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Off to an explosive start!

Within the first three days, we've raised $13,000 to feed kids through Blessings in a Backpack.

Please consider donating! Our charity raffle is popping off this year too, with many last minute prizes donated by members of the Warcraft community, including WoWHead! More information at:

View Charity Raffle prizes, rules and ticket numbers here!

Click here to view our Tiltify Campaign, please consider donating! Every bit helps to feed a child!

Blessings in a Backpack provides nutritionist-vetted meals on the weekends to school aged children in the United States. 11 million children (up to 18 million on projections from an analysis done by Feeding America) in America face food insecurity when the school week is over, when the school year is over.

With the school closures during the pandemic, covid-19 has truly brought to horrible light how vulnerable these children are and how rampant food insecurity is. Now, Blessings in a Backpack has adjusted to feeding children throughout the entire week, as many children relied on food from school-provided lunches and snacks and face malnutrition.

As little as $4 provides a bag of food to a child now, and when they return to school. We will be utilising the platform Tiltify which allows donations under the $10 threshold of Crowdrise/Gofundme Charity, and adjusting the raffle tickets to be awarded per $5 raised.

$130 will feed one child on the weekends for one 38-week school year through Blessings in a Backpack.

Surveys found that, in addition to no longer feeling weekend hunger pangs, children fed by Blessings experience the following impact on their lives:

  • 78% of kids feel cared for by their community.
  • 71% of kids feel that Blessings is helping their family.
  • 60% of kids have fewer behavioural issues.
  • 60% of children report that their school attendance is better.
  • 59% find it is easier to learn at school
  • 44% of food stamp beneficiaries are children (source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

    3 out of 4 teachers say they have children in their classrooms who regularly come to school hungry (source: No Kid Hungry)

    ?: What is the criteria BiaB has for selecting the foods they serve in the bags?

    "We take into consideration many factors including: nutritional value, appropriateness for the children we feed, long-term availability, unit cost, ease of opening, portion size, shelf life, and variety. Since many of the children we serve may not have access to conveniences we take for granted, such as working appliances or a can opener, our menus contain foods that can be eaten – and are reasonably appealing – direct from the package. Our food must also not require refrigeration, require little to no preparation, and be peanut free.

    With input from Blessings in a Backpack’s nutritional advisors, we look to maximize proteins, fibers, and nutrients while minimizing processed sugars. Kid-friendly foods are selected: individual servings that don’t require a can opener, microwave, or stove. Menu items provide convenient and portable sources of fuel and energy that the kids can serve themselves–all at an economical price point."

    Blessings in a Backpack has no religious affiliation, though they'll accept donations from religious organisations to help feed children, and has received the highest rating possible by Charity Navigator.

    The End - 2020


    The 2020 Tournament of Ages comes to a close, after raising over $10,000 for Wildlife Warriors. An amazing accomplishment by this amazing community! We'll see you all next year.

    Moon Guard Attendance Statistics, courtesy of Katorie:

    3,822 unique characters attended ToA this year.


    Alliance: 3,257 (85.2%) Horde: 565 (14.8%)
    Faction Turnout by Race:

      Alliance:
    • Human: 1,009 (31.0%)
    • Night Elf: 639 (19.6%)
    • Void Elf: 464 (14.2%)
    • Worgen: 449 (13.8%)
    • Draenei: 166 (5.1%)
    • Gnome: 111 (3.4%)
    • Lightforged Draenei: 102 (3.1%)
    • Pandaren Alliance: 101 (3.1%)
    • Dwarf: 78 (2.4%)
    • Kul Tiran: 64 (2.0%)
    • Dark Iron Dwarf: 55 (1.7%)
    • Mechagnome: 19 (0.6%)

    • Horde:
    • Blood Elf: 253 (44.8%)
    • Vulpera: 54 (9.6%)
    • Tauren: 43 (7.6%)
    • Goblin: 36 (6.4%)
    • Nightborne: 31 (5.5%)
    • Undead: 28 (5.0%)
    • Orc: 28 (5.0%)
    • Zandalari Troll: 26 (4.6%)
    • Troll: 22 (3.9%)
    • Panda Horde: 17 (3.0%)
    • Mag'har Orc: 17 (3.0%)
    • Highmountain Tauren: 10 (1.8%)

    Turnout by Guild Status:
    • 2,772 characters in a guild.
    • 1,050 characters not in a guild.

