Everyone Wants to Be A Superhero

Today, folks here in Pittsburgh are participating in the Superhero 5K/1K Walk/Run.  I’m seeing all sorts of fantastic photos in my twitter feed from Mikey and Bob, including the one set as the featured image of this post (which I stole from Mikey’s twitter feed…).

Seeing all those folks dressed up as superheroes made me realize how much of a superhero Chachi is.  He raises funds and awareness for local kids – kids who other people may have written off for one reason or another.  Kids who, because of no fault of their own, are at a disadvantage.  The point is – they’re kids! Just like the two little girls having so much fun dressed as superheroes in that feature image.

In summary – through funds raised during Chachi Plays, Chachi gets to be a sort of superhero.  By helping Chachi raise those funds (by clicking on the “Donate” button at the top of the page) you get to be a superhero too!  If you donate at one of the game play levels, we’ll even let you dress up like a superhero for your game time with Chachi during the event on May 9-10!

 

Why the arts?

People raise money for all sorts of things now a days, and thats beyond awesome. I try to support as many as possible whenever possible. I however choose to raise money for the arts. Art programs of all types are constantly losing funding all over the country. Kids everywhere are losing out on the opportunity to participate in art programs that will help them perform better in all aspects of their lives.

Kids who participate in art programs of any type are:

– 4 times as likely to be recognized for academic achievement

– 3 times as likely to be recognized for school attendance.

– Read for pleasure nearly twice as often

– Perform community service more than four times as often

– helps all students develop more appreciation and understanding of the world around them

– helps students develop a positive work ethic and pride in a job well done

– can help troubled youth, providing an alternative to destructive behavior and another way for students to approach learning

Just to name a few positive aspects of participating in any kind of art program. When budgets get balanced and shortfalls come in, The arts are usually the first to go. That’s why its important for other organizations to step in but the money isn’t always there and they too depend on help. Which is where i come in!

Chachi Plays is a way for me to put my gaming time to good use. I play for 24 hours for donations that all go to art programs each and every donation is appreciated and welcome! Just click the donate button at the top and help us out please! AND! as a bonus:

A Donation of $50 dollars or more gets you a slot to come down in person and play a game of your choice with me! Hang out, chat a bit and have some fun.

A donation of $25 dollars or more gets you an entry in one of three tournaments that we hold through out the 24 hours! Tetris, Mario Kart or Street Fighter are the games, do you have what it takes? Prove it! Place in the top 3 and win one of the custom Chachi Plays medals seen here!

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Hit that donate button and toss a few bucks in the bucket!

– Chachi

Burgh Baby Sharing Some Love

Although Chachi’s obviously not a mommy blogger (or a daddy blogger – that I’m aware of) we do know a few writers.  We know how busy they are, and it still humbles us when they make time to help share some of the awesome we try to do with Chachi Plays.  Our friend Burgh Baby shared this post over on her site.  (Thanks BB!)

It begins! – Chachi Plays 4

The donate button is there! Its live! Why so early you ask? Well this year for Chachi Plays 4 we are going huge. This goal is larger than the first two years combined. Go big or go home right?  24 hours in the day 24 hour long time slots that can be yours  for the donation of 50 dollars or more.  We will also have 3 tournaments again this year. Tetris, Mario kart and Street Fighter or Tekken.(Games will be decided soon).

Once again the donations for this year’s event  will be split between The Toonseum and Dreams of Hopes both arts organizations in the Pittsburgh provide community outreach using the arts and as non-profits need donations to continue providing creative artistic outlets to those who may not be able to find their own.

All donations big and small are appreciated and can be left by clicking the donate button! Can’t make a donation? No worries! I still appreciate you reading this and if you can help spread the word that is useful as well! Our goal this year is $7500 and we can use all the help we can get!

Thank you so much and let’s make this year’s event the best!

 

-Chachi

Chachi Plays 4!

Chachi Plays 4!

When: May 9th-10th 7 pm to 7 pm

Where: Toonseum!

Benefitting: Dreams of Hope and Toonseum

Welcome back as we kick of the next installment of Chachi Plays!

Now before I put the beneficiary information in im sure you are asking why it took us so long to get to this point. Well, we were working on the organization as a whole and still continue to work on it to improve it and so because of that and the holidays I decided to push it back some to the (hopefully) warm weather of May!

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Dreams of Hope:                   http://www.dreamsofhope.org

Dreams of Hope (DOH) has established itself as Pittsburgh’s only arts-focused, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied (LGBTQA) youth (ages 13-21) organization. The organization was founded in 2003 by Susan Haugh, current Artistic Director, with a grant from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and with assistance from three collaborating artists. Recognizing the need for positive creative outlets for youth in Pittsburgh, and the need for positive LGBTQ role models and messages in society, Haugh founded DOH with this mission: “Through the arts, Dreams of Hope develops LGBTA youth leaders who promote social change by educating audiences.”

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Toonseum: http://toonseum.org

The mission of the ToonSeum is to celebrate the art of cartooning. Our goal is to promote a deeper appreciation of the cartoonists and their work through hands-on workshops, community outreach, cartoon-oriented educational programming, and exhibitions of original cartoon art.

Stay tuned for more details as we break everything down!

Thank You!

Chachi has 24 hours of gaming completed

3 tournaments have been fought out in Tetris, Street Fighter, and Mario Kart.

Over $4000 have been raised for arts programs for kids this year!

Pictures of the event are already on our Facebook.

If you just came across us from some of the noise we made this weekend, it’s not too late to donate! (with the button on the left of the page!)

Stay tuned as we aim to get a wrap up post with our final totals and more information and videos about how this event went!

24 Hour Gamathon for Youth Art August 7th and 8th

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