DocuVuz – Pinball Wizards

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Beercade isn’t just any bar. Project Pinball Charity isn’t just any charity. Together they’ve joined hands to do something really special for sick children.

Check out the video HERE.

IFPA needs your help – WPPR for Women’s only tournaments

ifpa-jpg-w227h210Last year the IFPA created the Women’s World Pinball Championship for the top ranked women in the World Pinball Player Rankings.

We have been excited to also see the growth of Women-only tournaments and leagues, and wanted to do more to promote those kind of events.

So . . . we’re creating a separate WPPR ranking specifically designed for Women-only events. We plan on using this separate rankings system to select additional women as Wild Card spots for the Women’s World Championship starting in 2018.

To kick things off we need your help! Similar to when we launched the original WPPR system, we spent months gathering as many results of tournaments and leagues that we could. We now need to do this for any Women-only event that’s ever happened to help kick the rankings off.

If you have ever hosted a women-only league or tournament, or know of any results that exist anywhere, please contact us at ifpapinball@gmail.com. We will work with you on putting those results into the system.

IFPA14 World Pinball Championship schedule

ifpa14More details will be available soon, but we wanted to get a tentative schedule to those interested in attending IFPA14:

Saturday, May 20th through Sunday, May 21st, 2017 –> World Classic Pinball Open

Monday, May 22nd –> Retro arcade open

Tuesday, May 23rd through Wednesday, May 24th –> Danish Pinball Open

Thursday, May 25th –> Epstein Cup

Friday, May 26th through Sunday, May 28th –> IFPA14 World Pinball Championship

Project Pinball – 5 years!

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It has been 5 years since we started Project Pinball Charity

It is an amazing journey that life has given us. It has been 5 years since Project Pinball Charity began this journey to help families across the United States through our love of pinball. We support countless lives through our charity’s efforts that would take years to discuss the full impact, so we will keep it brief to give you the simplified update.

We have successfully placed twenty-two pinball machines in our Children’s Hospitals from the west coast to the east coast of the United States. We have another five pinball machine dedications, for a December Winter Campaign that we will be announced shortly, raising that total to twenty-six placed.

We don’t only place pinball machines but we actively support, maintain and provide children’s programs with these machines to keep our hospital partners happy. Our hospital community is quickly understanding the exciting therapeutic benefits our charity’s program presents. We developed a program that helps supports families in hospital settings that could use what a pinball machine is designed to offer.

We had a mission statement that has been followed from day one to guide us to our goals along this epic journey to establish a system that will last for years to come. What we do today will have positive lasting effects on these lives through their association with pinball.

All of this was through the help and support of our good friends across our globe- yes. I said, globe. Our charity’s supporters are world-wide which I can only feel truly blessed as I write this.

We would like thank all of our founding partners that helped start our charity’s journey. We were blessed to know Little Shop of Games- Curly has been our there from the first days to help assist and be there when we needed a father voice to guide our ambitions. We would not have started on our path if it was not for the generous nature of Gary Stern of Stern Pinball. Gary and his close associates provided everything that was needed to help us in our infancy to find the legs to walk forward. Marc, Nancy and Paul Mandletort of Marco Specialties have been a huge supporter of our charity’s efforts through this entire time. Matt Barlow has to be mention because he never is that person to sound his own trumpet.

Thank you to our numerous donors, patrons, supporters, followers, well wishers, ambassadors, sponsors, volunteers, community leaders, pinball people and friends that are too many to list individual names. We love you all! Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving and giving life to those in need.

As a charity we do this full time to get things done and our results speak volumes! We take what we do serous because of the impact our charity on the lives of children and their families. With your continued help and support we will continue to grow to help and support these families in our special way. Please, when it comes to giving back, it would mean the world to us if you remember us as a strong charity that you would like to help reach more and more families for the years to come.

We look forward to our journey ahead…. for many, many more years!

Flippin’ With the Greats “Fantasy Football Club” Player Robert Gagno Wins “Black Tie” Slot Machine – Next Giveaway – Set of 6 Limited Edition Gridiron Greats Medallions

img_3910Congrats to Robert Gagno (Again!).  Robert was the winner of the FFC “Black Tie” Slot Machine Giveaway!  This brings his 3 year total of accumulation of prizes won, either by skill or draw, to include … A New Stern Mustang pinball, Wild Africa Slot Machine, Gottlieb Spin A Card pinball, and now a Black Tie Casino Slot Machine!  Robert was also awarded an Invite to the FWTG Cooper’stown Final Pinball Showdown… See you there Robert!

The next FFC giveaway will be for a Limited Edition set of 6 Gridiron Greats Star Series Medallions.

In addition to the Star Series Medallions, the next week’s drawing (Thursday December 1st 8 PM CST) will include an Invitation to the Cooper’stown Final Pinball Party.

