Allen Holder Passes Go and Wins Lorton's Annual Monopoly Championship
The tournament raised more than $5,000 for the Lorton Community Action Center
West Virginia's Allen Holder, emerged the winner at the sixth annual Monopoly Game Tournament held recently at Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton.
“I’m very excited to have won,” said Allen, who took home the top prize of $500. “This was my first time attending this tournament and it’s great to be the top prize winner. Knowing when to make the right trades and deals is the key and this year, it worked out for me”.
The tournament, sponsored by Ron & Susan Associates, a leading real estate team with Re/Max Gateway, was organized to benefit the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC), whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty and prevent homelessness.
More than 100 contestants participated in the three-round tournament. The top six players exercised their real estate trading skills in a 60-minute final round on a beautiful Franklin Mint Gold Edition Monopoly game board and when all the money and property was counted, Allen emerged the victor.
This competition is one of many tournaments held nationwide to assist organizations in raising funds for their causes.
“Ron and I are proud to host this annual event to raise money for a great cause and bring some fun into real estate by playing the classic game of Monopoly,” said Susan Borrelli, the event’s co-sponsor. “We were pleasantly surprised with this year’s turnout. We had 108 players and 20 local businesses participate – far exceeding last year’s turnout. We are definitely seeing this event grow bigger and better each year and are thrilled to be able to generate much-needed funds for LCAC”.
Eight-year-old David Doty won second place and received $250, and two-time finalist Toney Mooney placed third earning $100. Many local business also participated by sponsoring tables at the event and providing food & drink.
Monopoly, which is one of the world’s most popular board games, is licensed in more than 80 countries and printed in more than 26 languages. Since it first went on the market in 1935, over 200 million Monopoly games have been sold worldwide and it is now played by an estimated 250 million people.
Ron Kowalski, of Ron & Susan Associates, is a realtor with with Re/Max Gateway in Lorton, VA.