GameStop’s zombie walk benefits Center for Courageous Kids

Cameron Koch

Zombies aren’t usually known for being the most charitable or fun loving monsters, but come this Labor Day, a group of zombies will be just that.

GameStop is sponsoring a “zombie walk” on Labor Day to celebrate the release of the new zombie horror video game, “Dead Island,” while raising money for a local charity, the Center for Courageous Kids.

Starting at 8 p.m. and lasting until midnight, participants will make their way from the GameStop located in Greenwood Mall to Best Buy, and then continue down Campbell Lane to Bowling Green’s second GameStop location.

Mikeal Gallaway, store manager of the GameStop on Campbell Lane, said the walk will be about a mile long, with food being provided by Buffalo Wild Wings. Upon reaching the Campbell GameStop location, Sprint will be providing wireless services for those who are waiting to pick up Dead Island or play games.

Afraid you don’t have the proper equipment for zombification? Fear not, as there will be face paint and other accessories available to help wannabe zombies gear up, Gallaway said. An artist will also be on site to do caricatures of participants in their zombie forms.

GameStop will be taking donations for the Center for Courageous Kids throughout the night, as well as having a silent auction in which all proceeds will also go to the center.

The Center for Courageous Kids is a nonprofit organization based out of Scottsville where children with medical challenges can enjoy the camp experience. The camp’s goal is to uplift children by providing memorable, fun and safe experiences at no cost to the families, according to the center’s website.

“We want to have fun and have fun for the game release, but wanted to give back to the community that gives us so much,” Gallaway said.

After a discussion, Gallaway and his employees had the idea for a fundraising zombie walk. Gallaway contacted the ALIVE Center, an organization that helps coordinate local volunteer opportunities with WKU’s campus, who directed Gallaway to the Center for Corageous Kids.

“They really help everybody. They don’t turn anybody down,” said Gallaway about why they chose the camp.

Gallaway got in contact with Stormi Murtie, communications director at the Center, about the event.

“We thought it sounded cool. We are looking forward to it,” Murtie said.

Murtie said the organization had never heard of anything such as a zombie walk before.

Gallaway said about 70 people pre-ordered the game, though he is not really sure how many people are going to attend  the walk as it is the first time they have attempted an event like this.

“You never know what people are going to get behind,” Murtie said. “And it sounds fun.”