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ESA Foundation Raises $800,000 at "Nite to Unite — for Kids"

Gala Has Generated More Than $11 Million for Children’s Charities

November 12, 2009- WASHINGTON, DC – “A Nite to Unite for Kids,” the ESA Foundation’s 11th annual fundraiser for children’s charities, raised $800,000 this year, the ESA Foundation announced today. The proceeds from the black-tie optional dinner, auction and charity casino night will enable the ESA Foundation, the computer and video game industry’s philanthropic arm, to improve the lives of American children through grants to a wide variety of organizations.

“This outpouring of support from the video game industry this year brings the total giving to the ESA Foundation to $11 million,” said ESA president and CEO Michael D. Gallagher. “This generous giving allows the ESA Foundation to support some truly compelling charitable organizations, including Web Wise Kids, Hope Lab, ThanksUSA and the One Economy Corporation.”

The sold-out gala, which took place on Tuesday, October 13 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, honored Yves Guillemot, chairman and chief executive officer of Ubisoft®. Over the past 23 years, Mr. Guillemot propelled his company from a tiny start-up to become a leader in the entertainment software industry. In recognition of his work, Mr. Guillemot received the 2009 ESA Champion Award and joins Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, the 2008 recipient, famed director George Lucas and other past honorees.

The co-chairs for the 2009 event were Robert Bach, president, Entertainment & Devices Division, Microsoft; Kazumi Kitaue, CEO & chairman, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.; Dr. Michael Capps, president, Epic Games, Inc.; and Bob Picunko, senior vice president, Electronics Games and Interactive Products MTV Networks/MTV Games.

The latest ESAtv episode, viewable at, highlights some of the charitable organizations benefitting from the funds raised at 2009’s “A Nite to Unite – for Kids.”

The ESA Foundation was created by the American interactive entertainment software industry to support and provide opportunities that can make a difference in the lives of America's youth. The Foundation is fully supported by proceeds from its limited edition charity game pack's sales and its annual fundraiser, "A Nite to Unite – for Kids," which together have raised more than $11 million in the last 11 years. For more information about the ESA Foundation, please visit


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