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  1. Nice! Our last big event at Duke Hospital had a local business that provides entertainment at kids parties and such with Disney princesses and superheroes. Elsa was much more popular than Batman and Robin!
  2. JuxForBux is a seasonal Minecraft livestream on Twitch.TV, which aims to raise money for various charities. In the past, JuxForBux has streamed for Child's Play, The American Red Cross, The Children's Cancer Research Fund, and Make-A-Wish International. In four livestreams, almost $4,000 was raised, approximately 136% of the combined goals. Members in the North Carolina area recently joined the Extra-Life Raleigh-Durham Guild and decided that their stream on July10th, 2015 would be in benefit for Extra-Life. Combined with my personal stream through-out the day, we were able to raise a combined $795 for Duke Children's Hospital in Durham, NC. Fantastic job guys! Thank-you for supporting Extra-Life and being a part of the Raleigh/Durham Guild! -Andrew Nicol President - Raleigh/Durham Guild
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    The Raleigh/Durham Guild will be in the main cafeteria of Duke Children's Hospital, signing people up for Extra-Life and explaining the program to anyone who is unfamiliar. We'll have a very visible table, with a game for people to play, as well as plenty of candy and badges to give out. Location: Duke Children's Hospital - 2301 Erwin Rd. Durham, NC 27707 Time: 10am - 2pm If you'd like to attend the event, please RSVP below or message Andrew for more details.
  4. Checking out the new site! :D

  5. I think it's important that we pick something that sticks to the RDU theme. We are the Raleigh-Durham Guild, not strictly Duke. Other people that get involved in the guild may have ties to other CMN hospitals.
  6. Team, A lot of you seem very confused on what's going on here, so I'd just like to clarify a few things. Recently we received further direction from Extra-Life on the do's and do not's of the guild program. The biggest changes concern social media and branding. Not all of these rules are new, but it's important that we put them in place and make sure we're all on the same page. Please reach out to me if you need any further clarification about anything. Social Media Extra-Life gives us two avenues to connect with our guild members. The forums and the private Facebook group. We can no longer use any PUBLIC facing services, like Facebook, Twitter or Twitch to push our guild. The reason for this is that when we have multiple, differing and inconsistent communication channels from guild to guild, it becomes very confusing and difficult for members to hear the message.(Not to mention, a lot of work!) Not only that, but we find that it's the same "core group" that participate on these channels anyway...the message doesn't really make it to anybody new. This has been proven plenty of times through trial and error when Extra-Life pushed out the test guild program three years ago. Keep streaming! Keep tweeting about Extra-Life! Keep talking about the guild progam! We just have to keep it to our personal pages and the avenues that Extra-Life would prefer. Instead of making a public guild page, we encourage all members to talk about guild activities on their own social media. Many of you are already very active and have built-in audiences that will help spread the word. For example, when tweeting about a stream you are running, make sure you tweet @ExtraLife4Kids in conjunction with the official tag #EXTRALIFE The forums are very important to Extra-Life. They are the main starting point for somebody who is completely new to the charity. When they search for Extra-Life, they won't land on a Facebook page, they'll find the main website and forums. For this reason, we will be posting all major communication such as events and meeting notes to the forum first. We'll then post the link to the private Facebook page. As the link spreads out and search engines crawl the forums, the position in search results will increase and give greater awareness to the program and our guild's events. Guild Specific Branding We know that all guilds want to make an identify for themselves. Of course we do! However, we also need to make sure that everything is consistent with the charity's guidelines. This is to ensure we have a consistent tone and that a guild table or booth at an event can be instantly identified as part of the overall Extra-Life program. For example, we can now make official logos. I made a post about it here. Let's hear some ideas! [*]We have a lot of creative people in the guild, which is fantastic! However, remember that since you're a part of the guild, we are formally involved with the charity. Think of it as being franchisees. Any flyer, business card, graphic or design would need to be approved by the company, right? I'm sure you've all seen the guild tool-kit, which is at the top of the private facebook group, is available to ALL guild members. Want to get creative and help us making something? Awesome! Look through the kit, read through the guidelines and we'll get it sent up for approval! I'm very lucky and proud to be working with such passionate people. We've had some great accomplishments over the past year and so far we're on track to blow last years recruitment and fundraising out of the water! Again, I just wanted to clear up any confusion. If you have any specific concerns, questions or suggestions, please reach out!
