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First 'Brave the Games' festival this weekend

The Yavapai College I AM YC Club is giving everyone a reason to spend this Saturday, Feb. 23, playing their favorite games.

It’s the club’s hard-fought battle against dream killers, according to a news release from Yavapai College Community Relations Coordinator Jennifer McCormack.

“By battle we mean prevention, and by dream killers we mean the financial emergencies and empty cupboards that sometimes convinces students to give up their career dreams to focus on paying bills and feeding themselves and their families,” the release states.

As such, the club is hosting the inaugural “Brave the Games” gaming festival, to be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Walraven Gym on the Prescott campus, 1100 E. Sheldon St. Admission is $3 for anyone 19 or older, $2 for ages 13 to 18 and free for children 12 and younger or Yavapai College students with a valid student ID. Snacks will also be available for purchase, and proceeds from the event will help expand the club’s emergency food services at the Verde Valley campus in Clarkdale and restock the shelves of the Prescott campus pantry.

Included in the event will be video games, card games, board games and interactive games. Wristbands will enable gamers to re-enter the festival at their convenience.

The Yavapai College food pantry has helped dozens of struggling students and their families get back on the college track with emergency food and cash to help with anything from car repairs to childcare since its opening in 2017.

In the release, nursing student and I AM YC Club Vice President Steven Fiorentino said food and financial insecurity is a real campus problem he, fellow students, college faculty and staff are working to resolve.

“I know what it’s like to be a struggling college student,” Fiorentino said. “If we can help students through college and keep them in the area, that benefits the community.”

Additionally, club president Madeleine Cherry said the gaming festival helps raise awareness about the food pantry among its donors and users. The pantry is working to improve the nutritional value and freshness of the food it provides and the goal is to build a stronger and healthier college community, Cherry said.

For more information on Brave the Games, visit To learn how to donate or get help from the Yavapai College Food Pantry, visit

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