Spiel-a-thon 2017


The first Spiel-a-thon  of 2017 was held at Geekway to the West in St. Louis, MO on May 20.

We raised $1,900!

The proceeds from each Spiel-a-thon fund our efforts to place bundles of quality games into children’s hospitals and senior centers around the country.

The driving force behind each Spiel-a-thon is the spirit of play. We raise money by playing games so more kids and seniors can play, too.

Players earn stamps for playing quick fun family games and pay $3 per stamp. Top scorers compete in a final round for wonderful prizes provided by game publishers from around the world.

The Champion of the Geekway Spiel-a-thon is Nieccole Hilliard!

2nd Place: Will Hargrove

3rd Place: Kim Bell

4th Place: James Meunsch

5th Place: Denise Carmichael

6th Place: Tony Guess

Here are all the finalists and gaming celebrities, ready for the final round!

Celebrities competing in this year’s Spiel-a-thon:

Stephen Buonocore (Stronghold Games)

Gil Hova (Formal Ferret Games)

Zev Schlassinger (WizKids)

Jay Bartelt (Gaming Hoopla)

David Coleson and Stephen Conway (The Spiel | Major Fun)

We have a tireless, energetic group of volunteers that make each Spiel-a-thon happen. The people listed in the photo below donate time, resources and creativity to make the event a memorable experience for all involved. Our cast of volunteers included: Erin Green, Roni Worley, Jay Bartelt, Nathan Baumer, Tina Vo, and Matt Kelly.

We also hosted a rubber duck race at the Fancy Gaming event and raised $300!

Last but certainly not least, a massive thank you to our prize sponsors!

We had an amazing array of games to give away during the Spiel-a-thon thanks to the generous donations of our prize sponsors. There were random prize drawings, plus six final contestants competed for juicy prize bundles!

Here’s an alphabetical listing of our 13 prize sponsors with links to each company. Let them know you appreciate their support of The Spiel Foundation!


Blue Orange


Formal Ferret

Grey Fox Games


Indie Boards & Cards

MayDay Games

R&R Games

Renegade Game Studios

Smirk & Dagger Games

Steamboat Gothic Studio

Stronghold Games

Last but certainly not least a big THANK YOU to the staff at Geekway to the West for making the Spiel-a-thon possible. I look forward to 2018 and seeing how much we can help the event grow!