Buffalo Spree Magazine recently covered the Buffalo Pinball League in Buffalo, NY. The Buffalo Pinball League is one of the over 100 IFPA endorsed leagues held around the world. Players mentioned include league President Nicholas Lane (ranked 550th in the world). Click HERE to read the article. For more details on the Bufallo Pinball League, click HERE.
Global News in British Columbia, Canada recently visited Library Square which hosts the Whopper Wednesday tournament every week. The Whopper Wednesday tournament is one of the over 1600 IFPA endorsed events held around the world. Players interviewed include Damon Holowchak (ranked 5227th in the world), Robert Gagno (ranked 12th in the world) and Eden Stamm (ranked 54th in the world). Click HERE to watch the video.
Between the Kids Fight Cancer campaign associated with the SCS, and the fundraiser events currently being organized for both Barry Oursler and Python Angelo, the IFPA is proud to announce that we've passed the $10,000 mark for funds raised. Special thanks to all the IFPA players that have competed for such great causes, along with Stern Pinball, Jersey Jack Pinball and Pinball Inc. for stepping up as sponsors.
The great news is that there are still plenty of events coming up on the IFPA calendar all over the world, including multiple fundraiser tournaments in San Francisco (see flyer attached). We hope to shatter the $10,000 total in the upcoming weeks and months. There's still plenty of time to get involved by creating an event in your area as part of the Oursler and/or Python campaigns. Just contact the IFPA for details at email@example.com
Metro News in Canada recently covered the London Ontario Pinball League in Ontario, Canada. The LOPL is one of the over 100 IFPA endorsed leagues held around the world. Players mentioned include league President Mike Dymus (ranked 832nd in the world). Click HERE to read the article. For more details on the LOPL, click HERE.
As some of you may know, Pinball Designer Python Anghelo has been in a long and costly battle for his life. Due to his chemo and radiation treatments over the last couple years he has been very limited in his ability to do his creative work. As you can imagine, this has put a severe strain on Python's finances and he is turning to the Pinball Community for help. You can read the full story and donate HERE.
On the heels of the IFPA Oursler Fundraiser Campaign which has helped generate thousands of dollars for the Oursler family, the IFPA would like to once again help by offering all tournament orgnaizers a chance to run an event to help raise funds for Python. Similar to the Oursler campaign, the IFPA plans on treating each of these Oursler tournaments as a unique event, worth full value WPPR points, even if a particular location is already hosting another annual event in 2014. Get in touch with the IFPA at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in setting up an event and we'll work with you on getting it added to the IFPA calendar. We hope to set up events nationwide and use competitive pinball as a way to help Barry and his wife out in this unfortunate situation.
Helping to sponsor the creation of these events is Pinball Inc. As part of the prize package for each tournament created, the winner will receive a $150 gift certificate from Pinball Inc. Click HERE to visit the Pinball Inc. website.
The inaugural IFPA European Championship Series is officially off and running. Last weekend the Netherlands held their event for the ECS, which was the Dutch Pinball Masters. 10 countries were represented, with Robert Sutter winning the Main tournament, and Daniele Celestino Acciari winning the Classics division. Robert sits in the top position of the first ECS standings. Full results from the Dutch Pinball Masters are available HERE. The current ECS standings are available HERE.
Besides running Automobile Magazine, Jean Jennings runs the "Jean Knows Cars" blog. One of her writers caught up with 2013 World's Greatest Pinball player, Zach Sharpe at the Chicago Auto Show. Zach took Automobile Magazine through a few pinball playing fundamentals on Stern's latest Mustang pinball machine. Click HERE to read the artice.
Gridiron Support posted a write up on their blog follwoing the conclusion of the Flippin' With the Greats Pinball Tournament. Click HERE to read the article.
In the first ever Flippin’ with the Greats Pinball Tournament players from the Northeast region competed for a brand new pinball machine in addition to an assortment of prizes including footballs, hats and memorabilia signed by NFL legends and Hall of Famers. The four-week tournament leading up to the NFL’s Super Bowl in New Jersey and was a tremendous success raising more than $4,000 for Mike Ditka’s Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund.
IFPA Co-Chairman Steve Epstein and former 2002 NFL Most Valuable Player Rich Gannon are pictured working out the details to an IFPA/Gridiron nationwide campaign planned for later in 2014, so stay tuned for details!
IFPA SCS coverage continues in Louisiana, where The Times-Picayune spent the day in Metairie covering the first IFPA Louisiana State Pinball Championship. Eric Shafer emerged victorious earning the title of Louisiana State Champion along with a trip to Nationals to represent Louisiana in May. Click HERE to read the article.