The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

June 20, 2014

Geisinger appeals to video gamers again for fundraising

DANVILLE — Geisinger’s Children’s Miracle Network is turning to video gamers to help raise money in a pledge drive later this year.

This will be the third year hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network, which includes Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital located in Danville, benefit from the Extra Life gaming marathon, scheduled for Oct. 25.

“We’re trying to get people registered ahead of time so they’re all set to participate,” said Vanessa Houser, of Children’s Miracle Network. Last year, 128 participants raised $5,300 in pledges for Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

“We’re very proud of that total. We seem to see an increase every year,” Houser said.

Games played for the event included “everything from Mario Kart to Minecraft,” Houser said. Other popular titles included the “Madden” football series and “Call of Duty” games.

Money was raised by volunteers asking friends and family to pledge a certain amount of money for each hour of games they played.

Gaming can take a non-digital form as well, with Houser encouraging families to hold board game nights or kickball tournaments to raise pledges as well.

“It’s about participating in some way and helping Children’s Miracle Network hospitals,” she said.

While the original idea is to have players game for a 24-hour period between 9 a.m. October 25 and 9 a.m. Oct. 26, players who prefer can instead spread that amount of time throughout the month. They can also make a pledge worth so many hours ahead of time to the Children’s Miracle Network and play for that predetermined length of time.

Players are also encouraged to fundraise and collect pledges ahead of the Oct. 25 marathon, Houser said.

Sign-ups can be done at www.extra-life.org. For more information, contact Houser at 800-451-5437 or vkhouser@geisinger.edu.

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