Philanthropic gamers at Nerdery offices in Minneapolis, Chicago and Phoenix will once again unite for a cause the weekend of November 2-3: to improve the lives of children with disabilities and serious illnesses. The Extra Life 24-hour gaming marathon asks thousands of gamers from around the world to commit to playing for an entire day to raise money for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
Since 2012, the Extra Life Nerds team has raised more than $200,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Team members raise money simply by playing the game(s) and activities of their choice for 24-hours — while gathering pledges and donations. To make local impact, people at three different Nerdery office locations raise funds benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their city, including:
Minneapolis: Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Chicago: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
Phoenix: Phoenix Children’s Hospital
In Minneapolis, patients of Gillette Children’s will visit Nerdery in Bloomington to play games and show their appreciation for fundraisers. The Minneapolis event is free for the public to attend but donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are requested.
When: 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. through 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3
Nerdery Minneapolis: 9555 James Ave. S., Suite 245, Bloomington, MN 55431
Nerdery Chicago: 1033 W. Van Buren St. Suite 700 Chicago, IL 60607
Nerdery Phoenix: 3110 N Central Ave. Suite L-160 Phoenix, AZ 85012
The combined-office goal for Extra Life Nerds this year is $60,000 — largely from players getting donations and pledges from friends, family and fellow Nerds (Nerdery matches all employee donations). Prior to Extra Life weekend, Nerdery participants organized multiple supplementary fundraising events, including a dad-joke competition, breakfast and more. Learn more about the mission of Extra Life here.