Who ever thought raising money for a good cause could be fun?
Extra Life Dayton is a charity that uses gaming in all of its forms to raise money for Dayton Children’s Hospital.
Individuals form teams and seek sponsorships, much like you would if participating in a 5K or other charity event, and ask their family and friends to make donations to their cause.
Throughout the year, teams try to raise as much money for the hospital as they can. It all culminates in a weekend of gaming in November, when teams try to game for 24 hours. Some Extra-Lifers split the 24 hours over a few days. Others go all in, and try to game for 24 hours straight.
This weekend is Extra Life Dayton’s 24 hours of gaming event.
“You're gaming for that long to represent who you're raising funds for,” explains Kristy Brown, Annual Giving Associate at Dayton Children’s Hospital. “The smallest and the sickest babies in the hospital, that's really who it's for.”
Though Extra Life Dayton is a branch of the national Extra Life charity, Brown says every penny raised locally goes directly to Dayton Children’s.
“It raises money for medical equipment and technology to give those babies the best care that we possibly can,” she said.
Those who want to help Extra Life Dayton will have their chance this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at No Limit Gaming in Kettering. The store will be hosting 24 hours of gaming events spread over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Tim Hebert, the No Limit Gaming employee who helped organize the event, says there will open gaming all weekend, along with tournaments of Cardfight!! Vanguard, Pokemón, Yo-Gi-Oh!, Super Smash Brothers, and Magic the Gathering. Hundreds of dollars in prizes will be awarded.
Each tournament has an entry fee, with 100% of proceeds being donated to Extra Life Dayton. There will also be raffles over the weekend.
Hebert tells us his inspiration for the event came from a similar Extra Life event he attended at Epic Loot in Centerville.
“It was really cool to see a store that was like us giving back to the community in a way that we hadn’t thought of before,” Hebert says. “It was immediately an opportunity that we recognized we wanted to take advantage of. We realized that this was something we have the ability to do.”
At the end of the day, Extra Life Dayton is just a cool way to network and raise money for sick kids by doing what you love to do, Kristy Brown says.
“I think the coolest thing about it is being part of a program,” Brown posits. “There’s a lot of meeting new people and going to events and really diving into that philanthropic piece. And also doing what you like to do. You do what you do already, but this way you can help out the community, as well.”
Want to help? WHAT: No Limit Gaming’s 24 Hours of Gaming Marathon to benefit Extra Life Dayton WHERE: No Limit Gaming, 1217 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering WHEN: 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, 12-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, and 12-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 INFO: Facebook Event: Gaming Marathon | Facebook Event: Magic Tournament