning booths and new merchandise at both PAX South and PAX East.  Look for us there. We would love to visit and share more of what we are doing.

Dinner Auction Tickets & Auction Item Donations

December 8th, 2016 6:30 pm
Meydenbauer Center
11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004



Mike and Jerry on stage

Since 2004 the Child’s Play Dinner Auction has given the supporters of Child’s Play an excuse to don their finest and spend an evening together. Each year, in early December, hundreds of people from the gaming and tech community gather to raise money and celebrate another successful year of Child’s Play.


Fancy Dress

The evening begins with a silent auction and appetizers. During the silent auction, guests have the opportunity to mingle with friends, meet new people, and maybe even rub elbows with famous internet and industry celebrities.


Art

The items in the silent auction vary from lovingly handcrafted quilts to unique pieces of art donated by talented community members.  The auction also includes one-of-a-kind items donated by companies from the comic and gaming industry such as signed game boxes and statues.


Game

When the silent auction closes, guests are invited to find their table for dinner and the live auction.  This year guests will enjoy Boneless Cabernet-Braised Short Rib, Seared Sage Chicken or Butternut Squash Ravioli while enjoying the live auction hosted by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, Gabe and Tycho, of Penny Arcade.  The live auction brings the most highly anticipated items of the night, which, in the past, have included a chance to play Dungeons & Dragons with Scott Kurtz and Chris Perkins, Dungeon Master for Acquisitions, Inc., A Thornwatch Afternoon with Penny Arcade and Lone Shark, or a 20th Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4 (one of only 12,300).


Live

All of the money raised at the Child’s Play Dinner Auction goes to support our hospital and domestic violence shelter programs. Through Child’s Play, the gaming community has raised over $40 million dollars to help children around the world through the power of play. This year, the Child’s Play Dinner Auction will be held December 8th, 2016. We look forward to another wonderful evening and hope you will join us.  You can purchase your individual tickets here or if you or your company is interested in sponsoring a table you can find more about how to do that here.


If you would like to donate an item, please fill out this simple form. The item form is due by November 30th. Items can be mailed to:


Child’s Play
C/O Dinner Auction
8040 161st Ave NE PMB #418
Redmond, WA 98052

If you have any questions about auction item submission, please feel free to contact Erick Blandin: eblandin@childsplaycharity.org. If you have other questions about the auction, contact Travis Eriksen: teriksen@childsplaycharity.org.

Child’s Play End of Summer 2016 Update

Gamers Give Back Tour
In the last year, we visited 30 children’s hospitals and met around 8,000 kids and caregivers alongside our tour partner, GameChanger. This tour is a way for us deliver hope and happiness to hospitalized kids and their support teams across the country, all thanks to the generosity of you, the gaming community. These visits helped us realize how different each hospital truly is and as a result, we made a change in our giving campaign for 2016.  In past years, we had been sending our partner hospitals an identical in-kind gift of consoles, games, accessories and movies. This year, we divided the shipment into two parts: a check designated specifically to the Child Life program and a smaller in-kind gift with a choice of console best suited for the hospital’s needs.

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These GGB tour stops have been a great addition to all the good work you help Child’s Play do and we have already started planning for the 2017 GGB Tour.

PAX Booth Pilot

For PAX West 2016, we decided to test out a booth, and it was a great success. We were able to share our mission and give information about Child’s Play to thousands of people and debut some new Child’s Play merchandise. Every time we get the chance to interact with the gaming community in person it reconfirms what great people we have supporting Child’s Play. The booth and the merchandise were a big hit and we look forward to bringing them back for PAX South. 

CP Hoodie

Hospital Partners

This year, Child’s Play added over 15 new partner hospitals and we are looking to add more.  If you would like to recommend a children’s hospital in your area, please encourage them to apply. Our goal is to find partner facilities in Mississippi, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and North Dakota so that Child’s Play has least one partner in each of the 50 US states.

Grant Program

A Child’s Play project that many people don’t know about is our grant program.  Over the years, we have purchased games and systems for libraries, shelters, schools, trauma centers, transitional housing, day programs and more. We have also helped bring VR setups to hospitals for therapy and distraction as well as iPads to special education classrooms and inpatient psychiatric units.  For more information on our grant program, please email foundation@childsplaycharity.org.

Save the Date

This year’s Child’s Play Dinner Auction will be held on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA.  The Child’s Play Dinner is an annual black tie extravaganza and we welcome your donations of game collectibles, nerdy art, and even non-geeky delights. If you would like to donate an item, please fill out this simple form. The item form is due by November 30th. Items can be mailed to:

Child’s Play
C/O Dinner Auction
8040 161st Ave NE PMB #418
Redmond, WA 98052

If you have any questions about auction item submission, please feel free to contact Erick Blandin: eblandin@childsplaycharity.org. If you have other questions about the auction, contact Travis Eriksen: teriksen@childsplaycharity.org.