Child's Play Dinner Pushes Running Total to $1.07M

The Allakhazam team has always been supportive of Child's Play, a nonprofit charity created by Penny Arcade's Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik that provides games and toys to children in hospitals throughout the world.

The fifth annual Child's Play charity dinner auction was held on Dec. 9 and it raised more than $200,000 in contributions, pushing the current running total to $1.07 million! Considering the goal of this year's drive was only $750,000, this number is just amazing.

Here's one of the best highlights of the event: "Jerry Holkins ended the live auction with an impromptu call for bids on him writing 'a song about how awesome you are,' closing at $4,300." You can read the full press release about the dinner action below, and don't forget to visit the Child's Play Web site.

SEATTLE - Dec. 12, 2008 - The fifth annual Child's Play Charity dinner auction held on Tuesday night netted over $200,000 in contributions, as a sold-out crowd of over 400 video game industry leaders and community enthusiasts crowded into the Washington State Convention and Trade Center's sky bridge to bid on more than 100 lots of gaming memorabilia to support sick children in more than 60 hospitals around the world. Tuesday night's passion for charitable giving pushes the current running total for 2008 to $1.07 million, handily surpassing the stated goal of $750,000 for this year's drive.

Evening Highlights:
- A one-of-a-kind bundle contributed by Valve Software, including a custom, signed Left 4 Dead computer case, a lifetime Steam key for all present and future Valve releases and tour of the studio sold for $4,250.

- Jerry Holkins ended the live auction with an impromptu call for bids on him writing "a song about how awesome you are," closing at $4,300.

- Harmonix presented Child's Play with a check for $30,000, representing the current proceeds from its Rock BandTM "PAX Pack" downloadable songs released on Sept. 2.

The PAX Pack downloadable songs will be available to benefit Child's Play and other additional donations to this year's charity drive will be accepted until December 31, 2008. Those interested in corporate sponsorships should contact for further information.

About Child's Play: Child's Play is a non-profit organization begun in 2003 by Mike "Gabe" Krahulik and Jerry "Tycho" Holkins, the creators of the Penny Arcade comic strip, as a way to help sick children and show the world the softer side of people who play videogames. Through the generosity of gamers and the videogame industry, Child's Play has raised nearly four million dollars in toys, games and cash for sick children through an ongoing online toy drive and annual charity auction. Now in its sixth year, Child's Play has developed a worldwide network of beneficiary Children's Hospitals in order to brighten hospital stays for children internationally. For more information, visit


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