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Child’s Play Invitational 2014!

Child's Play Golf Willows Run
Break out your argyle socks and get ready for an afternoon of competition for the kids! We’re pleased to invite the game industry and community to our Fourth Annual Child’s Play Invitational Golf Tournament, taking place Sunday, June 22nd at Willows Run Golf Course in Redmond, WA - it’s going to be bigger and better than ever!

The golf tournament will be held on the Coyote Creek course at Willows Run. It’s a beautiful par 72 and, as in previous years, will be run scramble format - even inexperienced golfers can have fun contributing to their team! You’ll get a box lunch, we’ll have the drink carts making rounds, and there are multiple snack/drink shacks on the course. At the end of the day everyone will gather at the clubhouse for an awards mixer and BBQ! Golf tournament tickets are available here

Rainbow Run Child's Play GolfNew this year is our Child’s Play Mini Golf Tournament! Willows is home to Rainbow Run, an 18 hole putting course. Once you wrap up an intense round of putt-putt, join the other golfers and spectators for the BBQ and awards ceremony. Mini golf tournament tickets are available here.

Not interested in golfing but want to join the fun? We’ll also have spectator seating available this year! Lounging in the shade of the 18th hole, you’ll have a perfect view of golfers and easy access to the clubhouse, restaurant, and bar. Cheer on the golfers and enjoy the view, then join in on the awards mixer and BBQ celebration at the end of the day! Spectator tickets are available here.

If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor of the 2014 Child’s Play Invitational, please contact Jamie Dillion ( for details- there are lots of opportunities and ways to help, and we’d love to hear from you.

All proceeds go to partner hospitals and domestic violence facilities in the Child’s Play network in support of our mission: to improve the lives of children in traumatic situations through the power of play. Thank you, and we’ll see you on the course!

Child’s Play Administrative Internship

Child’s Play is offering an internship program for individuals studying or are interested in non-profit project management, public relations, or administration. You’ll be working directly with the Child’s Play team to keep the foundation running on a day to day basis. The position requires you live in or around Redmond, WA. Basic duties can be broken down into the following three categories:

- Accounting for and managing contributions
- Filing forms and paperwork for corporate giving programs
- Issuing receipts for incoming donations
- Generation and editing of documents to assist donors, companies, and more in their interactions with Child’s Play (fundraising guides, media kits, website copy, etc.)
- Quick responses to community and corporate FAQs

Event coordination
- Assist with preparations for our annual golf tournaments and dinner auction
- Interns for the summer and winter seasons will be on-site at our golf tournament/dinner auction to assist with event setup and execution

Community Relations
- Coordinate fundraising event calendar by reviewing submissions and providing feedback to planners
- Assisting community event coordinators with the basics of their events (event calendar submissions, widget setup, providing logos and other materials)
- Generation of materials to assist with community events

This is what we are looking for:
- You need to have a crazy-person level of attention to detail
- You need to be smart - the workplace you will be part of are filled with people at the top of their game
- You should have a passion for the cause
- You should be familiar with video games and gaming culture, including game rating systems
- Strong project management skills, organizational skills and time-management skills
- You should be able to lift 50 lb boxes short distances
- You should have no problems working in a creative and potentially offensive environment (please see Penny Arcade: The Series for reference)
- The ability to communicate and work well in a team environment as well as on an individual basis
- You should have no problem appearing on camera

Here are some other things we’re using to select candidates:
- You need to have a solid understanding of Excel, PDF generation, Google Drive and Gmail
- Intent for a career in non-profit work
- Experience with Photoshop and Illustrator is a plus

As this is an internship, we do want to ensure you have some solid takeaways from your experience. During your interview process we’ll talk about your goals, but here’s what you can expect:
- Exposure to and understanding of the logistics of being part of a low-overhead, efficient, and impact focused nonprofit
- Familiarity with nonprofit related software and organizations: Guidestar, Easymatch, United Way, etc.
- Interaction with an engaged, passionate community and acquiring a deeper understanding of grassroots fundraising methods
- Event coordination methods for fundraising events of 200-700 people
- Best practices for producing materials for media, grassroots fundraisers, beneficiaries and more.

Compensation & Timing
- Timeline: Immediate
- Duration: 3 months
- Hours: Minimum 20, up to 40 hours per week
- Compensation: Hourly

Cover letters with resumes are due on February 5th, 2014, emailed directly to with the subject “Child’s Play Internship Application”. You will receive a confirmation email.

And the total is…

2013 was a year of celebration, retrospect, and new horizons for Child’s Play. Celebrating the 10th Anniversary for the foundation, it was a great opportunity for us to reflect on the amazing growth we’ve experienced. In 2003, gamers united to raise $250,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital to make the holidays a little bit brighter for the kids in need. In 2013 we now work with over 90 hospitals around the world, with hundreds of thousands of children benefiting from your gifts and contributions, as the generosity of gamers has only grown.

Our final fundraising total for 2013 is an astonishing $7.6 million.

$7.6 million. It’s absolutely mind boggling. Ten years ago, we wouldn’t have believed it possible. That’s more than the cumulative total for the first six years of Child’s Play, raised in the last 12 months. Not only have you been able to support our growing network of hospitals, but we’re also been able to expand our initiatives and benefit children in domestic violence shelters. In 2014 that program will move past the pilot program to encompass facilities across the country and provide them with vital resources to support the kids they see every day.

Child life specialists reach out to us every year, overwhelmed and amazed at the generosity of gamers. The iPads they use help distract and comfort kids as they prep for surgery. An Xbox will find its way to the community playroom for siblings to play together again. The movies, craft supplies, CDs, toys, and books sent from Amazon wishlists let kids just be kids for a moment: not sick kids, not hurt kids, not scared or lonely kids. Just kids playing like kids. And it’s all thanks to you.

The bulk of our donations don’t come in the form of huge grants: the millions are made up of the $10, $20, $50 donations. They come from game marathons, golf tournaments,  eBay auctions, and bake sales. They come from the incredible community that makes the tag line “Gamers give back” an understatement. The community coming together for 10 years has now resulted in $25,196,670. We are humbled, proud, and overwhelmed with gratitude. Thank you for making 2013 our best year yet.