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Stoneman Douglas Teachers are Requesting Board Game Donations

Stoneman Douglas students are returning to school after the murder of their fellow students and teachers and administration are attempting to find ways to transition the students back into the setting. They’ve put out a request for items they think will help, board games.

The school has received more than enough bookpacks and school supplies and are instead looking for board games, brain teasers, critical thinking puzzles, card games, and other items of that nature as well as art supplies.

The plan is to use the items as part of the healing process and therapy which will take time.

Donations can be brought to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas front office and left to the care of Penny Pagano or Teresa Basilone, the school’s office manager.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is located at 5901 Northwest Pine Island Road in Parkland.

Gen Con Partners with The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund AND Second Helpings for This Year’s Charity

Gen Con has announced their Charity Partners for Gen Con 2018! Last year for Gen Con 50, they partnered with Child Advocates and helped raise more than $40,000 to help kids in need in Indianapolis! This year, they’re asking for help again. This year’s convention is officially partnering with The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund AND Second Helpings. That’s right – they’re partnering with two charities this year, so there are two ways to make a big difference in the local and gamer communities.

Gen Con, along with Event Organizers, host events during the show to raise funds for the selected charity. Some of those events include …

  • Ace of Aces Auction
  • Balloon Sculpture “Slay the Creature”
  • Cardhalla
  • Charity Auction
  • Nerd Night for Charity
  • Silent Auction

The list will continue to grow as we get closer to the show.

The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund was started in April 2011, in memory of Jack Vasel, son of Tom Vasel. Tom is an influential voice in the board gaming hobby, and the community rallied around him in his time of need. Amazed by this generosity and kindness, Tom was determined to help others who might undergo similar tragedies. The fund was formed to collect and distribute financial assistance to members of the public who are part of the gaming community and who have suffered personal hardship.

Second Helpings, Inc. accepts donated perishable and overstocked food to prepare nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults every day, and distributes them free of charge through local social service agencies in Greater Indianapolis. Second Helpings also trains unemployed and underemployed adults for meaningful careers in the culinary industry.

It’s the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying Game Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle Books currently has a new promotion where you can get $386 worth of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying Game books in a pay what you want model that benefits charity. The “Humble RPG Book Bundle Warhammer” benefits Action Against Hunger.

It’s a bundle of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay books from Cubicle 7! You’ll get an epic library of 2nd Edition titles, including the Core Rulebook, companions, sourcebooks, and adventure packs. Plus, score the 1st Edition Rulebook, available for the first time since the Old Ones introduced the forces of Chaos. (Okay, maybe not quite that long.)

These books are available in PDF format, meaning you can read them anywhere at any time.

You choose where the money goes – between the publisher and, if you’d like, a charity of your choice via the PayPal Giving Fund.

Gen Con Selects Child Advocates as Official Charity for 50th Convention

child-advocatesGen Con has chosen Indianapolis-based charity Child Advocates as its Official Charity Partner for 2017. As part of this agreement, they will receive the proceeds from Gen Con’s numerous longstanding charity events, including a charity auction, a balloon sculpture and its destruction, and the popular “Cardhalla,” a giant construction of cards.

Child Advocates is celebrating their 35th year of advocacy for children in the Indianapolis area. Child Advocates is the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) chosen by the courts in Marion County to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children. They fulfill their mission through advocacy, monitoring, evaluation, fact-finding and mediation. Volunteers assist staff professionals in each child’s case to make sure those children do not get lost in the system, that their needs are met during their court cases, and that a safe, permanent home is found for them as soon as possible.

The organization helps ensure that the more than 7,000 children whose cases they monitor each year have a voice in court and are placed in a safe and permanent home as soon as possible.

In 2017, Gen Con will take place from August 17-20, celebrating its historic 50th convention and its 15th year in Indianapolis. During its time in Indy, Gen Con has raised more than $230,000 for local charity partners including organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, Gleaners Food Bank, and the Julian Center.

You can purchase badges for this year’s convention now. Sign-up for charity events will begin in May 2017.

Gen Con announces its Charity Partner for 2016

the pourhouseGen Con has selected The PourHouse as its Charity Partner for 2016. Each year, Gen Con partners with one charity, local to Indianapolis, hosting events intended to create donations for the partner organization. Opened in 2004, The PourHouse provides street outreach and peer advocacy for individuals experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis. Through community-style street outreach and a unique peer advocacy approach, The PourHouse helps people define and achieve their goals. You can read more about this partnership through Gen Con’s Charity Page.

