With a roll of the dice, you can take a tour of Danville — stopping at Royal Donut, building a house on Jocko’s lot, passing Wiener Works, and maybe even going to court.
It’s all part of a new game using local businesses — a fun way to instill pride in Danville while raising money for the Rock Church’s mission projects.
Danville-Opoly, modeled after Monopoly, is the brainchild of Doug Hummer, associate and youth pastor at the church.
“I was looking for something creative and unique — something Danville can be proud of,” he said. “We thought it would be great for families to celebrate Danville.”
Hummer came up with the idea in January. Church members spent a couple of months selling spaces to local businesses. A business sponsors a spot on the board; for example, Wiener Works wanted the corner “go.” Businesses also could buy a spot on the box top.
Also, businesses and individuals could put their name or image on the paper money. Some of the personalities on the money are astronaut Joe Tanner, athletes Darrin Fletcher and Mike Small, and founder of Watson Tire, Jerry Watson.
Almost 50 businesses bought spaces; in fact, the demand exceeded the number of spaces for sale.
Once all the pieces were in place, the game was produced by 521 Promo, a company that specializes in custom board games.
Church member Aaron Neutzmann designed the box top, a collage of local sites.
The games arrived in late July, and they’ve been selling quickly. The church ordered 500 games, and has sold about 300. Each game sells for $35.
All money from the game sales and the business sponsorships goes to the church’s GLOBAL X (Giving Love Outside the Boundaries of the American Lifestyle Experience) for mission work.
A group of 15 recently returned from a mission trip to Chiapas, Mexico, using proceeds from the game. A group of 12 will go to Nairobi, Kenya, from Oct. 7-17 to work at the orphanage run by Danville natives Jon and Molly Stern.
“It helps us do a lot outside the country and a percentage stays here,” Co-Pastor Randy Downing said. An example of a local mission is a monthly food outreach, when people take 30-50 laundry baskets of food and distribute them to people in need.
“When we give what we have, the church grows,” he said.
Besides helping the church with its missions, people who buy the game will learn something about Danville and its businesses.
Hummer said the sturdy game will be in homes for years, and people can talk about the places, such as the times they went to Custard Cup. He’s noticed that local people like history, and the game helps them celebrate Danville.
“We’re proud of our city,” Co-Pastor Bonnie Downing said, “and we want young people to be proud, too.”
Referring to the businesses, she added, “They believe in the city of Danville and wanted to be behind something (like this). They’re proud of Danville, like we are.”
Will there be more editions down the line to accommodate more businesses and churches? (Only two churches — the Rock Church and Connexion — are in this game.)
Randy Downing said there probably would be, adding with a laugh, “Who knows? There might be a whole series of games.”
TO ORDER: To buy a Danville-Opoly game for $35, call the Rock Church, 20 Poland Road, at 443-6219. Only 200 are left.