Happy December, everyone! That big green bar keeps filling up: we have now raised $1,225,000, thanks to you! That is many, many truckloads of toys, games, and more for our 80 network hospitals worldwide. Those gifts will help kids like Roxanne’s nephew:
“I am the aunt of a child who was hospitalized due to congenital disorders many times through his life. The videogames Texas Children’s provided in the recovery room kept his younger brother occupied and allowed his mother to focus on other matters. In addition, games were a source of comfort and mental stimulation for my nephew when he was too exhausted to move and play. It made our many stays at Texas Children’s much easier. Thank you; Child’s Play and the people who contribute to its mission go a long way to making this world a more awesome place.” - Roxanne T.
For those of you who are attending our annual dinner auction, dust off your fancy clothes and stretch your bidding arm: we are one week away! This year’s auction has even more beautiful art, exclusive game swag, and incredible experiences than ever before, not to mention a delicious dinner and wine provided by our sponsor, Gamer:Wine (with names like Stunlock and n00b, how could we resist?) One incredibly rare item up for auction is #0060 Nintendo World Championships cartridge- a true “holy grail” of game collecting. To answer a frequently asked question, we will allow phone bidding for this live auction as it is such a unique and valuable collectible. If you cannot make it in person please feel free to contact [email protected] to learn about remote participation. We hope to see you there!
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.
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.