Make Room for Kids Update

Two exciting updates!

1.  The Make Room for Crazy portion of the Make Room for Kids/Christmas Crazy for Kids fundraiser has added exciting new prizes:

  • Two RIP Packages for The Scarehouse.  The RIP Package includes four RIP tickets, meaning you don’t have to wait in line, plus a free CD and a free shotglass.  Each RIP package is worth $140, so this is a grand total donation of $280 through the generosity of The Scarehouse’s owners Scott and Barb Simmons. The Scarehouse dates and newest attractions have not yet been announced but you can watch the website for details in the coming months.
  • In addition, Burgh Baby has secured a Pirates Fan Pack as a prize.
  • And finally, reader Eileen donated a $50 Pirates/MLB Gift Card good to use to purchase tickets or merchandise from  Also good to use to purchase tickets directly from the ticket office.

If you haven’t yet chosen a side, you can click on that GIANT YOU CAN SEE IT FROM SPACE YES button in the side bar or you can go to Burgh Baby’s site and click the NO button, you rainbow-hating, bunny-punching, puppy-kicking terrorist.

2.  This morning I met with Luke Sossi from Microsoft and Nancy Angus of the Mario Lemieux Foundation at the MLF offices and I would like to applaud myself for the self-control I showed in not licking any of the autographed hockey sticks hanging on the walls there.  I also did not lick any autographed pictures of Mario and I did not show my boobs to any autographed hockey jerseys.  I also did not try to steal anything.  I am so proud of me. I was like, totally professional n’at.

When I arrived, Luke informed me that the Pittsburgh Microsoft employees donated an additional XBOX to Make Room for Kids, which would be matched by Microsoft, so that brings it to two additional XBOXs since last I updated you.  Then he said that Microsoft corporate pitched in ANOTHER free XBOX in addition to the two it was already donating.

All said and done, Luke showed Nancy and I this snazzy graph picture chart thing he did illustrating that via an office of 30 Microsoft employees, they have donated 19 XBOXs and 2 mobile gaming kiosks and extra controllers and lots of games.  Luke couldn’t even estimate how many games because his office is filled with games for this project.

After explaining it all to us, Luke, who came bearing gifts and flowers for us, says, “Are you comfortable with that?”


But seriously, what an amazing snowball of generosity this is.  And yes, Burghers, I gave Luke a big hug on your behalf.

We’re hoping to get everything finalized, ordered and delivered in about three weeks time.

I’ll keep you posted.


  1. summer78
    March 17, 2010 3:49 pm

    You’ve done so many amazing things since “outing” yourself and inspired so many to do the same. I hope you are as proud of yourself as all of your readers are.

  2. Natural Red
    March 17, 2010 3:49 pm

    That is such great news- the sick kids are going to get a real charge out of all those games.
    Ginny- proud of you that you held yourself together this am. But, being fairly new to the site, can you tell me what n’at means?

  3. Virginia
    March 17, 2010 3:51 pm

    Natural Red,

    n’at is Pittsburghese for “and so on and so forth” sort of. ;)

    I’m sure other commenters will have better, funnier definitions to describe it though.

  4. bluzdude
    March 17, 2010 5:15 pm

    You could have at least showed Luke your boobs…

    Seriously though… sometimes I think you should run for City Council or something. But then I think you’re probably getting more done, exactly as you are.

  5. oldgraymare
    March 17, 2010 5:38 pm

    And will he tax to pay for his war on snow?

  6. Luke Steelerstahl
    March 17, 2010 6:59 pm

    Can I come play? I bet I could beat those sick kids good!

  7. Andy Theo
    March 17, 2010 7:17 pm

    Love what Microsoft and the Mario Lemieux Foundation are doing. Cheers to them!

    p.s. Am I the only one that thinks the Foundation should abbreviate the name some way other than using its initials?

  8. Lisa J
    March 17, 2010 8:10 pm

    I have to say that I love rainbows, bunnies, puppies, kittens, gold fish, sunshine, moon beams, skipping through grassy field, and splashing on sandy beaches. I am not a terrorist (although that discription might leave ya a little nervous) but I’m still team Burgh Baby. The Succos are gonna do just that, suck.
    Love ya.

  9. Bojack
    March 17, 2010 8:28 pm


  10. Bojack
    March 17, 2010 8:29 pm


  11. Megan
    March 18, 2010 8:22 am

    Great MRfC update!!! I also applaud your non-licking amazing self-control!

  12. Kathy
    March 18, 2010 8:32 am

    awesome!! n’at!

  13. Jake B
    March 22, 2010 11:36 am

    I have been following this story and was curious if anyone involved has been made aware fo Child’s Play, it’s a non-profit setup by the guys that write Penny Arcade.

  14. Virginia
    March 22, 2010 11:38 am


    I first went to Child’s Play about this, but they never responded, so I went to the Mario Lemieux Foundation instead.