Dean Grover

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Dean Grover Memorial Tournaments and Charity Fundraisers

Dean was such a valued member of our pinball community, and we have all felt his absence tremendously since his passing in December 2022. Dean was a talented programmer of pinball machines, a fierce tournament competitor, and one of the kindest people you’d ever meet. Our pinball community is coming together to honor Dean through a series of tournaments and events, and to raise funds for a charity that has been important to the Grover family: The CU Transplant Fund. We encourage you to donate to the fund directly, and/or to participate in the events listed below.

Dean Grover standing next to the Spider Man Pinball Machine

If you donate directly to the Fund, please send us an email and we’ll add your contribution to the grand total!



Project Pinball Plaque Placement—Children’s Hospital—December 21st

Our understanding is that the ceremony will be kept small to the Grover family, hospital staff, and Project Pinball representatives, but may be live-streamed. (We’ll post any info we get!) We’re hoping to get together with Sam and Amanda Grover sometime later that day, and will post more details about that as we get closer to the date!

Dean Grover Memorial Pingolf Tournament—Lyons Classic Pinball—December 31st

All day long, there will be a non-WPPR pingolf tournament, celebrating the late Dean Grover’s contributions to pinball, both locally, and worldwide (through his game programming). Play through a special pingolf course before, during, or after the 5th Sunday Classic. No payouts – all entry money for the pingolf event will be donated to the CU Transplant Fund in Dean’s honor. Click here for more details.

Stay tuned for more events to be added!


Dean Grover Assault the Vault Memorial Fundraiser—Organized by Kevin Ryan at the Dory Hill Pinball Campout—September 9, 2023

Two tokens with the image of a grim reaper and the initials "ADG"

The 1up Colfax Dean Grover Reaper Event—October 15th, 2023

The Reaper’s GWV Pinball Tournament at 1Up Greenwood Village—November 26th, 2023

The Polar Plunge and Dean Grover Memorial Tournament at Blizzard Mountain Pinball— December 7th-10th.


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