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Pinballz And Killer Queen Raise Money For Children's Hospital

Posted On: 11/9/2017

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AUSTIN, TX, -- 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.  Organizers encouraged teams to sign up and play in the name of the Dell Children's Hospital and Children's Miracle Network.  Killer Queen, which debuted this year, requires a team of five players to challenge another team of five players, live and in person. 

"Pinballz Lake Creek is the only show in town with this fun and very addicting team-based game," said Joe Pollard, founding member of Austin's Killer Queen team.

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 5% 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.

"As the owners of the only Killer Queen cabinet in Austin, we here at Pinballz were thrilled to join together with our friends at Killer Queen Austin and Extra Life for this event," said Gregg Primm, marketing director of Pinballz. "The opportunity to come together and have fun with friends and family while answering the call to raise critical funds that help heal kids and save lives is extraordinary, and we were immensely proud to be a part of it."

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. 

"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 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."

Friends, family and fans were invited to support the cause by making a donation to Dell Children's Hospital.