Monday, March 25, 2013

Paddlestar Galactica: ping pong tourney to benefit 826DC

826DC, the great tutoring organization that has its headquarters on the Civic Plaza, is hosting a pretty hilarious fundraiser: Paddlestar Galactica, a ping pong tournament and pledge drive. Folks raise money and the top 16 money-raisers get to compete in the paddle battle. There's more info below -- aside from just the tourney, there are practices at Comet Ping Pong and people can buy "cheats" as additional fundraising: things like making your opponent use their shoe as their paddle. A pretty funny way to raise a bit more for the organization.

826DC, if you aren't familiar, is an offshoot of author Dave Eggers 826 organization, which tutors kids in writing, reading and other subjects. They also operate funny storefronts with each city's branch, and in DC that's the Museum of Unnatural History, which sells a lot of books, funny trinkets, shirts and such. Worth a visit if you haven't been.

Do you enjoy contests of patience, sweat, and swagger?
If so, join us on our voyage of Paddlestar Galatica: A Ping-Pong Tournament Benefiting 826DC. We need fearless heroes, fabulous fundraisers and Heisman-like athletes.
Why you ask? To support of 826DC’s free youth writing and tutoring programs for students ages 6 through 18, of course.
How It Works 
Although the main event will be on Saturday, May 4, 2013, for the entire month of April we’ll be celebrating Paddlestar Galatica. Starting on Monday, April 1 our star athletes will gather financial support from family, friends, co-workers and ping-pong aficionados all to benefit the free programming of 826DC. On May 4, 2013, the top 16 participants compete. Not only do you secure your spot in the tournament with the more money you raise, you also get to “use” that money to “buy” cheats on the day of the tournament.
Contenders may pick their own goal:
Kick-off Event: Monday, April 1 at Comet Ping Pong (5037 Connecticut Ave NW) at 6 p.m. Participants will receive materials to aid them in their fundraising goals and generate their own individual fundraising pages. We have reserved the back room and you’ll be able to practice/show-off your Ping-Pong skills. You’ll also take your official photo for the 826DC website.
Weekly Practice: Each Monday in the month of April, we’ll host weekly practice at 6p.m. at Comet Ping Pong (5037 Connecticut Ave NW). Practice is not mandatory, but strongly encouraged! Participants and supporters can practice their Ping-Pong skills, flex their fundraising muscle, and enjoy pizza and adult beverage specials. Each week the top fundraiser of that particular week will receive a fabulous prize. These are open practices and everyone is invited to attend.
The Main Event: Saturday, May 4 at The Dunes (1402 Meridian Pl NW) at 2 p.m. The top 16 top fundraising participants will compete for a first place trophy and prestige in a bracket-style competition. Prizes will also be awarded for “Best Uniform” and “Bling Pong” (for the individual who raised the most money overall). 
Cheats you say? All the money raised goes to 826DC, but also to your “bank”. On the day of the tournament, participants can “buy” cheats from their “bank” to use during the tournament. A complete list of cheats can be viewed HERE.
How Do I Join? Complete the form below to register as a participant. The registration fee is $10, to be collected at the kick-off event. Participants will also be able to create their own personal fundraising pages at the kick-off event.
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