Extra Life Charity Event!

 


Be a hero!  Play games to raise money for local kids in need!  

On November 2nd we will be participating in Extra Life, a wonderful gaming event that supports the Children's Miracle Network of Hospitals.  Children's Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children's hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it's needed the most.  Donations stay in the community, helping local kids.  Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time.  These funds support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.  Last year Extra Life raised $2 million dollars for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ObmmoUsC7JA


The Naperville FG&W Meetup group is doing our part!  Together as a Meetup group will locally be supporting the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago where more than 149,000 patients are treated each year thanks to the efforts of various fundraising efforts like Extra Life. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few. 

Last year with the help of Fair Game store we raised $848 for local kids!  That was 112% over our goal!  This year we're partnering with Fair Game store again and setting our goal even higher!  With a larger Meetup group and more community involvement we would love to shatter last year's funding total.  We cannot do this without your help!


Here's how YOU can help!


- Play for 25!  Volunteer to join a team of marathon gamers who will represent the Naperville FG&W Meetup group.  We'll be starting at 10am at Fair Game store in Downers Grove, IL and play until 10am Sunday morning.   Marathon gamers are encouraged to get family and friends involved!  Ask them to sponsor you for as little as $1 an hour.  Members choosing this option can set their own individual fundraising goals and join our team here: http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=11734  Please let us know in the comments section below if you will be participating in this option!  


- Can't commit to 25 hours?  No problem!  Stop in Fair Game anytime from 10am Saturday to 10am Sunday to join us for a few games and help show your support!  We simply ask that you consider making a minimum $1 donation.  Help ensure that Chicago is the healthiest place for kids while doing what you love, playing games!   


- Donate directly to our Meetup team Extra Life charity event page here: http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=11734  Simply select one of the team members at the bottom that you would like to sponsor and click the "Support me!" button at the top of their page.  Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donors will receive an IRS compliant tax receipt.


- Help spread the word and get involved in the community!  Last year Fair Game store set up a raffle with gift bag prizes from a variety of local businesses all around Downers Grove and Naperville.  Fair Game store and our fellow Meetup organizer Brian Sommer did a lot of the leg work to make this possible.  Raffle prizes ranged from an award winning board game signed by the developer, free massage coupons, a pet gift basket, a gift card to a local pub and many more.  This year Fair Game is doing it again and we're looking for local businesses that would be willing to contribute raffle prizes or help sponsor this event.  Have a business in mind?  Please contact us!


- Buy raffle tickets!  All raffle tickets proceeds from Fair Game will be donated to Extra Life.  Last year the raffle tickets alone helped raise $400 and all proceeds go directly to the charity.  You'll be supporting a great cause and have a chance at some wonderful prizes.  


We hope you all will extend your support for this wonderful charity event! 


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  • Sarah

    The totals are in! The Naperville FG&W Meetup Extra Life team raised $1,565 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals!!! That is just $131 short of doubling the amount we raised last year! A huge THANK YOU goes out to everyone that supported us this year! We had a great showing and I hope everyone had a good time!

    Here are the totals raise by each team member:
    Sarah & Ben $575.00
    Tiara & Adrian $500.00
    Brian Sommer $100.00
    Sean (Tsun Mo) $95.00
    Fair Game (raffle donations) $295.00

    Once I process some cash donations our Extra Life team page will be updated to reflect these totals. Thank you again to everyone who helped support kids in need!

    November 4

    • Tsun

      I just had a last minute donation today of $25. Will it still go through?

      November 4

    • Sarah

      Yes, there is still time to accept donations! You can collect donations through December 31st. There are a lot of people still doing their own Extra Life marathon events on different weekends and this allows more people time to participate. Good question!

      This applies to everyone btw. If you did not make it out to Fair Game and still want to contribute to our Extra Life fundraising, there's still time! Just go to our website linked above, click on a team participant at the bottom, and click the "Support Me!" button on their page.

      November 4

  • Brian Sommer

    If you know a business that would like to donate a prize to the raffle you can download a letter asking for donations at http://files.meetup.com/3610412...­

    1 · October 3

    • Sarah

      WJ, Joe won the raffle for your games. I just sent you a message with his email address. :)

      November 4

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sarah, I sent the copies to the winner. Thanks!

      1 · November 4

  • Janell Hart

    LOTS OF FUN. This is my second year attending this and it is ALWAYS G R E A T!!!

    1 · November 3

  • Sarah

    25 hours! We made it! Big thanks to Tiara, Adrian, Sean and Ben for sticking it through the entire marathon! Much thanks also to Fair Game store for hosting and everyone who came out to join us! Thanks to your generosity and support we raised over $1,500 for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago! The total amount raised will be posted soon. Now I am off to get some much needed sleep. :)

    November 3

  • Sarah

    Extra Life just passed the $3 MILLION mark this year! Give yourselves a pat on the back. You deserve it. The kids deserve it!

    2 · November 2

  • Sarah

    The Extra Life donation website is currently down due to a DDoS attack. They are working on getting it back up ASAP! If you experienced trouble trying to make a donation today please please try back again later today. Updates on the situation can be seen on the Extra Life FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/ExtraLi...­

    1 · November 2

  • Brian Cable

    I'm stopping by once I've consumed enough chili at the chili cookoff and chatted with the people there for a bit. Not sure when that'll be, but I'm guessing around 4pm.