    Turnout by Level:
    • 3,135 characters are level 120.
    • 693 are not level capped.
    The Tournament of Ages 2019 Trailer

    The Tournament of Ages is an annual competition at the Argent Tournament Grounds in Northrend. Representatives from the Grand Alliance and New Horde are invited to participate in a week-long festival celebrating the spirit of competition.
    News
    [Staff] Tendael / Aug 10, 2020
    With Tournament of Ages now over, we would like to take a moment to acknowledge all of the creativity, dedication, and hard work of our volunteers. Several months of preparation goes into this event every year, and without the selflessness of these individuals we would not have a tournament to look forward to every August. Please look over this list of names, and pass along a word of thanks if your paths ever cross. On behalf of the coordinators, thank you to everyone who invested your time and energy. You are the real heroes of ToA!

    STAFF
    • Alphariana - Pet Battle Referee
    • Beolrik - PVP Referee
    • Bird - Graphics, Merchandise, Sword Curator
    • Cetaceni - Sparring Referee
    • Dartan - Ceremony Director
    • Feliathe - Sparring Referee
    • Gallus - Sparring Referee
    • Gavin - PVP Referee, Shoutcaster
    • Giselle - Carpball Referee
    • Greaves - Booth Manager, Art Auctioneer
    • Ida Kolarn - Carpball Referee
    • Ilaian Thorne - Sparring Referee
    • Jo'tak - Sparring Referee, Sword Curator
    • Khudaal - Carpball Referee
    • Kimberly - Twitch Hostess
    • Nathul - Hearthstone Referee
    • Nick - PVP Referee
    • Odron - Carpball Referee
    • Oliviaxi - Hearthstone Referee
    • Reggad - PVP Referee
    • Riley - Photos, Badges, Sword Curator
    • Se'ly - Social Media Manager, Date Auctioneer, Ball Organizer
    • Shin - Security Supervisor
    • Skott - Racing Referee
    • Spicy - PVP Streamer
    • Syana - Carpball Referee
    • Taeana - Ceremonies Assistant
    • Thaddeus - Marmotball Referee
    • Thaugrim - Medical Supervisor
    • Tilliea - Twitch Hostess
    • Vince - Date Auctioneer
    • Vish - Carpball Referee
    • Vynix - Wonderlight DJ
    • Walerrek - Wonderlight Caterer
    • Wisp - Sparring Referee
    • Xelu Allbridge - Racing Referee
    • Yolira - Sparring Referee
    • Zaralle - Jousting Referee

    SECURITY
    • Arc'ulerith
    • Belianiu/Ezio
    • Bluie
    • Caroline Eastfield
    • Clover Bell
    • Daviel Lightblade
    • Jagarn
    • Jasper
    • Jonas
    • Karthys
    • Keirras Silenthope
    • Laeriah Newdawn
    • Lutaria
    • Melrani
    • Mandel
    • Max
    • Maz Daerune
    • Merable
    • Moonlee
    • Nakster Skullflayer
    • Nihil Winemaker
    • Norah
    • Paper Mida
    • Rakanjo
    • Romano Paleshield
    • Samuel Theiss
    • Sen
    • Björn
    • Shin
    • Temari Jensen
    • Thomhus McOwen
    • Travis
    • Vesper
    • Vitallion Stansfield
    • Volthar
    • Zevorreva

    MEDICS
    • Abianca W. Foster
    • Ainsley Dawnspark
    • Anely Stormdottir
    • Arianiie
    • Aurora
    • Bird
    • Briar Wickham
    • Cora
    • Corinanis Lightsong
    • Corta
    • Ellinór
    • Elspeth
    • Eveneah
    • Fei Jiang
    • Feliathe
    • Giselle
    • Hynote Draconis
    • Jiro
    • Karoden
    • Kristiana
    • Lily
    • Lumi
    • Luminess Brightcoil
    • Mirri/Zubrette
    • Pelore
    • Qub
    • Rossy
    • Samantha Aimes
    • Sednara Dawnheart
    • Sen
    • Swyndol
    • Syeris
    • Tah'Koz
    • Thaugrim

