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Brian “Motumbo” Augustine Joins Our Commentary Team

We are so happy to announce our second member of the commentary team for the 2019 Hunter Burton Memorial Open. Returning for the second year, Brian “Motumbo” Augustine will join DeQuan Watson as our first official stream team.

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Brian brings a new side to commentary for streaming Magic the Gathering. As demonstrated last year, he has plenty of competitive experience, a firm grasp of the “nuts & bolts” of Magic, and is a strong personality to work alongside DeQuan. He has an extensive history of competitive deck design and now utilizes his skills as a teacher of the game.

“Brian has been playing Magic the Gathering since Alpha and in a short amount of time made a name for himself as a popular card trader. At one point in his Magic the Gathering career Brian owned one-hundred sets of Power 9 and the stories of his epic trades have been shared for years. The story of trading from a phone book all the way up to a Moat is local legend at this point!”
– Erin Giddings

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Although Brian has transitioned from playing the physical card game of Magic to the online medium, his passion for analyzing the game is still strong. He does streaming on his own Twitch channel which you can check out at https://www.twitch.tv/bamotumbo

“I am honored to be a part of the HMBO once again. I was lucky to know Hunter, to see him grow up as a curious kid who just wanted to be a part of a group of gamers, to then moving past them by leaps and bounds driven by his talent and determination.

This is a very special event to not only honor a very close friend, but to help bring to light a very serious issue. With so much diversity in regards to backgrounds and beliefs, the HBMO brings together such a wonderful community of individuals who all want to do their part to prevent this tragedy from continuing to happen.”
– Brian Augustine

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We are excited to have Brian back as a part of the 2019 HBMO team! Be sure to check out Brian’s Twitch channel and tune in to the Hunter Burton Memorial Open on March 16th & 17th to hear him call all the action!

Twitch – https://www.twitch.tv/bamotumbo

Choose The HBMO on Amazon Smile!

Did you know that you can choose Hunter Burton Memorial Inc. as your charity of choice on Amazon.com? That’s right! Your normal shopping online could donate money to Hunter Burton Memorial Inc. at NO COST TO YOU!!!

Here are some details about how it works and how you can set it up on your account:

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from over one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

 

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

 

You can donate and contribute to suicide awareness and prevention just by shopping normally online. It may not seem like much, but to our foundation it means the world! Thank you so much for your continued support!

To see more information about the Amazon Smile program and receive additional details please visit  https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/

What You Can Do To Help The HBMO

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

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

http://www.SuicidePreventionLifeline.org

DeQuan Watson Announced As First Commentator For HBMO Live Stream!

We are proud to announce that gaming industry guru DeQuan Watson is the first member of our live stream commentary team! “Q” as he’s known by many is a staple in the gaming community and most importantly a well known name in the Magic the Gathering world.

“I am honored that DeQuan has signed on to be our first full commentator for the 2019 Hunter Burton Memorial Open! Q has been a supporter of our cause for years and to have him on the team is an amazing addition. He will do an amazing job calling the action on camera for everyone watching at home.”
– Erin Giddings
Director of Operations for HBMI

DeQuan WatsonDeQuan Watson is known industry wide for his many years as a game store owner in Waco, Texas. Over the years he has paved his way into the competitive gaming world most notably in Magic the Gathering as one of the highest ranked players in Texas. He recently worked for Wizards of the Coast helping in the marketing and WPN side of things. Now DeQuan efforts are focused on working for the Card Megastore, Card Kingdom based in Washington state.

 

You can catch DeQuan streaming MTG Arena on his Twitch Channel HERE.

Or you can visit his Twitch Channel at: https://www.twitch.tv/powrdragn

 

The New HBM Outreach Program!

Hunter Burton Memorial Inc. is excited to announce that it will begin a new step in its outreach program for suicide awareness. Starting in November of 2018, the HBMI team will begin venturing out to stores during special advertised events and talking to stores and their players about what the internal store communities can do to help those who might be struggling.

