We donated our first WOZ game yesterday to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children yesterday. We had a few Philly pinball friends come out to visit and assist - Jim Gunning, Bill Disney, Ettore Dragone, and Frank Gigliotti. Many thanks to those great people who took their time out during a work day to spend it with us and the kids.
We arrived, set the game up in one of their play rooms... They have a cool set up - arts / crafts, board games, a movie / media room for movies and video game playing, a kitchen, etc... A great place for the kids that can leave their rooms to go during the day to socialize and pass time. We passed out some WOZ books and WOZ dvds to those that were there.
We had a few kids brave enough to come up and play right out of the box. We spoke to their parents, explained the game of pinball and the WOZ game to them and it was amazing how quickly they caught on what to do. I even saw some ball traps going on and a drop catch once !
The funniest thing is some of the kids there doing crafts, were shy, and stayed there in that area the whole time... but when we left we peeked in from the hallway and one little girl made her way over to the WOZ to see what it was about now that the grownups were gone. That was a nice thing to see knowing the game will serve it's purpose there.
I also did have a preliminary discussion with the staff there about maybe (if needed) getting their OT and PT departments to see about 'adapting' the game to make it accessible for those in wheelchairs. Maybe a ramp, modified flipper buttons, etc... They are going to discuss with that department. Usually these departments do a great job of adapting toys so I thought it might be appropriate with the pinball given the need to stand.
Thank Yous :
The Child Life Services Dept at St. Chris's for their cooperation - all those folks in the purple scrubs are there to make the kids stay there pleasant, nothing else.
My PinballSTAR customers who's game purchases over time helped make the donation possible - we donate a portion of each purchase to the charity fund.
Those that have bought WOZ flyers / posters / tshirts on ebay that we donate all the proceeds to the charity fund.
Jersey Jack Guarnieri who has repeatedly donated tournament prizes to me to run tournaments at Allentown Pinfest, York, Chicago Expo, PAPA. Jack also sold us this game at cost.
Josh Sharpe at IPFA who allows us to run WPPR point tournaments with all the proceeds going to the charity.
Kevin and Mark at the PAPA facility in Pittsburgh for allowing us to run a big weekend long tournament at PAPA in August where we raised $ 2,000 just there.
Anyone else who has just sent paypal donations.
We are well on our way to donating game number 2... Stay tuned...
I would also like to mention two other organizations in the Pinball hobby are doing similar great things for charity and children - we aren't the only ones and I wanted to share their info if you are interested in assisting them...
Nicole Anne Reik - www.pinballoutreach.org (SF area, CA)
Mission Statement: To improve the lives of children by sharing the history and excitement of the game of pinball.
We do this by:
•Bringing the game of pinball directly to children in hospitals, schools and community centers.
•Spreading awareness of our mission by hosting fundraisers and tournaments.
Bob Reed - www.Pinballproject.org (South Florida)
Posted on our Facebook page that they also get pinballs into children's hospitals
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