Fundraisers

May 5, 2017

Safar-Zee Fundraising Update!

Following our Safar-Zee fundraising efforts we wanted to update you all on where some of the donations are going! We changed up our donation process this time around and instead of donating one lump sum to a single organization we have been making smaller donations to various animal and wildlife organizations worldwide.

In addition to In-Sync Exotics and our pal Mystery, below are some of the organizations members of our staff have chosen to receive donations on behalf of our players.

Thank you again for your awesome support for animals worldwide- we couldn’t do this without you! Munzee on!

 

Wildlife Warriors Worldwide
https://wildlifewarriors.org.au/
Chosen by Rob Vardeman, CZeeO

“Established by Crocodile Hunters Steve and Terri Irwin in 2002, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors strive to be the most effective wildlife conservation organization in the world through the delivery of outstanding outcome-based programs and projects, inclusive of humanity.”

Animal Angels Sanctuary
www.animalangelstexas.org
Chosen by Cecie Newman, EVP of Operations

“My son and his family couldn’t keep 2 of their dogs. They were heartbroken until they came across this organization that is a 38 acre haven for abused animals and pets that can no longer be taken care of properly. They promise that 100% of every donation goes directly to animal benefit, paying no salaries for Staff or Board of Directors.”

Cat Matchers
http://www.catmatchers.org
Chosen by Teraca Grim – Director of HR and Operations

“I am a huge cat lover. I know all the hard work that Cat Matchers does to help unwanted or lost cats. I have reached out to them and know what nice people they are and how much they need donations. ”

North Texas Rabbit Sanctuary
http://www.ntrs.org/
Chosen by Scott Foster, VP of Technology

“My 6 year old daughter begs my wife and I everyday that she wants a rabbit as a pet. This donation will help explain to the public ( and my daughter ) how to take care of rabbits, what equipment is needed, and what food they need.”

The Beagle Freedom Project
https://bfp.org/
Chosen by Dylan Derryberry, Director of Creative Operations

“Beagle Freedom Project negotiates with laboratories across the world to secure the release of dogs and other animals and give them a chance at a normal home life after everything they have endured for vanity and scientific curiosity. The organization uses the rescues to draw public attention to the plight of animals languishing in labs and to promote cruelty-free lifestyle choices everyone can make.

The beagles act as ambassadors who give faces to animal testing victims and remind the public that these animals are not just furry test-tubes, but dogs no different from their pets. BFP has rescued hundreds of animals, including beagles, mixed-breed hounds, cats, rabbits, ponies, pigs, goats, guinea pigs, ferrets, rats, and even goldfish from laboratories, in cities and countries spanning the globe.”

Sea Turtle, Inc.
http://www.seaturtleinc.org
Chosen by Matt McCann, Director of Media and Player Relations

“Growing up by the ocean, wildlife preservation and restoration was a focal point of my community. Sea Turtle, Inc. was a large part of that. They rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured sea turtles as well as educate the public and assist with conservation efforts. I’m proud to donate to such a great cause that I grew up being able to help first hand..”

Tiggywinkles
http://www.sttiggywinkles.org.uk/
Chosen by Louise Gibson, Events Queen

“Tiggywinkles is a wonderful place, it’s a specialist hospital dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating all species of British wildlife. All casualties brought to the hospital are treated completely free of charge and are released through a controlled programme, back to the wild, when they are fully fit. Every casualty is given a chance and any animal or bird unable to be released back to the wild is maintained at the hospital, in as natural conditions as possible.

Tiggywinkles survives on a solid base of membership and relies on donations from the general public and sponsors to thrive. It receives no state funding of any kind and no financial assistance from conservation groups. Our money would really make a difference. We could adopt Al Pacino the Fox, Susie the Hedgehog and Roxy the Raven to name a few or make a one off donation. I love the story of how and why the hospital was created by Les Stocker and everything he and his family have done to keep the place going. Sadly Les died last year but we can help his legacy live on: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2016/07/19/les-stocker-st-tiggywinkles-founder–obituary/

Tierschutzverein Chemnitz und Umgebung e.V.
http://www.tierschutz-chemnitz.de
Chosen by Daniel Fischer, Backend Developer

“The “Tierschutzverein Chemnitz e.V.” is a non-profit society running the local animal shelter in Chemnitz/Germany. They take care of 800 to 900 animals per year who suffer hardship. Beside hosting and caregiving found or stray animals, they also try to raise awareness about animal protection and acting responsibly towards also pets and wildlife. The society receives municipal subsidization, but is highly dependent on additional donations.”

