The Gaming Hoopla is an annual gaming convention that is a fund-raiser for cancer related charities. The Gaming Hoopla is one of many fund-raisers run by a dedicated staff of gamers under the non-profit organization known as the Hoopla Foundation.
Consistent growth has lead to a couple moves in the last couple years. We are now at the Holiday Inn Gurnee Convention Center in Gurnee, Illinois.
The Gaming Hoopla features the following:
Board gaming (including tournaments and "learn to play" sessions)
The fantastic MilCOG Games Library, through which attendees can check out games to play for free
Exhibitors, including both publishers and retail stores
The Hoopla Silent Auction
The Best Raffle Ever
The Hoopla Math Trade
Just as important is why we Hoopla:
All of the proceeds from the Gaming Hoopla go to cancer related charities. In the past our primary recipient was the American Cancer Society. This year we will be partnering with the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.
Coach Vince Lombardi is known as a maker of champions. His spirit, enthusiasm and commitment to excellence have touched countless lives – on and off the field. Five National Football League championships are not easily forgotten. But more than a coach, Vince Lombardi was a human being who, on September 3, 1970, lost his most victorious battle when he died of colon cancer. He was fifty-seven.
Vince Lombardi's death started a process that has changed the lives of thousands of cancer survivors and the lives of those who still face the fight...
Today, the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation (formerly known as Vince Lombardi Charitable Funds) is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board of Directors, committee members, volunteers and donors give their time, talent, energy and personal resources toward the goal of defeating cancer in the true Lombardi spirit of excellence.
Through the years, the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation has raised over $18 million to help fight cancer. The organization’s sole purpose is to raise funds for leading-edge cancer research and compassionate care at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinics at Aurora Health Care. The Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinics are located through eastern Wisconsin.
From the VLCF President:
"Cancer is a cruel disease. In so many ways, cancer drains both the patient and their families physically and emotionally. And we just will not stand for that. That is why, since 1989, the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation has partnered with Aurora Health Care in the fight against cancer, to provide support for cancer care initiatives and cancer research. Part of that team includes a new executive director in 2014. The Board is excited to welcome Erin Hareng as our newest teammate in the fight against cancer. Coach Vince Lombardi battled and succumbed to colon cancer at the young age of 57. As we honor his legacy and leadership, we invite you to join us in tackling cancer to give friends and neighbors with cancer a fighting chance."
Visit our web site for more information (http://www.gaminghoopla.com)