Announcing the Third Annual Real World Hero Charity Drive!

The Wentworth Country Club and its many friends and supporters proudly announce the

We invite the City of Heroes community on all servers to come together
once again this holiday season in support of this player created charity drive.

Friday, November 18, 2011

– through –

Friday, December 30, 2011

Please join us for a variety of fun events aimed at promoting awareness of the charity drive within our City of Heroes community and beyond. A list of these events is included below and will be updated as new events are added.

Yes, we will be awarding special gold titles to donors again this year!

Over the last two years, City of Heroes players have donated over $22,000 to charity through the Real World Hero charity drive! We’re very excited to see the community come together for the third time to help those in need, and judging from an onslaught of emails we’ve received you’re just as excited as we are! Not familiar with Real World Hero? Well, read on heroes!

With your support, will aid the following charities this holiday season and 100% of your donations will go directly to these non-profit organizations.

  • Operation Gratitude – Sending over 100,000 care packages annually filled with snacks, entertainment items and letters of appreciation to U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, their mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express to all our armed forces the appreciation and support of the American people. (Tax ID 20-0103575)
  • Donate Games – Founded upon the belief that people can change the world by simply donating their unwanted video games, Donate Games is a charity dedicated to funding research and support for children and their families of “orphan” diseases and the millions of Americans affected by them. Donate Games collects new and used video game donations and then resells them online to help the millions of young people suffering from these neglected disorders. (Tax ID 26-3438815)
  • Child’s Play – A community based charity grown and nurtured from the game culture and industry. Since it’s founding by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins of the online comic strip Penny Arcade in 2003, Child’s Play has donated more than $9 million dollars in toys, games, books, and cash for sick children in hospitals across the U.S. and the world. (Tax ID 20-3584556)
  • Heifer International – Heifer International works to end the cycle of chronic world hunger and poverty and protect the earth. Through gifts of livestock, training and “passing on the gift,” Heifer has over thirteen million families in more than 125 countries around the world improve their quality of life and move toward greater self-reliance since 1944. (Tax ID 35-1019477)

Watch this thread for updates about various contests, parties and other in-game events held throughout the drive.

  • 2011 Real World Hero Kick-Off Party
    • Date/Time: Friday, November 18th, 2011 from 9:00pm EST to 11:00pm EST
    • Location: Wentworth’s Consignment House on Exalted server
    • Come to show your support as we kick-off the charity drive. Get inspired, get informed and get back to your home server to spread the word! There will be a costume contest for 1 billion inf and other special goodies, trivia to keep us entertained, and lots of excitement!
  • Online Charity Auction
    • The auction last year was a very popular event and helped raise over $3,000 while generating additional interest in the charity drive.
    • If you are a person or business interested in donating items to the auction, please contact [email protected]
    • Bidding opens at 9:00pm EST on Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    • Bidding closes at 9:00pm EST on Friday, December 9th, 2011
  • Level-a-Thon
    • Make a new character, enter them into the 48 hour Level-a-Thon, and ask friends and family to pledge a donation amount per level you earn.
    • We’ll count the levels you earn from 9:00pm EST on Friday, December 9th, 2011 through 9:00pm EST on Sunday, December 11th, 2011. That’s a full 48 hour weekend of possible playtime.
    • Play as much as you choose. participants are not required (nor expected) to play continuously during the Level-a-Thon
    • At the end of the weekend, we’ll let your sponsors know how many levels you earned and give them a link to make their donation to their choice of the charities supported.
    • The Titan Sentinel badge-tracking utility from the awesome folks at Titan Network will be used to track and record your level progress in real time.
  • Concluding Celebration
    • As always, we will celebrate this wonderful gaming community of ours with a big bash to be held on the server which generates the most in donations.
    • You can bet there will be contests and prizes, too!
    • Date/Time: Friday, December 30th, 2011, from 9:00pm EST to 12:00am EST

There are a lot of easy ways you can support Real World Hero and help make this our best year ever! Help raise awareness of the charity drive both in-game and elsewhere.

  • Add a Real World Hero banner to your website, forum sig, etc. Several sizes are available here.
  • Mention Real World Hero in your Supergroup or Global Channel MotD. It’s easy to do! Instructions are available on our FAQ page.
  • Mention Real World Hero at an event you are hosting. It doesn’t have to be an event specifically for Real World Hero. You can always give a shout out for the charity drive! Want to host an event just for Real World Hero? That’s great, too! Post your event in this thread to let us know.
  • Talk about Real World Hero on Facebook and Twitter.

If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, etc. we would love to hear from you!

[Disclaimer: This is not an NCsoft event, but one created by players and members of the City of Heroes community.]

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  1. This would be the first time I donate to a charity drive. I’ve been away from CoH for two years so I was absent for the first two. But, once I saw this, I wanted to contribute instantly. I’m a US Army vet, so naturally I wanted to help in any sort of way I can. I had donated a few games yesterday and feel really good for doing so. I look at it like this, since I’m no longer in the front lines helping protect those I care for along with everyone else, I could at least go the front lines in helping to save people through charity events.

    I had placed the charity drive onto my supergroup website and also spread the word out to my offline friends over on facebook and twitter. Though this is a charity drive that’s being held annually, my desire to want to continue helping those I can will do this all year round until the organizations finally ban me from helping. XD

    I’m an avid gamer, so when my games would pretty much start collecting dust, then that’s when I’ll just send them out to those that haven’t played them. It’s better than trading a game in. It just feels like the right thing to do. I will do as much as I can to help these organizations monetarily or through donating items.

  2. I am planning a holiday party on Dec 17th on the Virtue server and had wanted to actually do a charity drive along with it. A real one. I was directed here since this is what you guys do! I have a few ideas but I would love to get in contact with you. Feel free to email me or send me a tell in game! I look forward to hearing from you guys!

    1. That’s a great idea! We’re happy to encourage everyone to include Real World Hero in their holiday event plans. We’ll do what we can to support your event and will drop you a note via email to talk more. Thanks!