The entrance fee for the tournament (a third of which is tax deductible) is $150 for those with clubs, or $175 if you need to rent some -- we hear they frown upon picking up sticks from the ground to use as clubs. All proceeds go to the Child's Play network and partner hospitals. Beyond the good feeling of helping sick children, the entrance fee will also net participants gift bags and other perks; it's all listed after the break. With entry fee, participants receive:
- Greens fees covered
- Power cart rental
- Boxed lunch
- Entry to post-tournament BBQ awards dinner
- Longest drive, closest to pin and putting contest
- Free gift bags for all participants /donors
- Complimentary shuttle from and to downtown Los Angeles
April 19, 2011 – WASHINGTON, DC and SEATTLE, WA – Child's Play, the largest community-based charity in gaming, and the Entertainment Software Association Foundation today announced the first annual Child's Play Invitational Golf Tournament at E3. The tournament will raise funds to supply over 60 hospitals worldwide with computer and video games. The golf tournament will be held June 5, 2011 at the Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, CA.
"Child's Play is very close to our hearts and we've received a generous outpouring of support over the years from the entire video game community," said Robert Khoo, Child's Play. "We look forward to making the first annual golf tournament a huge success."
"Computer and video games can energize, motivate, and help children who are in treatment or recuperating in hospitals. We are proud to partner with Child's Play to improve the lives of these children," said Jenny Lai, vice president of the Entertainment Software Association Foundation. "I commend Child's Play and those participating as they give back to the community. This is a great example of gamers' generosity and caring for others."
"We are incredibly grateful to find a partner like the ESA Foundation that shares our vision of uniting the video game industry and fans alike to enrich the lives of children around the world," commented Khoo.
Interested players may register online here. The tournament entrance fee is $150 or $175 with club rental. The format for the tournament will be a shotgun start with a four-person scramble and the team with the lowest scoring round will determine the winner. With entry fee, participants will receive:
Greens fees covered
Power cart rental
Entry to post-tournament BBQ awards dinner
Longest drive, closest to pin and putting contest
Free gift bags for all participants /donors
Complimentary shuttle from and to downtown Los Angeles
All proceeds go to the partner hospitals and facilities in the Child's Play network. For a list of partners, and donation links if you are unable to attend but would like to contribute, please visit Child's Play at www.childsplaycharity.org. For sponsorship opportunities, please email email@example.com. For more information on the tournament including the tournament schedule and individual golfer registration forms, please click here.
The ESA Foundation was created by the American entertainment software industry to provide opportunities that can make a difference in the lives of America's youth. The Foundation is fully supported by proceeds from their limited edition charity game pack's sales and "Nite to Unite - For Kids," its annual fund-raiser, which has raised more than $11 million in the last 12 years. For more information about the ESA Foundation, please visit www.theESA.com/foundation.
Child's Play is a Seattle based, gamer-run organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in our network of over 60 hospitals worldwide. Since 2003, Child's Play has raised five million dollars in goods and financial contributions. For more information, please visit www.childsplaycharity.org. ###