This year the following Gen Con events will raise funds for the charity …

  • Ace of Aces XV Auction
  • Balloon Sculpture “Slay the Creature”
  • Cardhalla XVIII
  • Charity Auction
  • Mayfair Games

Last year, Gen Con’s programming generated more than $40,000 for the convention’s 2015 Charity Partner, The Julian Center. Since moving its convention to Indianapolis, Gen Con has raised more than $200,000 for local charities. From August 4 through 7, Gen Con again will serve as host to numerous charity events supporting The PourHouse, including the construction and demolition of a giant “Cardhalla” made of assembled trading cards, a charity auction, and many more.

D&D Kicks-Off Extra Life Tabletop Weekend. Help Raise Money for Charity.

Wizards of the Coast LogoTabletop Appreciation Weekend begins today! Wizards of the Coast team members (+ friends and family) will begin a 48-hour D&D tabletop roleplaying game in support of the Extra Life charity’s inaugural weekend to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

  • The Dungeons & Dragons game will be broadcasted today starting at 12pm PST on the D&D Twitch Channel and will conclude at 8pm PST on Sunday, October 4. As the team raises more money, players will unlock previews of the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide. Track the team’s progress at D&D Extra Life team page.
  • The Magic: The Gathering game will be broadcasted on the Magic Twitch Channel beginning tomorrow and will conclude on Sunday morning.

In addition, the team will return on Extra Life Game Day on November 7 for even more D&D fun, streaming digital games like Sword Coast Legends and Neverwinter.

Help Support a Good Cause

The money raised through Extra Life goes directly to Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, helping to fund research and training, purchase life-saving equipment, and pay for uncompensated care. CMN hospitals treat every patient that comes through their doors, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. The goal is to help save and improve the lives of as many children as possible, and the funds raised will make it possible for the hospitals to do that!

Players can join the D&D team or the Magic team or set-up their own playgroup at home. Players, DMs, and Planeswalkers around the country are encouraged to join either team and contribute to the overall team totals.

Whether you love the classic tabletop games or prefer to take your adventure digital, you can play D&D and contribute to the cause! Try out the new Sword Coast Legends or any of the other D&D video games, such as Neverwinter or classics like Baldur’s Gate. You can also show your support for the D&D team by adding the D&D Twibbon to your Twitter or Facebook profile.

Magic players have many options as well! Whether you’re playing paper Magic: The Gathering, Magic Online, or the recently released (and free) Magic Duels: Origins, all the donations you generate will count towards the Magic team goal!

Earn Rewards

All participating members of the D&D Extra Life team who raise at least $50 and respond to a survey after the event will receive a promotional certificate for use in D&D Adventurers League play. Additionally, every hour Wizards of the Coast will be giving away different prizes to donors, so participating members should stay tuned throughout the program to see what’s available. Finally, until October 5, anyone can purchase the exclusive D&D Extra Life Rage of Demons shirt.

Tune in and play along!

Join D&D and Magic in Extra Life Charity Gaming Event

dndlogoFor the third year in a row, Dungeons & Dragons is returning to the Extra Life charity gaming event! Members of the team will play the D&D tabletop roleplaying game for 48 hours during Extra Life’s inaugural Tabletop Appreciation Weekend (October 2-4) to help raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. In addition, the team will return on Extra Life Game Day on November 7 for even more D&D, as it streams digital games like Sword Coast Legends and Neverwinter.

In addition, this year team members from Magic: The Gathering will also join the Extra Life effort with their own team, which will take part in Tabletop Appreciation Weekend.

Help Support a Good Cause!

The money raised through Extra Life goes directly to Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, helping to fund research and training, purchase life-saving equipment, and pay for uncompensated care. CMN hospitals treat every patient that comes through their doors, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. The goal is to help save and improve the lives of as many children as possible, and the funds raised will make it possible for the hospitals to do that!

Players can join the D&D team or the Magic team or set-up their own playgroup at home. Players, DMs, and Planeswalkers around the country are encouraged to join either team and contribute to the overall team totals.

Whether you love the classic tabletop games or prefer to take your adventure digital, you can play D&D and contribute to the cause! Try out the new Sword Coast Legends or any of the other D&D video games, such as Neverwinter or classics like Baldur’s Gate. You can also show your support for the D&D team by adding the D&D Twibbon to your Twitter or Facebook profile.

