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February 13, 2008 > Guitar Hero tournament to end youth homelessness

Guitar Hero tournament to end youth homelessness

Submitted By Ty Bhatnagar

It can be agreed that every child deserves a room to get away from the bitter cold at night, clothes that actually fit, and meals to end hunger. Sadly, over 1.35 million children are homeless in America. These children are forced to sleep on streets, under bridges, and in cramped cars. Even worse, these children have little clothing, limited access to health care, and are uncertain about where their next meal is coming from. Something must be done to combat youth homelessness, and it must be done now.

The Young Entrepreneurs Club, a group of students at Irvington High School in Fremont, has formed to learn about the marketing and sales aspects of business, while promoting business ethics and providing service to society. The club has decided to do its part to bring an end to youth homelessness.

The club is holding an event on Friday, Feb. 22, in the Irvington High School Valhalla Theater from 5- 8 p.m. which will serve as a fundraiser for this cause. Rising popularity in a video game known as Guitar Hero will be the basis for Guitar Hero III, a tournament featuring this game. Guitar Hero III will feature one major tournament played on four televisions with the championship match played on a big projector screen.

Tickets to the Guitar Hero III Tournament are only $5 each. Admission includes two slices of pizza, a drink, the ability to play in the tournament or simply watch for your own enjoyment plus a ticket toward a drawing for an Xbox 360. The tournament is open to all ages so you can bring a friend, a child, a sibling, a cousin, or anyone you like. This will be a fun, family friendly event, and will also include free play of the game Rack Band and music for your listening enjoyment.

All profits earned from the Guitar Hero III Tournament will be given directly to the Youth Emergency Assistance Hostel (Y.E.A.H), a non-profit group in Berkeley. Y.E.A.H assists homeless youth by providing relief from the stresses of living on the streets, creating a community of friendship, and by advocating alternatives to street life.

The event is expected to cost in excess of $500 and funding for this event is still needed. All donations are tax-deductible. In return, you will receive the gratitude of not only a small group of students, but also the hundreds of youth you will help feed, clothe and shelter. The Young Entrepreneurs Club hopes that you can help by becoming a sponsor or attending the event.

For more information please contact Ty Bhatnagar, Young Entrepreneurs Club President, at (510) 712-9172 or via email at

Guitar Hero III Tournament
Friday, Feb 22
5 - 8 p.m.
Irvington High School, Valhalla Theater
41800 Blacow Rd., Fremont
(510) 712-9172

Admission: $5

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