Of RTX, Community, and Charity

It’s hard to believe that we said goodbye to RTX 2014 over a week ago. For me, it feels like just yesterday. The experience was incredible, as always. At our RTX SideQuest events, we saw old friends reunited, new friendships forged, and a community joining as one for charity and fun.

You, the RT Community, have done amazing things in the last year…

You helped us raise $10,000 for Child’s Play and $2,500 for Make-A-Wish at RTX 2013.
You brought in over $350,000 across multiple RT-related teams for Extra Life in November of 2013.
You helped Operation Supply Drop’s 8-Bit Salute in May to the tune of $250,000.
You contributed over $3,000 to Make-A-Wish earlier this year so that both Barbara and Kathleen could go Over The Edge for Make-A-Wish (Psst. Here’s the video of Barbara!).
And of course, you donated over 2.4 MILLION DOLLARS to Rooster Teeth’s Lazer Team campaign on Indiegogo.

You’d think at some point this community would run out of money, but the strength of MILLIONS of community members across the entire WORLD can’t be beaten. You showed us that again at RTX 2014…

Jack is still processing the numbers from the pre-RTX Charity Race-A-Thon, but from the chat I had with him and what I heard from people who attended the event, it went VERY well and I can’t wait to hear the totals he announces. As for RTX SideQuest…

You did it.

You broke the record.

When Dom and I first kicked around the idea of doing a charity event at RTX in 2012, you shattered our goal of $3,000 and broke our brains by donating over $10,000 at our first auction. We figured it was just a great first year!

Then you did it again last year.

This year, you broke everything again.

I am EXTREMELY pleased to announce that YOU, the RT Community, helped us raise OVER $15,000 for charity at RTX 2014!

Incredible.

Now, we’re still working out exactly how everything will be divided amongst our five charitable causes (AbleGamers, Child’s Play, Extra Life, Make-A-Wish, and Operation Supply Drop) so we don’t have those numbers broken out yet. It’ll take a bit more time sorting through who donated to which cause at our booth and all that, but rest assured we’ll get it done.

In the meantime, I want you all to know that I’ve spoken to representatives from all five of those charities and they are absolutely in love with you. We constantly say and hear that the Rooster Teeth Community is unlike any other, and with actions like this we prove it again and again.

If you want to get involved in upcoming charitable events and continue to prove to the world that the RT Community is the BEST COMMUNITY EVER check out what’s coming up next:

  • September 13th – A 24-hour marathon (In Austin and livestreamed, details forthcoming) for AbleGamers‘ new campaign: Driving Home Accessibility
  • October 25th – Extra Life! We’ll have a 24-hour marathon (In Austin and livestreamed, details forthcoming) like last year. Join our team! (We’ll link the official RT team when it becomes available)
  • May 16th (2015) – Operation Supply Drop’s 8-Bit Salute! You guessed it, we’ll have a 24-hour marathon (In Austin and livestreamed, details forthcoming) and you can join our team or the Rooster Teeth team to prepare!

Also keep an eye out for details on our events at PAX Prime (PAX PrimeQuest) and PAX South (PAX SouthQuest) coming soon! The party doesn’t end just because RTX is over!

WE LOVE YOU <3

Cocktail Party and Charity Auction 2014

On Thursday, July 3rd at 8:00pm, RT SideQuest will host the third annual RTX SideQuest Cocktail Party and Charity Auction at the Radisson Hotel and Suites in downtown Austin. This year, thanks to a remodel of the Radisson’s ballroom that added over 600 square feet of space AND an awesome view of Lady Bird Lake, we have space for even more people to join in the party!

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In addition to the larger, more modern ballroom, we’ll also enjoy a revamped menu! The old TGI Fridays in the lobby of the Radisson has been dumped in favor of “chavez“, a new restaurant from Chef Shawn Cirkiel (Also responsible for “olive & june” “parkside” and “the backspace“). As part of that transition, the catering menu has been completely updated as well, and Garrett (aka toomuchghb), in his role as Food and Beverage Coordinator, has put together a great collection of dishes to feed everyone. Oh, and of course we’ll have PLENTY of cash bar stations!

We’d like to think that this year’s lineup of auction items is our best yet, but you’ll have to be the judge of that. We’ve got everything from custom drinkware to RWBY quilts. We’ve got amazing artwork and stunning statues. And we’ll also unveil the first SideQuest Signature Series (A continuation of the idea started with last year’s Project 10), RT Renaissance. Not in the mood to get in bidding wars and part with your hard-earned cash? Come out anyway and just enjoy the party! You never know who you might run into…

Since we like to keep the auction as a classy affair, we always recommend people dress up a bit for it. That means we get endless questions about what people should wear, and do a pretty terrible job of explaining the suggested dress code. But this year we’ve got you covered! The brilliant Ailsa Campbell (aka ailsarocks) wrote a whole series of posts for the Rooster Teeth is Fashionable group that we’ve archived and re-posted here on our site as “RT SideQuest is Fashionable“. There’s advice for both ladies and gents in there, so be sure to check it out!

Be sure to grab your tickets to the auction ASAP! Barbara is worried that you won’t be there and will miss out on all the fun!

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See you in a few weeks!

 

The SideQuest Signature Series: RT Renaissance

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Last year, artists from the RT Community embarked on an incredible journey for the RTX SideQuest Cocktail Party and Charity Auction. 10 artists. 10 works. Each created to commemorate RoosterTeeth's milestone decade, and burgeoning community. The … [Continue reading]

The SideQuest BarLympics 2014

THE RTX COMETH! And with RTX, comes RTX SideQuest! Those of you who have done this before know that the BarLympics is probably the most fun you can have after-hours during RTX. Those of you who haven't, you'll soon learn. Don't have your tickets … [Continue reading]

Introducing the Quest Coin!

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Let’s Send Barbara Over the Edge for Make-A-Wish!

Last year, the lovely and talented Kathleen Zuelch introduced the attendees at RTX 2013 to Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas and a cool fundraiser called Over the Edge This year, RT SideQuest is spearheading an effort to send the fearless … [Continue reading]

RTX SideQuest Charity Auction 2014

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From the desks of our Donations Director (Dom) and Donations Coordinator (Julia)... Calling all artists! It's that time of the year! We've received a lot of questions about the RTSQ charity auction already and are excited to see so many artists … [Continue reading]

RT SideQuiz for a Cause Reminder

Don't tell me you already forgot about RT SideQuiz for a Cause! Just in case you did, let me refresh your memory... Our first ever RT SideQuiz for a Cause is TOMORROW (Tuesday, February 25th) at Fadó Irish Pub in downtown Austin! Quiz starts at … [Continue reading]

Everything is AWESOME!

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Full disclosure, I haven't seen the LEGO Movie yet, so my own reference is lost on me. But everything IS awesome, and we want to share that awesome with you! We've got a TON of stuff in the works right now, so prepare for awesome-overload! RTSQ … [Continue reading]