James and Jane Hill, of Elon, N.C., earned a Good Samaritan Bonus check in December and picked MagFest to receive a check for $250 from The Alliance.
MAGFest is unique in that it's a non-profit event run by fans for fans. There are no corporate sponsors, no over-crowded showfloors, and no top-secret-behind-closed-doors showings. MAGFest is built from the ground up to focus on community and fan creations, which creates an environment that no other expo or convention can recreate.
MAGFest started in 2002, originally under the name "Mid-Atlantic Gaming Festival." Its volunteer force has worked tirelessly for more than a decade to help it grow and mature to the point it is at today. It has exploded in size from its original 300 attendees to 17,000 in 2015, with an expected 20,000 for MAGFest 2016.
MAGFest is run by MAGFest, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the appreciation of games and video game music. MAGFest Inc.'s main method of achieving this goal is to create events which provide a means for people to enjoy games, as well as musical concerts.
"We wanted to pick a charity that could really use the support and MAGFest immediately came to mind," James Hill said. "We love that The Alliance gives us an avenue to support charities that we feel strongly about."
The Hills earned three GSBs in 2015. In April, the Hills donated $500 to Child's Play, an organization that provides board games for children in hospitals. They also donated a $250 GSB to Tim Goad International in September.