“Extra Life” Online Gaming Event Teams Up with Sony Computer Entertainment America to Drive Fundraising for Children’s Hospitals

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Join PlayStation and register at Extra-Life.org, raise funds and “Game for Good” on Nov. 2. All funds raised will support one of 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and be eligible for PlayStation fundraising incentives.

Help sick and injured kids by joining Extra Life and PlayStation

“We’re always finding ways to give back to the community, and ‘Extra Life’ is one of the best ways to engage PlayStation fans to join us in helping those in need." -- Matthew Harper, Sr. Manager, PlayStation Digital Platforms.

Extra Life, an online charitable event embraced by thousands of gamers, is teaming up with Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) to drive awareness and donations for 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.

Starting today, gaming fans have the opportunity to raise money for needed charitable funds, by signing up for an online fundraiser hosted by Extra Life.

By donating as little as $10, participants will earn a 30-day PlayStation®Plus membership. Donations of $25 or more will qualify individuals/teams to earn a selection of popular PlayStation®3, PlayStation®Vita, and PlayStation®4 titles.

Fundraising efforts all lead up to the “Extra Life” 24-hour gaming marathon, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. As the culminating event, fans and fundraisers can tune in to Extra-Life’s livestream and celebrate the community’s fundraising efforts. After creating an online profile and establishing a fundraising goal, each participant becomes a fundraising hero for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of their choice.

Participants who meet established fundraising levels receive the following:

  •     Extra-Life.org registration – Exclusive Extra Life PS3™ theme (Unlimited)
  •     $10 — 30-day membership to PlayStation®Plus (first 50,000 participants)

The first 20,000 participants to reach these fundraising levels receive:

  •     $25 — When Vikings Attack!™ For the PS3 and PS Vita systems
  •     $50 — WipEout® HD for the PS3 system
  •     $75 — LittleBigPlanet™ for the PS Vita system
  •     Grand prize: One participant who raises the most funds today through Nov. 3 at 8 a.m. PST will win a lineup of PS4™ games, including Knack™, Killzone™ Shadowfall, and DRIVECLUB™ as well as a one year PS Plus membership and one year of Music Unlimited.

Funds raised during the Extra Life gaming event will directly benefit one Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of each registered group/individual’s choice. There are 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to choose from that each rely on donor support to provide medical equipment, therapy programs, research and uncompensated care.

“During the past five years, PlayStation fans have made up a significant portion of our fundraising force, and in effect have changed sick and injured kids’ lives in their own communities,” said Jeromy Adams, Founder, Extra Life. “We are beyond thrilled to have SCEA’s support this year, and look forward to welcoming a whole new group of ‘Extra Lifers’ over the next month. No matter how you play, ‘Extra Life’ proves that gaming and doing good can be one and the same.”

“We’re always finding ways to give back to the community, and ‘Extra Life’ is one of the best ways to engage PlayStation fans to join us in helping those in need,” said Matthew Harper, Sr. Manager, PlayStation Digital Platforms. “PlayStation is for gamers, and we are thrilled at the opportunity to call on the PlayStation Nation to help us game for good.”

Visit http://www.extra-life.org/SonyPlaystationRegistration to register, raise funds and have a chance to earn free PlayStation games.

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More about Extra Life:
Extra Life was created by Jeromy ‘Doc’ Adams in 2008 to honor the late Tori Enmon, a 15-year-old Children’s Miracle Network Hospital patient who played video games during her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Since then, thousands of Extra Life participants have raised more than $3.5 million to benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the United States and Canada. Learn more at http://www.facebook.com/ExtraLife4Kids and http://www.twitter.com/ExtraLife4Kids.

Safe Gaming:
Though the Extra Life program is billed as an all-day marathon, gamers are encouraged to take breaks throughout the day and to implement all applicable safety measures. Players can choose to game for a portion of 24 hours on Nov.2, spread out their hours over several days or play as a relay among team members. Please visit the Safety Notice page at http://www.Extra-Life.org for more tips on how to game wisely.

About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at http://www.CMNHospitals.org and http://www.facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

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