With the holiday season upon us, we wanted to share some exciting news from Child’s Play. Due to the incredible amount of support from gamers around the world, we’ve been working on a new initiative to benefit children and their families in domestic violence facilities. Those of you who happened to be at the PAX East 2012 Q&A with Mike and Jerry may remember the original announcement:
Since then, I’ve spoken with dozens of domestic violence shelter advocates across the country to understand how they operate and how we can best benefit them. With an entirely new initiative, we wanted to take our time and ensure we were making the most impact possible with your donations. Unlike the network of hospitals we serve, domestic violence shelters operate on a much smaller scale and can have specific needs and challenges: Anonymous locations, apartment-style housing, multilingual families, and more.
Within our pilot program, we have domestic violence facilities that provide emergency housing, long term housing, counseling, legal advocacy, and a variety of youth and family care programs, but there was one unifying factor to each and every one: They’re in need of ways to support, entertain, distract and interact with traumatised youth. One of our pilot applications summed it up perfectly:
“The very nature of family violence eradicates trust, self-respect, and physical and emotional wellness in all victims, but none more so than with the children. These “hidden victims” are often the most vulnerable, overlooked and the least likely to receive appropriate services during a time of intense trauma.
We believe that these “hidden victims“ can be reached through creativity and play; through the gaming opportunities and learning experience, they will build their self-confidence and self-esteem. Our ability to offer social and emotional skill development- through constructive play and gaming activities - will help the children impacted by violence develop self-understanding, creative thinking and empathy skills, designed to support their healing, growth and future success.”
I’m proud to announce we have selected ten facilities to participate in the pilot program for our domestic violence assistance initiative. Over the past year, we’ve been working to build a custom designed game kiosk, complete with console, TV, and appropriate games.
As we get feedback and fine-tune the manufacturing and distribution process, we will expand the network to include facilities nationwide. For the past ten years, we’ve been so grateful for the amazing support you’ve given our hospital network, and we’re honored and excited to expand that support to children in domestic violence shelters. Gamers give back, and it truly makes a difference. Thank you!
Nearly 10 years ago, gamers from around the world united to help kids at Seattle Children’s Hospital have a brighter holiday. Today, over 90 facilities worldwide benefit from the support of Child’s Play, and that number only grows. Every addition to our network and every gift that ends up in a hospitalized child’s hands is thanks to you, our incredible supporters. We couldn’t be more proud to kick off the 10th year of the Child’s Play holiday drive, and we’re thrilled to announce that the community has already raised $970,000 for sick kids. It’s an inspiring way to start the season, and we’re deeply grateful for the many game marathons, bake sales, Humble Bundle purchases, and more that make up that incredible starting point.
Our facility wishlists are freshly filled and ready to send gifts of video games, toys, books, movies, and more directly to hospitals in our network. Check out our map to find a facility near you. If you don’t see a hospital nearby and have a suggestion of a local nonprofit pediatric facility, send it over to Kristin ([email protected]).
We’ve also announced our Annual Dinner and Auction to be held at the Meydenbauer Center on December 5th, 2013. In celebration of our 10th Anniversary, this year we will be hosting a post-dinner cocktail hour, featuring live music by the Doubleclicks. We are also welcoming our friends Scott Kurtz and Kris Straub as hosts and auctioneers for the evening. Every year the industry and community amazes us with their creative, unique, geeky donations, and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store for the auction this year. Get your individual tickets here, or your corporate sponsored tables here. If you would like to donate an item or have any questions about the auction, email Jamie ([email protected]).
We’re pleased to invite you to the 2013 Child’s Play Dinner and Auction, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of gamers giving back. That’s right- in November of 2003, gamers from around the world united to make the holidays brighter for kids at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Ten years and nearly 90 hospitals later, Child’s Play has raised over $17 million for sick kids. Join us for a delightful evening of geeky curiosities, bidding wars, delicious dinner and some extra-special 10th Anniversary celebrations.
In addition to the dinner, silent and live auctions, this year we will be hosting a post-dinner cocktail hour, featuring live music by the Doubleclicks. We are also welcoming our friends Scott Kurtz and Kris Straub as hosts and auctioneers for the evening.
We’re also welcoming items for both the live and silent auction! If you have something you’d like to donate, email Jamie - [email protected]. We’d love to have your support!
Venue: The Meydenbauer Center, First Floor Ballroom (11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue, WA 98004)
Date/Time: Silent Auction begins at 6:30 PM, Live Auction and Dinner begin at 7:30 PM December 5th, 2013 (THURSDAY), ending at 1AM
Attire: Formal/Semi-Formal, no jeans please. Tuxedos and gowns encouraged, especially for our 10th Anniversary Celebration! Show off a little extra this year for your friends and peers.
Will-call only, no tickets will be mailed. Please bring your confirmation email and photo ID to the Program Pick-Up/Registration on site.
Dinner Menu Choices:
Coffee & ancho chili rubbed chicken, mashed sweet potato, roasted chicken jus, rainbow carrots
Herb garlic marinated grilled hanger steak, sherry bacon jus, hashed root vegetables
Butternut Squash Ravioli With chanterelle mushrooms, apple & brown butter sage sauce
There will be appetizers served during the silent auction, and dessert included with dinner service.
Tax Information: $75 of your ticket price is tax-deductible (ticket price less the actual cost of dinner). Auction bids over the retail value of a donated item are tax deductible (consult your tax advisor). Child’s Play Tax ID #: 20-3584556 [Mailing Address: 8040 161st Ave NE PMB #418 Redmond, WA 98052]. There are no refunds for this event, but tickets are transferable.
For additional questions, specific seating requests, or have ultra-specific dietary restrictions, please feel free to contact organizer Jamie Dillion at [email protected]
All proceeds go to the partner hospitals & facilities in the Child’s Play network. For a list of partners, and donation links if you are unable to attend but would like to contribute, please visit Child’s Play at www.childsplaycharity.org.