    November 2

  • Sarah

    Ben and I had an emergency this morning and one of our cats needed to be hospitalized. We are running about an hour late. Ben is going to be around all day, but I'll need to duck out a few times to check back in with the vet. This event is NOT cancelled. Tiara, Adrian, Brian and several other folks will still be running games all day so please still come in and help our charity efforts.

    November 2

  • Ben Roby

    We woke up to a very sick kitty this morning. We're taking him to the vet so we may be running a little bit late getting to ExtraLife today.

    November 2

  • Tiara Lynn

    I haven't had the chance to play Spirit of Adventure, and I'd love to play the Firefly board game. We own both and will be bringing them in case the store doesn't have copies for play. I know Adrian and I will also be playing a game of Gloom to thank Atlas for their donation.

    November 1

  • Brian Sommer

    Any games people want to play at the event? List them here and we'll try to set it up!

    November 1

  • Sarah

    Happy to report this morning that our Extra Life team has already passed $1,000 raised for CMN Hospitals!!! KEEP THE SUPPORT COMING!!! http://www.extra-life.org/index...­

    Don't forget tomorrow we will have some awesome raffle prizes lined up at Fair Game store and all proceeds from the raffle go directly to the charity. In addition, some local restaurants are providing food to keep everyone fueled all day long. It's going to be a great day! See you all tomorrow!

    November 1

  • Brian Sommer

    Add to the raffle an hour facial and skin care kit from Edward Spa at Seven Bridges. .

    1 · November 1

  • Joseph

    I'll probably play for four or five hours on Saturday afternoon.

    October 31

  • Sarah

    October 31

  • Brian Sommer

    It's daylight savings Saturday, that's either an extra hour of gaming, or you could technically end an hour early.

    October 29

    • Sarah

      Yes, Extra Life did that on purpose this year I believe. The marathon gamers are encouraged to ask family and friends to sponsor them for as little as $1 an hour. So that equals $25 per sponsor. Since goals are in $100 increments it makes it fairly easy to reach a goal. Most people cannot commit to 25 hours though so there's a lot of alternative ways outlined on how people can extend their support.

      1 · October 30

    • Brian Sommer

      Gamers, always using the cheat codes.

      2 · October 30

  • Travis

    ill be there in the afternoon

    October 27

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have family in town that weekend, but I will try to drag them along for an hour or two.

    October 27

  • Sarah

    The story of Victoria Enmon, a Leukemia patient who was the inspiration behind the Extra Life movement. Watch her touching story, five years in the making: http://www.youtube.com/watch?fe...­

    October 27

  • Tsun

    I have friends/family that would like to make donations. How do I go about that?

    October 18

    • Tiara Lynn

      http://www.extra-life...­ Here's the link for the team. :)

      October 22

    • Sarah

      Sean, you can sign up and add yourself as a team member then have friends / family donate directly to your page, or have them donate to an existing team member by clicking "Support This Participant" button. I'll also have a donation jar during the event if people wanted to drop off cash donations in person.

      October 25

  • Sarah

    The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is currently #14 on the highest donations raised Children's Miracle Network of Hospitals for the Diablo Extra Life Challenge. Let's see if we can help bump that number up a bit! http://blog.extra-life.org/2013...­

    October 25

  • Brian Sommer

    I'm going to drop off some of the letters to Downers Grove businesses this week. Anyone want to join me? I'm thinking Wednesday or Friday early evening.

    1 · October 8

    • Sarah

      Swing by our place before you go. We'll be happy to go with. I think Friday might work better for us.

      October 8

  • Sarah

    Some folks asked if this event could be posted on FB so that you could share with your friends. Here you go - share away! :) https://www.facebook.com/events/...­

    September 27

  • Tiara Lynn

    Adrian and I are going to play for 25! Who else is?

    1 · September 15

    • Sarah

      Yay! Ben and I are going to do the marathon again this year. I haven't had anyone else sign up yet.

      September 15

  • Sarah

    The Diablo III team at Blizzard has literally stopped the presses on this year’s Extra Life movement with an incredible gift and an awesome challenge! They’ve donated over $120,000 dollars that you can unlock for local kids at your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital! Read about it in full here: http://blog.extra-life.org/2013...­

    September 13

  • Sarah

    As we approach ever closer to the time that we'll be looking for event volunteers I wanted to take a moment to share a video about Matthew. Matthew is 1 of more than 149,000 patients that are treated at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Foundation each year thanks to the efforts of various fundraising efforts like Extra Life. Help get involved to ensure that Chicago is the healthiest place for kids while doing what you love, playing games! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­ ^ Matthew's video was shared to Extra Life participants by Sarah Beal, Development Officer, CMNH, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Foundation. As our team captain I wished to share it with all of you.

    September 12

  • Tiara Lynn

    Let's do this!! :D

    1 · September 5

  • Sarah

    Mark your calendars now: Nov 2nd! Towards the end of September we'll be looking for volunteers to help spread the word and get more community involvement. If you're interested please let us know!

    August 30

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