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4th Annual Gamers Give Back

November 22, 2010 – 5:22 pm

We’ve been running Gamers Give Back for almost four years now with relatively few changes, so it’s time for a change of pace. Thanks to Jesse Schell, we’re able to combine this year’s event with the ETC’s 2010 Building Virtual Worlds Show. Here’s the official announcement:

We are proud to announce that for the 4th Annual Gamers Give Back, PIGDA will be hosting a Silent Charity Auction. This silent auction will be held in CMU’s Purnell Center lobby on December 11th from 11am-6pm, in conjunction with the ETC’s Building Virtual Worlds show. Stay tuned for a preview of the items that will be available. All proceeds will benefit Genre’s Kids With Cancer Fund. Now through December 4th, we will be accepting items for the auction. We are looking to the Pittsburgh game community to help us get some great items lined up. If you have an idea, an item, or connections to get an item, please contact jia@edeify.com.

If you can spare a few more moments, please pass this message along to anyone else that might be interested or be able to contribute.

Gamers Give Back? Silent Auction? Building Virtual Worlds? Genre’s Kids With Cancer Fund? I need more information!

Gamers Give Back is Pittsburgh IGDA’s annual charity event. This event raises money to provide video games to children’s causes in the Pittsburgh area. PIGDA believes games are good for kids- especially when they are going through difficult times.

This year’s Gamers Give Back event is a Silent Auction. This type of auction involves submitting bids by writing them down on paper rather than bidding out loud. At the end of the bidding period, the highest bidder on the bid list wins the item.

The Building Virtual Worlds Show is an annual end of semester show for the Building Virtual Worlds class at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center. Every year this show draws crowds of hundreds of people as well as VIPs from the video game and entertainment industries all over the US. BVW showcases student work and is always entertaining and memorable. Those familiar with BVW’s history in the community know that it has a special connection to the issue of cancer through its founder, Randy Pausch.

Genre’s Kids With Cancer Fund provides emotional and financial support to families living through childhood cancer by providing free gaming systems and other support services at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. This new nonprofit was founded last year by Genre, an eight-year-old that was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, resulting in long hospital stays that were made tolerable thanks to games.

According to Genre’s mom, “The video games help. During the first two weeks in the hospital, Genre relied on his Nintendo DS to entertain him and to allow him to escape the insanity that had become his world virtually overnight. His friends would come to visit and they could play the games together. Even when Genre began to grow tired from the chemotherapy, he was able to play his DS. We met lots of kids during those first two weeks – not everyone was lucky enough to have a game. Once we finally came home, Genre asked his dad and me if we would buy all of the cancer kids at the hospital a DS if they didn’t have one. Obviously, we couldn’t do that. But, when your child is facing a life threatening illness and asks you to do something, with everything that you are, with every fiber of your being, you want to do whatever you can to make your child happy.”

In addition to the Silent Auction, you can support Genre’s Kids With Cancer Fund directly through a tax-deductible monetary donation through Paypal. If you’d like to make an in-donation of any items, please fill out this form.

Finally, if you have five more minutes and want to hear more about why you should donate, please watch this video from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh about Genre’s Kids With Cancer Fund.

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  2. Update: We’ve started posting some of the charity auctions at http://shop.ebay.com/pghigda/m.html, so you can start bidding now!

    By Jia on Dec 7, 2010

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