FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
mhs [at] papa.org
REPLAY FOUNDATION LAUNCHED WITH DONATION OF OVER 500 ARCADE GAMES
Collection Valued At Nearly One Million Dollars Now Preserved Under Non-Profit Management
Scott Township, Penn. -- December 5, 2012 -- Replay Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has officially taken ownership of the entire collection of pinball machines and video games residing at the headquarters of the Professional & Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA) in Scott Township, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Many rare and valuable games are among the collection, with nearly all restored to perfect working order.
The collection, which includes 456 working pinball machines, 30 video games, and 35 miscellaneous and non-working games, was the personal property of Kevin Martin, president of PAPA. These games are used to operate the two largest pinball tournaments in the world, the PAPA World Pinball Championships held each summer, and the Pinburgh Match Play Championship held each spring. Each tournament draws over a thousand players and spectators from around the world.
"Putting this collection under the control of an independent non-profit organization will ultimately preserve the legacy of PAPA for future generations, beyond my own involvement," said Kevin Martin. "This is a resource that the public can enjoy for decades to come, as we spread the pinball bug through our tournaments, outreach efforts, and special events."
About Replay Foundation
Replay Foundation promotes the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of pinball technology, with an emphasis on the player experience. Pinball machines were designed to be played, especially in competition.
Proceeds raised by Replay Foundation in excess of operating costs will be devoted to charities such as the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).
PAPA is the oldest continually operating organization for pinball players, having operated its first tournament in New York City in 1991. PAPA operates the two largest pinball tournaments in the world, the PAPA World Pinball Championships held each summer, and the Pinburgh Match Play Championship held each spring. PAPA also operates the PAPA Tournament Circuit, a yearly series of pinball tournaments across the nation.
The PAPA World Headquarters in Scott Township, Pennsylvania is only open to the public during the annual tournaments and other special events.