As the US celebrates Labor Day this weekend, a number of charitable events also get underway for various causes. Incredible Technologies already held their third Players Charity Championship this past weekend however and have announced the results just in time for the holiday. 72 Golden Tee players can together for a tournament and raised over $75,000 for a Chicago based organization called Salute Inc., who specializes in helping US veterans and their families. It’s the largest amount ever raised in the history of the IT Players Charity Championship and I have a feeling that there will be plenty more of these special competitions in the future. You can read all of the details in the press release below
Posted tagged ‘charity’
Pinball junkies in the UK have a big event to look forward to, the UK Pinball Party. It begins tomorrow and runs through Sunday although they already have held a warming up event with a competition between Martyn Raison (the top ranked junior UK player) and the two times Pinball World Champion Gary Flower. This competition was for the UK pinball Party’s Charity Challenge and it also saw new Stern-made pinball machines provided for the event. Details on that and tomorrow’s party can be found in the press release below.
Playing for charity: Incredible Technologies Golden Tee event for veterans; UK Pinball Party charity event for needy kidsJuly 24, 2010
Two charity events for different causes are on the horizon, one in the USA and the other in the UK. To summarize, Incredible Technologies will be holding a charitable event on August 27th-29th in at Splinter’s Sports Pub in Palatine, IL and on the other side of the pond, the UK Pinball Party is organizing the Celebrity Charity Pinball Challenge on Thursday August 5th at the Ace Café London. In interest of saving space on the main page, you can read all about each event and the great causes they support thanks to the press releases we received by clicking post break below.
Art and arcades have always gone together in some form and while this story doesn’t have anything to do with sideart, it does have something to do with arcades being portrayed in art and for a good cause.
This artwork, done by Gary Lucken, features eleven different cabinets drawn in “pixel art” style and you can pick up a poster (for the game room, arcade or just because) for $25. The proceeds goes to a charity that works as follows:
SpecialEffect is a charity dedicated to helping ALL young people with disabilities to enjoy computer games. For these children, the majority of computer games are simply too quick or too difficult to play, and we can help them and their parents to find out which games they CAN play, and how to adapt those games that they can’t.
The go-between the artist and the charity is the Poster Cause Project. We’ve actually covered a few instances before of arcade titles that have specific functions for helping disabled gamers play, such as this article discussing efforts in the 70′s to make arcade games more accessible; to modern functions found particularly in racing games from Rush 2049 to a modified version of MaxiTune 3 so players in wheelchairs could easily play.
Find out more at The Poster Cause Project
[Via GameSet Watch]
Also as a little follow-up to Amusement Expo on something that is sort of art related, Namco was handing out a bunch of Pac-Man Mardi Gras Beads and the necklaces turned up in places on the strip outside of the show. Might be considered NSFW so it’s after the break.
You may well be able to get Street Fighter 4 for consoles now, but as we all know here at Arcade Heroesthere is nothing better than the real arcade experience. Well here’s your chance to experience it in your own home with this custom made SF4 cab designed by Meat Bun which comes with the SF4 gameboard. This one off cabinet comes complete with Akuma beads and fog machine! The added bonus of winning this auction is that it’s all for charity too. Happy Bidding
Betson has announced the eighth annual H. Betti Industries Golf Outing, a charitable event whose proceeds typically go to the Tomorrow’s Children Fund but this year will be going to help out one of their own who is on disability leave and may not be able to return to work. Last year’s event also went to benefit another Betson employee who was disabled. The event will occur on the 4th of June at the Beaver Brook County Club in Annandale, NJ with registration at 11:30AM, a shotgun start @ 12:30PM with cocktails @ 5:30PM followed by dinner.
Personally I stink at golf but I think it’s great to see events like this. Maybe I have just been paying more attention but it seems like there are many more charity events happening this year and it also appears that they are doing well.
It’s always nice to see something arcade-related to go up for a good charitable cause, in this case a limited edition poster for the Namco racer, Maximum Tune 3 that is signed by the creators of the game. The auction is taking place at the Timezone Philippines arcade for the benefit of the Children’s Hour, a charity based in the Philippines. International bids are being taken as well and the auction goes until April 15th so they are giving it plenty of time to garner some positive attention.
Not long ago we posted a video about the 1984 arcade in Springfield Missouri, one of the few arcades out there that shuns newer titles and instead features only classic arcade titles to play. I came across word that they are going to be running a holiday food drive to help out needy families next week. The way the arcade works is they only charge a $5 admission fee and all the games are set on free play. On December 5th, all proceeds that day will be donated to Ozarks Food Harvest, a food bank in the area. It’s a great cause being done by an arcade that I’d love to visit one day so if you’re in the area around Dec. 5th, help out by having some fun.