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Black Friday VFW Toys for Tots charity pinball event


By cfh

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    For the last 5 years or so we have held a charity pinball event at the Ann Arbor MI VFW facility on Black Friday. Most of the time it's been for a local food bank and/or Toys for Tots. As a continuation of this service, this year, Nov 23rd 2018, aka Black Friday, we will be doing that again. Time did change this year though, it's from 7pm to 11pm (an hour earlier than prior years.)

    Here's how it works... Go to the VFW web page at http://vfwpinball.com/?p=128 and get a ticket reservation for $5 via paypal. We do this so we can control the number of people coming to the event (paypal has a nice inventory system). The $5 fee frankly gets largely eaten up by paypal fees (we end up with $3 and some change), and that money goes to related expenses for the event (mostly food, we usually get a load of pizza).

    But you're not quite done... Since the charity is Toys for Tots, you need to get an unwrapped toy to bring with your ticket reservation. Bring both to the event (or you won't get in!) Also the toy should have a $20 retail value (or more). Each person must have a toy. Don't be cheap! we have turned people away because they got some crap dollar store junk. This is a charity event, be kind! "Screaming" Scott Randal from radio station WRIF will be there collecting the toys for Toys for Tots (his favorite charity.)

    Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

    So what do you get in return? You get a night of pinball at the VFW's main building. All games are on free play obviously. Most people comment this is their favorite VFW event. Why? We keep the numbers low for this, usually around 100 people or so (plus the orange shirt guys.) So there's plenty of room to play games and have fun. Thanks!

    #2 2 years ago

    Those of you who haven’t attended, this is a great event for an even greater cause. Thanks again Clay!

    #3 2 years ago

    If you want to go get your reservations soon, numbers are getting thin.

    #4 2 years ago

    I would also like to add that you need TWO things to attend this event... A ticket reservation and a new unwrapped toy. You need both! thank you.

    #5 2 years ago

    There are very few tickets left for the VFW black friday "toys for tots" charity event.
    YOU CAN NOT COME WITHOUT A TICKET (or a toy!)
    details/tix: http://vfwpinball.com/?p=128

    JM is coming with his friend....
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    #6 2 years ago

    SOLD OUT.
    remember you *must* have a ticket to attend! (in addition to a toy.)

    #7 2 years ago
    Quoted from cfh:

    SOLD OUT.
    remember you *must* have a ticket to attend! (in addition to a toy.)

    bummer just found this thred.

    #8 2 years ago
    Quoted from cfh:

    JM is coming with his friend....
    [quoted image]

    Which one is JM?

    #9 2 years ago
    Quoted from Bax1:

    Which one is JM?

    The "Big" one

    #10 2 years ago
    Quoted from TheLaw:

    The "Big" one

    Which one is that?

    #11 2 years ago
    Quoted from Bax1:

    Which one is that?

    THAT'S what I'm looking for

    #12 2 years ago

    looks like the BIG one is going to have to lay down thelaw come friday

    #13 2 years ago
    Quoted from j_m_:

    ... lay down thelaw come friday

    You kinky fucker

    #14 2 years ago
    Quoted from crlush:

    bummer just found this thred.

    send me a direct email with your request. do not use PM i don't check that.
    cfh@provide.net

    #15 2 years ago

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    #17 2 years ago

    Another fantastic night of pinball at VFW!!! Thanks for making it a charity event. It's always cool to see the WRIF crew, 'Screaming' Scott should have had a t-shirt cannon to launch shirts at unsuspecting people throughout the night, though.

    #18 2 years ago

    Great show for a great cause Clay! I loved that it wasn’t crowded. Literally no wait time for machines.

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    #21 2 years ago

    Toys for Tots is an amazing charity! Good luck with everything!

    #22 2 years ago

    It wouldn't be a VFW Pinball event without
    a major malfunction of a Gottlieb Star Series 80 machine. Eight weeks ago, it was Haunted House. This time it was Black Hole.

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    #23 2 years ago

    Big thanks to vfw and rif for a great event!

    #24 2 years ago

    Since Jerry was busy with the Black Hole issue, we had a board repair temp help out....

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    1 year later
    #25 1 year ago

    =====================================
    For the last 6 years or so we have held a charity pinball event at the Ann Arbor MI VFW facility on Black Friday. This year, Nov 29th 2019, aka Black Friday, we will be doing that again. Time is from 7pm to 11pm.

    Here's how it works this year...

    Since the charity is Toys for Tots, you need to get an unwrapped new toy to bring to the vfw. The toy should have a $10 to $20 retail value (or more if you so desire). Each person must have a toy. Don't be cheap! we have turned people away because they got some junky dollar store stuff. This is a charity event, so please be kind! "Screaming" Scott Randal from radio station WRIF will be there collecting the toys for Toys for Tots (his favorite charity.) We are also asking for $20 cash donation (there will be a donation jar.) This is optional, but highly encouraged.

    Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

    So what do you get in return? You get a night of pinball at the VFW's main building. All games are on free play obviously. Most people comment this is their favorite VFW event. We purposely don't announce the event until now to try and keep attendance numbers reasonable. If there's any questions you can direct email me (no PMs) cfh@provide.net
    thanks!

    #26 1 year ago

    Bump! I have a nice new Duplo set and twenty bucks burning a hole in my pocket. Wish I was closer.

    #27 1 year ago

    Are reservations needed?

    #28 1 year ago

    no reservations are needed. simply show up at 7pm with gift in hand to come and enjoy the festivities

    additionally, all $20+ donations will qualify for a selfie with clay

    #29 1 year ago

    For $25 you can use the shitter

    #30 1 year ago
    Quoted from Puffdanny:

    For $25 you can use the shitter

    Non-members only......

    #31 1 year ago

    So do we get a ticket with donation to get our selfie? Or do we just find him, hug him and snag a pic?

    #32 1 year ago
    Quoted from Bax1:

    So do we get a ticket with donation to get our selfie? Or do we just find him, hug him and snag a pic?

    J_M or Screaming Scott will take you over to Mr. Happy verifying your donation. This way the selfie will be authorized. He promises to be on his best behavior. That's not saying very much.....

    #33 1 year ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    ... He promises to be on his best behavior. ....

    I think he already rescinded that statement.

    #34 1 year ago
    Quoted from TheLaw:

    I think he already rescinded that statement.

    I wonder if the shipping container of Genuine VFW LED's arrived today for the big sale during the event?

    From the prior posting aboot them:
    We will be selling quality LEDs at the show. I've tried to get vendors to come to sell LEDs (it's such a popular item, and it's small/easy for people to buy), without any success. So in absence of that, we will be selling our own brand of LEDs at the show. We won't have the total selection of colors/types that say Coin Taker has, but we'll have the most popular #555/#44 in a variety of colors. All are frosted round top 5050 style LEDs with built in bridge, so they are good quality. And at a very competitive price. Also will have #89/#906 flashers.

    #35 1 year ago

    Regardless of the previous posts about the toilet facilities, selfies, and LED lights…

    The purpose of “Black Friday Event” is to raise awareness and help the “Toys for Tots” charity.

    The event also provides an opportunity for the public to enjoy one of the top pinball collections in the United States.

    As a member of the VFW, I’m privileged to be able to indulge in a collection ranging from the early 1950’s to the latest offerings from today’s manufactures. 400+ games all in “A+” condition.

    Please attend if you can, and please be generous.

    Doug D.

    VFW member

    #36 1 year ago

    I always look forward to this event too. Always happy to see the amount of good pinheads donate during this.

    So these leds....are they from alibaba?

    #37 1 year ago

    just to reiterate:

    each person MUST bring a brand new, unwrapped toy (we're looking for nice items, something valued at $15 or more that you wouldn't would be ashamed to give to own your kids). we will be turning away those people that don't meet the criteria (this is a CHARITY event, people)

    additionally, we will have a tip jar and are asking for cash donations to help purchase a new, efficient heating system to help keep the machines in working order (you wouldn't believe what it takes to keep all 3 buildings heated through the winter months)

    #38 1 year ago
    Quoted from Bax1:

    I always look forward to this event too. Always happy to see the amount of good pinheads donate during this.
    So these leds....are they from alibaba?

    Nope. The VFW manufacturing plant in Furd, New Jersey.

    #39 1 year ago

    Hope to make it out again., great cause at a great place.

    #40 1 year ago

    No LEDs but i do have a pile of game manuals for sale. $5 (or so) a manual.

    PLEASE do not bring dollar store junk toys. get something decent, name brand. with a dollar store within a rock throw of anywhere, my fear is a bunch of crap for the kids. even a big pile of dollar store (or 'five and under') type stuff isn't a substitute for a decent good quality toy. thank you in advance.

    #41 1 year ago

    Happen to have a gottlieb Monte Carlo manual?

    #42 1 year ago

    Do Dave and Chuck the Freak go to this? I listen to them in Boston.

    #43 1 year ago

    No Dave and Chuck are the wrif morning crew. Scott Randal is a 7pm night guy. He’s the one that likes the toys for tots charity and the one we work with on this

    #44 1 year ago

    Got my selfie with clay!!! Another great toys for tots event. Good times!!!!

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    #45 1 year ago

    My stomach hurts.

    #46 1 year ago
    Quoted from Puffdanny:

    For $25 you can use the shitter

    Quoted from Bax1:

    Got my selfie with clay!!! Another great toys for tots event. Good times!!!![quoted image]

    In that pic, Mr. Happy looks like he was getting cramps and had to pucker-up as even he wont use the dumper there.

    #47 1 year ago

    Thanks again Clay for having your black Friday event!

    #48 1 year ago

    Some of the staff and techs enjoying the show in the tech area. Thanks again for the opportunity to play your great games and contribute to Toys for Tots.

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    #49 1 year ago

    those that take advantage of this combination of pinball and charity!

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