Officials representing the Child's Play Charity, a gamer-focused toy drive organized by web-comic Penny Arcade, have announced that the charity has raised an all-time high of $1,024,400.31 worth of toys, games and books for participating children’s hospitals.
Child's Play, now in its fourth year, also held its annual charity auction dinner in December, during which attendees were able to bid on rare and one of a kind collectibles, with all proceeds going to assist those hospitals within the charity's network.
Last year, the charity dinner raised $82,100, while this year's event greatly surpassed that number by raising an impressive $210,000. Highlights from the sold out $125 per plate fundraising dinner and auction included an appearance in a Penny Arcade comic strip that went for $10,000 and a voice over line in Bungie's upcoming Halo 3
for the Xbox 360, which raised $9,000.
Other notable auction highlights included $4,000 for a trip for two to Iceland, including a tour of CCP Games; $3,700 for a Nintendo Wii and DS combo pack signed by Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime; $2,700 for a tour of the Penny Arcade studios; and $1,200 for a Xbox 360 signed by Microsoft executive J Allard.
“The game community has just been so amazing in its support,” commented Penny Arcade’s Robert Khoo. “What started as a challenge to our community has grown into something that impacts the lives of children, and that’s something we can all be proud of.”