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  1. Central Virginia friends, where are ya? Let's play for the kids!
  2. Hey guys, new to this site. I've been helping with Extra Life since 2015. I'm new to the Poquoson, VA area. Just seeing if anyone is around or near.
  3. Hey guys! To all of you that are new to the forums... Welcome!!! EL has spent a lot of time on making the forums a friendly and easy to use area and like we said at our guild meetings, we are slowly moving away from FB and focusing more on the forums! There are a few folks that know the forums pretty well, Bobby and Keith specifically come to mind so if you have any questions feel free to drop them a line as well! You can upload photos, create events on the calendar, join other guilds in discussions and more!!! _____________________________________________ For this post let's begin with baby steps... intoductions!!! Let us know a little about you and your favorite games! My name is Jillian, I've been an EL player for going on 5 years . I am currently the president of the RVA guild and I adore cosplay! I LOVE video games!!! Be it console or handheld you can find me gaming in my downtime. RPG is my go to genre and from there I enjoy fps in the style of bioshock and so on. I will basically play anything but tend to stay away from sports, racing and 2d platformers (I'm more a spyro/crash kinda girl!) What about you???
  4. Extra Life Guild kick-off meeting 3/15/16 - CHoR at VCU conference room Brook Rd. campus Leadership present Jillian Ryan Keith Wick Amy Dickstein Members in attendance Bobby Collin Terry Zach Megan Kyle Eduardo Ashley Tesha Dalvon Vinny Chris Rigby Ernest Logan Kate Andrew Meeting started at 6:15 p.m. Follow the presentation by clicking the attached presentation file below. 1. Began with member introductions and free pizza to celebrate reaching last year’s recruitment challenge. For many present on Jill’s team, this is their 5th year in the marathon! Lots of veterans present, but several new folks, too. 2. Extra Life raised 8.3 million raised last year! The financial impact of EL gamers is far-reaching for children’s hospitals across the US and Canada! 2012: $12,405 86 players 2013: $18,281 213 players 2014: $29,820 245 players 2015: $48,416 373 players - Amazing growth! 3. Who is CHoR at VCU? Peds services at VCU Health encompassing all services and clinics across central Virginia. Downtown at the MCV campus is where critical care services are located. This year, the new Children’s Pavilion is opening next Monday (3/21) for services, which offers centralized pediatric outpatient services. We plan on offering hospital tours will this fall for both inpatient and outpatient services. CHoR at VCU sees over 66,000 children a year. The focus is on preserving and improving the health and lives of children while letting kids be kids! Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC), CHoR’s mental health campus, opens Fall 2017. In 2014, VTCC had 950 inpatient admissions & 7,600 outpatient visits. Construction is currently underway next to the Brook Rd. campus. 4. Shared patient story about Audrey. 5. Discussed how funds raised by Extra Life are put to good use! Some hospital funding is provided by state funding, but a substantial portion of care is supplemented by charitable donations. Pediatric care, on average, is five times more expensive than adult care. Funds raised by programs like Extra Life go into an unrestricted fund and the Children’s Hospital meets every year to determine where the greatest hospital needs are to provide financial assistance. Equipment can make up a huge portion of that expense. Funds are supplied to critical needs or vital hospital initiatives. Amy is happy to answer any other questions about how funds are allocated. 6. What is an Extra Life Guild? We are a collection of the people who participate in the Extra Life marathon every year. We have a shared common interest in gaming and helping local kids, and our guild allows us to network with other gamers who share our passion by meeting monthly! Our guild focuses on sharing that passion with others. We focus on recruitment by attending local events to get the word out about how Extra Life improves the lives of local kids. Our guild is comprised of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and hospital support from the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Please feel free to ask any of us questions about anything! Last year was RVA’s first year as a guild and it make a demonstrable increase in our visibility, funds raised, and gamers registered to participate. This year, several more guild markets are launching. We're excited to have more guilds coming on board! 7. Extra Life United Keith discussed the gaming competition hosted in Orlando, FL at the Coronado Springs Resort Feb 23-26. Over 100 gamers attended to compete for funds for their local hospitals in console, PC, and tabletop game tracks. As a part of the Momentum conference, attendees were able to interact with CMN Champions and their families, corporate partners and other CMN employees. Twitch broadcast the competition live. It was a blast! Amy brought home an award for being the best hospital rep for Extra Life in the country! We're so proud to have her supporting our kids. Next year’s Extra Life United will be hosted March 21-24, 2017 at Walt Disney World. We need more gamers from RVA to compete and bring home the money for CHoR! 8. What next? Register to participate. Each year you must re-register to indicate your interest in participation. Register for the forums! This is where we send updates to you and discuss upcoming events. The group calendar has updates on conventions and other volunteer opportunities as well. NOTE: this is a separate login from your event registration. We'll be moving away from Facebook for sharing information in the future, so this will be your one-stop-shop for info. Next meeting: A vast majority of people in attendance agree that Sunday's are ideal for meetings. We will post the date for the next meeting this week! 9. Ended with a video about Dominic and his family. Watch that video here, but be prepared for some tears! This is a good example of why we do what we do. Meeting ended at 7:30 pm If you want an uplifting video, watch VCU Health's "Roar" video here! Guild Kick Off 2016.pptx
  5. Jillian Ryan

