Autism Awareness Day at Starfighters Arcade

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Steve Thomas and Mike Lovato, owners of Starfighters Arcade
Steve Thomas and Mike Lovato, owners of Starfighters Arcade

The barrage of brightly colored lights…the excitement of escaping certain death and maybe even gaining an extra life…the soothing, transcendental music of Missing Persons singing about unknown destinations…the electronic sounds of a grunting giant gorilla escaping with a damsel in distress… What could be better than spending a Saturday evening playing vintage video games in an awesome old school arcade? How about when you are also helping out an incredible local cause?

This Saturday evening (April 2, 2016), the sensational people of Starfighters Arcade in Mesa will be hosting a gaming event with 50% of the proceeds going to the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC), a local organization that is “dedicated to autism research, education, evidence-based treatment, and community outreach.”

The “Autism Awareness Day at Starfighters Arcade” shindig is the Starfighters’ wonderful way of participating in the National Light it Up Blue events aimed at spreading awareness and understanding of autism.

In addition to the glorious arcade gaming there will be photo opportunities with the Phoenix Ghostbusters and the Mandalorian Mercs, and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win a vintage “Time Zone EM Pinball Machine.” There will also be a “50/50 Raffle” and a Pinball Tournament with 50% of proceeds going to SARRC.

Starfighters Arcade has one of the best entertainment values in the Valley with $14.00 getting you and one guest unlimited arcade play for the entire evening – and again, half the proceeds from Saturday’s event will benefit the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center.

Get more detailed information at the Facebook event page: Autism Awareness Day at Starfighters Arcade.

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Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.

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  • While it’s nice they want to help, maybe not supporting Autism Speaks by linking to their “light it up blue” campaign would be good. In many parts of the autism community, especially among adult autistics, Autism Speaks is pretty much the devil.

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