I had such a great time this weekend hanging out with the RT Georgia volunteers hosting our Extra Life stream. We learned so much from last year, and were able to make this year's stream the best we've had so far!
Last year we were able to raise $321 on game day, and had a good time doing it, but I realized that the group participation last year was lacking because of the games I chose to play. This year the goal was to get everyone involved by playing all multiplayer games like Mario Kart, Mario Party, Screen Cheat, TowerFall, and other similar single screen multiplayer games. It went way beyond my expectations.
The second thing we changed was giving the audience an incentive to donate (other than the obvious reason of helping the kids), so we added punishments. Specifically every time someone donated $35 or more we would spin a wheel with our names on it, and whoever it landed on had to draw a punishment from the Jenga tower. The punishments were things like: eat a Carolina Reaper, get tase fisted, stick your hand in a mouse trap, have a Moonball thrown at you, etc. This went incredibly well.
So with those two small changes we started our initial fundraising goal at $500, and ended up raising a total of $2000! We had great viewership, our community stream segment went awesome, and we all had so much fun!
I can not thank the incredible volunteers enough, but thank you so much to Noah, Aaron, Phil, Amber, Yasin, Fernando, Adrianna, and Joe. Adrianna brought food for everyone, Phil sacrificed his hair and dignity, Noah has been helping me plan this thing since last year, Joe brought a whole new audience into our stream, and everyone was incredibly generous with their time, and energy! I could not have pulled this thing off without you all!
Also special thanks to @jack @Caiti @kriss @Chelsea @chadscrewattack and @RTcastMichael for allowing us to be a part of the community stream and helping us raise so much money for the kids! Looking forward to this weekend, and the continued generosity of this community!