Extra Life - Support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

The 2021 Extra Life Fundraising Page is Live!

If you would like to sponsor games for the 2021 events, please reach out to George at George@Jaros.com or learn more here.



The 2021 Charity Auction & Fundraiser Event Details!

2021 Sponsors!

Donations are starting to roll in for our 2021 event.  We're hoping it will be our biggest year yet!  We've already seen some incredible generosity from members of the board game community.  So far this is what we have donated for our 2020 Extra Life Fundraiser events:
  • Coming Soon!
TBR means donations haven't been received yet.

Each November, GJJ Games runs a 24 Hour Game Marathon as well as a week long Charity Auction at There's Fun In Store in DeKalb. These events support the Extra Life organization's efforts to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.  Our event specifically supports Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago.  Please come out to support this wonderful charity event and to play some great games!

If you cannot attend, please consider donating to this great cause at https://www.extra-life.org/participant/GJJGames

Publishers & Industry Professionals: If you'd like to donate games, promos, swag, or anything else for our Charity Auction or Raffle, please contact George Jaros at George@Jaros.com

2021 Event Information

24 Hour Event
From: Friday, November 5th - 7pm
To: Saturday, November 6th - 7pm
Where: TBD

Cost: The event is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. Of course, feel free to donate more, too. 100% of funds raised go straight to supporting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals!

Events:
In 2020 GJJ Games live streamed 24 hours of gaming! In past years GJJ Games hosted a 24 hour game marathon at There's Fun In Store (formerly The Gaming Goat).  The nature of the 24 hour event for 2021 is still TBD.

2021 Charity Auction Details: 

The annual charity auction is a great way to find a new home for some of your old games while also earning some store credit for some new games and helping out a great cause!  You may bring in your old games to There's Fun In Store in DeKalb or Elgin for two weeks before the event.  After the auction is over those that donated games can receive the full sale price in store credit. At least 20% of the sale price will go to Extra Life and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals!

But the auction isn't just for used games.  A number of awesome sponsors donate games every year to support this cause!  You'll be able to bid on some amazing titles from some amazing publishers and every penny from those sales goes straight to charity!  

We'll have hundreds of games donated by both local gamers and board game community insiders (publishers, media creators, vendors, and more)!  So get ready to clear out your shelves and restock them with some great new titles and some great deals, all while helping out sick kids in need!

The auction will run for one week, starting at 7pm, Friday, November 5, and ending at 10:00pm, Friday, November 12. Times are Central.

If you are providing games, please bring them to The Gaming Goose in DeKalb or Elgin no later than Monday, 11/1. Please use this form if you are submitting games: http://georgejaros.com/files/2020-Charity-Auction-Form.pdf (2021 form will be available soon.)

If you are donating locally you will have be able to choose one option for each of the items you donate:
  • Earn 100% of the sale price in There's Fun In Store store credit and have 20% of the sale price  go to Extra Life.  E.g. your game sells for $10 - so you earn $10 store credit, $2 goes to charity.
  • Earn 50% of the sale price in There's Fun In Store store credit and have 60% of the sale price go to Extra Life.  E.g. your game sells for $10 - so you earn $5 store credit, $6 goes to charity.
  • Have 100% of the sale price go to Extra Life and not receive any store credit.  E.g. your game sells for $10 - so $10 goes to charity.
The auction will be run using the Auctria system (as in 2020).  Winners of the auction items will be able to pay with credit card directly through Auctria (PayPal or cash payments will be possible by contacting GJJ Games or There's Fun In Store).  US and International shipping will be available as well as pickup from There's Fun In Store in DeKalb or Elgin. Other arrangements may be possible as well.

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Relevant Links:
The GJJ Games Extra Life page: http://extra-life.org/participant/GJJGames
About Extra Life: https://www.extra-life.org

If you're an industry professional (publisher, designer, media, etc.), local business, or would just like to help out by donating games, promo items, accessories, swag, or anything else gaming related, please get in touch with George Jaros!  You can learn more about sponsoring the event here.

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2020 Event Recap
  • GJJ Games Live Stream for 24 hours.
  • Charity Auction raised: $3412.08
  • 45 Auction Sponsors!
  • 246 Auction Sponsor Contributions raised: Over $2900!
  • Online donations raised: $345
  • In-store donations raised: $193
  • Over $3950 raised over all!

2019 Event Recap
  • 12 people stayed the entire 24 hours.
  • 62 people overall, $382 raised!
  • Charity Auction raised: $1172.40
  • Poker Tournament raised $210
  • 31 Event Sponsors, including 10 local businesses!
  • 68 Auction Sponsor Contributions raised: $680
  • Online Team Members: 5
  • Online donations raised: $600
  • Raffles, local sponsor contributions, in-store donations, misc donations raised: $958.18
  • Over $3200 raised over all!

2018 Event Recap
  • 10 people stayed the entire 24 hours.
  • Approximately 60 people overall, $124 raised.
  • Charity Auction raised almost $450
  • Poker Tournament raised $210
  • 11 Event Sponsors.
  • 19 Auction Sponsor Contributions raised over $300
  • Online Team Members: 2
  • Online donations raised: $75
  • Raffles, in-store donations, misc donations raised: $34
  • Over $890 raised over all!
2017 Event Recap
  • 5 people stayed the entire 24 hours.
  • Approximately 25 people overall.
  • Charity Auction raised $200
  • 3 Event Sponsors.
  • Online Team Members: 1
  • Online donations raised: $70
  • Raffles, in-store donations, misc donations raised: $55
  • $528 raised over all!
2016 Event Recap
  • Another gamer was running a 24 Hour Marathon the next night as well.  Since this was the first year GJJ Games hosted an event, the auction and raffle supported the other gamer's event.  This was the last year that gamer hosted an event.
  • 6 people stayed the entire 24 hours.
  • Online Team Members: 1
  • Online donations raised: $295
  • Auction raised $132
  • GJJ Games raised $295, the auction and other event raised an estimated additional $200 for about $500 raised over all!
2015 Event Recap
  • GJJ Games did not participate, so no numbers are available.
  • Estimated $200 raised.
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