The festivities started on October 11th at 11:00 PM EST with a once in a lifetime announcement that shocked all the Pokemon Trainers at the Pokemon X & Y Launch (located at the Nintendo World Store in Rockefeller Center New York); a surprise proposal of marriage from StreetPass Long Island Co-Founder "Jeff Weinstein" to Co-Founder "Debbie Lee Gluzband" on the main stage in front of hundreds of Nintendo gamers lined up to purchase the game at midnight.
"It's hard to gather the words necessary to accurately describe my thoughts and reactions to the events that took place this weekend. Debbie (Lee Gluzband) and I had the opportunity of a lifetime to get engaged on stage at the Pokemon X & Pokemon Y midnight launch event at Nintendo World Store in NYC and share our experience with hundreds of fellow Pokemon fans", said Jeff Weinstein, panelist and Co-Founder of StreetPass Long Island. "In hindsight, all I can say is 'WOW!!!' I would like to give thanks to Jordan White from StreetPass NYC, Nintendo of America, The Nintendo World Store Staff, Golin Harris, The Pokemon Company, New York Comic Con and everybody else who made this weekend possible."
For more information about the wedding proposal, visit this blogpost by the future bride herself at http://streetpasslongisland.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/spli-proposal-at-the-pokemon-xy-launch-event/
The following day on October 12th from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Jordan White (Founder & Event Organizer of StreetPasss NYC) hosted a panel titled "Nintendo Communities: StreetPass, Pokemon and Beyond!" along with Geoffrey Kappenberg (StreetPass NYC), Jeff Weinstein (StreetPass Long Island), Debbie Lee Gluzband (StreetPass Long Island), Matthew Rodriguez (Pokemon DS NYC) and KC Smithsen (Official NYC Pokemon Castelia League) in Room 1A10.
“It was incredibly fun to work with all these passionate and knowledgeable Nintendo fans,” said KC Smithsen, one of the panelists and founder of The Pocket Players blog. “The turnout bowled me over! I’m sorry so many people had to be turned away at the door because we ran out of seats, but it just goes to show the power of Nintendo and Pokémon communities.”
"Pokemon DS NYC was glad to have presented, for fans, why Pokemon has kept us together, and are super excited to see how Pokemon X and Pokemon Y will continue to bring fans together", exclaimed Matthew Rodriguez, panelist and Leader of Pokemon DS NYC Meet Up.
StreetPass NYC and StreetPass Long Island are a subset of the much larger world-wide, fan run & operated StreetPass Network (comprised of the many StreetPass meet up groups popping up all over the globe from Americas to Europe and Asia since the launch of 3DS). For more information, please visit http://www.streetpassnetwork.com
Pokemon DS Meetup NYC is a network of Pokemon fans from the New York region who are dedicated to the community of Pokémon video game fans, enthusiasts, and competitors. For more information, please visit http://www.meetup.com/pokemondsnyc/
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