It is a Saturday night and I am trying to figure out how many attempts it should take the average person to successfully hit a marshmallow into a moving target. Obviously my life is pretty wild. But let’s back up a bit to how I got here.
A little while ago, I was playing in a hockey tournament in support of a new community arena. Despite barely knowing the nine other people on my team, we found ourselves laughing and chatting throughout the whole day, building an actual connection to each other and the cause that brought us there. A few weeks prior to this, I was at a fundraiser downtown. After a few hours of shouting small talk over the music, I felt no more connected to any of the people there or the cause than I did at the beginning of the night. It’s a problem I find with many traditional charitable events: Either the everyday nature of the event results in a lack of real connection to the other attendees and the cause, or the event creates a connection by being different and enjoyable, but is prohibitively expensive to lots of people.
This was the genesis of my organization, Game to Give, and the associated study of things like the marshmallow skills of an average person.
Our thesis is this: we will give you a unique event that blends friendly competition with unconventional games and challenges for the cost of less than a night out.
So how are we going to do this? Well, firstly, we are going to work hard. We are going to spend as much time as it takes to come up with unique games that replace flashy expensive items with creativity to make sure that your money is going to a cause, not to a business. Secondly, we are going to be incredibly stingy – every cost we have will be analyzed to see if there is any way to cut it down or do it ourselves. You work hard for your money and are deliberate with how you deploy it. It is our responsibility to do the same. And finally, we are going to have a blast – our team consists of deliberately chosen volunteers with passion and energy that will show through with unique, highly enjoyable events that you will not forget.
Last month, we hosted Game to Give 4 in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities (“RMHC”). RMHC is exactly the type of organization we want to partner with – a high impact organization that hits close to home. In a little over a month we have the opportunity to work with them again to host Game to Give 5 on the evening of May 26th. The event will be structured as a tournament of teams of two, competing in a series of short unique games that require skills that anybody, or more likely nobody, has. The winningest team at the end of the night will have the donation and tax receipt made in their name. Sign up as an individual or a team of two and come try something new while helping families with sick little ones who need the support and warmth that RMHC provides.