Play Video Games, Help Japan's Earthquake Victims At Our Denver Fundraiser

I know it's short notice, but it's for a very important cause.

Next week I'll be hosting a Japan Earthquake Relief Fundraiser here in Denver with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross Society, which is working directly in Japan to help those impacted by the Sendai earthquake and tsunami last week.

The fundraiser will include Rock Band, DJ Hero and perhaps Dance Central up on stage as well as a free console arcade when it kicks off on March 24 in the historic Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver.

Our 2009 Child's Play fundraiser drew in about 400 people, this year we have room for more than 500.

The event is open to anyone 16 or older and kicks off at 6 p.m., running until midnight. If you are 21 or older, don't forget your ID so you can get a wristband to purchase drinks.

We're asking for a minimum donation of $10 to get in and get a door prize ticket. We will be giving away a huge amount of swag.

Once again Gabe of Death of the Arcade will be running the free Rock Band and DJ Hero gameplay up on Cervantes' mammoth stage. Since we have two set-ups, we'll be able to cycle through people much faster.

On the second floor, Greg of Colorado Cutthroat will be running a free console arcade which will include a chance to play some amazing console games on a number of set-ups. (Colorado Cutthroat also has a fantastic partnership with The Children's Hospital.)

I really want to thank Duncan over at Cervantes, Greg and Gabe for helping to put this all together with just a few days notice. Now get out here next Thursday night to party, game and raise money for a very good cause. Did I mention that Cervantes has a gi-normous disco ball? Because it totally does!!

In a nutshell: The event will be at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in downtown Denver on March 24. Doors open at 6 p.m. and close at midnight. Sixteen and older to get in and a minimum $10 donation. Be there and have fun... for a good cause.

If you can't make it you can always donate directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

UPDATE: A DJ and silent auction have been added to the event. More details here.

Check out the swag we'll be giving out as door prizes.