New York Videogame Critics Circle Celebrates GivingTuesday
ahead of 12th Annual New York Game Awards
All proceeds go to NYVGCC scholarship fund and paid internship opportunities to support local nonprofits including Bronxworks, Mott Hall III, TapCo, and the DreamYard Project.
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NEW YORK (Nov. 29, 2022) – The New York Videogame Critics Circle (NYVGCC) is hosting a GivingTuesday fundraiser to provide education for video games, writing and journalism for underserved and unhoused students in the New York City area. Through NYVGCC’s programs, kids learn essential skills in journalistic content, fictional writing like video game narratives, and video game development.
In addition to GivingTuesday, the NYVGCC is selling tickets for the 12th annual New York Game Awards, one of the biggest fundraisers for the nonprofit. Ticket proceeds benefit the NYVGCC scholarship fund and paid opportunities for kids at Bronxworks network of homeless residence, Mott Hall III, TapCo, and the DreamYard Prep School. The awards are returning to a live and in-person show on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan, and will be co-hosted by NYVGCC board members Reggie Fils-Aimé and Harold Goldberg.
“The programs and workshops we’re able to provide at NYVGCC thanks to donations and proceeds from the New York Game Awards allow us to reach so many incredible students from underserved communities,” said Harold Goldberg, president and founder, NYVGCC. “The students are what shape the New York Videogame Critics Circle, and we’re grateful for our partners and Circle members who donate their time to provide these invaluable experiences. Thanks to them we’re able to offer scholarships and paid internship opportunities that support students’ learning efforts and foster relationships in the video game industry, and we’re hopeful that we can be considered for a GivingTuesday donation.”
Last year, The NYVGCC was featured in the New York Emmy Award-nominated documentary series Shift NYC that detailed the organization’s work with Bronxworks. NYVGCC also partners with Rockstar Games and the NYC Dept. of Education to offer a citywide journalism contest that awards one talented, unhoused student with a college scholarship. You can read more about these programs here.
Recently, NYVGCC announced Xbox CEO Phil Spencer as the 2023 Andrew Yoon Legend Award winner. The award recognizes people and organizations that have exhibited a significant, sustained body of work that shows exceptional artistic achievement and innovation. The award is named for Andrew Yoon, a founding member of the New York Game Critics Circle. Past recipients of the award include Reggie Fils-Aimé, Tim Schafer, Jerry Lawson, Jade Raymond, Richard Garriott, Todd Howard, Rockstar Games, Ralph Baer and Hideo Kojima.
Ticket sales for the NYVGCC Awards will help to fund ongoing programs for 2023, and are on sale at this link. Tickets cost $40 for General Admission. For $75 attendees will have Orchestra seating (closest to the stage) and be able to attend an afterparty with free wine, beer, and nonalcoholic beverages. Orchestra tickets include a special Meet and Greet opportunity with Phil Spencer before the show. For more information on ticket sales and other NYVGCC programs, please visit the website: https://nygamecritics.com/
About New York Videogame Critics Circle
Based in Manhattan, the New York Videogame Critics Circle is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit multicultural organization comprised of 40 of the finest videogame critics, writers, reporters and bloggers in the nation. Members of the NYVGCC give back to their communities by providing scholarships, mentoring and community outreach to NYC schools students. The New York Videogame Critics Circle sees great benefit in advocating for those who are less fortunate.
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