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Gamers raise money for foster youth

Posted Jun 13, 2017 by Tim Sandle
Seventy-four gamers have raised $138,609 for foster kids recently during an all-day tournament in Bellevue, WA, in the Seattle area . The money went to Seattle-based Treehouse.
The Gauntlet  from the Gauntlet trophy  in all it s glory
The Gauntlet, from the Gauntlet trophy, in all it's glory
Mox Boarding House ENGAGE program
The money raised was part of a charitable giving program called ENGAGE, run by Mox Boarding House in Bellevue and Card Kingdom. ENGAGE is the corporate giving and community outreach program. The gaming event was part of an annual fundraising tournament—The Gauntlet: Infinity. The program was devised by Lyla Ross and each year a different charitable or non-profit organization is selected. This year was the turn of Seattle-based Treehouse, which is a foster care scheme.
Leading up to the tournament various gaming companies and community organizations put together teams and initiated an online fundraising campaigns for Treehouse. The tournament worked on the basis that more money teams raised, the more power-ups and advantages each team received during the tournament. By the time the tournament took place 2,992 donors had signed-up
The event was heralded a success with the gamers raised $138,609 for the foster kids. The recipe int charity, Treehouse, provides youth in foster care a childhood and a future. The organization operates several programs such as The Wearhouse (free store for foster youth), Little Wishes (pays for extracurricular activities), Holiday Magic (provides more than 5,000 meaningful gifts each holiday season) and Graduation Success (helps youth in foster care graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers). Overall the Treehouse works with 7,000 of the 9,000 youth statewide.
Commenting on the tournament, Lyla Ross said: "The Gauntlet is our way of connecting gamers to causes that are meaningful to them." She added: "This year, we had the highest engagement from our teams – not only did they fundraise for six weeks, with tremendous results, but they also donated items to our auction and raffle and rallied their coworkers to participate in company matching. That brought in an extra $10,000 and helped us raise more money than we ever have in the past.!