Adams County SPCA
http://www.adamscountyspca.org
Chosen by Daniel Hammock, Player Support

“Adams county SPCA throws events to help raise funds for the animals. Plus they have a network of helpers who drive long distances to rescue other dogs from shelters and adopt them out through their shelter.”

Texas Little Cuties Rescue
http://www.texaslittlecuties.org/
Chosen by Donovan Carreno, Mobile App Developer

“We have adopted from them, and we like to support our local shelters..”

Animal Welfare Institute
http://www.awionline.org/
Chosen by Dan Parker, Mobile App Developer

“This organization spends over 90% of donated funds on its programs. It is rare that a charitable organization spends over 90% of donations on what they claim to do because there are administrative costs to running any organization. This high percentage of funds allocated to purpose shows the company’s commitment to their cause. I respect that.”

Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
http://www.rogerswildlife.org
Chosen by Judy Nguyen, Front End Developer

“I like birds.”

Denton Animal Support Foundation
http://www.dentonasf.com/
Chosen by Delana Adams, Eventzee Customer Service

“This is the organization that helped keep my current fur babies in the shelter for as long as they did (they’re older dogs), so they hold a special place in my heart. Without DASF we might not have found them. This organization helps with the adoption subsidy of older and harder to adopt animals, and helps find homes for animals uprooted from their homes.”

National Wildlife Refuge Association
http://refugeassociation.org/about/donate/
Chosen by Trish Vandehey, Graphic Illustrator

“I grew up in the forests of the Pacific Northwest wandering through nature with friends and family, and my best memories of childhood are all closely related to this. Even now, it plays a strong role in my adult life. When I am not working you will often find me exploring the woods or lakes, taking long hikes and watching wildlife with my children and grandchild. Preserving wildlife and spaces for them to flourish for future generations is paramount. Because of their focus in the conservation of wildlife and habitat in North America I have chosen to donate to the National Wildlife Refuge.”

Lovebugs Rescue
http://www.lovebugsrescue.org/
Chosen by Robbie McGuire, WallaBee Director

“Kelsey and I have two dogs, both of which are from rescues. Tessa was rescued from a shelter here in Texas, but Rollie was adopted from Lovebugs Rescue in CA. Lovebugs is a non-profit animal rescue organization that works with local Southern California shelters to lower the number of euthanized animals. For more information, check out their website.”

ASPCA
https://www.aspca.org/
Chosen by John Rogeles, Graphic Artist

“I want to give back to the people who have given me so much through my dog.”

Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary
https://saintfranciswolfsanctuary.org/
Chosen by Sheryl Marusic, Queen Of All Trades

“This is a charity for wolves, who are dear to my heart. Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity in Montgomery, Texas, whose mission is to rescue and provide a loving, exceptional home to non-releasable wolves and wolfdogs, and to educate the public about these animals.”

 

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March 29, 2017

In-Sync Exotics and Wildlife Around the World

Last Wednesday, members of MHQ headed out to In-Sync Exotics to meet our adoptive tiger, Mystery, and the other animals that they care for as part of our March Safar-Zee fundraising efforts.

The team was able to tour the facility and learn about the different types of animals that In-Sync rescues. From big cats such as tigers and lions to the occasional outliers like lemurs, In-Sync rescues animals from danger and mistreatment. They provide a safe and nurturing environment for animals in need.

We want to thank you for making this fundraiser such a success! As a reminder, you’re still able to purchase Safar-Zee Temporary Paw Print Specials from the Munzee Online Store, but only through Friday. They will remain on the map through the end of April. Don’t miss out!

We’d also like thank you for the overwhelming amount of suggestions for Wildlife Places Munzees. At 15:00 MHQ time today, the first round of Wildlife Places Munzees will be deployed!

Details:
Capture Points – 10
Capture Radius: 1,000 ft (Not Blastable)
Can be captured once per MHQ day

Like the Sports and Airport Places Munzees, we will continue to add more down the line.

Once again, thank you for your support. You are the backbone of this game and the reason we do what we do.

Munzee on!

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March 10, 2017

Let the Safar-Zee begin!

Last week we announced our March fundraising effort would focus on helping wildlife worldwide and now we’re excited to go into more detail on how YOU can help the majestic beasts of the wild.

For the month of March we will be selling Paw Print special virtual icons in the Munzee Online Store and all proceeds will go to help world wildlife rescue organizations.

