I can't decide which charity yet, but probably Second Harvest (formerly Feeding America, www.secondharvest.org) or Habitat For Humanity (www.habitat.org).
I did a lot of work with my college's chapter of Habitat, and even served as their Vice President for a term. I've also been making donations to Second Harvest recently, because around Christmas-time I started thinking about how badly the recession must be hitting our nation's food banks.
Anyway, the story with GUNNAR goes something like this (I'm paraphrasing from a phone conversation over a month ago, so this is sort of the story =).
A guy who worked in front of a computer all day was having several problems related to staring at the screen all day long (fatigue, nausea, etc.), as was his son when he played long video game sessions.
The guy teamed up with a former research and development (R&D) employee from Oakley sunglasses, and they spent three years doing R&D on how to create a lens that would make computer and TV screens less strenuous on the eye. The result was GUNNAR digital performance glasses.
To be perfectly honest, I thought it was a gimmick at first until they sent me a pair to try. I soon learned that these things are incredible. I used them during a brutal session that I probably shouldn't have even played. I had gotten less than three hours sleep the night before thanks to a red eye flight from Jersey back home to Vegas.
The true degen in me couldn't let those Wednesday night tournaments go by, so I decided to try out the GUNNARs while playing that session. I noticed the difference immediately. I'm not claiming that it performed some miracle and I felt like I was at 100%, but the lens somehow reduces strain on the eye.
It makes a noticeable difference, and is a huge help when playing marathon sessions of online poker or video games. They have a full return policy, so if you're not satisfied with them you can send them back within 30 days as long as there are no scratches on them. Try them for yourself, you won't think it's a gimmick anymore either.
Don't forget to use code PPIStout at checkout, both to add to the charitable contribution and to get a free black flex-fit GUNNAR hat (the one I've been wearing at the WSOP/in PokerListings pictures).
Also, feel free to post a reply to post a comment with suggestions for where the donations will go, especially if you order a pair from the website.