By Juan Betancourt
The Brookhaven College Gamers United Club hosted a 24-hour charity event Nov. 18-19 that raised over $300 for the Extra Life Foundation, a foundation that helps fund Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Gamers and guests were invited to stay all day on campus in Room S220 to play a variety of video, board and card games.
Ricardo Flores, founder and former president of Gamers United, said this was the third semester the club has hosted the event.
Flores said snacks and drinks were provided for guests outside S220 for a contribution of a dollar.
Once inside the room, guests could choose from a variety of games to play or watch.
Next to the snacks, two card players played a competitive game of Yu-Gi-Oh, a collectible card game.
Traditional board games such as Monopoly were on display. Dead of Winter was one of the non-traditional board games at the event.
Dead of Winter is a game that tests a player’s ability to survive a zombie outbreak.
The club used two projectors to display the video games. Guests could play “Mario Kart Double Dash” for the Nintendo GameCube system.
With a $7 donation, guests were entered in a “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” tournament which showed on the main projector.
Flores said prizes for tournament winners included gift cards and figurines.
Bobby MacIntyre, club president, said guests usually try to stay through the night.
MacIntyre said last semester a former student was so dedicated to making it through the night, he started talking to himself and hallucinating. He was then encouraged to go to sleep by club members.
The club’s Facebook page showed guests falling asleep at 5:45 a.m.
The club streamed on Facebook live to promote their event for 38 minutes.
Flores said the event was for the kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network has raised over $5 billion in donations, according to childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals. org.
“Some people are not as fortunate as others,” MacIntyre said.
Edwing Castellos, game master officer, said they counted the total amount of donations at the end of the semester.
“We have people that like to donate later,” Castellos said.
Club members sometimes donate a week after the event because of job related paychecks, Castellos said.
About $500 dollars has been donated to the club during the past three semesters, Flores said.
The club’s donation goal is set to $950, according to extra.life.org.
Donations can still be made by visiting their Facebook page which links to the Extra Life website or by going to their meetings.
The club meets from 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays in S220.
“We accept anyone. Just walk in,” Flores said.