9-Year-Old Boy Creates ‘Caine’s Arcade’ & Raises Over $100,000 For College [VIDEO]
9-year-old Caine Monroy wowed thousands with his very own arcade built of…you guessed it, CARDBOARD. Just last summer, Caine took left over boxes from the stockroom in his father’s auto shop to build, build and build some more. His arcade included real tickets, real tokens, and even a real claw machine!
How did he do it? “My dad has a lot of boxes back there to ship parts out so I cut them up and make my arcade games out of it,” Caine said. “My first game I made, the basket ball hoop I got from Shakeys pizza and its really cool.” “He started from that little game and little by little they started getting fancier and fancier,” said his father, George Monroy. “Eventually he took over the whole store.”
Caine’s first customer, Nirvan Mullick, set up a surprise for the young engineer. After being highly impressed after a few games, Nirvan created a Facebook and Reddit event, inviting people from all over Los Angeles to attend a “flash mob” at Caine’s arcade. “I met Caine randomly,” he said. “I just came across this elaborate cardboard arcade.” For $1 You get 4 turns and for a $2 fun pass, you get 500 turns. “I got a fun pass.”
Shira Lazar from What’s Trending headed over to Caine’s Arcade to catch up with the 9-year-old entrepreneur, his father, and producer and director Nirvan about their take on the viral video. When Shira asked George about his reaction to the film, he responded “I cried. It was just feel-good.” Nirvan explained the idea of the video was a stretch to see if they could raise at least $25,000 to pay for Caine’s college. “But the day we put it on the Internet, it raised $60,000,” he said, “and it’s up to $90,000 now.” Caine told Shira he’s “proud” of himself and his arcade after seeing millions share his video.
After months of editing all the footage, the film was ready to be seen. Nirvan released the 10-minute video Tuesday night and ever since, the video has raked up over 2.5 million views combined from YouTube and Vimeo. Caine has raised about $115,000—that’s $15,000 over their target of $100,000 devoted to Caine’s college funding. The film is still spreading by the minute and audiences are responding heavily to the viral video with exclamations: “This is powerful. Love it.” “Made me cry a bit…” and “That is a GREAT story. Entrepreneur spirit!”
According to TMZ, just yesterday the owner of Pins and Needles invited Caine to the pinball shop to play. “She offered him one of several pinball machines … ON THE HOUSE.” The vintage machines range from a few hundred bucks to a whopping $4,000. Until now, Caine has still not decided which machine to take home with him.
To get your fun pass at Caine’s Arcade, be sure to check them out in Smart Parts Aftermarket in East Los Angeles. Or go to Caine’s website at http://CainesArcade.com