Local Twitch streamers make final push to raise money for St. Jude

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — With the stroke of piano keys, Trevor Gomes has raised big funds for St. Jude.

“Tonight is my last stream,” Gomes said. “I’m going big. 5 P.M. to midnight. I’m shooting for $100,000. That was my goal.”

Gomes, who moved to Memphis to be closer to the hospital, is one of the thousands of streamers taking part in the St. Jude PLAY LIVE fund-raising campaign this month.

He’s raised $68,000, with a goal of $100,000 by the end of the night.

He said this event has worked perfectly during the pandemic.

“When everything shut down last March, PLAY LIVE did the best it had ever done,” he said. “They were having to cancel things like the marathon but then at the same time you’ve got things like PLAY LIVE that are strictly on the internet, so nothing really changes.”

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Kyle Blessing is another streamer currently bases out of Memphis. This year his campaign will be anchored by a dual-stream with Reggie Fils-Aimé, the former President and COO of Nintendo.

Blessing reached out to Fils-Aimé to see if he would join him for a game of Mario Party to support St. Jude PLAY LIVE. He answered the call.

Blessing is willing to do some crazy things for your donation.

“I would have these little wax strips,” Blessing said. “I was like hey if you donate $500 I will wax anywhere that you ask. As long as it’s alright with me.”

It’s working.

Blessing reached the $100,000 earlier in May.

PLAY LIVE has raised $3 million so far. There are still a few days left to reach the $4 million goal.

“There’s so much going on in the world,” Blessing said. “It’s nice to know that people can come together and either cheer on people that are fundraising. Cheer for those that donate.”