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AbleGamers Foundation raised more than $33K at PAX East 2014

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The AbleGamers Foundation, a nonprofit organization that advocates for gamers with disabilities, raised $33,635.07 at PAX East 2014, the group announced today.

It was the organization's largest single instance of fundraising, more than doubling the total from PAX East 2013.

The funds include contributions from players of Pachinko for Charity, a gaming area that the AbleGamers Foundation had set up in the lobby of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Industry partners like Paradox Entertainment and Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos gave matching funds for the first $12,500, and other donors also pitched in. Over two dozen companies such as The Behemoth, Deep Silver, Electronic Arts and Uber Entertainment provided more than $42,000 in Pachinko for Charity prizes.

"PAX East never ceases to amaze us with its generosity and community spirit," said Mark Barlet, founder and executive director of AbleGamers Foundation, in a press release. "Every year we start out thinking there's no way we could top what we achieved the year before, and every year we do better than we could've imagined. We really owe such a debt of gratitude to our corporate sponsors for their life-changing donations, and even more so to the extremely giving crowd at PAX East. We're nothing without you."

AbleGamers will use the funds to continue its pro-accessibility initiatives and its grant program.

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