Magic players have many options as well! Whether you’re playing paper Magic: The Gathering, Magic Online, or the recently released (and free) Magic Duels: Origins, all the donations you generate will count towards the Magic team goal!

Earn Reward!

All participating members of the D&D Extra Life team who raise at least $50 and respond to a survey after the event will receive a promotional certificate for use in D&D Adventurers League play. Keep an eye out for announcements of more rewards and previews as we near the event.

Watch Live!

The Dungeons & Dragons game will be broadcasted on the D&D Twitch Channel starting on Friday, October 2 and running until Sunday, October 4.

The Magic: The Gathering team will also be running a 24-hour stream on the Magic Twitch Channel beginning the morning of Saturday, October 3, and concluding the morning of Sunday, October 4. Tune in and play along!

For more information or to join or contribute to the team, visit the Dungeons & Dragons Extra Life page or the Magic: The Gathering Extra Life page.

Gen Con 2015: Mayfair’s Catan: Big Game 2015- Don’t Miss Your Chance at History Again

mayfair-games-logoDuring Gen Con 2013, Mayfair Games set an official Guinness World Record for the largest game of Catan ever played. Over 900 folks played in the same game of Catan in a feat never duplicated since- until now.

Join Mayfair Games for the second Big Game this year at Gen Con 2015, where they will try to break their own record from 2013. All proceeds will go to the official Gen Con charity, the Julian Center so in addition to making history, you’ll be supporting a fantastic cause.

So come live the dream. Don’t let history pass you by for a second time- you need to see the Big Game to believe it- and what’s better than watching a game? Playing it.

The Big Game will be held at the White River Ballroom in the J.W. Marriott hotel, 7:00 pm Friday, July 31st. Don’t miss your chance to register for the Big Game using event code: BGM1576923.

Gen Con 2015: Mayfair Games’ Five Year Mission: Don’t Miss Your Second Chance to Meet a Legend

mayfair-games-logoIt isn’t every day, or even every Gen Con you get a chance to meet a legend. At Gen Con 2013, fans got the chance to play Star Trek Catan with Wil Wheaton for charity. Now at Gen Con 2015, Star Trek fans will again get to meet one of their idols, Marina Sirtis. We’ll be holding another Warp Speed tournament, this time playing Five Year Mission, Mayfair Games’ latest cooperative Star Trek game. And once again, we’ll be benefiting the official Gen Con charity, the Julian Center.

Five Year Mission is the amazing, cooperative dice game that allows a team of players to take the roles of crew from the U.S.S. Enterprise, seen in the original Star Trek, or the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D, seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

So don’t miss your second chance to meet a legend and do a good deed at the Gen Con 2015 Warp Speed Charity Tournament.

The Warp Speed Charity Tournament will be held Saturday, August 1st at the Georgia Street Pavilion. Don’t miss your chance to register for the Warp Speed Charity Tournament using event code: BGM1582089.

Cards Against Humanity Launches a STEM education scholarship for women

chi-cards-against-humanity-stem-bsi-photos-201-001This Monday Cards Against Humanity launched their sixth expansion as well as a special new “Science Pack.” The “Science Pack” has 23 new white cards and 7 black cards. What’s really special is that all profits for to a new Cards Against Humanity Science Ambassador Scholarship.

The new scholarship provides a full-ride for women seeking undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The “Science Pack” is co-authored with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s Zach Weinersmith and Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait. The pack is available for $10 at CardsAgainstHumanity.com and as of this posting over $196,000 has been raised.

chi-cards-against-humanity-stem-bsi-photos-201-002Similar charity packs released by Cards Against Humanity have raised nearly $2 million for non-profits like the Wikimedia Foundation, the Sunlight Foundation, and DonorsChoose.org, where Cards Against Humanity has funded over 12,500 teacher projects in high-poverty classrooms across the United States.

Scholarship applications will be reviewed by a board of over forty women who hold higher degrees and work professionally in science, including representatives from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, the Smithsonian Institution, the Adler Planetarium, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as TED, NSF, Huxley, and Hubble fellows.

Applications will be opened to the public for the fall 2016 school year. Applicants can be in high school or college, and must identify as women in a way that’s significant to them. Recipients of the Cards Against Humanity Science Ambassador Scholarship will receive full tuition coverage for up to four years. Students can sign up to be notified when applications are open at ScienceAmbassadorScholarship.org.

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