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June 17, 2017
Dave & Busters: 1030 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610
Fun & Games
Buffy on repeat, plus raffles, competitions, auctions & more
For A Cause
We grant wishes for kids with life-threatening conditions.

 About Us

Slay-A-Thon is a fan based benefit for The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois. Fans of Whedonverse programming attend an all-day event full of Pop Culture goodness. Our event is for fans with the hearts to give to an amazing charity through donations from sponsors, raffles, games and our incredible silent and live auctions.

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For the past 14 years, the Slay-A-Thon benefit has raised over 220,000 dollars and granted over 36 wishes for The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois. In 2014, the Slay-A-Thon benefit was recognized as Outstanding Community Event at the Make-A-Wish Donors reception for their support and generosity.

Learn more about Make-A-Wish


Buffy taught us that “the hardest thing in this world is to live in it.” That’s especially true for children suffering from terminal illness. Use this form any time of the year to be a hero. 100% of donations through our website go directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois.


  • Registration, Check-In, and More
    Registration, Check-In, and More
    11:00 - 11:45
    Walk right in and register your donations, buy raffle tickets to participate in games and win a major cash prize, and start bidding on items in our first silent auction of the day!


  • Silent Auction 1 Starts
    Silent Auction 1 Starts


  • Opening Ceremony
    Opening Ceremony
    11:45am - 12:00pm


  • 5.01 “Buffy vs. Dracula”
    5.01 “Buffy vs. Dracula”
    12:00 - 12:45pm
    Buffy is shaken by the awesome power when she comes face to face with the greatest vampire of all time, Dracula. Meanwhile, Xander becomes the dark one’s emissary and leads his friends into peril.


  • 1.06 “Angel”
    1.06 “Angel”
    12:45 - 1:30pm
    Buffy and Angel share their first kiss, and she finds out who he really is.


  • Meet the Wish Family
    Meet the Wish Family
    1:30 - 1:45pm
    Every year, our guests are introduced to one of the three Wish kids whose dreams come true thanks to your donations.


  • 2.06 “Halloween”
    2.06 “Halloween”
    1:45 - 2:30pm
    Someone from Giles' past wreaks havoc on Halloween, causing Buffy and the gang to be transformed into their costumes.


  • 3.20 “The Prom”
    3.20 “The Prom”
    2:30 - 3:15pm
    Buffy and Angel must deal with the impossibility of a future together; Buffy must save the day when someone plots Prom massacre.


  • Game & Silent Auction #1 Ends
    Game & Silent Auction #1 Ends
    3:15 - 3:45pm


  • Silent Auction #2 Starts
    Silent Auction #2 Starts


  • 3.22 “Graduation Day Pt. 2”
    3.22 “Graduation Day Pt. 2”
    4:00 - 4:45pm
    As the hours tick away to graduation, the impending doom of the Mayor's ascension hangs heavy with the gang. With Angel near death, Buffy must risk her own life in an effort to save his.


  • 4.10 “Hush”
    4.10 “Hush”
    4:45 - 5:30pm
    After the residents of Sunnydale lose the power of speech, Buffy battles strangely silent assailants alongside an incredulous Riley.


  • Live Auction & Raffle Drawing
    Live Auction & Raffle Drawing
    5:30 - 6:45pm


  • 5.07 “Fool For Love”
    5.07 “Fool For Love”
    6:45 - 7:30pm
    When Buffy forces Spike to recount how he was able to kill two Slayers, his flashbacks reveal his first meeting with Drusilla.


  • 6.07 “Once More With Feeling”
    6.07 “Once More With Feeling”
    7:30 - 8:15pm
    A mysterious force impels the Scooby Gang to burst into song, revealing their true feelings. Buffy admits that she was pulled out of heaven, and she and Spike share a kiss. Musical episode, with the cast doing their own vocals.


  • Break
    8:15 - 8:30pm


  • 6.17 “Normal Again”
    6.17 “Normal Again”
    8:30 - 9:15pm
    A demon's venom causes Buffy to hallucinate, convincing the Slayer that she's a normal girl in a mental ward, that her parents are alive, Dawn never existed, and her Slayer life is a delusion.


  • Trivia Showdown
    Trivia Showdown
    9:15 - 9:45pm


  • Raffle: Choose Your Own Episode!
    Raffle: Choose Your Own Episode!
    9:45 - 10:30pm
    We raffle off the chance to choose your own favorite episode of Buffy to a lucky fan in the audience!


