Double Monopoly Life Size Game to Raise Money For Imagine No Malaria

January 28, 2014

The Good Samaritan United Methodist Church Youth Group, Cupertino, Calif. is hosting a life-sized game of "Double Monopoly" on Saturday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Eight teams, each composed of four to eight youth, will be competing on a 40 foot double monopoly board. All the teams are raising money for “Imagine No Malaria” by collecting sponsors who have pledged to donate, pennies per minute, based on the number of minutes the team survives before going bankrupt.  
The game board is made up of a standard (but giant) monopoly board, as well as a mirror image board with business and personal sponsors listed on the squares. The two boards overlap on "go" and form a figure eight shape. Each token moves around the entire figure eight, covering 79 spaces instead of the usual 40. The nine-hour game will be non-stop from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
A minimum of three youth are required to play at all times. The other team members are needed to swap into the game to give their teammates breaks, meals and rest.  
This is the second life-sized Double Monopoly game created and hosted by their youth group.  Two-and-a-half  years ago they built the board, created the giant money, deed cards, Chance and Community Chest Cards, and hosted a ten hour game that raised just over $6,000 for Habitat for Humanity.   A time lapse video of that game can be viewed by clicking here.
They will be raising money by asking all participants (players and bankers) to collect pledges of "pennies per minute" for the number of minutes their team can stay in the game without going bankrupt.   The game is capped at nine hours or 540 minutes, so a $0.01 pledge will become at most a $5.40 donation.
They are also asking people, businesses, and corporations to sponsor a space on their board.  Different spaces are "selling" for $100, $200 and $500.   There are 22 property spaces on the double board which can be named for a sponsor (with logos painted on, etc.)  The sponsors are not only helping Imagine No Malaria, but they are also putting their name in front of many dozens of youth and young adults who will be playing and running the game.
For questions, contact John Brawn, for details, or call the church office at (408) 253-0751.

The church is located at 19624 Homestead Road, Cupertino, CA 95014.