As we kick off 2015 with big plans and enthusiasm, we wanted to take time to reflect and share our gratitude for the incredible year that was 2014 thanks to the Child’s Play community. Our beneficiary network saw unprecedented growth, we had amazing participation in community events, and gamers came together to raise more than ever before.
We’re happy to announce that in 2014, the Child’s Play community raised $8.43 million for children in our network of hospitals and domestic violence shelters worldwide.
What a fantastic achievement - another year of breaking our previous record by over a million dollars and ensuring that kids around the world will have their tough time made a little brighter by the presence of games and toys donated by you, the amazing game community. That brings our lifetime total to a stunning $33.6 million dollars since our founding in 2004. I don’t think that anyone could have imagined a toy drive for Seattle Children’s Hospital would have ever grown to this, but we are so glad and grateful that it has.
It wouldn’t be possible without the support of the video game industry and community. We have an incredible group of corporate sponsors, which you can see below this post, to whom we are deeply grateful. We also wouldn’t be here without each and every individual donor: whether you chipped in a few dollars through a Humble Bundle, purchased something off of an Amazon Wishlist, or sent a direct donation, every bit adds up to our awe-inspiring, record-breaking total year after year. It’s because of the grassroots generosity and the kindness of an entire community that we’re able to help such a huge network of kids who really need it.
Speaking of which, that network was able to grow leaps and bounds thanks to your support this year. We added over one hundred facilities from 2013: we now have 112 hospitals and 110 shelters in our network, which is simply amazing. Hundreds of thousands of lives are being touched by the gifts that you give, and we cannot thank you enough for the kindness and generosity you show as gamers and people. Thank you for such a monumental 2014, and here’s to a fantastic 2015!
With just under two weeks to the dinner, the incredible auction items are coming together and the guest list is growing. We hope that you’ll join us for an evening of delicious food, lovely company, and bidding on geeky goodies for a great cause. Come support Child’s Play in changing the lives of children in hospitals and domestic violence shelters around the world.
The dinner is Thursday, December 4th at the Meydenbauer center at Bellevue, Washington with a silent auction kicking off at 6PM, followed by a live auction and dinner hosted by Mike and Jerry of Penny Arcade. Individual tickets are available here and sponsored tables for 10 are available here. If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Dillion (firstname.lastname@example.org.) We hope to see you December 4th!
We’re pleased to invite you to the 2014 Child’s Play Dinner and Auction. Join us for a delightful evening of geeky auction items, intense bidding wars, delicious food and wine, and more! This year’s dinner will be held at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA on Thursday, December 4th 2014 at 6PM. Tickets are on sale now, with both individual and sponsorship tables available. Passes are $145 per person and $5,000 for a sponsored table of 10.
The Child’s Play Dinner Auction is in support of our hospital and domestic violence shelter programs; as of 2013 the gaming community had raised over $25 million dollars to help children around the world through the power of play. You can see photos of past dinners here in anticipation for another great year!
If you have a item for dinner auction, we’re now accepting donations of game memorabilia, art, unique experiences and more. If you’re interested in contributing an item, please contact Jamie Dillion - email@example.com. We’re looking to have all items by November 28th.
Venue: The Meydenbauer Center (11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue, WA 98004)
Date/Time: Silent Auction begins at 6:30 PM, Live Auction and Dinner 7:30-10:00 PM December 4th, 2014 (THURSDAY), cocktail hour ending at 11PM
Attire: Formal/Semi-Formal, no jeans please.
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:
Block Cut R&R Ranch Strip Steak with Sweet Potato Mash
Pan Roasted Draper Valley Chicken, fennel, foraged mushrooms & fresh bucatini
Butternut Squash Ravioli With chanterelle mushrooms, apple & brown butter sage sauce
There will be appetizers served during the silent auction and post-event cocktail hour, and dessert included with dinner service.
We’re so excited for another year of glamour and thrilling bids - if you have any questions regarding the evening, please feel free to contact Jamie Dillion - firstname.lastname@example.org. See you in December!