Playing For Kids: Extra Life 24-Hour Gaming Marathon

A celebration of gaming known as Extra Life will descend upon Indianapolis as part of a nationwide effort from Nov. 5 at 9 a.m. through Nov. 6 at 9 a.m. The concept is simple: raise money through playing games for Riley Hospital for Children, the only Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals facility in Indiana. 

Extra Life harnesses the power of the gaming culture. Any kind of game from video games to board games to playing H-O-R-S-E in your driveway is eligible. Players can raise money in two ways: 

  • In-person: Attend the 24-hour Game Day marathon on Nov. 5 at eBash Video Game Center, located at 6609 E. 82nd Street, Indianapolis, Ind. The eBash event includes unlimited access to games of all types (video, board, card, etc.) as well as drawings for prizes and complimentary food from local restaurants. Registration and details for the event are on the calendar, and participants can also register at the door. Cost to attend is $25 ($15 donated to Riley Hospital). 
  • Riley families will be available for interviews between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • PLEASE NOTE: The move to Eastern Standard Time on Sunday makes this a 25-hour gaming marathon. 
  • Remotely: Participate in any game on any platform for 24 hours. Registration is on the Extra Life website and participants can select Riley Hospital. 

As Indiana’s only CMN Hospital, funds go directly to Riley Hospital for Children to fund three priorities: research and patient care, maternity and newborn health and family support programs.  

Organized locally by the Extra Life Indy Guild, which includes many grateful Riley family connections, this local gaming enthusiast club has a goal of registering 1,000 players in hopes of raising $115,000 for Riley. 

Since 2008, players have raised more than $22 million for CMN Hospitals. In Indianapolis, the 2015 Extra Life Indy Guild event has raised $269,000 since 2011. 

WHAT: Extra Life 24-hour gaming marathon to benefit Riley Hospital for Children

WHEN: Saturday, November 5, 2016 (9 a.m. EDT) to Sunday, November 6 (9 a.m. EST)

WHERE: eBash Video Game Center, 6609 East 82nd Street, Indianapolis, Ind.  46250

WHY: Raise $115,000 for Riley Hospital

Extra Life donations for Riley Hospital will be accepted through December 31, 2016. 

About Extra Life

Extra Life is a grassroots experience that mobilizes passionate game lovers to help sick and injured kids treated at their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Extra Lifers raise money year-round, culminating in a massive international day of play each fall. During this all-games-in weekend, participants continue to fundraise, play games and ultimately celebrate one grand total together. Unlike traditional fundraising events, Extra Lifers typically participate from the comfort of their own home. From video games to board games and beyond, Extra Lifers have raised over $14 million dollars since the program was founded in 2008. Join the movement today at

About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® have raised more than $5 billion—most of it $1 at a time through its Miracle Balloon icon—for 170 hospitals across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local and have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at

About Riley Children’s Foundation

Riley Children’s Foundation is the fundraising arm of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and the founding organization that opened Riley Hospital in 1924. Today Riley Hospital is recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation and is the only comprehensive children’s research hospital in the state of Indiana. Our mission is to raise funds statewide to support Riley Hospital funding priorities:  pediatric research and patient care, maternity and newborn health and family support programs. Riley Children’s Foundation also funds Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home and Billie Lou Wood Visitor Center. For more information, visit

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