Pinballz Lake Creek FEC recently collaborated with the members of the Killer Queen Austin team for a 16 hour, non-stop gaming marathon, all in the name of charity. Using the unique Killer Queen game and name (Pinballz is the only location to own a cabinet in Austin, Texas), organizers encouraged teams to sign up and play in the name of the Dell Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network.
On Saturday, Nov. 4, teams began playing at 10 a.m. and didn’t stop until 2 a.m. Over $3,689 was raised for Dell Children’s Hospital, doubling the group’s goal of $1,337 and placing the fundraising team in the top five percent of all Extra Life fundraising teams in 2017. Extra Life is a program through the Children’s Miracle Network that challenges gamers to host marathons like this as a way to raise money.
Gameplay was continuously streamed through Twitch.tv, and organizers also spread awareness among viewers and attendees by featuring interviews with CMN toppers and families whose lives have been directly improved by the charitable organizations.
“Killer Queen is a unique game in 2017 in that you must play the game with a team of 5 players and challenge another team of 5 players, live and in person,” said Joe Pollard, founding member of Austin’s Killer Queen team. “Pinballz Lake Creek is the only show in town with this fun and very addicting team-based game.”
“We are very proud of our Extra Life program at Dell Children’s Medical Center,” said Megan Campuzano, Senior Director of Development of the Children’s Miracle Network program at Dell Children’s Hospital. “It has raised over $2 Million dollars for Dell Children’s since it began by people all over our community gaming for good. We are so grateful for partners like the Austin Killer Queen community and Pinballz teaming up to make a difference doing something they really enjoy.”