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    Lauren Small Children's Medical Center at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital

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  1. CMN has an online store. They have Dance Marathon branded items but nothing from Extra Life. Is there a reason why? I mean I'd wear an EL hoodie or carry an EL notebook.
  2. Bakersfield is Alive and Kicking

    Hello to all that follow the Bakersfield Guild Forum. I wanted to give some updates since it's been really quiet in here, as well as an explanation. While Bakersfield continues to meet the requirements for being recognized as a guild (75 people raising $75 or more), I don't believe that we are still considered a guild. Bakersfield does things differently than a lot of other cities, which l will explain a little further down. The immediate Bakersfield area has a population of 368k. The whole county only has 874k, and there's only one other city with over 50k people. Our hospital is also super-small. The Lauren Small Children's Center at Dignity Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield is the only CMN hospital in Kern County. At the time it opened, it had 20 beds. It now has 35. It is not a stand-alone hospital like most. While the LSCC opened in 2012, Memorial Hospital has been a CMN hospital for 26 years. When the national Extra Life program wants to increase fundraising, it stresses increasing recruitment. Our first year as a guild, we jumped from recruiting 400 people online to 1,100 people online. Out of that additional 700 recruits we got - zilch. 700 people didn't raise a dime. Our theory was that is we signed them up like EL suggested, the EL messaging would motivate them. It didn't work out that way, for us anyway. It's obviously been successful elsewhere. So here's what we do that is different from most other cities. In 2012, the Campus Gamers club at Cal State Bakersfield wanted to participate in EL. Since most of our members were participating, it didn't make sense to do it separately, so we did a group event. We brought all of our stuff to the university, and anyone that raised or donated at least $20 could join us for a 12-hour gaming party. We raised $4,300, and our university was recognized by our hospital as "Corporate Partner of the Year." The next year, we raised $10,000. Then $21,000. Then $30,000. Last year, we raised $35,000. In 2016 when we raised $30,000, $26,500 of that was raised through the direct efforts of our own people. Only $3,500 of that came from "somewhere else." In other words, had we NOT held the group event, Bakersfield would have raised probably $5,000 instead of $30,000. In a nutshell, it comes down to this: Our event is big enough that every person in Kern County that wants to support Extra Life can participate in our event, regardless of any other things they might want to do. Prizes are donated by local businesses and game companies that are used to drive fundraising. Every $10 a person raises gets them a drawing ticket. AND, if they raise $100, they get into a separate drawing for a new console. We had 77 people raise $100 or more last year. Last year, some decisions were made to help us grow those numbers. First, we made our gaming equipment available, free of charge, to any local high school or community college that wanted to have its own Extra Life event. Second, since Extra Life doesn't really do "the event thing", we are steering our main event away from the idea of it being "Extra Life", and we're rebooting it as a thing called "RowdyCon." Rowdy is our school mascot, the RoadRunner. RowdyCon includes 25 themed game rooms, student club activities, a vendor expo, a stage area for panels, a cosplay contest, a maid cafe and more. All money raised goes to the hospital through "Extra Life." RowdyCon '18 will be Saturday, October 6th. There is a lot going on around the first of November so we opted to steer clear of that date and move the event forward. Third, we decided to hold a more traditional Extra Life event on "Extra Life Day." We're calling it the "Extra Life 24-Hour VIP Marathon." It's 24 hours long, it's at a person's home, only 50 people can attend, and they don't raise funds - they purchase a ticket for $100 through Evenbrite, with all proceeds going to Extra Life. It's "VIP" because we will provide a modest breakfast, lunch, midnight snack and breakfast the following day, but dinner will be a seven course meal. This $100 is on top of whatever funds they raised through Extra Life that goes through the Extra Life fundraising pages or from RowdyCon. We are continuing to hold Extra Life events at other schools, as well. We also have people that raise money all year doing Twitch streaming or asking for donations at our local movie theater, Maya Cinemas. We've raised a total of $132,000 since 2012, with $32,000 of that coming last year. We are hoping to raise $50,000 this year as RowdyCon grows and as we add more local schools. We don't have the VIP Marathon information ready to go yet, but you can read more about RowdyCon at, which will be updated as the year goes along.
  3. New high score!

    Bakersfield Memorial Hospital broke the $7,500 mark over the weekend. That puts the hospital at 25% of its $30,000 goal. We also have 560 people recruited with another ten to be added in the next day or two. Doesn't look like hitting our 1,000 recruitment goal will be a problem. August is pretty quiet but September is going to be a madhouse.
  4. Official Guild Toolkit & Multimedia Kit

    Yeah, it's two posts above this one.
  5. "Pixels" Movie Premier

  6. "Pixels" Movie Premier

    The Extra Life Bakersfield Guild will be at the premiere for the new Adam Sandler movie, "Pixels" with Peter Dinklage, Kevin James and Josh Gad. Thursday, night, Jule 23rd from 6 pm to 10 pm at the Maya Cinemas on California Ave. in Bakersfield. We will have over a dozen consoles playing vintage video games like Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders and lots more. Games are free to play but they will be inside the theater lobby, so a movie ticket (to any movie) may be required to access the gaming area. We will be joined by the NerdFapPodcast crew.
  7. Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 7 pm to 9 pm. OK to go later if people want. OK to bring friends, but please click "I'm Going" on the Facebook event page so we can gauge attendance. Also OK to bring munchies, drinks, and folding chairs.
  8. Monterey Bay / Central Coast - Extra Lifers Wanted

