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Chicago, IL - November 7, 2012 - Off Duty Gamers, in conjunction with Kona's Korner Productions and Game Pazzo presents an evening supporting our veterans and recognizing Veterans Day with a little fun, prizes and support for a great cause. Please join us online or in person for this event on Saturday November 10th, 2012 from 6pm until 1am!

This 501c3 (tax deductible) organization is dedicated to the morale of the troops!

Captain Stephen "Shanghai Six" Machuga, a former Army Airborne Ranger, founded Operation Supply Drop in Nov. 2010, after serving for eight years with the US Army, including 13 months in Iraq. An avid video game player himself, Machuga realized that many soldiers who are gamers don't have access to their favorite form of entertainment, one of the few types of leisure activity permitted in high threat areas of deployment.

"When soldiers aren't outside the wire on patrol, they're playing video games," explains Machuga. "Our packages are an immeasurable morale booster for the soldiers; troops are accustomed to getting care packages from strangers full of baby wipes and socks. Our care packages are designed to blow their socks off."

Since the charity's establishment, Operation Supply Drop has raised more than $60,000 in games and gear each with an average value of $2,000 to units deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan.

With the help of a variety of allied gaming organizations, Operation Supply Drop's "8-Bit Salute to Veterans" will be one of the country's largest efforts undertaken in support of Veteran's Day.

]Learn more about Operation Supply Drop and see other care packages that have been sent](

Charity Event Details:

Game Pazzo

2011 63rd Street

Downers Grove, IL 60516

Date: Saturday November 10th, 2012

Time of Event: 1800 (6pm CST) until 0100 (1am CST)

GAME PAZZO is THE entertainment destination located in Downers Grove, IL for all ages and families. 2000 sq feet of retail game store where you can BUY, SELL, or TRADE-IN your games/accessories; followed by 13,000 sq ft in the back which is the Gaming Center, offering the ultimate gaming experience where you can play on your choice of gaming systems - Playstation, Wii, XBOX 360 & Kinect, PC games and Rock Band on our very own state-of-the-art Rock Band Stage. In addition to gaming areas, Game Pazzo features a full service bar and kitchen with areas to hang out, grab a bite to eat, drink with friends, catch a game on TV or play pool.

Check out the location and learn more!

Live Coverage with Kona!

Kona's Korner Productions will be running the Chicago event LIVE via all night long. We'll bring you commentary, game play, fun and even some give aways. We realize not everyone can get to the event but we are looking forward to spreading the word and having everyone join us online!

Live Feed:

About Kona's Korner Shawn 'Kona' Waribany has a long rich history with the game industry. His talents led to a successful website about the industry at and launched his production company which has been offering live streaming video production services to some of the biggest names in the industry.

Anyone can attend this event. The event is to raise awareness for Operation Supply Drop, say thank you to veterans of our military for the service and sacrifices they make and of course to have some fun. Any patriotic individual who would like to honor the troops and enjoy some game time can and should attend. If you are not local then get on the live stream and join in the fun.

Supporting the Cause

We are proud to be able to send care packages downrange to our men and women in uniform. They do an amazing job every day and face unbelievable stress. To combat that stress the mission for Operation Supply Drop is to send over game related care packages that will raise spirits, let our troops escape a little of the reality that they face and maybe even have some time to laugh. This is a worthy cause and depends on the support of patriots like you. People understand that the cost of freedom is high and a little support from us at home goes such a long way. It is one thing to say 'I support the troops' and quite another to actually support them. With this in mind we humbly ask that if you are able to help with any amount, please donate and see to it that Operation Supply Drop can continue the mission.

More Information & Contacts Facebook Event: Log in and let us know you're going to be there!



Contact Info:

Mark 'ODG6Actual' Christianson

[email protected]


Shawn "Kona" Warbiany

[email protected]