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Over $1 million!

See that big number up there? That’s what we here at Child’s Play call “incredible.” It’s breaking the million dollar mark before December even rolls around, and it means we’re halfway to our goal!

We’re about the two weeks away from our annual Dinner Auction shindig, and tickets are just about sold out. If you want to come see some incredible items (original art, one-of-a-kind collectibles, gadgets and more), have a swanky evening with delicious food and great company, buy your tickets now.

Like we said, $1,015,000 is incredible, but we’re going for $2,000,000, and groups like Desert Bus for Hope are helping us get there (along with tons of fantastic community and corporate support). The Desert Bus folks are on Day 5, Bussin’ strong, and have raised an absolutely jaw-dropping $275,000 with roughly a day to go.

Drive update, Desert Bus begins this week!

That little green bar is steadily filling, and now reads- that’s right- $740,000. That’s a lot of games! We’ve been getting emails from hospitals across the country letting us know that toys, games, and books are already arriving from their Amazon wishlists, and each sends their sincerest thanks. Cameron Hosner, of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, shared what the donations mean to the kids at his facility:

“These wonderful gifts will be used in the inpatient playrooms at Children’s Hospital and will be available for children to use when they are confined to bed. Many hematology/oncology patients, as well as transplant and neurosurgery patients, are hospitalized for long periods of time and will benefit from these wonderful games! The wide variety of games will help to entertain, teach, and distract these children. The Child Life Specialists have relayed that they game titles you sent are very popular and much in demand, and they appreciate being able to provide children with such wonderful entertainment.”

Our annual dinner auction is 21 days away, and we’ve received some incredible donations for auction items. Here’s a sneak peak of one of them:

Skyward Sword Art

Michael “Gabe” Krahulik of Penny Arcade is working on what he calls one of his most exciting projects to date: a comic for Zelda Skyward Sword. This is the original watercolor painting, and it will be framed and featured in our Live Auction. A truly one-of-a-kind, iconic piece of game art. You don’t want to miss seeing it in person, trust me.

While we are working away at the dinner auction, supporters are putting together their own incredible fundraising events. If you call Chicago home, don’t miss Chicago Loot Drop this Sunday at 7PM. Part Rock Band performance competition, part Minibosses concert, Chicago Loot Drop is going to bring down the house for Child’s Play. It’s also benefiting one of our brand new network hospitals, Comer Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Desert Bus for Hope 5 begins at 6:00PM, November 18th. That’s less than two days away. Are we making you nervous yet, Bussers? This year, Robert, Kristin and Jamie will be visiting Desert Bus Moon Base to experience some of the trauma and hilarity ourselves- keep an eye out for us on the stream on Sunday the 20th! There are going to be a ton of auctions, special guests, and hilarity, so tune in- you won’t regret it.

Child’s Play Dinner Auction 2011

The Child’s Play season is off to a strong start thanks to the support of our incredible community. Our brand new events calendar is brimming with community-run fundraisers and our hospitals are already receiving games and gifts from generous donors. Our total contributions are up to $622,000! We are so grateful for your support.

We’re counting down the days to our annual Dinner Auction which is taking place this year at the Meydenbauer Center on December 8th. It’s going to be a lovely evening of good food, fun, and really incredible auction items. If you’re interested in attending you can get your tickets here. If you’re part of a corporation who may want to sponsor a table, you can get more information and your table sponsorship here.

Part of what makes the evening special are the incredible auction items we have available each year. There are beautiful works of art, prop replicas, unique games and consoles, and incredible experiences all donated by members of the game community and industry. That’s where you come in. We’re currently accepting donations of geeky and non-geeky items alike: from Mario to merlot, consoles to kayak trips, we’re ready to auction for the kids. If you have any items you’d like to donate to the auction, please contact Jamie- [email protected]