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Totally Games Launches Year Long Initiative to Assist Children in Foster Care

Online Charity Auction of Memorabilia Starts Today

San Rafael, California – December 5, 2003 – Today Totally Games, developers of the recently released Secret Weapons Over Normandy and X-Wing and TIE Fighter games, launches a year long initiative to educate the gaming public about the plight of children in foster care and to raise funds for charities dedicated to improving this vital care for children.

“Over the years, Totally Games has supported several worthy causes,” said Lawrence Holland, Totally Games’ Creative Director, “but I felt that both as a business owner and as an individual, I wanted us to do more.  However, being a small business we are limited, so when it was suggested that we focus our efforts on one issue to build awareness and raise funds – I got excited.  Every quarter over the next year, Totally Games will select one charity to highlight and to support in its efforts to improve the lives of children in foster care.  Totally Games will donate 100% of its online sales commissions from sales generated from its site as well as work to organize other special fundraisers.  Totally Games will also be asking the gaming community to donate to these charities directly.”

“The issue for this year -- Improving Life for Children in Foster Care, is driven by the recent experiences of a co-worker here at Totally Games who was a foster parent and later an adoptive parent of two great kids,” Holland continued.  “We have all taken a personal interest in and supported him and his family and in doing so learned what life is like for the 90,000 children currently living in foster care in California .  Over the next year we expect to help educate the gaming public by telling the stories of those children and young adults who have lived in foster care and those still in the system looking for a permanent home. 

The first charity we have chosen to highlight is The Ellen Seligman Fund for The Center for the Vulnerable Child ( CVC ) at Children’s Hospital and Research Center at Oakland .  The Ellen Fund was recently created in memory of Ellen Seligman, one of the first members of the Center for the Vulnerable Child’s staff and one of its strongest advocates.  Ellen and the entire CVC staff have worked tirelessly for over a decade to improve the lives of children, often making a way to help them and their families thrive despite enormous odds.  The CVC is an interdisciplinary team dedicated to promoting the health and social welfare of vulnerable or medically fragile children and their families.

Today, Totally Games is announcing the start of our Online Charity Auction on EBay to benefit The Ellen Fund.  Most items are on a limited auction ending in less than 10 days and have a minimum value set.  We have placed 22 unique pieces of memorabilia related to Totally Games and our latest game title, Secret Weapons Over Normandy (SWON), up for auction with 100% of the proceeds going to The Ellen Fund. 

The online auction is being held on EBay.com and is being hosted under their Giving Works program.  The auction includes many one of a kind items that are not available to the public: Leather Flight Jacket with Battlehawks Patch, WWII Leather Caps with Battlehawks Patch, Game Posters signed by Lawrence Holland, oversized hanging model of a spitfire signed by Lawrence Holland, copies of SWON signed by Lawrence Holland, copies of a collector tin and spotter playing cards signed by Lawrence Holland, a series of patches custom made for the Project team, and T-Shirts signed by the Totally Games SWON development team. 

The auction items can be found by searching on EBay for items being sold by user: totally-games-charity-auction or by following links from Totally Games’ web site.  

To donate directly to The Ellen Fund proceed to the Children’s Hospital Foundation web site and when asked for what purpose enter the Ellen Fund.

Facts about the Foster Care system:

  • Approximately over 500,000 children live in foster care during a given year
  • Approximately 90,000 children are currently in foster care in California – the majority of them cannot return home and need permanency
  • Two out of three children are reunited with their birth families within two years
  • Older children – children over 9 – wait longest and are least likely to be adopted
  • Over 60% of the children waiting in foster care for permanency are siblings

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About Totally Games
Lawrence Holland and Totally Games previously developed the award winning X-wing series of games and three groundbreaking World War II air combat simulations, including Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe, TIE Fighter® and Star Wars X-Wing Alliance™, in conjunction with LucasArts Entertainment Company. Based in San Rafael, Calif., Totally Games continues to create totally involving games in an expanding set of genres and platforms. More information about Totally Games and its development projects can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, located at www.totallygames.com.

 

Ellen Seligman Fund for the Center For the Vulnerable Child and Children’s Hospital & Research Center at Oakland

The Ellen Fund was recently created in memory of Ellen Seligman, one of the first members of the Center for the Vulnerable Child’s staff and one of its strongest advocates.  The goal of this fund is to increase both financial support to the CVC ’s programs and awareness of this unique and successful model program to the community.   Ellen and the entire CVC staff have worked tirelessly for over a decade to improve the lives of children, often making a way to help them and their families thrive despite enormous odds. 

The Center for the Vulnerable Child ( CVC ) is a program of Children’s Hospital & Research Center at Oakland .  The CVC is an interdisciplinary team is dedicated to promoting the health and social welfare of vulnerable or medically fragile children and their families.

Children’s Hospital & Research Center at Oakland is a 205-bed regional and global resource for advanced pediatric care, research, and medical education, with more than 185,000 patient visits per year. Children’s provides Northern California ’s only pediatric trauma center, the region’s largest pediatric intensive care unit, and one of largest sickle cell treatment and research centers in the world. Children’s 166 hospital-based physicians provide expert care in 30 pediatric subspecialties from adolescent medicine to urology.  More information about Children’s Hospital & Research Center at Oakland can be found on the internet at http://www.childrenshospitaloakland.org.  


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