Ground Kontrol’s owners and staff were extremely saddened to hear that Scott McKinnon, also known as Mink Staccato, passed away on Sunday, March 27th, 2011. We knew Scott because of his passion for pinball, and we all enjoyed talking to him about the game and whatever else whenever he would stop by over the years. Scott was a fixture at Ground Kontrol many afternoons and evenings, and was even featured in a Portland Mercury article on pinball published in 2006.
Scott’s high-score initials “MNK” still grace pinball tables at Ground Kontrol, and Scott even hit the Grand Champion score on Attack From Mars on October 11, 2010 (his birthday) with an astounding 43,023,948,120 points!
To pay tribute to a friend and a dedicated player, Ground Kontrol will be hosting a friendly tournament in Scott’s honor on Friday, April 15th, two days before Portland Pinbrawl 2011. The tournament will benefit Human Solutions, a non-profit organization that Scott volunteered for as a poker dealer during fundraising events and donated to as well.
Players can sign up starting at 5:00pm and we will begin playing at 6:00pm. There will be a sign-up sheet on top of the upstairs changer. To enter, we are asking for a suggested donation of $5-10, although players are welcome to give more. (If you’d just like to donate but don’t want to play, that’s OK, too – just let Art or Anthony know.)
100% of the money raised from this tournament will go to Human Solutions to aid homeless and low-income families and individuals. The tournament will be held on a random selection of the games on which Scott still holds a high score: Attack From Mars, The Simpsons Pinball Party, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The top winner of the tournament will receive a Ground Kontrol gift certificate valued at $25.
We hope you’ll help us remember a Portland pinball pro and raise some money for a good cause, too. We’ll see you Friday! Also, if you or a business or organization would like to donate a prize to this tournament, please contact us right away at firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate the support.
Our deepest condolences go to Scott’s family, friends and loved ones. Those of you that knew Scott and wish to connect with his family and friends can visit the Scott McKinnon Memorial group on Facebook.
WHAT: Mink Staccato Memorial Tournament; a friendly pinball tournament paying tribute to Scott McKinnon and fundraising for Human Solutions
WHEN: Friday, April 15th. Sign up between 5:00pm and 5:45pm. Games begin at 6:00pm.
ENTRY: Suggested donation of $5-10 to enter, although whatever you can give will be happily accepted. This is a 21+ event.