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  1. It started with Kevin Braden, the CMN Hospitals Program Director for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago issuing a challenge to the Chicago Guild to raise more than their 2015 grand total of $106,000. In return, this clean-cut, buttoned up dude would dye his hair blue for Extra Life. By the end of Game Day on Sunday, Nov 6, the guild hit their goal, and are still pushing to reach a goal of $120,000 by the end of the year. The Extra Life team interviewed guild member Emily Krukal to learn more about their efforts and how they plan to reach their goals. What types of recruitment activities do you participate in? This year and last year we made a large recruitment push at all of the major conventions in the area. From C2E2 at the beginning of the year all the way to ValorCon at the end of the summer. This year we were also privileged to be at a few gaming event like Smash"N"Splash. The guild also helped facilitate a Clash of the Clans in Chicago. We also made contacts with a the local Independent Game Developer Association and Kevin Fair & IPG (I Play Games) who is a game tournament facilitator & promoter. Also, we are involved with Chicago Twitch Meet Up run by Branden Stennis aka UGRGaming on Twitch. We also did outreach to local establishments like arcades and comic shops. How do you raise funds? Fundraising was done through recruitment events with door prizes from our sponsor SteelSeries as well as on a personal level for each participant. The Guild also helped facilitate a Clash of the Clans Tournament which brought in $10k+ for the hospital. How did your guild focus efforts on the goal of fundraising? Many us of utilized social media to get the word out. Our Guild president, Dave Hansen, was on the official Extra Life Stream Team this year as well. Many of us utilized Twitch to stream on Games Day. Our secretary, Joey Barranco will be streaming Dec 2- 3 on his Twitch channel. We also have not lost sight that fund raising is not over and we are pushing to hit $120k by the end of the year with a few more local events. Any other unique ways your guild is getting involved? One of our guild members challenged every one she knew to save the change from daily transactions during the week and turn it into a donation. This helped us see little amounts add up quickly for the cause. We also reached out to a few of the larger guilds through the forums to get idea for recruitment & member retention and found they are doing what we are doing. The guild was also very fortunate in have in SteelSeries as a sponsor. They were VERY generous in providing us with items for door prizes. If you look at the attached picture, you can get an idea of just the tip of the iceberg from SteelSeries. We also held two lunch & learns, one at NetherRealms Studios and one at Microsoft. You have seen the results of Kevin's stretch promise, Dave shaved his beard to look like Abraham from the Walking Dead and he is also slated for a Extra Life themed tattoo. View full article
  2. It started with Kevin Braden, the CMN Hospitals Program Director for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago issuing a challenge to the Chicago Guild to raise more than their 2015 grand total of $106,000. In return, this clean-cut, buttoned up dude would dye his hair blue for Extra Life. By the end of Game Day on Sunday, Nov 6, the guild hit their goal, and are still pushing to reach a goal of $120,000 by the end of the year. The Extra Life team interviewed guild member Emily Krukal to learn more about their efforts and how they plan to reach their goals. What types of recruitment activities do you participate in? This year and last year we made a large recruitment push at all of the major conventions in the area. From C2E2 at the beginning of the year all the way to ValorCon at the end of the summer. This year we were also privileged to be at a few gaming event like Smash"N"Splash. The guild also helped facilitate a Clash of the Clans in Chicago. We also made contacts with a the local Independent Game Developer Association and Kevin Fair & IPG (I Play Games) who is a game tournament facilitator & promoter. Also, we are involved with Chicago Twitch Meet Up run by Branden Stennis aka UGRGaming on Twitch. We also did outreach to local establishments like arcades and comic shops. How do you raise funds? Fundraising was done through recruitment events with door prizes from our sponsor SteelSeries as well as on a personal level for each participant. The Guild also helped facilitate a Clash of the Clans Tournament which brought in $10k+ for the hospital. How did your guild focus efforts on the goal of fundraising? Many us of utilized social media to get the word out. Our Guild president, Dave Hansen, was on the official Extra Life Stream Team this year as well. Many of us utilized Twitch to stream on Games Day. Our secretary, Joey Barranco will be streaming Dec 2- 3 on his Twitch channel. We also have not lost sight that fund raising is not over and we are pushing to hit $120k by the end of the year with a few more local events. Any other unique ways your guild is getting involved? One of our guild members challenged every one she knew to save the change from daily transactions during the week and turn it into a donation. This helped us see little amounts add up quickly for the cause. We also reached out to a few of the larger guilds through the forums to get idea for recruitment & member retention and found they are doing what we are doing. The guild was also very fortunate in have in SteelSeries as a sponsor. They were VERY generous in providing us with items for door prizes. If you look at the attached picture, you can get an idea of just the tip of the iceberg from SteelSeries. We also held two lunch & learns, one at NetherRealms Studios and one at Microsoft. You have seen the results of Kevin's stretch promise, Dave shaved his beard to look like Abraham from the Walking Dead and he is also slated for a Extra Life themed tattoo.
  3. So I've been doing some pretty successful fundraising at work for the past couple of years, and I thought I'd share the inner workings so that the rest of you can have some success as well. Every year, around this time, I put an 'order form' up on the fridge in our break room. Now this isn't exactly a 'sale' but a donation drive in which people pay what they want for a pepperoni roll. (If you are unfamiliar with pepperoni rolls, I will explain in a moment.) Suggested donation per roll is usually one dollar, but people often give more on principle. This year alone, I invested about $35 of my own money to make 12 dozen pepperoni rolls and gained about $160 in donations, which is fantastic because if you do the math, my expected donation at a dollar each would have been $144. Anyway, the gist of the order form flyer is that it is a sign up sheet so you know how many rolls you'll need to make, and it also tells people what you're doing and why. Make sure you put an expected delivery date as well, so everyone knows when to expect their snack! If I remember, I'll post a copy of my flyer later that you can use for reference. Without further adieu, I want to share my fast and easy recipe so you can try it for yourself. BTW, if enough people request it, I can try to provide some step by step pictures if that will help. You will need: -Bake at home frozen dinner rolls (Any brand that's inexpensive. Just make sure they are the dough balls, not the already baked ones.) -Pepperoni slices (Just the regular kind you would use for a pizza.) -Pepper Jack cheese (Sandwich slices. This is the secret. A little bit of a kick that keeps them coming back for more.) -Flour (Not much. Just enough to prevent sticking.) Other tools: -Wax paper -Rolling pin (FYI, a wine bottle works rather well too) -Cooking spray -Cookie sheet(s) Steps: Spread wax paper out on your work surface and set the dough balls out to thaw, leaving a space between each of them. You could use tin foil for this step, but they WILL stick to it. This usually takes about 20-30 minutes depending on how warm your kitchen is. Pre-heat the oven to the temperature your dinner roll packaging suggests. Prepare your work surface by sprinkling a little flour across it. Cut cheese slices into fourths. Take a thawed dough ball and roll it flat with the rolling pin. Build the roll with one 1/4 slice of cheese and three slices of pepperoni. Roll it up and form lightly. Place onto a cooking spray coated cookie sheet. Repeat as necessary. I recommend no more than 12 rolls per cookie sheet. Pop them into the oven for about 18-20 minutes. They're done when they're golden brown. That's all there is to it! This year, I turned out 12 dozen in just under three hours. I tend to use plastic wrap to package them individually for delivery, but anyone who wanted more than one gets them all together in the same baggie. Anyway, I wish you all success if you try this out. Pop back afterwards to let me know how it goes! If you have any questions about the recipe, I'll be around!
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