Through a combination of attendee entry fees, donations it received on-site, Peggle 2 entries, PayPal donations and excess sponsorship, Gamers Outreach announced that it managed to raise a total of $20,682.37 for game-related charities at its annual event - Gamers for Giving 2014 - that took place this weekend. According to statistics the group shared, it raised $12,970.00 from online registration and donations; $5,510.00 from raffle ticket sales, Peggle, door sales, and on-site donations; and $2,202.37 from stream donations, mail-in donations, and excess sponsorships. Of course they couldn't have done any of this without you, the generous gaming community.
"Now, with the addition of funds raised at Gamers for Giving 2014, we'll be able to increase that number to nearly 15,000 children per year," the group said in its announcement. "In addition to the resources generated by Gamers for Giving, if additional fundraising efforts take place throughout the year, it's very possible Project GO Kart [the group's initiative to provide portable video game carts to kids in hospitals] could be serving nearly 20,000 children or more by the end of 2014. That means that in a single year, thanks to all the generous people who supported Gamers for Giving, the Project GO Kart initiative could triple its current size. That's really amazing."
The group added that its military-focused charity effort, "Fun For Our Troops," is going very well. They say that they are "sitting on a mountain of video games" which will be sent to deployed troops overseas and some of the Gamers for Giving money will be spent to help pay for shipping costs. They are working with Eastern Michigan's ROTC department to "help identify troops abroad who will benefit most from our initiative."
You can learn more about all the good things that Gamers Outreach does by visiting www.GamersOutreach.org.