As summer approaches, so does our annual Child’s Play Invitational! This will be our Fifth Annual tournament event and we’ll be returning to Willows Run Golf Course in Redmond, WA on July 17, 2015 for an afternoon on the links.
This year’s tournament will include opportunities for spectators and the mini-golfers to hit the course and enjoy the day, and we’ll wrap up the festivities with a celebration BBQ. As always, proceeds benefit children in over 200 hospitals and domestic violence shelters worldwide through Child’s Play.
Ticket sales will be live in the coming weeks so keep an eye out, but mark Friday, July 17th down on your calendar for a day on the course for the kids!
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!