GameStop sets in-store donation record by raising $1.2 million for
Make-A-Wish® during the month of May
PHOENIX (June 4, 2015) – Throughout the month of May, GameStop and its family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, called upon its customers to help raise money and awareness for Make-A-Wish through an in-store and online fundraising campaign. More than $1.2 million was collected to help grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
During its second year, GameStop expanded the campaign to include GameStop’s family of retail brands. The success of this year’s campaign is a direct result of support from the community of loyal GameStop, Game Informer, Kongregate, Spring Mobile, Simply Mac, customers and employees.
This year, GameStop employees and customers were motivated by more than just the idea of making wishes come true. Twelve-year-old Jahred wished to be in a commercial for a video game company, and his favorite store, GameStop, leapt into action. Jahred’s video was featured in-store nationwide throughout the campaign. Jahred furthered his superstar status by creating a video thanking GameStop for making his wish come true. His video can be found here.
“Our customers are simply amazing. Because of their generosity, GameStop collected more than $1.2 million during the month of May – setting a new record for in-store donations,” said Rob Lloyd, chief financial officer, GameStop and Make-A-Wish North Texas board member. “Thank you to all of our customers who donated online or in our stores. Your support allows Make-A-Wish to help grant even more wishes this year!”
GameStop has been a proud supporter of Make-A-Wish since 2007. Currently an average of one wish kid per day specifically requests to shop at GameStop as part of their wish, and more than 1,600 wish kids have benefited from GameStop’s generosity through gift cards they provide to enhance these shopping spree and electronics wishes.
“In order to achieve our vision of granting every eligible child’s wish, we rely on corporate sponsors, like GameStop, who are truly engaged with the Make-A-Wish mission," said David Williams, president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish America. "It is clear by the overwhelming success of this year’s campaign, that the GameStop employees and customers are truly invested in helping make wishes come true.”
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 27,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 37 minutes. It has granted more than 254,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,200 in 2014 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.
About GameStop Corp.
GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 6,700 stores across 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes www.gamestop.com; www.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; and Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication. In addition, our Technology Brands segment includes our Simply Mac and Spring Mobile stores. Simply Mac, www.simplymac.com, operates 71 stores, selling the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offering Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile, http://springmobile.com, sells post-paid AT&T services and wireless products through its 410 AT&T branded stores and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its 68 Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S.
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