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1st Annual Table Tennis Tourney in Bellevue, WA

TT Tourney

We decided to try something different this year for our summer fundraising event, so we put our clubs in storage, and picked up our paddles. Please join us for our 1st Annual Table Tennis Tourney.

Registration is open for the garage and hardcore tournaments as well as spectator tickets.
There will be an additional tournament for “Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis” that attendees can sign up for at the event. You can buy your ticket now at the below URL.

There will be food trucks…new Child’s Play merch…and some pretty intense games. Many of the Penny Arcade staff will be competing, and they look forward to seeing what kind of competition you all can bring to the table.

The event will be on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM at the Hidden Valley Fieldhouse - 1903 112th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA.

See you there.

$40 Million Milestone Reached

After the busy holiday season with the Dinner Auction and Year End Drive, the Child’s Play Staff can usually take a breather as we settle back into a more normal pace. But this year things have been super busy for the first two months, so much so that we are just now posting our end of year wrapup! Thank you to our community for making it another amazing year in which we impacted over a million children in over 200 facilities across the globe. You did that!

We hit $40 million dollars raised since we started in 2004 - a staggering amount. That has changed the lives for the better of millions and millions of kids across the world, and hopefully we can give you some insight into what those funds have been up to this year!

In addition to raising funds for over 100 Children’s Hospitals in our Child’s Play Network, 2015 saw us deliver custom game carts to over 100 domestic violence shelters in North America, a program originally tested in 2014 to great success. These came equipped with a game console, accessories, and a library of non-violent games pre-loaded. These are kids that may have had to leave in a hurry, often not considering their toys and games that help them cope. The domestic violence program furthers our mission to have games available for those that need them for therapeutic applications.

For the first time, we implemented an outreach program to our hospital network, because oftentimes (and understandably!) practitioners are busy with doing the amazing work of saving lives and working with patients to keep up with the latest games and technology we send them. We partnered with GameChanger Charity to do the Gamer’s Give Back tour where we visit hospitals, bringing age appropriate gifts for some of the sickest long term patients, provide a catered lunch for their staff, and talk with the Child Life staff about gaming and technology. We’ve received great feedback and are looking forward to visiting more hospitals in 2016.

With the help of EEDAR we created a Therapeutic Video Games Recommendations guide. Gamers understand that games can help you feel better, can distract from pain and help you feel happy when you’re down. This tool helps guide Child Life staff, clinicians, and parents determine which games will help kids exhibiting different symptoms.

I know we’ve said it before, but none of this would be possible without the video game industry and gaming community running and supporting fundraisers. Every purchase through Amazon Smile or Humble Bundle, every Amazon Wishlist purchase, and every direct donation adds up to a whole world of good that we can never thank you enough for. You made our 2015 amazing, and together we are looking at an even better 2016!

Desert Bus for Hope 9

Warm up those second monitors, folks, because Desert Bus for Hope 9 is nigh. What is Desert Bus for Hope, you ask? Well, the team at Loading Ready Run created a handy video guide to tell you just that:

The most boring game of all time, plus giveaways, auctions, dance parties, digital busking, special guests, and more - it all combines to be something truly unique. Desert Bus is one of our favorite times of year! It’s a celebration of geekiness, giving, and community that exemplifies what Child’s Play stands for in a way that we could have never anticipated (and frankly, neither did the Desert Bus crew!).

Jamie Taunts James

[Robert and Jamie assist James in driving the Bus]

In their eight (soon to be nine) years of driving from Tuscon to Las Vegas they’ve raised over $2.4 million - a truly staggering accomplishment and show of support from the incredible community that has rallied around the digital fundraiser. Crafters from around the world create unique props, art, and more, and donors open their wallets to bring home one-of-a-kind pieces during tense digital bidding wars through chat. There’s an entire department dedicated to shipping that runs like an impressively well-oiled machine, and every prize is shipped as soon as possible - most times, while the marathon is still going.

Engaging Auction Mode

A Rare Pin lot is auctioned For The Kids!

Tune in this week as we embark on a journey from Tuscon to Las Vegas… back to Tuscon, then to Vegas again. Throw a few donations in to see some incredible dance moves or hear some karaoke of your favorite tune. Check out the Live and Silent Auctions and see if anything might be worthy of your own bidding war. Hop into the incredibly friendly chat and say hello to Robert, Kristin, Erick, and Jamie as they visit throughout the week.

Kristin Throws Cookies For/At Jamie

[Kristin and Jamie attempt to complete a donation challenge during Desert Bus for Hope 8]

Most of all, remember: every donation that rolls in, every mind-blowing auction or few dollars to push the numbers over the edge; it changes lives. Those donations are making a difference to kids in hospitals and domestic violence shelters around the world every single day. It’s thanks to Loading Ready Run and their amazing dedication to this event, year after year. It’s thanks to the chat, the bidders, the donors, the crafters. It’s thanks to this amazing community. It’s thanks to you. Thank you.

REMINDER! Early Bird ticket prices for this year’s Child’s Play Dinner Auction are closing soon - get your tickets by November 15th and you’ll get a $10 discount. Individual tickets are here, group tables are here. We’re also welcoming items for our auction! Instructions on how to donate are here. Hope to see you December 10th!