Donation Highlight of Annual Fan Convention for Popular MMO Publisher
Huntington Beach, CA, July 7, 2011—The Get-Well Gamers Foundation ( www.getwellgamers.org), a video game charity whose mission is to bring interactive entertainment to children in healthcare facilities, has received a $11,000 donation from EVE Online Fanfest 2011, an annual gathering of the EVE Online Community whose latest installment was held March 24 through March 26, 2011, at the Laugardalshöll Convention Center in Reykjavik, Iceland Attracting thousands of gamers from around the world, Fanfest allows the EVE Online Community to socialize, meet representatives from the popular MMO's publisher, attend concerts, and even engage in various charitable activities throughout the weekend to show their commitment to helping others. For Fanfest 2011, these Community activities included: · Silent Auction: This event allowed players to bid on unique artwork and items from EVE Online. This year CCP auctioned off the "Banhammer" from Customer Support along with EVE and Dust 514 artwork, prototype EVE T-Shirts and a specially hand-painted "Kronos" battleship model. As always, items auctioned off were extremely rare or one-of-a-kind whenever possible.
· No Limit Texas Hold-Em poker tournament: This event ran from the first to the last day of Fanfest, with players participating in qualifying tables in order to make the grand final table. Each player donated 3,000 Icelandic Krona ($22USD, approximately) in order to participate. The winners of this event were rewarded with a collection of EVE merchandise and PLEX.
· CCP Office Tour: Each year we allow players to bid before Fanfest for a chance to win an office tour to be conducted by CCP CEO, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson. This year, our office tour winner, who was a winner twice before, received his third VIP visit to the CCP Headquarters in Reykjavik.
· Art print auction: CCP Soundwave held an impromptu auction for three amazing art prints which were on display at the venue. These prints alone raised in excess of $1500.
· Player contributions: Veto Corporation, who generally attend Fanfest with 30+ members, held a pool tournament on their own time. The proceeds from this tournament were presented by their CEO, Verone, as a contribution to our charity drive.
"The EVE Online Community has once again shown that it is the most public-spirited community in the history of gaming," said Ryan Sharpe, President, Get-Well Gamers Foundation. We cannot begin to thank everyone for their generosity. This money will go directly to impacting the lives of children who depend so much on interactive entertainment during their treatment-stays."
“If you ever spent time in hospital as a child or spent time with a child who was in hospital, you get what Get-Well Gamers is all about,” said Valerie Massey, CCP’s Senior Director of Public Relations and Community.“As game developers, we understand the positive impact video games can bring to a person’s quality of life. CCP is proud to raise awareness of such a worthy cause and thank Get-Well Gamers for the opportunity to contribute to the excellent work they’re doing.”
The Get-Well Gamers Foundation accepts console games and equipment as well as hand-held systems and the games supported by these platforms. To make a tax-deductible donation or to recommend a treatment facility, visit www.getwellgamers.org.
About Get-Well Gamers: The Get-Well Gamers Foundation is a California-based 501© (3)-certified public charity dedicated to bringing electronic entertainment to children's hospitals for the benefit of entertainment and pain management since 2001. Its network includes more than 140 hospitals and treatment facilities across North America and Canada. For more information, please visit www.getwellgamers.org.
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