Almost daily I get asked by people from all walks of life what they can do to be involved with the Hunter Burton Memorial Open. To be honest, it’s one of the most humbling things to me as the Director of Operations. To be involved with a community that wants to help our cause, a cause that is so important to me personally is amazing. I can’t put the feelings of gratitude into words because they are just too great. Our entire organization feels so humbled to have such passionate people giving their time and money to help positively touch the community.
With that said, without the help of these amazing volunteers we wouldn’t be able to make the annual Hunter Burton Memorial Open happen each year. With our 2019 event just around the corner we have so many things going on behind the scenes. Because of the level this event has grown to we now need your help more than ever! So, if you are interested in helping we have a few ways you can make a difference…
Help Us Tell The World!
As simple and cliche’ as it sounds, we need you to tell people about the Hunter Burton Memorial Open.
– Share on Facebook, especially in local gaming groups. As often as you can!
– Tell your local hobby store about our cause, our event, and our new outreach program. Encourage them to participate!
– Make sure all your gamer friends know about the HBMO (and encourage them to attend.)
– Post about the HBMO on Instagram, Snapchat, and every other social media outlet you use to talk about games.
Start A Conversation In Your Local Store…
One of the things we work to achieve is spreading awareness about the tragically growing number of deaths by suicide in the gaming community. While our new outreach program is designed to get our message into stores and their communities, we can’t be everywhere all the time. Here is what you can do to help:
– Ask your local store to sign up for our outreach program to host a special community event.
– Talk to the owners and managers about posting a sign in the store with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number and web address in their store visible to their gamers and customers. (Located at the bottom of this page.)
– Be a person in your local community that lets other players know “It’s okay to talk about it!”
– Speak up and reach out to members of the community you feel may not feel as welcomed into the group or that shy away from group settings. Simple inclusion can be a powerful tool in saving a life!
– Don’t hesitate to ask others if they are doing okay. Just showing interest or care about another person can change their day.
Volunteer at our event!
Our 2019 event will be the largest ever and we will need a chunk of volunteers to help us on Friday the 15th, Saturday the 16th, and Sunday the 17th of March. If you are interested in being an official volunteer, we will have our volunteer registration up soon. In the meantime, here are some things we will be accepting volunteers for:
– Magic the Gathering floor judges.
– Registration Staff
– Floor Runners (assisting specific staff members.)
– Preparation team members (to help organize and distribute items.)
– Security Staff
Donate Gaming Products
Did you know that we accept donations other than just money? That’s right! We accept items that can be used for things like our outreach events, silent auctions, prize wall items, giveaways, volunteer rewards, and more! Here are just a few of the things we will need for our 2019 event:
- Booster Boxes of any Magic the Gathering Set released in early 2019 (IMPORTANT)
- Specialty Magic the Gathering Items like gift boxes or specialty releases
- Products such as gift cards to national businesses, or gift baskets.
- Magic the Gathering cards. Any or all cards including bulk!
- … and so much more!
It means the world to us that people are willing to help us get our message out! With your help we can start making a positive impact at the local level and making the Hunter Burton Memorial Open THE premiere gaming event in the United States. I am looking forward to meeting and speaking with every one of you at our event in Hurst, in stores during an outreach event, or before through social media and email. Thank you for all you do by supporting us! Cheers to you all!
– Erin Giddings
Director of Operations
Hunter Burton Memorial Open