CCS seeks board game sponsors

May 25 deadline to ‘get on board’ for Monopoly-style board game

Imagine being able to move around a board game as “Symbol” or “Clock Tower”! Or collecting “money” for flying to Las Vegas on TMA Airlines. That’s the jist of a new “opoly” style board game celebrating all that’s great about Rockford called “Rockford on Board,” coming to town soon.

In keeping with the renewed energy to celebrate what’s good about Rockford, Comprehensive Community Solutions Inc., a nonprofit organization best known for its YouthBuild Rockford Program, has undertaken this unique project, and will be producing this real estate trading game that showcases the businesses, organizations and attractions that make Rockford special. “The game celebrates all that is unique about Rockford, and the proceeds will help support the important programs of CCS Inc. as well,” said Kerry Knodle, executive director of CCS.

This exciting, one-of-a-kind customized keepsake will offer an opportunity to celebrate the great things, people and places in the city, and provide a way to keep those things alive for years to come.

The project initially involves local businesses and organizations sponsoring “squares” on the game board. Sponsors receive significant exposure and recognition for their businesses on the game board itself (through squares, the currency, houses and hotels), as well as on the deed cards, game play instructions, and the project Web site. “Honor Roll” sponsorships are also available. It is anticipated that 4,000 to 6,000 games will be sold in the first production run beginning in late summer.

Project sponsors already “on board” include: Northwest Chicagoland Regional Airport; Mincemoyer Jewelers; Guerilla Graffix; Edgebrook Center; Magic Waters; Sinnissippi Park; Sportscore; Garwick Electric; River District Association; Woodward Governor; Irish Rose Saloon; Rockford Area Economic Development Council; Specialty Screw; Millikin, Benning, Kleckler and Kobischka; The Market Junction; Rockford Health Systems; Joseph Behr and Sons; Hynes and Associates; Miller Engineering; Century 21 Country North; International Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 792; United Parcel Service; Gypsum Supply, and Redline Developers. In addition, retail and media sponsors have committed to selling and marketing the game throughout the area. These include the Rockford Park District, Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Crimson Ridge, Mincemoyer Jewelers, 13-WREX-TV, Lamar Outdoor Advertising and the Rockford Register Star.

Be one of 40 businesses and organizations “immortalized” on the game. Only 23 sponsorships remain. Interested businesses or organizations have until May 25 to “get on board”. Info: Debbie York at CCS, 963-6236, or visit

From the May 11-17, 2005, issue

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