    I'm in Bakersfield. I tried to share a link to this post on my Facebook, but it goes to the Community page and not the forum thread.
  9. Video Gaming World Record in progress

    She has broken the 120 mark. 135 is the current record. She is aiming for 140. Come cheer her on!
  10. I'm Ed, the Pres. of the Extra Life Bakersfield Guild. One of our members, Carrie Swidecki, is currently attempting to beat her own world record by playing "Just Dance"... for 140 hours. She is going after three records: 1) Longest marathon for a motion game. She already holds the record at 76 hours. 2) Longest marathon for a dancing game. She already holds that record too, from her last attempt, at 76 hours. 3) Longest video game marathon. Currently 135 hours of Call of Duty (record holder unknown.) Extra Life worked with her to setup her own page for this attempt that works a little differently than a typical individual or team page. If you donate to her page, it will look at your zip code and apply the money to the CMN hospital closest to the zip code. It will NOT go to her home hospital of Lauren Small Children's Medical Center at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, unless you just happen to have a zip code that would make that your closest hospital. No, it will go to your OWN hospital. Here's a link to her fundraising page: Here's a link to her Twitch stream so you can follow along: Our Campus Gamers club, who organizes our group Extra Life event each year, will be handling timekeeping duties for Carrie on Tuesday, July 14th from 2 AM until 2 AM the following day. For those who are curious, it works like this: Every 60 minutes she plays, she gets to "bank" 10 minutes of break time. The way she works is that she will play for 7-8 hours at once, and bank 70-80 minutes. She eats Subway a bite at a time between songs so she doesn't have to use up break time (songs have to run continuously so she has to be ready to start with the next song starts). Toward the end of 24 hours, she will use 60 minutes of the time for a 1 hour nap. She has to keep time banked in case of an equipment failure, which has frequently happened to her at about the 17 hour mark (overheating, usually). Her team will swap out the Xbox and she'll hopefully lose minimum time. Please check it out and share the links with your guilds. I'd appreciate it.
  11. The great E3 2015 discussion thread

    Sadly, neither Last Guardian, FFVII remake, Shenmue III nor Uncharted 4 will be out this year, but many still claimed Sony stole the show. MS exclusives Halo 5, Forza 6, Gears Remaster and Rise of the Tomb Raider will all be out this year. Star Fox looked awesome but I don't know what it's release date is expected to be. Multiplatform games For Honor, Persona 5, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Star Wars Battlefront, Call of Duty Black Ops 2, will all make it this year. For me, it's Rock Band 4, Oct. 6th. There were two other games that dropped my jaw. Beyond Eyes is from the point of view of a 10 year old blind girl and what she imagines is happening based upon what she hears, feels and smells. Tacoma showed a girl gaining access to a room by using ASL as a password. If they pull that off it will change everything. Tacoma could literally teach its players ASL over the course of the game. Imaging starting a game and speaking another language by the time it's over. Crazy.
  12. Questions about fundraising at a con

    Don't "sell" them. Give them to people as a thank you for their donation. If they'd like to donate $5, give them X as a way of saying "thanks." If they'd like to donate $10, give them Y. And so on.
  13. Where do you Hold Your Meetings?

    Check your local library, too. We've held our first three meetings in three different game stores. We're also affiliated with a college club, so if we need to meet on campus, we can, but parking is $5 so it's a last resort. A couple of our stores have beef, but neither has beef with us.
  14. My secret weapon.

    There are a couple of sellers I buy from most of the time: bestselleryjy dinglianbaby Then there are others I only buy from once in a while: ovepop2009 perfect_top_store herpop (mostly charms) I only ordered from go-gift1225 once and the order never arrived. I got a refund and the interactions were pleasant. I'm just not convinced they ever actually shipped. I try to avoid buying random mixed lots because you could end up with some real meh stuff. With the charms it's cheap enough that I'll take the chance and I've gotten some really cool things. I think 100 charms is about $25. I might go for a larger lot next time to see if I get more obscure charms that way. Here's a picture of the last lot of random charms I got: I had half the ponies, the Frozen charms (all but one Olaf), the Baymaxes and the Pokemon charms before I got the mixed lot, but I included them in the picture so I could show everything I had on me. I got this three days ago, and the Disney Princesses, the Jack and Sally, the Pooh and Eeyores, and both Marias from Aristocats are gone already. However, there are some of them where you can pay $10 and get five of two styles (Batman black/yellow, Capt America shield/character, Star Wars logo empty/filled, Pokemon yellow/blue/green/pink). This is a way for you to increase your selection without having to buy ten of only a single thing. If these take off for you, you'll eventually find yourself wanting to buy more than 10. Batman Logos, Minecraft Creeper, Star Wars, Dragonball Z won't last through a single event (midnight launch, convention, movie premier). I have to buy 20 of those at a time or I spend more time waiting to get them than I do having them. BTW, shipping is free but they're coming from Hong Kong. If you have a small order it will come USPS and will take about a week and a half. If it's a larger order they use DHL and it takes about 5-6 days. I'm in Cali so if you're east coast I don't know how much time that might add to the delivery time.
  15. Restaurants that will help

    The restaurants usually have a template. If a restaurant doesn't but wants to do a fundraiser, I'm sure you could make one.