    February Meeting

    Hey guys! Our first in-person meeting will be on February 21st! Come out to Battlegrounds in Midlothian for the meeting to hear updates about our goals and plans for Extra Life this year and stay for some games afterward. We look forward to seeing you there!
  6. Kwickxotic

    December ELG meeting

    Come join us at One Eyed Jacques in Carytown to celebrate our city's incredible fundraising and community-building achievements in 2015! We'll discuss what worked well and how we can improve for 2016 and then wrap up with some games.Come hungry! We'll have pizza.
  7. Meeting began at Dave and Buster's in Short Pump, VA at 7:30 p.m. Members in attendance: Keith Wick (Guild Secretary) Babs Ly Nathan Rigby Jim Collin Fundraising milestones: $16,753 raised 257 participants Goals for next month (post-marathon) $40,000 raised and 300 participants Attend the pancake breakfast on Nov. 8 after the marathon ends from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at the CHoR at VCU Brook Rd. campus: 2924 Brook Rd. Richmond VA We'll celebrate our achievements for the year and watch the final totals streamed at the hospital while we eat pancakes! Best of luck to everyone on game day! If you need anything to make your day a success, please contact any member of the leadership team!
  8. September Extra Life Guild meeting 9/27/15 Meeting began at Bobby’s house at 2:00 pm with introduction of board and members ELG board members in attendance: Jillian R. - President Mike C. - Vice President Keith W. - Secretary Amy D. - CMN rep Members in attendance: Bobby Jackie Barbara Ben Mike P. Lisa Collin Kat Kay Myranda Javier Lindsey Vinny Beky Mike Updates on fundraising numbers and team members: As of Friday, 9/25 we had $10,330 raised with 199 players. Great job, everyone! We’ve far exceeded our expectations already, and the momentum is still going. Review of upcoming events in October: Charity board game nights; two area breweries have been kind enough to host board gamers: Center of the Universe brewery ( (Ashland, VA) is in the works on Fridays from 4-9. Garden Grove Brewery (Richmond, VA - in Carytown) Monday nights from 6-10. Team Chrono Hearts will be hosting a charity auction of donated Guitar Hero guitars featuring art by local artists and tattoo artists at Mott Gallery in Carytown Oct 22 6-10 pm. Details to follow; contact Jill for further information about volunteering to help out. Only about one month to go until the marathon! Start planning your event day now to make sure you have enough food, games, and caffeine! Members should take October to ramp up their fundraising publicity efforts. Post weekly to social media to raise awareness about your donation page and the cause. It’s a worthwhile cause--let everyone know about it! Team captains should encourage their teammates to post information. Guild function - we took the opportunity to reiterate the primary purpose of the guild program: recruitment to participate in the Extra Life fundraiser. Our guild’s purpose is not to create new events, but to participate in existing ones and connect gamers in RVA with worthwhile philanthropy. Member-created events that are sponsored in the area should be affiliated with an individual or team. Please notify a board member if you have an interested sponsor or want to host an event. We want to be sure we’re not spamming area partners, and we’ll be happy to get the word out about your event! Please let us know if you meet other teams who aren’t familiar with our guild; we want them to join up and get connected! Booth behavior when repping Extra Life at conventions Cons are a great opportunity to connect with people who aren’t familiar with our cause. Some cons even allow us to be present for free; these spaces don’t come cheap and we want to be sure we’re making it worth their while for taking a chance on us. Be engaged! Don’t text or talk on your phone at the booth. Stand up and chat. This goes along with being engaged Be friendly! No one likes a grump Share your enthusiasm, but don’t ramble. People will be much more interested if they see how much you love it, but they’ll walk away if you don’t get to the point. Add a personal touch - let them know which hospital we game for, and maybe give them the contact info of a board member or a member of your team to talk to if they have questions. National Tabletop Appreciation weekend is coming up October 2-4. This is an opportunity to get the word out about Extra Life to folks who prefer tabletop games. Post pics of yourself playing games that day with hashtag #EXTRALIFEtabletop. Extra Life United will be hosted in Orlando, FL Feb. 22-24. This competition of gamers across the US will bring folks together over our common purpose: helping heal kids! Lots of networking and games together. Details to follow next week. Changing teams: contact Amy or Keith if you have questions about how to make this happen. Next month’s goal prior to the marathon itself is: 400 gamers and $18,000 raised. Keep up the recruitment and be sure get the word out about all the good work we do for the kids! Meeting concluded at 3:40 pm
  9. Meeting began at Jill's house at 1600. Seven members in attendance: JillKeithBabsJackieBobbyKayDannyEvents/recap/action items: Team captains sponsoring teams for garage sale: each team who wants to participate will come to the sale with goods to sell and each team's items will be marked per team so the net sales go to each team's fundraising pages. We just need a venue and a date!Omega Con is fast approaching - Aug 28-30, 2015 in Charlottesville, VA. We will have guild reps there from both RVA and CVilleJill indicated an interest in having the team captains come to a meeting to discuss city-wide fundraising efforts related to each team. Meeting dates/times to be determined.Come to Monday night board game nights at Garden Grove in Carytown! 6-10 pm and proceeds benefit Extra Life!Next meeting we'll bring a laptop to show off some of the great features of the community site and forums. This is a great opportunity to get involved online.Cookout and board games ensued (more like happened simultaneously). Meeting ended at 1900.
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