The Racketboy 2009 Charity Auction

The Racketboy 2009 Charity Auction to benefit the children and families of alcoholics.

This year, racketboy.com forum members will have an opportunity to help out those in need of your donation and support.  In what he hope becomes an annual tradition, we have decided to hold a charity auction to raise money for two groups that do a lot to help children and families of alcoholics: The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) and The Betty Ford Clinic Children’s Program.

The auction is currently up and running and will end at 11:59PM EST on December 26th.  Bidding on each item starts at $1, and shipping on everything is free within the USA (all shipping costs have been donated). Full details can be found in the auction thread, which is located here:

Auction Items

Here’s a sample of some of the items available, all of which have been donated by forum members:

  • Systems: Sega Dreamcast (x2), Sega Genesis (x2), Game Boy Advance, Bentley Compu-Vision, and more
  • Games: Over 100 games for more than 20 systems!
  • Accessories: 17” LCD monitor, a Nintendo Gamecube 5” LCD screen, controller bundles, system cases, and much more
  • Print: Collectible game guides, vintage magazines and promo materials
  • Toys: Japanese exclusives, handheld games, and much more
  • DVDs/CDs: 20+ items to bid on

We also have some auction items not found anywhere else:

  • Signed memorabilia from Keith Apicary (from TalkingClassics)
  • “Guest Director” position for an upcoming Retrogaming with Racketboy Podcast – tell us what to cover, who to interview, what to play, etc. Your wish is our command!
  • Other special items will be donated throughout the auction, so be sure to check back often!

Check out the Auction Thread to view all the items and place bids

So why are we doing this?

As many of you know, one of our long-time forum member and site contributors recently lost his mother due, in part, to complications from alcoholism.  This auction is, in part, a way to honor her memory.  It’s also a way to help children who need it.

The NACoA advocates for public funding on behalf of children and families of alcoholics.  According to the NACoA website:

“The people hurt most by drugs and alcohols don’t even use them; they are the CHILDREN of alcoholics and other drug dependent parents.

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) believes that none of these vulnerable children should grow up in isolation and without support. NACoA is the national nonprofit 501 (c) 3 membership and affiliate organization working on behalf of children of alcohol and drug dependent parents.

Our mission is to eliminate the adverse impact of alcohol and drug use on children and families.”

The Betty Ford Clinic Children’s Program has a direct role in the lives of these children:

“[the BFCCP] offers education, support, and hope to 7-12-year-olds impacted by a loved one’s addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs. Through age-appropriate games, stories, art, and play, children learn about addiction, especially that it’s not their fault, deepen communication skills, develop a variety of positive coping skills, and celebrate their intrinsic worth. Groups take place in both community and school settings. Parents, grandparents, or other caregivers participate with their children in the community groups. No child is ever turned away due to an inability to pay.”

These groups do important work, and we hope you can do your part to help them out.  There’s a lot to look at and bid on and it’s all for charity – so be generous with your bids!

8 Comments

  1. 8-Bit Legend says:

    ha! i got the first comment!

  2. 16-bit legend says:

    i have the second comment

  3. 32-BIT LEGEND says:

    I have the third comment.

  4. nick says:

    good idea for a great cause

  5. Lucas says:

    Wow could you guys be a little more considerate about this, instead of seeing who has the 1st 2nd or 3rd comment? Jeez.

  6. Anapan says:

    Sixth!

    Why are you reading comments? BID!

  7. Hurp Derp says:

    I would donate, but frankly, ALCOHOL RULES. Nothing describes a better night for me than one loaded with booze, cigarettes, and video games.

    That is all.

  8. dsheinem says:

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    douche

    Those who are participating in the auction don’t necessarily have anything against alcohol or even getting drunk, provided both are done responsibly.

    The auction is to help out the *families* of people who are alcohoics. Refusing to chip in a few bucks to help kids whose parents are making their life hard because you think that “ALCOHOL RULES” is not a principled stand. In fact, it makes you look like an asshole.

    The auction has raised over $1,000 so far – keep the bids coming!