As the official cheerleader for Child’s Play, it is my absolute pleasure to submit the following: in addition to the 600,000 dollars already in place through the lists, independent events, and direct donations, last night’s gala hauled in just over $225,000.
During an unbelievable Bungie auction - a USNC issue ordnance bag that contained literally every piece of Halo 3 merchandise ever created - Frankie O’Connor approached the stage to sweeten the deal, offering the high bidder the coveted Recon Armor in addition. Valve approached the stage during their own item, appending the coveted Weighted Companion Cube and a tour of the office. These things happened dynamically, part of no official plan. And the throng responded - fiscally. Offers to bid on my pants were politely declined.
The first three years that Child’s Play was in operation, I was constantly surprised at the immense volume of the community’s generosity. I must say that now, four years on, I am no longer surprised. That you can generate million dollars in just a couple months - on an annual basis - is now, to me, quite ordinary. You are incredible, and changing the world is easy for you. I should have understood that from the start.