    BOOTHS
    • Calriah - Booth 1
    • <Stormwind City Watch> - Booth 2
    • <Hollowlight Ventures> - Booth 3
    • <The First Regiment> - Booth 4
    • <Creatively Crescentlight> - Booth 5
    • <Deepcore Industries> - Booth 6
    • <The Citrine Eagle> & Riley Rimeshard - Booth 7
    • <The Highguard> - Booth 8
    • <Custodes Vitae> - Booth 9
    • <Rose Garden Tavern> - Booth 10
    • <The Dwarven Vanguard> - Booth 11
    • <Keystone Expedition> - Booth 12
    • <Stonewind Tribe> - Booth 13
    • <Honor Amongst Wolves> - Booth 14
    • <Briarstone Coalition> - Booth 15
    • <Ashes of Alar> - Booth 16
    • <Succulent Tart> - Booth 17
    • <Gilnean Brigade> - Booth 18
    • <Darkmoon's Finest> - Booth 19
    • <Greyshields> - Booth 20
    • <Om Nom Noodles> - Booth 21
    • <Pride of Gnomeregan> - Booth 22
    • <Sharkbait Shipping> - Booth 23
    • <Aramore Enterprises> - Traveling Booth
    • <Azeroth Coalition> - Traveling Booth
    • <Azeroth Wildlife Society> - Traveling Booth
    • <Brightmoon Faire> - Traveling Booth
    • <Brotherhood of Valor> - Traveling Booth
    • <Crystal Cone> - Traveling Booth
    • <Dropwrench Imports> - Traveling Booth
    • <Evergold Sanctuary> - Traveling Booth
    • <Farbound Company> - Traveling Booth
    • Gyle - Traveling Booth
    • <House Straüs> - Traveling Booth
    • <Keystone Expedition> - Traveling Booth
    • Kieladar - Traveling Booth
    • <Legacy of the Aspects> - Traveling Booth
    • Lewin - Traveling Booth
    • <Lugdor's Wagon of Wonders> - Traveling Booth
    • Midini Flintzels - Traveling Booth
    • <Mok'ra Noodles> - Traveling Booth
    • Murloc - Traveling Booth
    • <Nethershard Pub and Bar> - Traveling Booth
    • Sebrak Blackwald - Traveling Booth
    • <Snak Yak> - Traveling Booth
    • Telrend - Traveling Booth
    • <The Good Apples> - Traveling Booth
    • <The Merry Mermaid> - Traveling Booth
    • <The Sanguine Grove> - Traveling Booth
    • <The Trash Pa'Troll> - Traveling Booth
    • <World's End Cabaret> - Traveling Booth

    SPECIAL THANKS
    • <Blackbird Brewery> - Open Bar
    • <Rose Garden Tavern> - Wonderlight Ball Catering
    • <Runaway Theatre Troupe> - Opening & Closing Ceremony
    • <Succulent Tart> - Performances

    SPONSORS
    • <Edict>
    • <The Argent Onslaught>
    • Aeriyth
    • Bird
    • Dabblepex
    • Drannon
    • Firion Bloodsworn
    • Frozenburn/Daniel Harrison
    • Harkre
    • Jiroki
    • Laeriah
    • Luneth Dawnseeker
    • Lupin Blackwood
    • Mirchea Kul'Therin-Soltair
    • Murloc
    • Odron Twinhammer
    • Pyreen Lightwhisper
    • Riley
    • Ryan Thaydor
    • Sypher Crescentlight-Cynclaire
    • Tagg/Quel'ris Silverlance
    • Thaugrìm/Thaugrim Anvilrage
    • Tialune
    • Tilliea Furlbrow
    • Tyrinade
    • Tyrvarryn
    • Utenka
    • Veikar/Velianaris Moonsong
    • Vishente Valtieri
    • Vorien Dawnstrider

    Last of all, we would like to thank everyone who donated to this year's charity. It's remarkable that an event held entirely within an MMORPG could raise over $10,000 in just one week. We are blown away by your selflessness!
    https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/tournament-of-ages-2020
    Tournament Graphics by Honorem <> Shivtr Design by Maxen <> Pages Code by Aeriyth