“This initiative will change the dynamic of what we do as a foundation. It moves us forward to the next step in uniting the gaming community across the country in the battle to prevent suicide.”
– Erin Giddings
Director of Operations for Hunter Burton Memorial Inc.

“The goal of the foundation is to bring awareness to a major at-risk community all the while celebrating Hunter Burton. This new outreach program will help us do both!”
– Dona Burton
Founder/Treasurer of Hunter Burton Memorial Inc.

What exactly will this new program entail and how can you be involved? We’re glad you asked! Here are some of the details so far:

  1. What it is: Stores/Businesses can sign up across the country to host a special HBM Outreach Event. These can be any type of positive atmosphere event including a gaming tournament, meetup, casual gaming session, mixer, etc. and is not just limited to Magic the Gathering.
  2. How to do it: For a business to sign up they simply need to email HunterBurtonMO@gmail.com about their interest and the event idea they have in mind. If/When accepted there is a form to fill out. This form and at least a $100 donation will be returned to HBMI and the event scheduled.
  3. What it entails: The business will get advertising on the Hunter Burton Memorial Open website as well as the Hunter Burton Memorial Inc, website. In addition they will be listed as a sponsor for the 2019 Hunter Burton Memorial Open for their tax deductible donation. Of course there will also be a FREE entry into ANY ONE EVENT at the 2019 HBMO held on March 16th and 17th to either a winner or lucky participant. Last but not least, stores in Texas (and other states depending on schedule and accommodations) will have a member of the Hunter Burton Team visit during the event to talk to the attendees about what they can do to help their fellow community members and do their part to maybe save a life.

Are you a player who wants this event at your game store or business? Ask your store about hosting one of these outreach events. The more players that ask about it, the more likely the store is to want to participate! Scheduling begins October 1st, 2018 so start talking to them today!

Are you a business that is interested in holding one of these events? Contact us today to see what we can set up. We are always looking for non-gaming partners such as breweries, restaurants, coffee shops, stores and more! We want to work with you!

Spread the word, the HBM is coming to a store near you very soon!

Following Helps the Cause

With the planning behind the scenes in full swing, the team here at Hunter Burton Memorial Inc. want to make sure you stay up to date on all the HBMO news. To do that, we are ramping up our campaign on the web and social media to keep you informed.

With that said, right now the biggest thing you could do to help us out is to follow our channels. We are on almost every platform so feel free to choose those that work best for you (or all of them if you are so bold!) From all of us here on the team, we thank you!

Facebook: @HunterBurtonMemorial
(See our updates and connect with our team directly)

Twitch:  https://www.twitch.tv/hunterburtonmemorialopen
(Watch the HBMO and soon to be announced content LIVE!)

Twitter:  @HunterBMemOpen

SnapChat:  HBmemlopen-mtg
(Live content including updates from our team and motivational stories)

Instagram:  HunterBurtonMemorialOpen
(Pictures and news updates)

And most importantly, don’t forget to subscribe here on our website to get all of the news stories directly to your email inbox before they post anywhere else!

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The Biggest HBMO Ever Is Coming: 2019

Today marks a historic day for the Hunter Burton Memorial Open. For us (the HBMO event team) it is truly an amazing time for us. We can finally share with you the overall plans and date for the 2019 event!

We are unable to start talking about our 2019 event however without first taking the time to once again thank all the volunteers, sponsors, vendors, partners, and most of all the players and attendees who donated to the 2018 Hunter Burton event. Without you, the upcoming event wouldn’t be possible.

A quick note from Dona Burton herself:

“The 2018 Hunter Burton Memorial Open was by far the most amazing year so far. The support of not only the Magic the Gathering community but also the volunteers, sponsors, and contributors was phenomenal to say the least. I am speechless with regards to how amazing the 2019 event is already shaping up to be. I truly believe everyone will be just as amazed and excited as I am for the coming year.”

Now, without further delay let’s get started with the big news as there is just so much to announce!

