Bar Night!

This December 6th, we will be having our Third Annual Nick’s Marathon Bar Night, and all of our fans and supporters are invited!

We’ll be meeting up at Full Circle Bar in Brooklyn, and a $20 donation will get you drink specials all night. But that’s not all: there will also be SKEEBALL! That’s right, you can eat, drink, and play skeeball, all while helping to raise money for a great cause.

How freakin’ cool is that?

We hope to see you all there!

 

DETAILS:

What: Nick’s Marathon Bar Night

Where: Full Circle Bar, 318 Grand Street, Williamsburg Brooklyn (directions)

When: Saturday December 6th, 9pm – ?

$20 donation entitles you to drink specials all night

All proceeds go to Nick’s Marathon

 

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Another Marathon in the Books

Well, that’s a wrap for Nick’s Marathon 2014! As always, we had a great time gaming for an entire weekend, and we want to thank everyone who watched, played with us, and donated to our cause! We raised over $4,000 so far, and we’re not done yet! (More on that to come…)

Here are a few of the highlights of NM14:

  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U was a ton of fun, especially when we had a lot of people playing all at once.
  • Mario Kart 8 also led to some pretty heated competitions. The new DLC characters and tracks were great, and Link was especially popular.
  • We also played a lot of games based on… well, games. Jeopardy, Family Feud, and Monopoly contests got intense, and we found out who among us REALLY knows their 18th century European history!
  • As expected, we consumed mass quantities of junk food, but we also had… vegetables? Yup, this was the healthiest NM to date! And by that I mean, we only ate a small amount of roasted veggies — sometimes served alongside deep fried chicken, but hey, it still counts!
  • We’ve had little ones game with us before, but this year, the next generation really represented! On Sunday, we had three kids playing at the same time (with some help from their parents, of course), and it’s great to see that now it’s not just the grown ups who look forward to Nick’s Marathon!

Thanks again to everyone who supported us!

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It’s Almost Time For Nick’s Marathon!

Nick’s Marathon 2014 will kick off this Friday evening, and we are ready! The event was timed to coincide with the release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and we plan on playing a lot of this highly anticipated game. The console has been updated to work with the new amiibo figures, and Smash has been pre-downloaded! Those new Mario Kart 8 tracks that were released last week? Already installed and ready to go!

Of course, we won’t JUST be playing the Wii U. Thanks to James’ vast collection – and his own personal arcade machine filled with pretty much every classic game ever – we have a nearly infinite set of possibilities.

And let’s not forget all the junk food we’re going to eat! The fact is that you just can’t play video-games for hours on end and then eat a salad. Sorry, salad. Our sustenance will consist primarily of pizza, wings, greasy diner food, some Chinese, and possibly even a burrito or two. A lot of people abandon their healthy habits for Thanksgiving and the holidays; we just start that tradition a little earlier.

Of course, all of the games and spicy wings in the world wouldn’t make for a succesful Marathon. Nope, the most important element is the people you eat and play with. Yes, it’s sappy, but it’s true. We do the Marathon to pay tribute to Nick, a wonderful friend who passed away far too young. But by enjoying his favorite hobby together – while raising money for a great cause – it feels like he’s right there with us.

And that leads us right to the shameless plug for donations! Whatever you can give – however small – is very much appreciated, and can help provide a wonderful distraction to a sick child. Of course, if you’re feeling especially generous and donate $100 or more, we will send you a portable charger/power bank! It’s a pretty cool little gadget that you can carry around and use to charge your cell phone, tablet, or whatever, even if you’re nowhere near an outlet. Very practical!

Thanks for all of the support, and be sure to watch, chat with us, and donate this weekend right here at nicksmarathon.org!

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Nick’s Marathon 2014 is Coming Soon!

The official countdown to Nick’s Marathon 2014 is on! We are just a few weeks away from 48 straight hours of video games, all in the name of charity.

