The Downtown Internet Lounge is celebrating its second anniversary next weekend with a party while at the same time raising money for a good cause.
“We’re raising money for an organization that we feel does a great deal for the youth of our community,” said co-owner Josh Brazier. “Keeping up with our tradition, we’re going to be donating the equivalent of our weekend sales to the Boys and Girls Club in free time and month passes.
“We did this last year but the response we’ve had and the stories they’ve passed on made them an easy selection as this year’s recipient.”
Brazier said the free time will allow the Boys and Girls Club to bring in various age groups to play some of the more family friendly games at the Lounge, particularly Minecraft.
“Minecraft is definitely one of the most popular games at our shop,” said Brazier. “If you’re not familiar with it, it’s basically an endless world which allows players to build and create almost anything the mind can envision.”
He added that the Lounge hands out passes on a monthly basis to one of the participants involved with the Boys and Girls Club.
“It acts almost as a positive reinforcement for those setting the right example to others in the program,” said Brazier. “In today’s day and age, it seems like penalizing or disciplining people is the norm, so it’s rather refreshing to see good behavior and positive attitudes rewarded and we’re quite pleased to play a small role in that.”
The Downtown Internet Lounge will donate every dollar it makes from 10 a.m. Aug. 16 to 10 p.m. Aug. 18, matched in the form of free time and one-month passes.
“We invite all of our customers and anyone interested in supporting the Vernon Boys and Girls Club to pop down and support a great cause.”
Free cake will also be served at 2 p.m. on Aug. 17. As well, a draw for a free month pass will be held — participants can enter the draw Aug. 16 to 18. No purchase is necessary, and the winner will be contacted the morning of Aug. 19.
The Downtown Internet Lounge is at 2913-39th Ave., downtown Vernon. For more details, call 778-475-5666.