On Saturday, December 12, 2015, we at Real Women of Gaming held our first annual Cards Against Sobriety Holiday Event. In this 6-hour live stream on Twitch, the RWoG Admins were joined by Mike Christensen of Partial Arc and Trever Bierschbach of Frags and Beer. The goal of the live stream was to raise $250 for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through the charity Extra Life.
Extra Life is a unique charity endorsed by companies such as Geek & Sundry. This charity was founded in 2008 in an effort to unite gamers and raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, which includes children’s hospitals all across the United States. The RWoG admins chose to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia because that’s where most of the admins are located. In future events, we plan to raise money for different hospitals across the country.
We settled into the stream by talking about various different things. We each introduced ourselves and told everyone our Christmas wishes (mine, of course, was that everyone would watch my show Wanna Don’t Wanna – pretty selfish, I know. I’m the worst). The first game we played was Town of Salem, followed by Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes and Cards Against Humanity.
We gave away amazing prizes all throughout the night, including a hand-made Final Fantasy VII necklace from Frags and Beer, a collection of Fantastic Four comics from Partial Arc, and a horror game called The Park from 9th Circle of Horror. Each giveaway was prompted by a donation. We ended up giving away everything we had (even a David Hasselhoff bobble-head). We must have said “for the children” a thousand times before a $100 donation forced us to stop.
By the end of the night, we raised $775. This is more than 300% over our modest goal of $250. Because of this overwhelming response, Crymson Pleasure has agreed to dye her hair pink at the request of those who were active in the Twitch chat. So, we’re pretty excited for that.
Even though we surpassed our goal, we’re not done yet. If you didn’t get the chance to donate during the event, you still have time! We will be accepting donations through Extra Life until the end of the year. You can donate here!
We want to sincerely thank everyone who donated and participated in the event. You cannot imagine how much happier you all have made us this holiday season.
-Vanri the Rogue