On November 4th, gamers gathered at the CRi Omaha office along with other gamers around the world to raise money for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Jonathan Klemmer and Nate Wallman, two developers here at CRi Solutions, organized this 24-hour gaming event because many of our staff are gamers who were looking to do something unique together to serve the community. The fundraising benefits Children’s Hospital & Medical Center through Extra Life (www.extra-life.org). 100% of the donations goes directly to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.

The team, along with their families, raised nearly $5,000 to support medical care for sick children that are un-insured or under-insured at the Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. Organizer Jonathan Klemmer said, “We did this event to combine two things we love: helping children in need within our local community and gaming!”

Why and How?

The amazing work done by the Children’s doctors and staff, changes lives every day. For many years, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals have relied on a network of fundraising events to support patient care and quality of life efforts for families with children requiring intensive medical care. To support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, players are sponsored in a fashion similar to a walk-a-thon, and participation is incentivized by a natural desire to help children.

Even though game day is complete, the CRi team is still a bit short of our donation goal. If you want to get involved and help an awesome cause you can still donate at our team page (https://www.extra-life.org/team/36249). Additionally, you can visit the Twitch.tv link on the page and watch highlight videos from the event! We thank everyone involved and we hope to achieve even more next year!

This sounds cool, but what exactly is Extra Life?

Extra Life is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising program within the gaming community. Participants fundraise year-round and pledge to game for 24 hours with one goal: to save and improve the lives of sick and injured kids. Funds raised stay local to help pediatric patients at 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America. Since 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for member hospitals. The movement, formed by gamers bonded by passion, is committed to saving and improving the lives of local kids.