In case you don’t know who we are or what we do, here’s the short version: Our friend Nick Capobianco passed away in 2008 from leukemia at the age of 28. Nick loved video games, spending time with his friends, and helping others, so we started this charity as a way of honoring his memory. Every year we spend an entire weekend playing games, live-stream all of it at nicksmarathon.org, and we ask people to support us as we try to make kids’ lives better.

Last year, we provided the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island with an Xbox One, a PlayStation 4, a Nintendo Wii U, several Nintendo 3DS’s and PlayStation Vitas, and a plethora of games and accessories for each of those systems. This year we will continue to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, as well as other great causes, like a scholarship that was established in Nick’s name at his former high school.

Of course, we encourage donations of any size, but as an added incentive this year, anyone donating $100 or more will receive a cool new power bank/portable charger! You can carry this stylish little gizmo with you and use it to recharge your cell phone, tablet, or whatever else is running low on power. It’s our way of saying “thank you” to our generous supporters.

(The actual charger may not look exactly like the one pictured here.)

As we gear up for the event, don’t forget to Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and help us spread the word! We raised over $5,000 last year, and we’d love to be able to top that number in 2014!

 

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We’re on Amazon Smile!

Do you shop at amazon.com? Of course you do! Well now, every time you buy something on Amazon, you can support Nick’s Marathon!

We have partnered with Amazon Smile, so that now .5% of every eligible Amazon purchase can go to Nick’s Marathon. All of the great stuff you love about Amazon is the same – the selection, the low prices, the free shipping – but now, part of your purchase can go to charity!

All you have to do is go to smile.amazon.com, and select “Nick’s Marathon” as the charity you want to support.

That’s it! Amazon will remember your choice the next time you visit, and it will even prompt you to buy things through their Smile program if you accidentally forget and go to the standard amazon page.

It’s another great way you can support a great cause!

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Nick’s Marathon 2014 Starts November 21st!

We are thrilled to announce that the 2014 Nick’s Marathon will begin at 8pm Eastern on Friday, November 21st, and continue through Sunday, November 23rd. As always, we will be playing 48 consecutive hours of video-games to raise money for charity, and to honor our friend Nick Capobianco, who passed away at the age of 28.

If the date November 21st rings a bell for video-game fans, that’s because it has just been confirmed as the release date of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U. That’s not a coincidence; we will spend a great deal of the weekend playing the highly anticipated game! We’ll be exploring all of the game’s modes and using the brand new amiibo figures, and we invite you to watch as we live-stream everything at nicksmarathon.org. You can donate, chat with us, and even challenege our Smash skills online!

If you don’t want to wait to support our cause, please click over to our donation page! And stay tuned to this space for more exciting announcements as we get closer to Nick’s Marathon 2014!

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March Madness!

UPDATE: DUE TO A LACK OF ENTRIES, WE’RE PULLING THE PLUG ON THE BRACKET THIS YEAR. SORRY TO ALL THOSE WHO PICKED OUT THEIR TEAMS!

It’s mid-March, and that means only one thing: Nick’s Marathon Tournament Time!

After our Superbowl boxes was such a success, we’ve created an espn.com group for our first ever NCAA pool. 

It’s $20 dollars to enter, and, half of all of the proceeds we take in will go to Nick’s Marathon. The other half will be broken down like this:

60% goes to the person with the highest score
25% goes to the person with the 2nd highest score
10% goes to the person with the 3rd highest score
5% goes to the person with the LOWEST score (sometimes being a bad guesser can pay off!)

Our group name is: nicksmarathon14
The (case-sensitive) password is: nick

(You will need to register for ESPN.com or use your facebook account to login.)

Then, once you join and fill out your bracket, send us $20 by clicking here:

 

And, of course, pass this along to anyone else you think might be interested; the more people that play, the bigger the payout will be!

The deadline to submit your bracket is when the tournament starts: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at approximately 12:00pm Eastern Time (but we’d suggest finalizing bracket picks early, since the server will get more traffic as the deadline approaches.)

And all payments must be in before Sweet 16 weekend, or your bracket will be disqualified.

