A new event has been organized by gamers, for gamers, to do right by those less fortunate, and make a difference in others’ lives.
Gamers United 2009 is an event set up to help out gamers who don’t have the means to acquire new equipment. This year’s event will be held to help out the teens’ lounge at Mattel Children’s Hospital of UCLA. The group will work to rejuvenate an the teen center with new equipment and games.
The full press release below:
Gamers United is back again and this year will host its party in honor of the Teen Lounge of Mattel Children’s Hospital of UCLA. The organizations choosing to be involved with Gamers United each truly believe in the value of giving back to young gamers, especially those who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity.
This year’s beneficiary, Mattel Children’s Hospital of UCLA, was chosen because hospitals are always in need of support from its community, particularly children’s hospitals. “When I called and found out they had a teen lounge whose gaming equipment was in disrepair and just need an upgrade, I was decided – this was the organization I wanted to fight for this year,” says Chastity Irizarry, founding member. Gamers United will be helping to rejuvenate the teen lounge and pay special attention to the often overlooked ‘tween and teen sector of pediatrics. Amy Bullock, Child Life – Child Development of the hospital stated, “The equipment in our lounge gets a high rate of use and our equipment is donated so we are happy to be able to work with Gamers United for the patients.”
Last year guests from Activision, Top Cow, Electronic Arts, Women in Gaming International, Dennis Rodman and more came to join in the high energy of this unique gathering.
Already on board, we are happy to welcome back the Custom Hotel, Nyko Technologies, Gaming Angels, Mimoco and Pwned. New to the mix this year is Coin-Op TV, World Cyber Games, Nfamous Gamers and the cast of Hellywood.
Where: Custom Hotel
8639 Lincoln Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045
When: Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Attire: “After 5” [Cocktail hour or Business Casual]
Entry: Donation – Please bring a game, game accessory/peripheral or the like. To make prior arrangements, please email [email protected]
Games cannot be rated ‘M’ or ‘Mature’ – please bring ‘E’ ‘E10+’ or ‘T’
About Gamers United
Gamers United emerged in 2007 after what seemed to be a never-ending barrage of attacks from the press about the evils of gaming. From murderous mothers to the Virginia Tech Massacre, law enforcement, the media and society alike were searching for answers and video gaming seemed to be in the proverbial bullseye. A group of gamers decided to pool the resources of their various organizations to come together and highlight the positive of gaming to the media. From there, the philanthropy took on a life of its own and has grown into an organization dedicated to giving back and highlighting all the best in video gaming and its gamers. Whether donating to a children’s hospital or coordinating speaking engagements at schools, we believe there is always a way to give back.
If you are in the area and have spare games you were going to trade in for a few bucks, or an accessory you no longer need, contact the group and give to these kids. They could really use the enjoyment that many of us might take for granted, especially around the holidays.