The 15th annual Nite to Unite - For Kids gala raised $822,000 for the ESA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Entertainment Software Association, the event's organizers announced today. The black-tie event took place last week in San Francisco, where various game industry luminaries and the media got together for a good cause. Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell was also honored at Nite to Unite as the 2012 ESA Champion Honoree. Previous honorees include Blizzard president and CEO Mike Morhaime and Star Wars franchise creator George Lucas.
"Nite to Unite's success is due to the video game industry's generosity, leadership and commitment to children," said ESA president and CEO Michael D. Gallagher.
The funds will go towards charities and organizations the ESA plans to support for the 2013 calendar year including the Federation of American Scientists, the George Mason University Foundation, the HopeLab Foundation, the Lewis and Clark Foundation, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Parents' Choice Foundation, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, ThanksUSA, the University of Texas at Austin, and the World Wide Workshop Foundation