Child's Play is dedicated to improving the lives of children in hospitals around the world through the kindness and generosity of the video game community and the power of play. Last year, we've raised $7,500 toward our $2,500 goal.Donate now!
Child’s Play is dedicated to improving the lives of children in hospitals around the world through the kindness and generosity of the video game community and the power of play.
Child’s Play works in two ways. With the help of hospital staff, we set up gift wish lists full of video games, toys, books, and other fun stuff for kids. By clicking on a hospital location on our map, you can view that hospital’s wish list and send a gift.
Child’s Play also receives cash donations throughout the year. With those cash donations, we purchase new consoles, peripherals, games, and more for hospitals and therapy facilities. These donations allow for children to enjoy age-appropriate entertainment, interact with their peers, friends, and family, and can provide vital distraction from an otherwise generally unpleasant experience.
Over the years, Child’s Play has received incredible feedback from parents, doctors, friends, and patients regarding the positive influence of games during hospital stays. Studies have shown that children able to play games while undergoing painful procedures request less pain medication. Technology like the Kinect and Wii Balance Board allow for children to participate in physical therapy activities in an enjoyable, approachable environment. Children also struggle with a lack of normalcy or routine during hospital stays; being able to play a multiplayer game with a sibling or play a handheld system during a late-night treatment helps ease these additional stresses.
For the past 7 years, Cory Anotado, Bob Hagh and Christian Carrion have presented the 24-Hour Game Show Marathon, featuring 24 different game show formats in a daylong continuous charity broadcast. The 24-Hour Game Show Marathon live stream has been available for viewing at GameShowMarathon.com, where viewers were able to tweet and chat with the in-studio guests in real time. Throughout the show, donations will be accepted on behalf of Child’s Play, in an effort to reach a donation goal of $2,500.
The marathon schedule will consist of one game each hour, for 24 hours. Games that have been played during the show have included well-known American formats like Concentration, Family Feud and Wheel of Fortune, as well as classic British quiz shows such as Countdown, Bob’s Full House and Taskmaster. Every show in the broadcast will feature Cory, Bob, Rich and Christian as a host, contestant or panelist. In addition, game material (questions, puzzles, etc.), music, game equipment, and graphics for each of the 24 games in the marathon will be gathered by Cory, Bob, Rich and Christian in the months leading up to the show.
In May of 2014, the Third Annual 24-Hour Game Show Marathon was a record-breaking success, having raised over $2,500 for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In June of 2015, we smashed our records by raising over $5,000 for Child’s Play. The first annual Marathon holds the record for the most listened to broadcast in the 50-year history of WSIN, the official radio station of Southern Connecticut State University. The 24-Hour Game Show Marathon is also the longest continuous broadcast in the history of Connecticut radio.
Graphic designer, blogger, champion game player, quizmaster…Cory Anotado is a true jack-of-all-trades. A native of Philadelphia, Cory works as an web designer for a marketing agency in Baltimore. Game show fans the world over may recognize Cory as the creator of dozens of addictive game show-based online games that have garnered millions of hits. Still more people know him as one of the lucky few to have beaten The Beast on GSN’s hit quiz show The Chase, taking home $60,000 in the process—and becoming one of the biggest winners in the cable network’s history. He’s also appeared on Wheel of Fortune, Jep!, Wowowee, and Who Wants to be a Millionaire (as a lifeline). When he’s not at his desk or on television, he can be found hosting the Game Show Gauntlet, the most popular pub quiz in the area. Cory lives in Baltimore, MD with his wife, Liz.
In just a few years, Christian Carrion has been able to use his lifelong passion for game shows and television broadcasting to obtain experiences he’d previously only dreamed of. The journey started at age 18, when Christian was a contestant on The Price Is Right with Bob Barker. Following that were appearances on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire with Meredith Vieira, Hip Hop Squares on MTV2, GSN’s hit quiz show The Chase, NBC’s landmark Million Second Quiz, the syndicated Let’s Ask America and ABC's revival of the Match Game. In total, Christian has appeared on seven major networks and won a total of $17,203 in cash and prizes. An aspiring television host, he’s hosted several game, news and talk programs at WSIN 1590 AM in New Haven, CT, where he also served as general manager and news director. Off camera, he worked as the head writer for a game show pilot produced in New York for VH1 in October of 2013. Christian currently works as a hotelier, but will gladly host your show—and host it well—if given the chance. He lives in Leola, PA with his wife, Catherine.
Bob Hagh is a blogger, online content creator, podcast host, and game show fanatic from in Shelton, CT. Bob holds a Master’s degree in Interactive Media and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, with a minor in journalism. When he’s not hosting popular podcast game shows like PinPoint, Bob can be found offering up the hottest news in the game show world as a contributing writer on BuzzerBlog, one of the most popular television-related blogs on the Internet. He’s no stranger to the game show world either—while studying at Southern Connecticut State University, Bob was a contestant on the GSN word game Chain Reaction, as well as on the syndicated Trivial Pursuit: America Plays, NBC’s Million Second Quiz and ABC's first season of the new $100,000 Pyramid. In addition, Bob has helped create several game show formats that have attracted the interest of television superpowers like “Deal Or No Deal” host Howie Mandel and “The Price Is Right” executive producer Mike Richards. Bob lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Rich Liebig is a podcaster and radio sensation from Philadelphia, PA. When he first met Cory at La Salle University, the two instantly became friends over their love of game shows. During his last year of college, Rich not only finished his Master’s degree in Communication, but also became famous for his unique high-pitch voice and various morning stunts as Intern Pitchuation for “The Preston & Steve Show” on 93.3 WMMR-FM Philadelphia. Today, he continues to work for WMMR as part of their Promotions Team. Rich also works as an online marketer for automotive dealerships in the Greater Philadelphia area and hosts his own podcast called “The Crispy Noodle”, where he chats about sports, entertainment, and odd news. In his spare time, Rich enjoys playing video games, following Philadelphia sports teams, eating well-made coleslaw, and trying to hit a tiny golf ball as straight as possible. Rich lives in Norristown, PA.