Extra Life - Support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

The 2020 Charity Auction & Fundraiser Event Details Coming Soon!

We're currently looking for sponsors for our 2020 Charity Auction for Extra Life!  With COVID-19 we are not sure if we'll be able to hold our 24 Hour Gaming Marathon, however we'll still be having our Charity Auction!  Hopefully the Charity Auction will be big enough this year to make up the difference from not having the live events.

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!  

Each November, GJJ Games runs a 24 Hour Game Marathon as well as a week long Charity Auction at The Gaming Goat 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

For full event details, see: https://www.extra-life.org/team/DeKalbGamers

2019 Event Information (2020 Information coming soon)

From: Friday, November 1st - 7pm
To: Saturday, November 2nd - 7pm
Where: The Gaming Goat, 229 Lincoln, DeKalb, IL 60115

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!

- Saturday Night Poker Tournament - Split the pot with the charity! $30 buy-in with $10 of that going to the charity.
- Charity Auction Fundraiser - Auction off your old games. You'll earn the full amount of your game's earning in The Gaming Goat store credit and proceeds will go to Extra Life! See below for more details.
- 24 Hour Incentives - Incentives for anyone who lasts a full 24 hours!  We had over 250 board games and other items in the auction in 2019! - Raffle - We will have prizes and gift certificates to raffle off. All proceeds go to Extra Life!
- Streaming on Twitch with Cardboard On Tap
- Game Demos - Come learn some awesome new games!
- Kickstarter & Prototype Previews - Come take a look at some games before you can buy them!
- And More! If you have an event that you'd like to run, please contact George Jaros

Tentative Event Schedule (times subject to change, more events will be added):
Events and demos are free, but have a suggested donation of $1 per player, unless otherwise listed.
  • 7pm - Event Kickoff - Charity Auction Opens
  • 8pm - Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale
  • 9pm - Legacies Kickstarter Preview
  • 11pm - Arkham Horror
  • 12am - Lockup: A Roll Player Tale
  • 10am - Twilight Imperium 4
  • 11am - Food Chain Magnate
  • 1pm - Nineveh Cards
  • 2pm - D&D One-Shot Adventure
  • 4pm - 6pm - Kickstarter Previews & Prototype Demos by George Jaros
  • 7pm - Event End, but keep gaming if you like!
  • 10:30pm Saturday - Charity Poker Tournament by The Gaming Goat
Also: Live Twitch streaming all night with Cardboard On Tap!


Open Play Games:
Open Play games will be available to play throughout the 24 hour event by anyone interested.  There will be people available to teach these games and more!
  • Scythe by Stonemaier Games
  • Cursed Court by Atlas Games
  • Crypt by Road to Infamy
  • Roll Player, Lockup, Cartographers, Bullfrogs, and Dual Powers by Thunderworks Games
  • Herbaceous and Heroes Welcome by Pencil First Games
  • Above and Below, Islebound, and Eight Minute Empire by Red Raven Games
  • And More!
Charity Auction Details:The Gaming Goat will organize a Charity Auction Fundraiser. You may bring in your old games to the store the week before the event. The auction will run for one week, starting at 7pm, Friday, November 1 and ending at 11:59pm, Friday, November 8. Times are Central.

If you are providing games, please bring them to The Gaming Goat no later than Thursday, 10/31. Please use this form if you are submitting games: http://georgejaros.com/files/2019-Charity-Auction-Form.pdf

Follow along with the charity event here: Charity Auction Fundraiser https://www.facebook.com/events/369893497243929/

After the auction is over those that donated games will receive the full sale price in The Gaming Goat store credit. At least 20% of the sale price will go to Extra Life (the rest covers the cost of the store credit). If you would prefer that 100% of your earnings on a game go to the charity you can do that and not receive the store credit.

Winners of the auction items will be contacted by The Gaming Goat to coordinate payment (PayPal, credit, or cash) as well as pickup or delivery. Games may be shipped for actual shipping fees or picked up from The Gaming Goat in DeKalb. Other arrangements (e.g. pickup at another TGG location) may be possible as well.

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

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!
2016 Event Recap
  • GJJ Games did not participate, so no numbers are available.
  • Estimated $200 raised.

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