These special Paw Prints will be on sale from now until the end of the month and the munzees will stay on the map through 23:59 MHQ Time on April 30, 2017.

For $5 you get a pack of 5 different Paw Print icons, each featuring a different animal print: Paw, Talon, Hoof, Foot, and Claw. Players will be limited to 20 sets of five Paw Print specials,


Points:
30 Capture, 10 Deploy, 10 CapOn

There are also a variety of badges you can earn for capping and deploying these temporary icons.The Safar-Zee, Charity Paw Prints and Animal Expedition badges will only be available while the charity specials are on the map so get to capping.

In connection to raising money for a worldwide wildlife rescue organization, we’ve also hired a new local member of the MHQ team- Meet Mystery!

To add a local spin to our worldwide initiative Munzee has adopted Mystery for the year through In-Sync Exotics, an exotic feline rescue group based out of Wylie, TX.

In order to offer Mystery and her other furry friends everything they need we have set up a permanent Munzee Virtual Garden outside of In-Sync’s headquarters. You can help make Mystery welcome to the Munzee team by purchasing a golden paw print virtual icon for $10. The pins will be automatically deployed at the location.

Points:
30 Capture, 10 Deploy, 10 CapOn

Players are limited to one paw print pin and this virtual garden will be permanently placed at 3430 Skyview Drive in Wylie, TX 75098.

Checkout the virtual garden as it grows HERE.

To learn more about In-Sync visit http://www.insyncexotics.org/.

On behalf of Team Munzee we thank our players for their support and look forward to lending a helping hand to those with paws. Munzee on!

#E1EW #MunzEE

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February 22, 2017

The Down Under #E1EW Tour Recap!

It’s been a few weeks since Rob took the first step in our 2017 #E1EW campaign. Now that his body clock has readjusted to MHQ time we thought it would be good to update you on the trip he took “Down Under.”

The number of players met in Melbourne, Shepparton (Shepzee), Queenstown, and Auckland made the hours and hours of travel time well worth it. The tour started with a nice Italian meal in the suburbs of Melbourne attended by players from near and far. It was a first chance to meet Louise, and a great time for Rob to reminisce with players he’d met on a trip 2 years ago at the same restaurant. The manager even remembered him, but it might have been because of the large group and the suit! This was a great chance to sit and talk with players who had recently started playing the game and hear about how the game was growing down under.

Next it was time for the big event on Australia Day! January 26, 2017 over 100 players traveled to Elsternwick Park in Melbourne for a great event. The event hosts thought of everything and arrived early to secure a shelter with built in grills for players to barbeque their lunch. Everyone had a great time celebrating this national holiday with friends from near and far, Rob & Louise even dressed up for the occasion! Rob’s personal highlight from the event was seeing the excitement as a group of friends surprised Debolicious with their attendance. The dancing and screaming was proof that the surprise worked 100%. Louise loved that the hosts planned a celebration for her birthday with cake and a card signed by everyone. Once again she thanks all of you for that special effort.

Australia Day event in Melbourne.

The next day our event duo was off to meet with the Tourism board in Shepparton, talk with the mayor, and attend multiple events. During a 2 hour drive north from Melbourne to Shepparton, Rob experienced something new. He was the passenger, capping a long trail of resorts tying Melbourne to Shepparton. It was difficult on occasion to time it just right to cap within 300 feet so he made some notes about a change that needed to occur. Capping while driving is definitely not encouraged, but a new capture proximity has been put in place to help passengers. 500 feet (approx 152 meters) is the new capture range, thanks to the play on this trip. The deploy proximity has not been changed and will remain 3500 feet.

The tourism board in Shepparton is interested in setting up munzees and using the app to help track the moooovement of their cow art exhibit. This is part of a “Get mooooving” campaign to get the residents of Shepparton and surrounding areas active and ties in with the E1EW campaign of Munzee. One of the employees set up an account during the meeting and even showed up at the event a few hours later! The event was organized by local players led by “Down Under Rob” aka Rob Steer aka rubik80. He gets a special mention in this blog post because he worked with the city of Shepparton to setup this special Get Mooooving event at Victoria Park LAKE. (DU)Rob set up for the mayor to attend and announce that Shepparton’s name would officially be changed to Sheppzee for the duration of Team Munzee’s visit! This was the first time such an honor has been bestowed on Munzee and a very touching moment. It was amazing and cemented a place in Munzee history for this special town.

SheppZee event in SheppZee (AKA Shepparton).