  7. Just to clarify - It's only the PUBLIC social media that's going away. The private facebook will still be in place.
  8. Long live the beard. I'm still trying to catch up with you.
  9. Team, We have some exciting news! Extra-Life is rolling out official guild logos! Here is an example from Seattle. You'll notice that the space in the middle can be personalized to reflect each city. So my question for all of you is, what should we use for our background? Should we use the Raleigh skyline? Maybe an acorn? What do you think? Let's hear some ideas! Remember, this logo will be used on official material, such as flyers, buttons and t-shirts, so lets come up with something original and eye-catching!
  10. That makes things so much easier. We've been creating too much work for ourselves. Sounds good, we'll roll with the access form. Expect a bunch of sign-ups from RDU over the weekend!
  11. Thanks for the info! We'll have internet access at this event, but we're expecting it to be quite busy, so we'll more than likely use the access form as well as paper forms.
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    Join the Raleigh-Durham Guild as we celebrate the 4th of July in true video-game fashion with Level-UP: Kitchen & Barcadium! The amazing people from the RDU Guild will be in attendance, spreading the word of Extra-Life, running high-score contests through-out the day and having a ton of fun in the process. Check out our flyer below. Come beat the heat and the high-score all in an effort to raise awareness for Extra-Life and Duke Children's Hospital in Durham.
  13. We have a rather large event his Saturday for 4th of July in downtown Raleigh. After reading through the Guild Program Handbook that was recently added to the tool-kit, our team has some questions concerning best practices when it comes to “full-sign ups”. We’re assuming that Extra-Life would prefer a full-sign-up when possible. By this, I mean, we have a laptop available at a public event and the attendee goes through the ENTIRE sign-up process on the main website. If an internet connection is not possible, our two options then become using the paper forms or the access form in the tool-kit. When entering these sign-ups, do we go through the “sign up another participant” section and have our team input them one by one? Or are we able to send an excel sheet to corporate and have them input it on their end? In addition, if we have to use these two options, is that still considered a full sign-up? Or does it only count if the attendee goes through the entire process…ie, entering email, creating password, etc? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
  14. Addi, Thank you very much for sharing your story about Diego with us. I'm glad he's doing well and I'm thrilled that he's thinking of all the other kids in Duke Children's Hospital. How thoughtful of him! Next Friday, the 15th, the Extra-Life RDU Guild will be participating in a gaming session with the kids at Duke. During these play sessions, volunteers from our group bring in their own gaming consoles, with kid friendly games to the hospital and get to hang out with the children who are waiting for treatments. We will be set-up in the front lobby, as well as some other random rooms around the hospital. Due to the schedules of the hospital staff, it's very difficult for us to currently schedule these events during a weekend, so I understand if it may be difficult for yourself and Deigo to attend. The event starts at 1:00PM and will go on for at-least a couple of hours. If you haven't done so already, check us our on Facebook to see what upcoming events we have scheduled at the following link. www.facebook.com/ExtraLifeRDU I love his idea of setting up a tournament for the kids. If you're able to attend on the 15th, I'd love to hear his ideas. It's easy to lose sight of why we are so passionate about this charity and I love the idea of putting a more personal face on our hospital socials. There are so many amazing kids, like your son, who we'd love to build a relationship with. We're holding a guild meeting this evening. If by any chance you see this, please feel free to join us at one of the Duke offices at 710 West Main Street in Durham this evening. Our meeting runs from 7-9PM. If you want to send me a personal email, you'll find the address below. Please reach out and hopefully we can arrange something! All the best, Andrew Nicol President Extra-Life RDU andrew.extralife.rdu@gmail.com 919-522-6193
  15. Greetings! Welcome to the Extra-Life RDU Guild! My name is Andrew Nicol, President of this amazing group of RDU gamers who are looking to do their best to help heal some sick kids. Locally, we play for Duke Children's Hospital in Durham, NC. Below you will find links to all our various social media efforts, list of contacts, etc. President - Andrew Nicol - aka @AndrewRDU Vice President - Marcus Summers - aka @MajorLinux Secretary - Steven Sober - aka @SobeDog007 Hospital Partner - Keri Christianson - aka @Kommander Keri Team Page - If you haven't done so already, make sure you register for Extra-Life 2016 and join our team page! Facebook Private Page - This is where we encourage all of our guild members to start conversations with each other and collaborate on any ideas for events, contact others for volunteer needs or simply just talk about gaming in general. You will need to request access to the group, so it may take a day or two before the mods approve it. If you have any other questions, please e-mail me directly at andrew.extralife.rdu@gmail.com Andrew Nicol President - ExtraLife RDU Guild
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