Child's Play Charity Fundraising Dinner Brings Gamer-Supported Campaign for Children's Hospitals to $420,000
UK Hospital Wish List Goes Live
Seattle, WA - December 16, 2005 - The third annual campaign of the gamer-supported Child's Play Charity has reached over $420,000 following its fundraising dinner auction, which generated $82,100 earlier this week. In addition, the Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, England has officially joined the growing list of more than 20 participating hospitals. Contributions of new games, toys and other entertainment resources for children to enjoy can still be made at www.childsplaycharity.org.
"A huge thank you goes out to all the individual gamers and corporate sponsors who have already made this year's campaign such a success," said Child's Play's Robert Khoo. "You are making a difference in a lot of children's lives."
The $100 per plate fundraising dinner and auction was held in Seattle and emceed by Gabe and Tycho of Penny Arcade fame. The 250 attendees bid on game-related auction items, secure in the knowledge that their cash would go to help children in hospitals across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. take their minds of their illnesses.
Auction highlights included:
- $20,000 paid for an appearance in a Penny Arcade comic strip
- Mystery boxes that went for $2,000 and $4,000 each.
- $3,000 for a trip to Iceland to tour the offices of CCP Games
- $2,200 for a giant vinyl banner of a Penny Arcade comic
- $1,800 for an Xbox 360 Bundle signed by the entire Epic Games Team
- $1,600 for a framed Cardboard Tube Samurai print
- $1,500 each for a giant Master Chief statue and a chance to be on X-Play
- $1,000 for a tour of Bungie Studios
About Child's Play
Child's Play is a non-profit organization begun in 2003 by Gabe and Tycho, the creators of the Penny Arcade online comic strip, as a way to help sick children and show the world the softer side of people who play videogames. Through the generosity of gamers and the videogame industry, Child's Play has raised over a million dollars in toys, games and cash for sick children through an ongoing online toy drive and annual charity auction. Now in its third year, Child's Play is developing a worldwide network of beneficiary Children's Hospitals in order to brighten hospital stays for children internationally. For more information go to www.childsplaycharity.org.
Michael Meyers Public Relations