For a week starting on June 16th, some of the world’s most influential streamers and game companies teamed up to raise an extraordinary amount of money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The annual GuardianCon marathon stream blew past all fundraising goals to a grand total of over $3.7 million raised explicitly to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in their mission to see that “no child should die in the dawn of life.” In one of the most amazing moments in the history of charitable giving on Twitch, a single streamer, Dr. Lupo, raised almost $1 million to close out the 2019 marathon.
In all, ten OPG clients participated in the official marathon, with several others fundraising for St. Jude on their own as well. Another OPG client, Grammy-award winning musician T-Pain, led a team of streamers to win $40,000 for the hospital at this year’s E3.
The GuardianCon marathon is just one part of a series of gaming and fundraising events tied to the annual GuardianCon convention, which was founded five years ago by OPG clients Cory Michael (KingGothalion) and Ben Bowman (Professor Broman) in a bar. Today, with the help of Kevin Murray (Kmagic101), GuardianCon has grown into something much larger and more aspirational, an annual rally point where hundreds of the world’s most influential gaming personalities, streamers and game makers come together to spread awareness, raise money, and show that gamers can do good on a massive scale.
Originally conceived as a fan event for people that played the game Destiny, GuardianCon has since grown into a full-fledged convention where 10,000+ gamers, influencers, and content creators (from every major platform including YouTube, Facebook, Twitch and Mixer) come together from all over the world to play games, hang out, and work towards a critically important cause – raising enough money each year to pay for the entire hospital’s operations for at least one day.
Unbelievably, in its first four years of fundraising, GuardianCon has helped raise over $8,000,000 to help cure childhood cancer. The thing is, even this huge amount represents the cost of operating St. Jude for just a few short days. It is clear that there is much more work to be done, and much more money that needs to be raised. Bowman, Michael and Murrary are committed though, with sights set on even higher amounts in future years.
Fortunately, it isn’t too late to help. Tickets are still on sale for GuardianCon, which kicks off in Orlando Florida on Friday, July 5. Or, if you just want to Donate, every cent helps – you can find more information here.