The Golden Charity was an event in which blogger and TF2 player WINGSPAN TT (WiNG), a Golden Wrench recipient, invited other recipients of the Golden Wrench to destroy their Golden Wrenches for the charity Child's Play. 13 others joined him on August 31st, 2010, and the 14 Golden Wrenches were destroyed after having raised over $31,000 USD.
According to WiNG's blog, his initial enthusiasm for having received the Golden Wrench quickly subsided, therefore he intended to destroy it shortly after having received it.
WiNG enthusiastically mentioned having received Golden Wrench #31 on his blog on July 5th, 2010. Two days later, on July 7th, he posted the first of two cryptic pieces of fanfiction, titled "The Curse of the Golden Wrench", suggesting that the Golden Wrenches were cursed (the second part was posted on July 15th), something he directly claimed following a community scandal – in which several players managed to cheat the system and unfairly obtain Golden Wrenches – about which he noted "I think it's fairly clear by now that the Wrench is, in one manner or another, cursed. Which means it's only a matter of time until the Wrench finds a way to destroy me."
On July 19th, 2010, he officially announced his plan to start the "Golden Charity", and started seeking out other Golden Wrench owners asking them to join him. Donors were invited to a private Steam Community Group to display their philanthropy to the public. The event culminated in the destruction of 13 Golden Wrenches on August 31st, 2010 (1 additional Golden Wrench was destroyed pre-maturely) on a private server, with the Golden Wrench owners being joined by the top donors from throughout the campaign.
Golden Wrenches destroyed
- Wrench #31 by WINGSPAN TT
- Wrench #14 by Yaga
- Wrench #82 by Jen
- Wrench #22 by Captain Jack *
- Wrench #35 by Aeriyn
- Wrench #66 by Purple Rain
- Wrench #32 by nextgenliberty
- Wrench #27 by Grantz•勇
- Wrench #96 by Top Model (Poland cycle 5)
- Wrench #48 by Bruno
- Wrench #95 by The kind of ginger white guy
- Wrench #29 by Strakhov2
- Wrench #28 by Greendrank
- Wrench #10 by Tim the Enchanter
Participants are listed in the order in which they joined the fundraiser, with handles displayed as they appeared at the time of their involvement.
Footage of the Golden Wrench destruction event
- Grantz•勇 (Wrench #27 holder) was hacked prior to this and the hacker destroyed his Golden Wrench. Valve later gave him a replacement, which he destroyed himself at the event.
- Golden Charity | Top Tier Tactics, retrieved 2010-10-17.
- Top Tier Tactics: A Golden Opportunity to Destroy Golden Wrench [...], retrieved 2010-10-17.
- Golden Wrench #31: WiNG, retrieved 2010-10-17.
- Top Tier Tactics: The Curse of the Golden Wrench - Part 1, retrieved 2010-10-17
- Top Tier Tactics: The Curse of the Golden Wrench - Part 2, retrieved 2010-10-17
- Top Tier Tactics: Goldengate: The Engineer Update Scandal, retrieved 2010-10-17.
- Top Tier Tactics: Dr. Thrax gives up Wrench #10 in the spirit of charity, retrieved 2010-10-17.
- Golden Charity on Top Tier Tactics website
- "Golden Wrench Destruction for Charity", TF2 Official Website
- Steam Community Group for Golden Charity Contributors