October 26, 2007
Kids Gallop for PS2 Game Time as Sony Makes
its New Orleans Children’s Hospital Donation Official
“Nothing happens with just one person. All the
good things happen because a lot of people work together.”
Earlier this week Sony Computer Entertainment
America announced its plans to donate $25,000 to the New Orleans Children’s
Hospital. The deal was solidified on the morning of Thursday, October 25 when
SCEA arrived at the hospital – games and kiosks in hand – to make the donation
Steve Worley, President and CEO of the New Orleans Children’s Hospital, and
Brian Landry, VP of Marketing, accepted the donation.
“PlayStation is so excited to once again be a
sponsor of the Voodoo Music Experience here in New Orleans,” said Abigail
Murphy, Corporate Communications Specialist for SCEA. “As a part of our
sponsorship for Voodoo, PlayStation wanted to give back to the community of New
Orleans. What better way to come here to the hospital and play games with all of
you and to make a donation.”
Kids, parents, and anyone quick enough to snatch
a controller could play SingStar Pop, SingStar Rocks, Buzz! The Mega Quiz and
Buzz Jr. Jungle Party. The latter two were presented via traveling kiosks.
These walking kiosks are traveling Best Buy stores and college dorms across the
country, determined to put Dual-Shock 2s and Buzz! buzzers in the hands of
Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu hosted the
event, which drew support from recording artists Trombone Shorty and Derrick
Tabb (of Rebirth Brass Band). “I’m so happy to be here at the Children’s
Hospital with all our friends from Sony,” said the Lieutenant Governor. “They
came here this weekend to help with Voodoo Fest, which is one of our great music
festivals. But Sony didn’t want to come into town without coming by Children’s
Hospital, which as you know is a fabulous place. All these folks from here that
are taking care of y’all.”
SingStar Pop and SingStar Rocks let gamers explore their inner vocalist.
The Lieutenant Governor continued, “On behalf of
the state of Louisiana, I just wanted to come and thank all of these folks for
reaching out. You know, nothing happens with just one person. All the good
things happen because a lot of people work together so that we can all be as
happy and healthy as we can be. God bless all of you.”
PlayStation bags and PS2 (slim line) consoles were among the goodies donated.
Later that night, Trombone Shorty performed at the famous Tipitina’s nightclub
in New Orleans.
Photos and Story by Louis Bedigian.