For Immediate Release
SEATTLE - Dec. 12, 2008 - The fifth annual Child's Play Charity dinner auction held on Tuesday night netted over $200,000 in contributions, as a sold-out crowd of over 400 video game industry leaders and community enthusiasts crowded into the Washington State Convention and Trade Center's sky bridge to bid on more than 100 lots of gaming memorabilia to support sick children in more than 60 hospitals around the world. Tuesday night's passion for charitable giving pushes the current running total for 2008 to $1.07 million, handily surpassing the stated goal of $750,000 for this year's drive.
-- A one-of-a-kind bundle contributed by Valve Software, including a custom, signed Left 4 Dead computer case, a lifetime Steam key for all present and future Valve releases and tour of the studio sold for $4,250.
-- Jerry Holkins ended the live auction with an impromptu call for bids on him writing "a song about how awesome you are,"closing at $4,300.
-- Harmonix presented Child's Play with a check for $30,000, representing the current proceeds from its Rock BandTM "PAX Pack" downloadable songs released on Sept. 2.
The PAX Pack downloadable songs will be available to benefit Child's Play and other additional donations to this year's charity drive will be accepted until December 31, 2008. Those interested in corporate sponsorships should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
About Child's Play: Child's Play is a non-profit organization begun in 2003 by Mike "Gabe" Krahulik and Jerry "Tycho" Holkins, the creators of the Penny Arcade 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 nearly four million dollars in toys, games and cash for sick children through an ongoing online toy drive and annual charity auction. Now in its sixth year, Child's Play has developed a worldwide network of beneficiary Children's Hospitals in order to brighten hospital stays for children internationally. For more information, visit www.childsplaycharity.org.
Contact: Carolyn Carnes
Flash Fire Communications