Desert Bus for Hope

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You guys are the greatest idea. If you didn't exist I would have to invent you.
- Penn Jillette, co-creator of Desert Bus on November 20, 2010
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Desert Bus for Hope (DBfH or DB) is an annual charity fundraiser. Organised by a large team of volunteers including many members of LoadingReadyRun, DBfH raises money for Child's Play by playing Desert Bus, a minigame from the unreleased Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors as long as people keep donating.

Background

The cast agreed to play Desert Bus for an hour for each increment of money donated - the amount necessary increased by seven percent each time the increment was reached. So the first hour would require one dollar to be donated, the second a dollar seven, and so on. The money earned went to the charity Child's Play which provides video games, toys and books to children's hospitals all over the world. To date (post-Desert Bus 2019), the run has earned more than 6 million USD.

Desert Bus generates a lot of its own tropes and terminology that pass from year to year. You can find explanations and origin stories for many of these in the Desert Bus Lexicon.

List of Desert Buses

Name Start Date Start Time End Date End Time Hours Raised Lifetime Raised Points Crashes Venue
Desert Bus for Hope 1 2007-11-23 18:00 2007-11-28 06:43 108 $22,805.00 $22,805.00 11 6 Bill's Place
Desert Bus for Hope 2 2008-11-28 18:00 2008-12-04 00:46 126 $70,423.79 $93,228.79 11 14 Moonbase Mk I
Desert Bus for Hope 3 2009-11-20 18:00 2009-11-26 10:44 136 $140,449.68 $233,678.47 16 2 Moonbase Mk II
Desert Bus for Hope 4 2010-11-19 18:00 2010-11-25 15:07 141 $209,482.00 $443,160.47 14 8 Moonbase Mk III
Desert Bus for Hope 5 2011-11-18 18:00 2011-11-25 00:36 150 $383,125.10 $826,285.57 15 5 Moonbase Mk III
Desert Bus for Hope 6 2012-11-16 21:00 2012-11-23 05:24 152 $443,630.00 $1,269,915.57 12 13 Moonbase Mk III
Desert Bus for Hope 7 2013-11-16 10:00 2013-11-22 22:18 156 $523,520.00 $1,802,435.57 14 10 Moonbase Mk III
Desert Bus for Hope 8 2014-11-14 10:00 2014-11-21 00:50 158 $643,242.58 $2,445,678.15 12 24 Lunar Module
Desert Bus for Hope 9 2015-11-14 10:00 2015-11-21 01:30 159 $683,720.00 $3,129,398.15 11 26 Lunar Module Mk II
Desert Bus for Hope 10 2016-11-12 10:00 2016-11-19 01:48 159 $695,242.57 $3,824,640.72 12 29 Lunar Module Mk III
Desert Bus for Hope 2017 2017-11-17 10:00 2017-11-24 00:16 158 $655,402.56 $4,480,043.28 11 19 Moonbase Mk V
Desert Bus for Hope 2018 2018-11-09 10:00 2018-11-16 02:33 160 $730,099.90 $5,210,143.18 17 7 Lunar Module Mk IV
Desert Bus for Hope 2019 2019-11-08 08:00 2019-11-15 02:20 162 $865,015.00 $6,075,158.18 12 21 Lunar Module Mk IV
Desert Bus for Hope 2020 2020-11-13 10:00 2020-11-20 06:04 164 $1,052,902.40 $7,128,060.58 7 45 Moonbase Mk V & Virtual
Desert Bus for Hope 2021 2021-11-12 18:00 2021-11-19 17:18 167 $1,223,108.83 $8,351,169.41 8 39 Moonbase Mk V & Virtual
Desert Bus for Hope 2022 2022-11-12 14:00 2022-11-19 13:46 167 $1,134,203.73 $9,485,373.14 11 32 Moonbase Mk V & Virtual

All times are Pacific Standard Time; all amounts raised are US Dollars.

Appearances

Drivers & Entertainers

Name DB1 DB2 DB3 DB4 DB5 DB6 DB7 DB8 DB9 DB10 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Alex Steacy
Andy Cownden
Andrew Ferguson
Ash Vickers
Ashley Turner
Ashton Cummings
Brendan “Beej” Dery
Ben Ulmer
Bill Watt
Cameron Lauder
Carrie Floyd
Chris “Fugi” Gamble
Coriander Dickinson
Erika Cole
Graham Stark
Heather Dery
Ian Horner
Jacob Burgess
James Turner
Jamie Dillon
Jeremy Petter
Johnny Blakeborough
Jordan Hopkins
Kara McLachlan
Kate Watt
Kathleen De Vere
LeeLee Scaldaferri
Liz Smith
Matt Wiggins
Mikey Neumann
Molly Lewis
Morgan vanHumbeck
Paul Saunders
Serge Yager
Tally Heilke
Tara Theoharis
Tim Sevenhuysen

Volunteers & Friends of the Bus

Name DB1 DB2 DB3 DB4 DB5 DB6 DB7 DB8 DB9 DB10 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Alanna Bullock
Andre van Slyke
Anubis
Alaina Boomer
Alex Ashman
Alex Eastveld
Alexandra Eastveld
Alister McVeigh
Amber “Phedran” Campbell
Az Martin
Ben Wilkinson
Blake Hodson
Brad Moran
Brendan “Jeeves” Baker
Brent Stewart
Brett Johnson
Chris Usher
Chris Whitman
Colin Benjamin
Cory McElrea
Cullen “CaffeinatedLemur” Auerbach
Dan Floyd
Dan Wu
Emily Jarrett
Eric Jarrett
Felix Kramer
Graham Fielding
Helen Cowart
Ian “Dix” Dixon
Ian Jacek
Jason Chinnock
Jen Carling
Jess Bell
Jo Stinson
Joe Trollo
John Bates
John Gardiner
Juliana Cooper
Kate Stark
Kelly Clark
Kelly Voorhaar
Kolin Toney
Kroze
Lindsay Luft
Logan Wiltse
Louis Moga
Martin “Map” Pittenauer
Matthew Murray
Matt Griffiths
Matthews
Max Loy
Meagan Hogg
Mia Steinberg
Mike Buland
Mike Whitaker
Morgan Llewellyn
Nina Scott
Paxton Grill
Peter Fulker
Peter Smit
Pika
PJ Martin
Rek Feldman
Rob Machen
Robin Rose
Ross Cubbon
Sara Chicazul
Sarah Mendiola
Sarah Toney
Shandi Shiach
Shawn Morford
Simon Afek
Sol Kauffman
Soraya Een Hajji
Steve Dengler
Tabitha Sheehan
Taylor “TQ” Quinn
Thomas Ourada
Tim Lindvall

● = Driver / Entertainer, = Appearance / Visitor / Volunteer, = Guest / Call-in Appearance

Desert Bus for Hope
Year-by-Year: 1 (2007) 2 (2008) 3 (2009)4 (2010)5 (2011)6 (2012)7 (2013)8 (2014)9 (2015)10 (2016)(11) 2017(12) 2018(13) 2019(14) 2020(15) 2021(16) 2022
Desert Bus Lexicon