D0805 T1811 Y2007TTL Foundation Update

Earlier this summer, the TTL Gunslingers made good on a promise.

It was a promise almost a year in the making.

On Labor Day Weekend in 2006, Tied the Leader announced a charitable endeavor that would add to some weight to our interactions. The launching pad for this experiment was a LAN Party that we hosted in Chicago. The following November, that same announcement was followed by the inception of a charitable foundation under the Tied the Leader banner. The working idea was that a band of geeks could be of more use to the world, and to each other, than playing video games.

At Tied the Leader, we put forth a lot of efforts towards the glorification of violence – loud, visceral, bloody, smoky carnage and violence. If you are reading these words, it is likely that you are intimately acquainted with just the sort of mayhem that we practice. We thrive on it. Our adult constituency plays war games with all the voracity of which their inner-child is capable. While this imaginery battle wages against – and sometimes alongside – the citizenry of the Halo Nation, current events that shape our nation provide the starkest reminders that war is far from a game.

Every time one of our Gunslingers barks “Copy that!” into their Xbox Live headset, they are borrowing from the culture of the men and women that fight the real war. We sit, comfortably on our couches, dodging bullets and grenades like armchair warriors. The only interruption of our fun is the five seconds it takes to magically respawn on the battlefield; fresh and ready to continue – if not finish – the fight.

The Tied the Leader Foundation was created to give back to those from whose culture we borrow so very frequently. It’s a means of offering our humblest thanks to the people that make the safety of our couches their personal responsibility. It must be said that, at tiedtheleader.com, we save our politics for the game. We seek not to make a statement about the virtue of war – or the ones currently being fought. Instead, we seek to recognize the sacrifice of the people who march when the order is given, and to help them when they fall.

Months passed after we made our intentions known. We opened a store. Many a shirt found its way onto the back of a Gunslinger. We planned yet more LAN parties, bringing together the people who had become friends defending the same bases from attackers. Some of our members made private donations to drive the cause. Others donated their time, effort, and skills to make sure that the cause had momentum. People even started asking us for our story, but we had yet to put any money where our mouths were.

On June 29th, that changed. We made our first donation. On that day, $500 went to the Azalea Charities Aid For Wounded Soldiers. This money did not go into the hands of some government bureaucracy. It paid no one’s salary. It didn’t even pay for the server space that makes this conspiracy possible. The funds that we raised in the name of the soldier went directly to new arrivals at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Again, all politics aside, we were glad to see our proceeds go where they seemed to be needed most dearly.

We paid for clothing, electronics, and personal care items for troops who were rotated stateside to receive rehabilitation for wounds they received in battle. It then came to our attention that our donation was matched by another team who calls themselves the Redskins, essentially doubling the value of our efforts. We did some research to invite this team to a challenge against ours. Unfortunately, we were unable to find these noobs listed in any of the usual places where you find teams.

Over the course of the next month, we will host another LAN Party. One year leter, the Gunslingers return to the scene of the crime. Once again, they will find themselves in Chicago on what we hope will be another beautiful Labor Day weekend. On that occasion, no matter the weather, we will have something to celebrate – aside from the obvious accomplishment of remaining friends amidst the hostile environments of Halo 2. Pints will be raised and violence will be glorified while the pictures fly through the air.

Wanna go? Get yourself to our forum and start forging an alliance.

When all is fought and won, there will be a surplus of our hard-earned cash. There always is. That money will find its way into the hands of someone more deserving than any of us.

Will we change the world? No. We will not. But we will honor the people whom we admire most, even if we have to do it one soldier at a time.

Say thankya. Big, big.

Posted by XerxdeeJ

Comment 6

  1. #LINK D0806 T0142
    Quantifier wrote...

    I am honored to be a part of this community and am most humbled that we can give back to those who fight for our freedoms, say thankya indeed!

  2. #LINK D0806 T1030
    L askan wrote...

    Ah rekoggnizze thyat Splayzarrr!

    Lan Me, I’m ready.

  3. #LINK D0806 T1031
    trigger119 wrote...

    Thanks for the update Xerxdeej I was wondering what was going on with this…I thought it a groundbreaking/amazing idea for “halo organizations.” I’m glad it goes to our troops. Much love to them.

  4. #LINK D0806 T1350
    TTL Stuicide wrote...

    Glad to know our LAN does give back, being as fun as it is, it’s a win/win.

  5. #LINK D0806 T1618
    VoltRabbit wrote...

    No matter the whatever or where ever of war, our soldiers do their job to serve the free men and women of this country. Much love to my brothers and sisters at war, more love to those wounded, and more still to those who have lost their lives.

  6. #LINK D0914 T0232
    Monster wrote...

    Awesome. Simply awesome.

    (ps i’m in that picture!)

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