On Saturday November 23rd, Paul Whitman from Other World Milsim hosted an event to help raise money for a fellow airsofter in need of help. Andrew Cox of Bad Influence airsoft recently found out that he had t-cell leukemia, and almost instantly everyone in the airsoft community sprang into action to help out where they could.
It was absolutely incredible seeing so many people come together to make this event happen. Even big name airsoft companies like Polarstar, Valken, Elite Force Airsoft, and Enola Gaye were donating raffle items to the cause. Keller BBQ was on site serving delicious food, with a percentage of the proceeds also going towards Andrew’s battle with leukemia (and let me just say, that hot soup was fantastic on such a frigid day). A few members of Bad Influence, along with Emily and Angel from Other World Milsim, had baked goods and hot cider on sale as well. AND, not only did Paul put together the event, he also worked with Chris Neill to design t-shirts and patches for the fundraiser.
I just want to add in the fact that Paul, along with the guys from Bad Influence, somehow managed to pull ALL of this all off within a very short time frame. I also wanted to give a huge shout out to Denny from Ambush Adventure Park for hosting the event.
In total, Jingle Brawl brought in 102 players – roughly 60 people were preregistered, and the rest were day of registrations. Andrew even made an appearance himself, along with his family, all the way from Philadelphia.
While the day was absolutely frigid, it was definitely an overall success. A few people at the event said that this was the best event they had attended thus far. There were some players out there who had never even played airsoft before, and some players who traveled all the way from upstate New York to attend this event. In total, the event raised $4,426! Once again, huge shout out to Paul from Other World Milsim, Denny from Ambush Adventure Park, and all the members from Bad Influence who pulled this event together last minute to support a member of the airsoft community.
In the 8 years that I’ve been doing airsoft photography, I can say that I’m insanely proud to be a part of this little community that I have the privilege to call a family. If anyone would like to donate directly to the cause, the link is shared below!
Please join the fight to help Andrew kick cancer’s ass.