by Todd Clevenger – Director of Marketing & Communications
I walked out of the parking garage and stepped into a world of Trolls, Wizards, Zombies, and gamers.
Never having been to a Gen Con event, my eyes grew wider than those of a kid in a toy store weeks before Christmas. I stared in amazement…and thought “Who are these people?” Surely when I walk through the doors of the iconic Union Station, there won’t be people dressed up like game characters and there weren’t…many, but there was a room full of Nerds.
Grown people, infatuated with playing board games. Don’t get me wrong, I was a master at Chutes and Ladders…but I was 9…seriously? What an idiot I am and how awesome are gaming Nerds?!
If you have never been to a DFW Nerd Night, you HAVE to add it to your bucket list right now!!
I spent 4 hours, in a room full of 300 wonderfully compassionate, generous, caring, genuine people I now call friends. I could barely think with all the laughter and cheer echoing through the Grand Ballroom. With the exception of a few scowls on the faces of players in deep thought over their next move, there was nothing but smiles…everywhere!
And then there’s the compassion and generosity. My new friends could have said, “I am here to focus on gaming, I don’t have time to learn about Gleaners and its causes.” From J.R. and his DFW team, down to the last gamer in the room it was a non-stop flow of questions and curiosity. Everyone that came to the Gleaners table was truly interested in learning more about childhood hunger and how they could help. And help they did!
Throughout the entire evening, J.R. would take to the mic and “gently” remind everyone why they were there…to play games sure, but also to help feed hungry kids. By the end of Nerd Night (which I was sad to see come to a close) J.R. and his room full of Nerds had raised more money for Gleaners than they had for any other charity.
I wasn’t a gamer at the start of Nerd Night…because I didn’t get it. But walking out as it ended, I got it! Gamers are people who are passionate. Gamers are people who care. Gamers are people who truly want to make a difference. Gamers are some of the coolest people I have EVER met.
I am the newest DFW Nerd and couldn’t be prouder…Nerds rule!
Thank you so very much for giving me the privilege of being a part of such an incredible event surrounded by phenomenal people. Thank you for opening my eyes to the world of the Nerd!
Are you heading out to #GenCon2014? Check out the listing of GREAT events that not only benefit Gleaners but they ARE AWESOME!