  • Break / Silent Auction 2 Ends
    Break / Silent Auction 2 Ends
    10:30 - 11pm


  • 7.22 “Chosen”
    7.22 “Chosen”
    11:00 - 11:45pm
    Buffy comes up with a plan: The gang makes an attack on the First's army, aided by Willow, who performs a powerful spell to imbue all of the Potentials with Slayer powers. Meanwhile, wearing the amulet that Angel brought, Spike becomes the decisive factor in the victory, and Sunnydale


  • Closing Ceremony / Cash-Out
    Closing Ceremony / Cash-Out
    11:45 - 12am



”I love Slay-a-thon because its such a great atmosphere of people which have become have become like family. Plus it give back to a cause that is very important to me. Make a Wish made my dream come true at one point. Now its my job to help give back and make sure that dream happens for a child.”


Ashley Ingracia, A Former 'Wish Kid'

”Slay-A-Thon is a wonderful benefit for a fantastic cause. It brings a group of people together who enjoy the same things and gives them the opportunity to help kids who are looking for their dreams to come true.”


Brittany Ellis, Pictured with James Marsters

”I love Slay-a-thon because I got to meet awesome people who love the same shows that I do. Also, I love it because it is always fun, there is awesome things to be won/bought, and it is cool to meet the celebrity guest. I love that it is for a great cause. And, I love how it gave me a creative outlet.”


Lauren Schakowsky, Pictured with Amber Benson

”We spend much of the year celebrating the joy and passion we have towards those things that inspire us. Slay-a-thon allows us to take some of that passion and use it to help kids who really need to experience a little more joy in their life.”


David Gerspach,

Register (It’s FREE!)




The Slay-A-Thon is free to anyone who wants to attend. We watch episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," music videos, and clips from our favorite stars, and we have games and auctions. Attendees are encouraged to make a donation as well as getting others to sponsor them like a real marathon would. Click here to grab your Donation Sheet. We take cash, checks made out to The Make-A-Wish Foundation, credit cards and PayPal for donations. Donations are fun to get! Ask your family, friends, and co-workers. If your company has a matching plan, use it! All donations are tax deductible. Restrictions: Guests under the age of 21 (legal drinking age) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (a person 25 years of age or older who agrees to be responsible for the conduct and safety of the underage guests). One parent or guardian can accompany up to a maximum of four underage guests. Underage guests must remain with their parent/guardian. The other guests appreciate this and D&B’s insurance carrier requires it.  
We have two silent auctions and one exciting live auction during the event. The silent auctions are out during the event with signup sheets to bid, and the schedule will tell you when they end. The live auction includes special and rare items for which guests yell out bids until we have a winner!

We take cash, checks, credit cards and PayPal for your purchases.

Trivia Showdown ~ Think you know the Whedonverse well? Test your skills in a 25 person elimination trivia for the shows of the Whedonverse. Last one standing wins a prize!

Buffy Pyramid ~ One person gives clues and one person must answer the question. We will demo the game!
We have a bar and wait staff within the room to be available to everyone with Dave & Buster’s awesome menu! Some items on the menu actually support The Make-A-Wish Foundation. Just remember to tip your bartender and wait staff like a true slayer!

Dave and Buster’s validate parking for the lots provided for guests. The rate generally is 7 bucks for 10 hours!
1. Bring yourself and anyone else to help spread the Buffy love!
2. Your donation sheet and donations (Most donations earn a prize, too).
3. Items you want to donate to the event for next year or for our live auction.
4. A camera or video camera, as we like to see all the pictures of people enjoying the event.
5. Spare change to throw at the screen during your favorite moments!
6. Cash, Checks and Credit Cards!
7. A valid ID like a driver’s license.
This year's event will be held on June 25, 2016. We start taking people in to register your donations and get you rolling with your raffle tickets at 11 a.m., local time. We start the episodes around 12 p.m., but you can come whenever you want as the event is all day 'til midnight. Or come just for the live auction! Venue Dave & Buster’s Gold Coast 1030 N. Clark Street Chicago , IL – 60610 Phone: 312-943-5151 When: June 17th, 2017



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Event Location

Dave & Buster’s Chicago

1030 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

United States



This event is made possible by our incredible crew:

Kelly Creamer † Timothy Alexander † Lauren Schakowsky † Ed Lamey † Kathryn Creamer † Logan Nealis † Heather Rucci † Kathy Rucci † Ashley White † Brett Buryj † Brittany Ellis † Melissa Penner † Chris Esterhammer-Fic † Madeline Esterhammer-Fic † Kevin Hansen† Kristin Meier † Heather Shirk † Ashley Ingracia † David Ingracia † Jeanne Kahler † Gene Popa † Robyn Goldy  † Alexandra Woloszyk †  Samantha Parker  †  Brooke Parker

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