Check out Pictures from last season’s Cooper’stown party with Alice Cooper – Click HERE

Additional upcoming prizes to be awarded randomly to FFC Members include-

• 20 Invitations to Alice & Coach’s Final Super Bowl / Pinball Tournament Party Event at Cooper’stown Sports Bar (Phoenix, AZ) to compete for a Brand New Pinball Machine.
• Reconditioned Pinball Machine
• Alice Cooper Autographed “Hollywood Vampires” CD
• Limited Edition Alice Cooper & Coach Ditka Collector Medallions
• Vintage Casino Slot and/or Video Poker Machines (for home game room use only)
• Rock & Roll Memorabilia
• NOS Pinball Translites
• Autographed Football Collectibles

To join the Fantasy Football Club and become eligible for This and ALL upcoming giveaways – Click HERE

A quick reminder – There are TWO components of the Flippin’ With the Greats Campaign… Details at www.gridironsupport.org

1) The “Fantasy Football Club” – A club where Pinball Enthusiasts can support their favorite NFL teams (and win GREAT Stuff!) by simply buying and Creating a PERSONALIZED IFPA/FWTG Medallion to include the player’s name, IFPA #, and the NFL Team they support. Great prizes will be distributed to Club Members throughout the season. Click HERE for more details.

2) The TOURNAMENT SERIES – A Nationwide series of tournaments to be scheduled throughout the NFL season culminating in the SUPER BOWL Pinball Party at Alice Cooper’stown in Phoenix, AZ. Click HERE for more details.

Be sure to join the 2016 IFPA FWTG Series (Group) on Facebook. For more up to the minute information Click HERE

The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund (GGAF) is a non-stock, non-profit 501(c)3 organization, providing financial grants and “pro bono” medical assistance to retired NFL players in dire need. The organization focuses on the humanitarian side of post-football related issues, which include coordination of social services to retired players who are in need due to a variety of reasons including inadequate disability and/or pensions. Learn more at www.gridirongreats.org

Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, also. Solid Rock’s primary mission is to make an everlasting difference in the lives of teens by helping them meet their spiritual, economical, physical, and social need. Alice Cooper’s Rock Teen Center offers a safe, engaging environment during non-school hours –a time when they are most vulnerable to drugs, violence, and gangs. Maintaining a teen’s worst enemy is too much time on their hands Solid Rock provides the music, arts, vocational programs and fellowship that challenge teens to discover their passion through music, dance, self-expression, and creativity. Learn more at www.alicecoopersolidrock.com.

Support and Follow our 2016 Flippin’ With the Greats Pinball Campaign and please “Like” Gridiron Support on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/gridironsupport.org

Adam Becker needs your help! – Ultimate Stern Pinball Fan Contest

Hey Everyone

As most have figured out by now, I’ve been helping out the IFPA with results and calendar submission approvals for a while now and will be for the foreseeable future.  But I could really use the help of the pinball community today!

I’ve made it as a semi finalist in the Ultimate Stern Pinball Fan contest and really need everyone’s help to get me to the finals!

You can vote daily at the following website:

http://www.ultimatesternpinballfan.com/

Every vote matters, so please take some time out of your day and vote for me, I really appreciate any vote you can throw my way!

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Secret Society of players revive pinball fever

6cc20259951b4a1fbe435bde1c3a01d1Univision recently paid a visit to Sebastian Bobbio’s house in southern Florida to talk about the local growth of competitive pinball in the area. Check out the piece HERE. Please note it is in Spanish.

IFPA State Championship Series – November 2016 Update!

ifpa-state-championship-series-v2-300x274There’s 2 months left in the 2016 IFPA State Championship Series season, and we couldn’t be more excited about the continued growth of interest in the SCS.

The inaugural SCS season saw 5235 players participate, the 2014-15 season saw that number grow to 6690 players, while the 2015-16 season grew to 9900 players. The 2016-17 season has currently pulled in 9247 participants this season.

We currently have 38 states included in the SCS (plus Washington DC), which will all culminate in the IFPA State Championship finals. These finals will all be held simultaneously on February 11th, 2017, with 608 finalists competing for not only a State Championship title, but also a spot in the IFPA US National Pinball Championship.

View the current SCS standings HERE.

For those players north of the US border, the IFPA Canada Provincial Championship Series is also currently in progress. Current standings for the Canada PCS are available HERE. A reminder that the Provincial Champions also qualify to participate in the US National Championship.

A reminder that the official satellite spots for the IFPA14 World Pinball Championship will come from the 2016-17 IFPA US National Pinball Championship, and the 2016-17 IFPA European Pinball Championship. The highest finisher in each final that has not yet qualified for IFPA14 will win a free spot into the World Championship.

How Robert Gagno became one of the best pinball players in the world

r147572_1600x900ccESPN The Magazine released an article on Robert Gagno and the resurgence of the competitive pinball scene. Click HERE to read the article.

Meet the Sharpes, Pinball’s Royal Jewish Family

pinballxlAmerican Jewish general interest online magazine, The Tablet, ran a feature on the Sharpe family. Check out the article HERE.