Next on the agenda was a special Munzee event held at the Aussie Hotel in downtown Shepparton. At the event, hosts from different states of the Australian federation presented Rob and Louise with gifts from their respective locations. Gifts to learn more about the area, the sports, and the people were heartwarming but most unexpected were the gifts to bring home to the kids. The gifts are displayed at MHQ as a daily reminder of the people who live nearly ten thousand miles from MHQ but are a big part of the game! Thank you to each player who attended the dinner and to those who presented the gifts, they mean the world to us.

CZeeO Rob Vardeman, Munzee Events Manager Louise Gibson and Australian player Rob Steer AKA Rubik80.

Saturday morning a group of players from Western Australia hosted an event near the main “Cow Park” in Sheppzee, complete with a very fun Eventzee hunt. The hunt was a great tour of the newly named town of Sheppzee which concluded at the visitor center. Everyone had a great time and a special presentation was made to the founder of Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation. Rob presented a check for $2500 on behalf of Munzee players worldwide to Allan, Zaidee’s father. During the event special cards were sold with funds also being donated to ZRF, and one more crazy thing. Rob is known for wearing crazy and colorful suits, made by Opposuits. One of the hosts came up with the idea to allow players to wear the jacket for a picture for a five dollar donation to ZRF. Over $100 was raised just from jacket pictures! In the end a final donation of $3250 was given to ZRF on behalf of players in the spirit of our E1EW 2017 campaign!

Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation event

Next up on the “Down Under E1EW Tour” was an event in Queenstown, New Zealand. Rob and Louise organized the event as a brief meetup during a personal holiday extension to spend time with Louise’s sister and family. Half a dozen players traveled from all over the south island to meet at “Cowboy”, seemingly appropriately named for the visitor from Texas. 🙂 Everyone had a great time trading Munzee stories and also added to the ZRF donation via special cards purchased at the event.

Queenstown, New Zealand event.

The final event of the Tour was held at One Tree Hill in Auckland, New Zealand. Players gathered from all over New Zealand’s north island and a few even visited from Australia. It was lovely to chat with the players who are really beginning to grow a large group locally, even forming several clans. One special event munzee was even deployed on Louise’s 15 month old niece, Nia, giving players the mission of catching a roaming toddler! The hospitality of the players from this event was special with many gifts, some handmade, that are now on display on the other side of the world! A few of the tasty gifts even made nice snacks for everyone back at the office, so a big THANKS to the Kiwi Players.

One Tree Hill event in Auckland, New Zealand.

2017 started with an amazing journey to the other side of the world, but we couldn’t think of a better group of people for the kick off. A heartfelt thanks from Rob and Louise for the hospitality and the conversations that mean the most at events. We take the ideas from these conversations and turn them into action back at MHQ, including the Bilby host badge for upcoming events. Stay tuned for more lessons learned and adventures to be shared over the course of the year.

Everyone. Everywhere.

Check out the video below to see the official recognition ceremony of SheppZee (excuse the loud ambulance!) and our donation to Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation! 

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November 4, 2016

National Breast Cancer Foundation Donation

If you missed our social posts this morning, the staff at MHQ traveled down the road to Frisco, Texas to present the donation from our Breast Cancer Awareness special to the National Breast Cancer Foundation on behalf of Munzee players worldwide. Thanks to your generosity and giving, we were able to present the NBCF a check for $36,000!

nbcf

Following the presentation, we were able to speak with employees, many of whom work directly with those affected by breast cancer. From prevention to post-diagnosis assistance, donations, such as the one we made because of you, affect many peoples’ lives. Thank you for allowing us to make such a generous donation on your behalf.

We encourage everyone to learn more about the NBCF and what they do. You can visit their website, follow them on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) with #HelpingWomenNow, and even download their free ebook, What Every Woman Needs to Know, to become educated and informed.

Once again, thank you so much. We say it often, but we couldn’t be more proud of our community.

Munzee on!

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November 1, 2016

BCA Charity Donation Event

First off, we want to say thank you for your amazing support during our Breast Cancer Awareness charity fundraiser in conjunction with the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The entire team is proud to work for a company with such an amazing, caring community.

This Friday, November 4th, we will be revealing the total amount raised and presenting the donation on behalf of Munzee players worldwide to the NBCF at their headquarters in Frisco, Texas. Following the presentation, we will be capping the BCA garden and surrounding area. We welcome players who would like to join us for a small event from 10-11am. You can find the event on the calendar here.

We hope to see some of you there!

Munzee on!

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