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Wiggity Bang Games, LLC
Contact: Jean Walcher/Maya Ellman, 619.295.7140
Wiggity Bang Games Donates Family-fun Board Games to Gilda’s Clubs
San Diego, CA – Oct. 26, 2007 – Wiggity Bang Games has donated its games – Quelf, FlapDoodle, and QUAO – to Gilda's Club Worldwide, a cancer support organization that provides social and emotional support for anyone touched by cancer -- men, women, children and their families and friends. The three games will be distributed to all 30 Gilda’s Clubs located throughout the US and in Canada. In addition, they have committed to donate games to all new locations of Gilda's Clubs as they open. This year the donation will amount to approximately $3,500.
The family board games of silly nonsensical fun encourage kids and families to come together, forget their worries for a few hours, and laugh out loud. FlapDoodle, for ages 6 and up, includes crazy questions and fun stunts. Quelf, and QUAO (pronounced “cow”), both for ages 12 and up, will tickle the funny bone of even the toughest tween, teen and adult critics.
During the creation of Quelf, Matthew Rivaldi, CEO of Wiggity Bang Games, and Jeremy Fifer, cocreator of Quelf, had personal experiences with cancer. Fifer was diagnosed with Stage III melanoma and successfully underwent treatment to remove it.
At the same time, Rivaldi’s former fiancée, Heidi Bernhardt, was diagnosed and later died of complications of breast cancer. Even though she was at times very ill, Bernhardt was the biggest supporter of the Wiggity Bang Games team, reminding them throughout the creation of Quelf to stay positive and enjoy the experience of life. Quelf was dedicated in her honor.
“Gilda’s Club supports people living with cancer and their families and friends. The club's mission is a good match with Heidi's ideals and the way she lived life. They don’t dictate how to deal with cancer, but help people find information and enjoy life,” said Rivaldi. “With this donation of Wiggity Bang Games to Gilda's Clubs, we hope to give kids, parents, friends and families a chance to play, laugh and have as much fun together as we did creating the game.”
“The games will be a wonderful addition to Noogieland,” says Kathryn Kavicky, Vice President, Marketing and Communications for Gilda’s Club Worldwide. “It’s here that kids can relax, have fun and meet other kids whose lives have been touched by cancer. But it’s also a place where families can come together and spend time with their children in a delightful atmosphere that encourages laughter. We are very touched by the generosity of Wiggity Bang Games.”
About Gilda’s Club Worldwide
Gilda's Club Worldwide is the headquarters organization for a network of affiliate Gilda's Clubs located throughout North America. The Worldwide staff works with communities around the world to start and sustain Gilda's Clubs and to advocate for the importance of emotional and social support for anyone touched by cancer. Free of charge and nonprofit, Gilda's Clubs offer support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events for men, women and children, their families and friends in a nonresidential, homelike setting. For more information about Gilda's Club Worldwide, visit www.gildasclub.org or call 1-888-GILDA-4-U.
About Wiggity Bang Games
Three guys from California, whose sole purpose in life is to make people laugh, founded Wiggity Bang Games, LLC (WBG), in early 2004. Believing that a sense of humor is the key that unlocks the universe, WBG launched its first board game, Quelf, for ages 12 and up, in 2005. Other games include: FlapDoodle, a game for kids 6 and up, and QUAO, the Ultimate Dictatorship Card Game.
In today’s world where tech gadgets replace human contact, WBG games encourage friends and families to come together to talk, play and laugh and most importantly, have fun. The WBG team is currently hard at work developing other hilariously entertaining games and products. For more information visit www.wiggitybang.com
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