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Come Out And Play!

Date: 
October 04, 1999

NGLTF Puts The 'Fun' Back In 'Fundraising' With Gameworks Events in Columbus, Miami, and Seattle

MEDIA CONTACT:
Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications
media@theTaskForce.org
646.358.1465

GameWorks, the premier entertainment destination, will open its doors to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community with three exciting fundraising events on Oct. 12 in Columbus, Miami and Seattle.

Skip Paul, Chairman of Sega Gameworks, is chairman of the "Come Out and Play" fundraisers, which are now in their second year. The fundraisers will benefit the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and a number of local groups. In Columbus and Miami, part of the proceeds will go to Stonewall Columbus and SAVE Dade. In Seattle, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Pride Foundation Scholarship Fund, the GSBA Scholarship Program, Lambert House, the Lesbian Resource Center, the Seattle chapter of P-FLAG and Seattle's Safe Schools Coalition.

"GameWorks' partnership with NGLTF puts the fun in fundraising," said NGLTF Executive Director Kerry Lobel. "These events will give both NGLTF and a number of local groups the resources we all need to train, organize and fight for GLBT equality. 'Come Out and Play' brings people of all ages together to have fun and support the important work that is being carried out in local communities and in all 50 states on behalf of GLBT people."

The Columbus event will take place from 7-10 p.m. at 165 Easton Town Center. The Miami event will be held 7-10 p.m. at 5701 Sunset Drive in South Miami. And the Seattle GameWorks will be from 6-9 p.m. at 1511 7th Avenue. The three events are being choreographed so that during the hour of 9-10 EST, participants from all three cities may "play" against each other. Video feeds from the three cities will be available.

GameWorks, created with the help of Universal Studios and Sega, is the premier entertainment destination where people can play, eat, drink and gather together for a unique social experience around games. GameWorks offers cutting-edge interactive games, from virtual stock car racing to getting chased by a dinosaur, in a high-energy, visually stimulating and relaxing environment. Hundreds of games are available, along with a restaurant and full-service bar.

Tickets are $25 ($15 for youth 16 and under) and may be purchased at the door or pre-purchased by calling Levy Pazanti and Associates.

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movementís premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.