The Jimmy Fund announced its entry into the world of gaming by hosting Streamer Weekend October 30 – November 1.
Our new fundraising program, Jimmy Fund Let’s GameSM, allows participants to raise money for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through video gaming. Participants can livestream themselves playing their favorite game, play in online tournaments, or donate to a celebrity gamer raising money to support the cause.
Streamer Weekend brought together 13 big-time gamers to each host a charity livestream for the Jimmy Fund. Each streamer broadcast themselves playing on Twitch while educating viewers about Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund and encouraging them to donate. In a year with many in-person events not possible, this fully virtual initiative helped raise more than $15,500 for Dana-Farber over the course of the weekend and was watched by over 36,000 fans.
Among the participants was Los Angeles Chargers player Austin Ekeler, who hosted a Rocket League tournament with content creator SunlessKhan, which raised more than $2,500.
Sea of Thieves streamer BBXH drew more than 8,400 viewers and raised over $2,000 during her 2-hour stream on November 1.
Out of the Park Baseball, a baseball management simulation game, hosted a stream that included Steve Lyons, former Red Sox player and current analyst. JonSmiff, editor and producer at gaming group Funhaus, entertained viewers and solicited donations with fun incentives like rapping the username of anyone who donated $40, or drawing the username of anyone who donated $60.
Gaming hardware retailer HyperX provided many giveaways over the course of the weekend, including cloud ear buds and an ultimate prize pack.
Learn how you can get involved with Jimmy Fund Let’s Game and future gaming events.