The 2019 Hunter Burton Memorial Open will be at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas on…

 

MARCH 16th & 17th, 2019

 

 

It’s a Two-Day Event!

That’s right, for the first time EVER the Hunter Burton Memorial Open will be a two-day event! This means more big events, more prizes, and more reasons to attend. These additional events won’t just be limited to Magic the Gathering.
That’s not all however as we have more amazing news to tell you. So…Much…More!

With the addition of a second day we are finally able to have the Saturday Modern $10k tournament that will continue on day two. This will allow competitors to play a set number of rounds on day one followed by a reasonable night’s sleep with the conclusion Sunday morning. Yes, you read that correctly. The 2019 Hunter Burton Memorial will feature a Modern Format $10k on Saturday with its conclusion on Sunday!

Sunday Will Be Just As Big For Everyone!

So now you ask, “what about the rest of us on Sunday?!” Well we have now added (and you may want to sit down for this one)… a Standard $5k tournament on Sunday! Yes, you are reading that right! Sunday is a Standard Format $5,000 tournament open to everyone.

That’s A Lot Of Big News So Surely That’s It Right?

HA! No way! We have a whole list of things to announce. So many in fact that we are just going to number them off one by one so you can easily digest each and every bit:

1.) SIDE EVENTS
There will be MAJOR side events on both Saturday and Sunday. That includes Legacy, Modern and Standard formats as well as Drafts and Commander. As we get closer we’ll announce these events but it’s safe to assume that if you play Magic the Gathering you will have plenty of reasons to attend both days!
We would also like to announce that the side events will now be held in a separate area from the main events. This will allow for better communication, staffing of judges and overall better organization without such low player caps.

2.) IMPROVED CONCESSIONS
We received your feedback about the food options at the 2018 event. Unfortunately due to some miscommunications last year the concession options were not as we expected and were not up to a standard we would have liked. Because of this we are working closely with the Hurst Conference Center to ensure the 2019 food options are much improved.

3.) VENDORS, SPONSORS, AND MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS
In 2019 we will have more vendors at the event for all attendees to shop from. In addition, we will have some great new sponsors coming on board (some pretty big names) adding major contributions to the cause.
If you would like your store or business to be involved, contact us! The upcoming 2019 event will have more opportunities to be involved for businesses and individual volunteers.

4.) TENTATIVE DATES
As with anything this far in advance some things could change, but here is a list of important dates to bookmark so you can stay up to speed on what’s happening and when!
– Begin Accepting Donations – June 1st
– Begin Accepting Vendor Applications – June 30th
– Begin Accepting Sponsorships – July 31st
– Begin Accepting Volunteer Applications – September 15th
VIP Registration Opens – November 1st
Pre-registration Opens – December 15th
HBMO Happens March 16th & 17th

5.) STAY TUNED
This year we are making a greater push to do more things for the cause of suicide awareness and prevention. To do this we are starting a string of new initiatives including satellite events in stores (not just in the Dallas area) as well as a new and improved social media campaign. There we will be very open and honest about the behind the scenes of the HBMO and begin allowing Erin Giddings (our Event Coordinator) to start including “Real Talk” segments. These will be very direct videos and messages about the cause in an effort to connect all year long with our audience and do our best to make a positive impact on the community. These new initiatives  are just a first step on our mission to spread awareness.

 

There is so much more in the works behind the scenes that we just can’t share… yet. That said, if you haven’t already, please subscribe to our blog (right here on the website homepage) to get all the news directly to your email inbox or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. We’ll have Twitter and Youtube coming soon as well!

Last but not least, here is something we need from you. Please help us by sharing this story on whatever your preferred social media platform is to help spread the word! Post it in your MTG groups, share it with your local game store, tell your friends next time you meet to cube draft. If everyone tells one person they know (or even someone they don’t know) about the 2019 HBMO, we would be eternally grateful!

Thank you from the bottom of our heart and we look forward to seeing you in March 2019!

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