As many gamers know, Gary Gygax (left), the famed creator of Dungeons & Dragons, passed away earlier this year.
By way of honoring the man and his achievement, the folks behind GenCon’s yearly charity auction decided to donate the proceeds to Gygax’s favorite charity, the Christian Children’s Fund. The auction, held at this year’s GenCon, raised more than $17,000.
Unfortunately, according to a post on Live Game Auctions, the CCF refused the donation when it found out that the money would partially come from the sale of D&D merchandise. GenCon instead donated the money to the Fisher House Foundation, an organization that enables family members to live nearby their hospitalized loved ones.
A curious member of the Giant in the Playground forum e-mailed the CCF about its decision and received the following reply:
Christian Children’s Fund made the decision to decline the gift from GenCon, LLC as the request presented to us gave the appearance that CCF (the organization) was an endorser or supporter of a gaming convention, which CCF was not.
As [with] many non-profit organizations, CCF is selective in its endorsements or support in order to maintain the integrity of its name and logo. We cannot lend our name to an event for which we have no involvement. This decision should in no way be interpreted as CCF holding an opinion on Mr. Gygax, gaming enthusiasts or the game Dungeons and Dragons.
GU Comics offers an amusing take on the situation.
-Reporting from San Diego, GP Correspondent Andrew Eisen