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Chicago, IL - November 7, 2012 -
Off Duty Gamers, in conjunction with
Kona's Korner Productions and
Game Pazzo presents an evening supporting our
veterans and recognizing Veterans Day with a little fun, prizes and
support for a great cause. Please join us online or in person for
this event on Saturday November 10th, 2012 from 6pm until 1am!
This 501c3 (tax deductible) organization is dedicated to the
morale of the troops!
Captain Stephen "Shanghai Six" Machuga, a former Army Airborne
Ranger, founded Operation Supply Drop in Nov. 2010, after serving
for eight years with the US Army, including 13 months in Iraq. An
avid video game player himself, Machuga realized that many soldiers
who are gamers don't have access to their favorite form of
entertainment, one of the few types of leisure activity permitted
in high threat areas of deployment.
"When soldiers aren't outside the wire on patrol, they're
playing video games," explains Machuga. "Our packages are an
immeasurable morale booster for the soldiers; troops are accustomed
to getting care packages from strangers full of baby wipes and
socks. Our care packages are designed to blow their socks off."
Since the charity's establishment, Operation Supply Drop has
raised more than $60,000 in games and gear each with an average
value of $2,000 to units deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan.
With the help of a variety of allied gaming organizations,
Operation Supply Drop's "8-Bit Salute to Veterans" will be one of
the country's largest efforts undertaken in support of Veteran's
]Learn more about Operation Supply Drop and see other care
packages that have been sent](
Charity Event Details:
2011 63rd Street
Downers Grove, IL 60516
Date: Saturday November 10th, 2012
Time of Event: 1800 (6pm CST) until 0100 (1am
GAME PAZZO is THE entertainment destination located in Downers
Grove, IL for all ages and families. 2000 sq feet of retail game
store where you can BUY, SELL, or TRADE-IN your games/accessories;
followed by 13,000 sq ft in the back which is the Gaming Center,
offering the ultimate gaming experience where you can play on your
choice of gaming systems - Playstation, Wii, XBOX 360 & Kinect,
PC games and Rock Band on our very own state-of-the-art Rock Band
Stage. In addition to gaming areas, Game Pazzo features a full
service bar and kitchen with areas to hang out, grab a bite to eat,
drink with friends, catch a game on TV or play pool.
Check out the location and learn
Live Twitch.tv Coverage with Kona!
Kona's Korner Productions will be running the
Chicago event LIVE via Twitch.tv all night long. We'll bring you
commentary, game play, fun and even some give aways. We realize not
everyone can get to the event but we are looking forward to
spreading the word and having everyone join us online!
About Kona's Korner Shawn 'Kona' Waribany has a
long rich history with the game industry. His talents led to a
successful website about the industry at
http://konaskorner.com/ and launched his
production company which has been offering live streaming video
production services to some of the biggest names in the
Anyone can attend this event. The event is to raise awareness
for Operation Supply Drop, say thank you to veterans of our
military for the service and sacrifices they make and of course to
have some fun. Any patriotic individual who would like to honor the
troops and enjoy some game time can and should attend. If you are
not local then get on the live stream and join in the fun.
Supporting the Cause
We are proud to be able to send care packages downrange to our
men and women in uniform. They do an amazing job every day and face
unbelievable stress. To combat that stress the mission for
Operation Supply Drop is to send over game related care packages
that will raise spirits, let our troops escape a little of the
reality that they face and maybe even have some time to laugh. This
is a worthy cause and depends on the support of patriots like you.
People understand that the cost of freedom is high and a little
support from us at home goes such a long way. It is one thing to
say 'I support the troops' and quite another to actually support
them. With this in mind we humbly ask that if you are able to help
with any amount, please donate and see to it that Operation Supply
Drop can continue the mission.
More Information & Contacts
Facebook Event: Log in and let us know you're
going to be there!
Mark 'ODG6Actual' Christianson
Shawn "Kona" Warbiany