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How to Raise Money for Charity Without Reaching in Your Wallet: Lets Charity Teams Play Games for Cash Prizes

Friday, March 27, 2009 - 03:00

St. Jude Children's Hospital and The Dream Foundation Reap Benefits in February


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- How do you raise money for charity without coughing up your own cash? Thousands of casual gamers meet daily at to compete in the site's monthly Team Challenge charity contest to play games in the hopes of winning cash for their favorite causes. By month's end, IWON, a division of Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc., will have awarded more than $175,000 in cash contributions to a wide range of charities.


The IWON® Team Challenge program donates money each month to the six charities or community organizations with the most coins earned by their team members while playing any of over 100 free games on


Topping February's national charity Team Challenge, The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital received $5,000 through the efforts of a loyal IWON team of online game players. One of the world's premier medical centers, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is dedicated to finding cures for children with catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.


On the member-created team charity side, Terry's Dream Team opted to award their $5,000 winnings to The Dream Foundation, the first and largest national nonprofit wish-granting organization for adults with life-limiting illness.


Taking February's second and third place prize awards in the national team category were Best Friends Animal Society, the country's largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals and Doctors Without Borders. Among IWON member-created groups, the team in support of Wounded Warriors took second place and a $2,000 prize, while the third place Heavenly Angels won $1,000.


How To Play Games for Charity Participating in the IWON Team Challenge requires only that users complete a free registration form on, then choose the team they wish to join from a list of national or community designated charities. They may also create a new team for a cause not represented in the competition within the community's Member-Created Teams category.


Coins earned by participants while playing's free games count toward their team's monthly total. The teams with the highest coin tallies at month's end are then named the winners. The more people who join a player's team and the more games they play, the more coins their team receives.


What's more, players can also redeem their coins for member-only sweepstakes entries. So while users may be playing on behalf of a charity team, they are also eligible to win their own prizes. After all, the economy is impacting more than just charities.


About Mindspark

Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc., a wholly owned business of IAC , is a leading developer of social networking applications, informational websites and portals that enable users to creatively and visually express themselves online. Mindspark brands include Zwinky®, Zwinky CutiesGirlsense®, Smiley Central®, Webfetti™, IWON®, Vimeo™, Life123™,™, Kazulah™, Popular Screensavers™, MyFunCards™, Cardboiled™, Cursor Mania™, as well as the Excite® portal.


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