ELMHURST – In the marathon for fundraising in its centennial anniversary year, the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and Industry has chosen to employ a marathon game: Monopoly.
Elmhurst-Opoly, that is.
John Quigley, president and CEO of the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that as the chamber saw the game was making its way around several chambers across the country that were customizing the game to suit their locales, they realized it would be "a great time" to introduce the concept to Elmhurst as well.
Quigley said the chamber will order 1,000 games from custom gaming company Late for the Sky in Cincinnati, Ohio.
All of the properties on the game board, as well as the paper money and cards, are customized to fit artwork provided by Elmhurst businesses that sponsor the game production.
The chamber will sell the games for $25 each at the chamber and various retail chamber members starting in June to raise money for the chamber's Centennial Celebration Capital Campaign $100,000 Second Century Fund. The chamber also is discussing some options for staging an Elmhurst-Opoly tournament with Elmhurst's The Gaming Goat, Quigley said.
So far, the chamber has had some success getting around the game board.
Quigley said in the first 24 hours after sending out an email Feb. 5, the chamber received about $7,000 worth of sponsorships from Elmhurst businesses. Utility properties, premier properties and corner properties "went right away," he said.
"We just thought it was a unique opportunity. ... We wanted to make sure we were a part of it," said Ken Bartels, senior vice president at Community Bank of Elmhurst.
Community Bank of Elmhurst bought two corner properties, while Ken Bartels Consulting is a card deck sponsor, Quigley said.
Bartels also serves as chairman of the chamber's Board of Directors and said the chamber's ways and means committee and its marketing committee have been handling the logistics of getting the game for Elmhurst.
Bob Wolf, senior project manager at Elmhurst's Christopher Glass and Aluminum and a 40-something-year resident of Elmhurst, bought the Park Place premium property for the board through the silver package, which was $500.
Wolf said participating in the sponsorships of the game is one of the best ways to give back to the city of Elmhurst.
"A little advertising doesn't hurt either," he said.