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Child’s Play Gala and Auction raises over $350,000

Generous donations from across the game community helped raise $351,000 at the annual Child’s Play Gala and Auction.

The Child’s Play Gala and Auction is one of the highlights of the annual Child’s Play Charity fundraising drive that donates toys, games and cash for hospitalized kids.  At the black-tie event the gaming community bids on rare and unique items.  Some of the stand out items from the auction included the life-sized Half-Life Gravity Gun that went for $21,000 and one of the rarest video games on the planet, the Nintendo World Championships Grey #60 that went for $11,500.  A lucky bidder also won a guest starring role in a Penny Arcade strip for $10,000.

The proceeds from the gala and auction add to donations already contributed by gamers around the world.  In total, Child’s Play has raised more than $1.5 $1.95 million this year.

 “The gala and auction always brings in a lot of donations, but it is just one part of Child’s Play,” said Jamie Dillion of Child’s Play Charity.  “The real heroes are all the gamers who organize local events and send in individual donations that account for the vast majority of what we raise every year.  We couldn’t do this without all of their support”

Started in 2003, Child’s Play, supported by the entire video game community, has raised more than $10 million dollars in toys, games and cash for hospitalized kids since its inception.