Playing for Kids: Extra Life 24-hour gaming marathon

A celebration of gaming culture will descend upon Indianapolis from 9 a.m. on November 7 through 9 a.m. on November 8 in a 24-hour gaming marathon called Extra Life. The concept is simple: raise money for a local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals by playing games.

As Indiana’s only CMN Hospital, funds go directly to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. Extra Life harnesses the power of the enormously popular phenomenon of gaming, providing players an opportunity to give. 

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 $100,000 for Riley.

Money can be raised in two ways:

  • Remotely, with players participating in any game on any platform with anyone they want for 24 hours. Registration for the remote event is directly at the Extra Life website.
  • Attending the 24-hour gaming marathon 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 food from local restaurants. Details for the event are on the Indy Guild’s Facebook page. (Participants can register at the door.) 

Since 2008, players have raised more than $14 million, $6 million of which was raised in 2014 for 170 CMN hospitals. In Indianapolis, the 2014 Extra Life Indy Guild event raised $73,550 for Riley and included 811 registered gamers.

“I am going to be an Extra Lifer for life,” says Oliver Wojtyna, public relations coordinator for the Extra Life Indy Guild, and a Riley dad. The guild is a local group of gamers founded in February 2014. “I am going to volunteer to make this organization as astounding as possible,” says Wojtyna.

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

WHEN: Saturday, November 7, 2015 9:00 a.m. to Saturday, November 8, 2015 9:00 a.m.

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

WHY: To raise $100,000 for Riley Hospital

Extra Life donations for Riley Hospital will be accepted through December 31, 2015.

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, or get involved at Facebook: /ExtraLife4Kids or Twitter @ExtraLife4Kids.

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 and

About Riley Children’s Foundation
Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 300,000 times. Riley Hospital’s partnership with Indiana University Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. For more information, visit

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