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:
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.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child’s Play works hard to provide children worldwide with entertaining, enjoyable video games. Games allow kids in the hospital to take their minds off of a scary situation and just be a kid for a bit. However, not all video games are exactly ‘enjoyable’. Enter: Desert Bus for Hope, an annual event in which the fine folks at LoadingReadyRun play the game Desert Bus for days on end to raise money for Child’s Play. Equal parts game marathon and sketch comedy show, Desert Bus for Hope manages to make monotony magical.
Before it is possible to grasp Desert Bus for Hope, one must understand Desert Bus the game. From Desert Bus for Hope’s press release:
“In the Sega CD game “Desert Bus”, the player controls a virtual bus that drives an eight-hour-long strip of highway between Tucson, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada, on an endless loop. The game is a “verisimulator”—a tongue-in-cheek parody of other simulation games— which attempts to approximate the real-life situation of driving a coach bus as closely as possible, including the associated tedium. The player is required only to ensure that the bus stays on the road: if they crash, they are towed back to the start and have to try again. Originally part of “Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors”, Desert Bus is considered to be the most boring video game ever created.”
November 18, 2011 marks the start of Desert Bus for Hope 5, and the LoadingReadyRun team is working to make it bigger and better than ever. Traditionally, there are at least 1500 people watching the Desert Bus for Hope livestream at any time during the event, and for good reason: they hold silent and live auctions, host interviews from game industry greats and geek culture celebrities, and are willing to sing, dance, and generally make fools of themselves for viewer donations. To date, Desert Bus for Hope has raised an incredible $443,077.00. According to Paul Saunders, one of the founding members of LoadingReadyRun, “The mixture of generosity and spite is a really powerful thing.”
To learn more about Desert Bus for Hope, follow them on Twitter (@desertbus), visit their website (www.desertbus.org), and most importantly, tune in starting November 18th. You’re not going to want to miss this.