Good luck, everyone, and thanks for supporting Nick’s Marathon!
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2014 Super Bowl Raffle

UPDATE: All the raffle boxes have been sold!  Thanks to everyone who bought a box – and good luck!

We are pleased to announce the very first Nick’s Marathon Super Bowl pool (with just days to spare!)

It works like a standard office pool, only it’s online.  Each box costs $10, and you can buy as many as you want.  Just use the PayPal button below (They’re called raffle tickets, but don’t worry – you are in fact buying Super Bowl boxes!), and we’ll email you the password so you can pick your boxes.  Before the big game, numbers will be randomly assigned to the grid, and you just watch the game and hope your numbers are the last digits of the scores after each quarter.

Half of all the money we raise goes to Nick’s Marathon, so here’s how the payouts work:

50% goes to Nick’s Marathon
30% goes to the Final Score
10% goes to the Halftime Score
5% each go the scores at the end of the 1st and 3rd Quarters

That means you could win up to $300, all while supporting a great charity – it’s win-win!

Good luck!

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This One’s For Nick

It was the moment we’d been building towards for months – last night, a group of young sick children were thrilled when they had the opportunity to play a slew of new video-games.

It was the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island’s “Lights of Love” holiday party, and Nick’s Marathon came in with an awful lot of gifts. Over $5,000 worth of video-games, systems, and accessories. A PlayStation 4. An Xbox One. A WiiU. 3DS’s, Vitas. Mario, Zelda, Madden, FIFA, Skyalnder, Disney Infinity, Pokemon, and many more – there was a lot to be excited about. And as you can see from these pictures, the kids definitely seemed to be enjoying themselves!

     

It was a great sight to behold. One young boy, who had apparently been wandering around the House bored over the past few days, was fully engrossed in a game of Lego Marvel Super Heroes on Xbox One, a game he had desperately been wanting to play. Another group of boys waited excitedly for a system update to complete, counting as the bar creeped towards being 100% completed, so that they could play Super Mario 3D World. One young girl who was staying at the House couldn’t wait to get her hands on a 3DS. And the PS4 game The PlayRoom was massively popular with the kids.

What made it all even more special was that it really felt like our favorite gamer was right there with us. Because there, hanging on the wall, was a plaque bearing his name.

Since we started Nick’s Marathon in 2008, everything we’ve done has been in the memory of Nicholas Capobianco. But now, here, for the first time, there’s something tangible and real with his name right on it. It’s made us all feel very proud, and extremely grateful to everyone who helped us make it happen.

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Nick’s Marathon 2013 – It’s a Wrap!

Another year, another Nick’s Marathon has come and gone. And I am proud to say that this year’s Marathon has been the most successful ever, with over $5,300 raised so far – and more donations are still coming in!

An awful lot of work goes into planning an event like this, so I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who helped make this year’s Marathon come to be, starting with our Board of Directors. Meg and Ben did an amazing job in arranging our partnership with Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Bonnie organized another amazing bar night, as well as handled all of our never-ending legal questions. James once again hosted the Marathon at his apartment and handled all of the technical aspects of the live-stream, which proved to be incredibly challenging. Steve handled a ton of logistics, and Tony continues to manage all things money related.

Beyond our Board, Tara Capobianco designed a fantastic new logo for us. Marisa Pincas helped us tweak our press release, which led to a wonderful article about us on Newsday. Andy Manoff once again helped us get through the difficult late night/early morning hours of the marathon. Jordan White and his StreetPass NYC crew helped us spread the word at Nintendo World events and online.

David Rosner, Matt Campo, Deepika Thadhani, Jennifer Nicholson, and everyone at Ronald McDonald House of Long Island has been incredibly kind and helpful throughout the entire process, and we are extremely grateful that they are helping us honor Nick’s memory in such a personal way.

And of course, to everyone who tweeted, emailed, Facebooked, bought raffle tickets, came to our kick-off party, chatted with us during the Marathon, played with us in person, donated to our cause, and anyone else who I forgot to include here in my sleep-deprived state: thank you.

Thank you for helping us keep Nick’s spirit alive.

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