indexAs many of you may know, Zeldathon team held their 11th annual week long marathon playing through every game from the Legend of Zelda series, including the infamous CD-i Wand of Gamelon and Faces of Evil, and Zelda’s Adventure. This time around, Zeldathon surpassed their significant goal of $100k with a grand total of $101,621 in donations for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Hit the jump to read some interesting tidbits of this past Zeldathon!

For those of you interested in some interested in some tidbits following the success of the marathon, here’s a few facts gathered from The Meadville Tribune.

In the course of of one week, July 10-17th  Zeldathon team accumulated a total of approximately 155 hours of consecutive game play while reaching a grand total of $101,621 in donations. The Zeldathon team typically commemorates their marathons twice a year, that are aired from confidential locations for safety reasons.

Although the average donation ranged from $5 to $30, there were a number of large donations peeking up into the thousands. In fact, the largest donation by one individual was around $7,000.
Zeldathon marathons in the past have even reached more than $215,000, and have donated to a number of other charities and organizations.

This time around, the Zeldathon team chose to support St. Judes kids for the following reasons:

For more than 50 years, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been treating children who are fighting cancer and other deadly diseases with pioneering research and exceptional care. Through the generous support of donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food— because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

St. Jude’s even took this cause into account according to Matt Motiff, executive director of Zeldathon, “From what we understand, (St. Jude) is very grateful. They sent us pizzas on the final day of the marathon.”

Executive director Matt Moffit of Zeldathon hinted that you can expect their next Zeldathon sometime this December with improvements, bigger goals and possibly a new charity to donate to. Team member Elizabeth Rice, thankful for Zeldathon’s viewers and supporters said, “We’ll be back for Zeldathon in the winter. Big thank-you to anyone local who spread the word or tuned in and donated.”

If you would still like to donate or missed your chance, donations will can still be made over at through the donation tab on the upper right corner. Donations will be still go to the St. Jude Research Hospital and will be accepted until September 1st 2014.

Did any of you get to experience the Zeldathon stream? What do you think of the their ambition and outcome? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Meadville Tribune, Zeldathon

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