Last week, I was invited to attend an event that is a little outside of the realm of Just Press Start.  Most of you know that we focus on video games mostly, but this event centered around the very popular table top card game Magic the Gathering. John Finkel, Magic the Gathering Hall of Famer, was in attendance for this event and I had the pleasure to interview him.

Gamers Helping Gamers is a charity that is designed to help magic players afford going to college. The charity was started based on an idea by Eric Berger, Tim McKenna and John Finkel. It is a scholarship program to help intelligent college bound Magic players to afford their dream school. It is a fairly new charity, as it was just formed back in 2011, but they already have issued out two scholarships for the 2012 school year.  They are currently accepting applications until March 31, 2013 for the upcoming fall semester.

The event was held at Kirwan’s Game Store in Catskill, NY. It was a standard 2k Wizards Play Network event in which the first place winner would take home $1000. The entire $35 entry fee was donated to Gamers Helping Gamers. Players were also given the ability to play either John Finkel, or Tim McKenna, for a small donation of $5.

At the end of the day, Kirwan’s helped raise $5500 for the charity. The event was a great time for all, as everyone had the chance to play Finkel. Later on during the day, as people were eliminated from the tournament, Kirwan’s started to hold small booster draft tournaments as well. All in all it was an great event for a great cause.

For more information about Gamers Helping Gamers, just click on the link. And if you are ever in the area of Catskill, NY, stop by Kirwan’s Game Store. They have everything, from board games to video games!