MVP Zach Wigal of Gamers Outreach Foundation recently hosted the second annual 'Gamers for Giving' event at Eastern Michigan University where over 1000 participants helped raise $18,000 to benefit University of Michigan's Mott Children's Hospital.
In 2008, over 600 attendees raised $15,000 for the Autism Society of Washtenaw County. This year, over 1,000 people attended the event and raised $18,000 for Mott Children's Hospital. This is Michigan's largest video game event and includes several tournaments, free-play areas and a LAN party. Zach appeared in-studio on the local Fox news station to share details about the event. News of the event was widespread across the Internet (where it was mentioned the Xbox community calendar), Bungie's community update, and on other community sites like GamerTell.com. Gamers gathered to play Halo 3 and other gaming titles on PCs as well as Xbox 360 consoles.
The foundation has begun work on their first mobile gaming station for children's hospitals. This on-going initiative will begin in Mott Children's Hospital, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The goal of this project is to provide relief to children in hospitals across the state (eventually expanding across the country) by providing them with the opportunity to have fun and connect with others through video games. Zach has also started coordinating with Microsoft's Higher Education group on this effort.
Watch the video below to learn more about the event.