WoW-a-Thon Fundraiser

So, by now, I’ve probably inundated you with information about our WoW-a-Thon fundraiser for Jay.  I wanted to take a second and explain how this is going to work.

We’ve been soliciting donations (see PayPal link on the DC*MMO main page), but there may be some confusion about how the “WoW-a-Thon” plays into this.  No, we’re not expecting anyone (else) to play WoW for 24 straight hours.   I’ll let Krystalle give a little background on this idea first.

Taken from this story on Massively.com

The idea of a WoW-a-thon was spun off from both the Desert Bus for Hope marathon (http://desertbus.org/) and the Extra Life marathon for charity held in the past. (http://massively.joystiq.com/2009/10/17/blogger-plays-games-and-heals-kids/) Additionally, as this is being run by many of us involved with the Dragon*Con MMO track, it seemed only fitting that we play Jay’s favorite MMO — the one where most of the Dragon*Con MMO staff have been in a guild together over the years — World of Warcraft.

So here is how our version of this is going to work.

Each “WoW-a-Thon’er” will create a new character in World of Warcraft with no heirloom items or twinkage.  The goal is to start “from scratch” and level up that character as fast as they can.

We will be accepting pledges from anyone who cares to “sponsor” a “WoW-a-Thon’er”.   A pledge is an agreement to donate X amount of money per level gained during the event. (24 hours)  If you pledge 5 dollars, and your WoW-a-Thon’er gets his character to level 40, you will donate 200 bucks.  Pledge amounts can be whatever you are comfortable with from 50 cents to millions of dollars, but remember, that amount is multiplied by the number of levels that your sponsored player gets in 24 hours.

We are allowing “teams” of WoW-a-Thon’ers because many of us are old and decrepit, and probably couldn’t find our keyboards with both hands and a hunting dog after 24 straight hours of play.  Some teams will form “on-site” at the fundraiser, but my team (Myself, Trevor, Ian, and Loch) is ready to go.

If you would like to make a pledge, please use the “Contact Us” form on this site and include

  • Name
  • Mailing Address (so we can send you a proper “Thank You”… we won’t give it out to anyone)
  • E-Mail address
  • Amount of Pledge

If you would like to form a team and join us, please contact us before the fundraiser so that we can keep track of your pledges as well.

If you’d like to attend the event at Battle & Brew, there is a 20 dollar cover charge, half of which goes to pay the bartenders and service staff who will be taking care of us all day (and night) and the other half of which will go directly to Jay.

Every single dime we raise from pledges will go to Jay and his family to help out with his medical bills.  Everyone who has given their time and energy to this is doing so because of their own generosity.  Thank you to Sean and Greg at Battle & Brew, Matt at Massively.com, Krystalle, Ian, Loch, Trevor, and everyone else who has given up their time and energy to make this happen.

Grim