The Harrisburg Elks Lodge is hard at work preparing for its 32nd annual Monopoly Tournament, and has announced that proceeds from the event will be awarded to the Fowler-Bonan Foundation "Clothes for Kids" program and Habitat for Humanity of Saline County.
This years' tournament will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Southeastern Illinois College Foundation Center on North Commercial Street in Harrisburg.
As always — in addition to the fast-paced, championship-caliber Monopoly competition – the night will also feature silent and live auctions, food and beverage, raffles, and live musical entertainment.
Brad and Bri will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. while All Roostered Up will take the stage from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The event has traditionally raised more than $10,000 for charity each year. Dale Fowler, co-founder of the Fowler-Bonan Foundation, and Bruce Boone, president of the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, both said their groups look forward to teaming with the Elks with this years' tourney.
"The Fowler-Bonan Foundation is proud and privileged to again partner with the Elks to make the night special," Fowler said.
Boone added that the local Habitat board members and volunteers are also looking forward to the event, and said that "we'll do everything we can do to make the event enjoyable for all in attendance."
"Loyal area businesses, community groups and individuals truly ensure the success of this event each year," said Genny Craig of the Elks. "Whether it be sponsoring a player, donating silent auction items or food, purchasing a souvenir deed, banking a table or participating as a player, the community has always been there to support this tourney, and we are very grateful."
Approximately 400 letters have been mailed to past supporters of the tournament asking for player sponsorships, silent auction items or other in-kind support for the tourney.
The cost for a seat at the tournament remains at $150. Everyone competes in a preliminary 90-minute round of play, beginning at 6:30 p.m., with the top five competitors advancing to the final round of play to determine the eventual winner. The winner of the featured "High Rollers" table — $1,000 per seat — will also advance to the finals. A special "Media Match" table will also take place. Spectators are always welcome.
Admission is just $10 at the door.
"The Elks invite anyone interested in pitting their real estate trading skills against other top players, all while helping out a worthy cause, to plan to participate," Craig said. "And as always, we guarantee a lot of fun and excitement."
According to information released by the lodge, Monopoly is the world's most popular proprietary board game, is licensed in more than 80 countries and is printed in more than 26 languages, and is played by an estimated 250 million people worldwide.
Page 2 of 2 - The Elks ask all supporters to mark their calendars now for the Feb. 23.
For more information, contact the Harrisburg Elks Lodge (252-5000), Genny Craig (841-4366), or Kerry Camp (841-8482).