Playing for charity: Incredible Technologies Golden Tee event for veterans; UK Pinball Party charity event for needy kids

Shaggy July 24, 2010 0

Two charity events for different causes are on the horizon, one in the USA and the other in the UK. To summarize, Incredible Technologies will be holding a charitable event on August 27th-29th in at Splinter’s Sports Pub in Palatine, IL and on the other side of the pond, the UK Pinball Party is organizing the Celebrity Charity Pinball Challenge on Thursday August 5th at the Ace Café London. In interest of saving space on the main page, you can read all about each event and the great causes they support thanks to the press releases we received by clicking post break below.

Incredible Technologies

Dear Family, Friends and Business Partners,

In conjunction with our 25th anniversary, IT is partnering with the Golden Tee player community to conduct the Golden Tee Players Charity Championship.  The event will be held August 27-29 at Splinter’s Sports Pub in Palatine, IL.  You can read all about it here:
Salute, Inc. of Palatine is IT’s official 25th anniversary charity and the beneficiary of the tournament.  Salute’s mission is to help our veterans and their families in times of need.  Here’s a short video that goes a long way in showing the type of assistance Salute provides .

Because our owners. Elaine Hodgson and Richard Ditton, believe strongly in this cause, IT has made a $25,000 donation to Salute, and now you can help too.  Here’s how:

1.  BACK GARY – That’s right.  Gary Colabuono, mild-mannered marketing man by day and electrifying Golden Tee player by night, will be competing in the tournament.  If you wish to support Salute you are encouraged to BACK GARY with a donation.  Just click here to make a donation now – no amount is too small.  It would be great if I could reach my goal of $1,000.

Please forward the BACK GARY link to your friends and family too – every dollar helps Salute and our veterans!

2.  Attend SALUTE FRIDAY, August 27, at Splinter’s.  Saturday and Sunday are hard core tournament days, but Friday night is party night and it’s open to the public.
  • Meet founders Will and Mary Beth Beiersdorf and the Salute team!
  • EXTRA: Ira Dean will be flying in from Nashville and will perform a short set – including the It’s Golden Tee anthem!
  • The World Championship of Fantasy Football closest-to-the-pin tournament will be held from 7-9 p.m. and it’s open to the public too!
  • There will be three Whole Foods gift baskets given away! 
  • Meet former Chicago Bear and Palatine mayor, Jim Schwantz!
  • Meet US 99 radio personality Bonnie Greene!
  • Win big in the huge 50/50 raffle!
  • Bid on incredible stuff in the silent auction!
  • Come out and play Golden Tee, have a beer and a sandwich and be a part of the fun and excitement!
So everyone getting this email that owes me dough, or hasn’t returned a favor – it’s time to step up now and help our veterans and their families.
I thank you.  Salute thanks you.  And most of all our vets thank you!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
UK Pinball Party
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Celebrity Charity Pinball Challenge

to herald massive UK Pinball Party

July 23, 2010 – London, United Kingdom – A charity launch party to celebrate the imminent UK Pinball Party where pinball industry legend, designer Dennis Nordman, goes head-to-head with the youthful skills of top-ranked UK junior player, 14-year old Martyn Raison. This entertaining afternoon for sponsors and invited media opens the door to 2010’s largest pinball event.

The Challenge

Taking place at the renowned ‘Ace Café London’, on Thursday August 5th, 2010, from 3-5pm, the 2010 UK Pinball Party Charity Challenge’ has been specially organized to offer an opportunity to capture the fun and excitement of the current resurgence in playing Pinball. Thanks to the home cinema revolution leading to the creation of home games rooms and recent articles in the mainstream media a growing number of enthusiasts and celebrities are returning to the lure of the silver ball.

World renowned pinball table designer Dennis Nordman will compete in an intense head-to-head competition with rising UK junior player Martyn Raison to see whether age or experience will be crowned as the “2010 UK Pinball Party Charity Champion”; in anticipation of the forthcoming UK Pinball Party (www.UK Pinball This is an excellent opportunity for the media to meet the organizers and sponsors of the August event.

The UK pinball scene has for many years raised funds for children’s charities (including EACH, Incept and Make a Connection) this charitable event follows this tradition by supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital. UK Pinball Party organizer Andrew Heighway said “Pinball’s popularity has been growing steadily over the last few years – particularly through the internet based UK Pinball Group. I am proud to be the organiser of the The UK Pinball Party  which will take place on the 13th-15th August 2010 at the Daventry Hotel, Northamptonshire. We have planned the largest show in Europe, a world-class pinball event that will be attended by players and collectors from many countries “

Speaking on the event Andrew explained: “We are flying over the world-famous pinball designer Dennis Nordman from Chicago for the event and he will be our guest of honour over the weekend. Dennis has designed such classic games as Stern’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and the Bally classic “Scared Stiff” – “With over 100 pinball machines to play, machines and spares to buy, tournaments to compete in, pinball seminars and most of all, pinball enthusiasts to chat with – the show promises to be an unmissable event with something for everybody!”

The UK Pinball Party Charity Challengeis the herald for the main event a week later and is an exciting challenge between a pinball industry legend and a junior pinball champion. The UK Pinball Community has a history of supporting children’s charities and we will be raising much-needed funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital via donations and a raffle with prizes that includes a fully working pinball machine!”

This one of a kind launch party will provide a great opportunity to capture some of the action that is the enthusiasm of pinball gaming and collecting for a growing international audience.

Event Details:

Event Name:Charity Pinball Challenge

When: Thursday August 5th – Start 3pm, until 5pm

Where: Ace Café London, North Circular Road, Stonebridge, London, NW10 7UD


Contact Information

As space at the party is limited please RSVP Kevin Williams at KWP: or call +44 (0) 7785 254 729 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +44 (0) 7785 254 729      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

NOTE – Photo and Video media – The special location and intense competition on popular pinball amusement machines guarantees great visuals, we are happy to make special arrangements to ensure that the best images are captured, please contact Kevin at KWP to discuss in more detail.


The 2010 UK Pinball Party Charity Challenge’is the prelude to the  ‘UK Pinball Party’ which will take place on August 13th to the 15th, 2010 at the Daventry Hotel, Northamptonshire. This show  represents the UK’s largest gathering of pinball tables and special events over a long weekend . The event will include a number of competitive tournaments including the ‘UK Pinball Open’ with prizes, trophies and World Pinball Player Ranking (WPPR) points available to competitors


Main Sponsor:

*Heighway Pinball – Leading pinball dealer and repair/restoration speciallists

Event Sponsors:
*Pinball News – The leading international online pinball news service, and organiser of the show’s tournaments – including the UK Pinball Open

*Pinball Mania – one of the UK‘s leading suppliers of spare parts and the UK‘s leading pinball repair service. Pinball Mania will be responsible for keeping the show’s 100+ pinball machines operating over the course of the weekend

*Electrocoin – The official UK importer for Stern pinball machines

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