November 5, 1997
Media Contact: Wendy Mullins
Phone: (410)223-1741

Have you ever wanted to own the Baltimore Orioles or Amtrak's Penn Station? On November 20, 1997, 6-8:30 pm, you can buy "deeds" to some of the hottest properties in town by playing the new Baltimore edition of Monopoly∆ at the B&O Railroad Museum. USAOPOLY, creator of various city editions of the famous board game, is introducing the game to Baltimore with a card swap party to benefit the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. All guests are eligible to win thousands of dollars in prizes, donated by local businesses.

The Baltimore edition features prominent local landmarks and attractions, among them the Baltimore Orioles, the Preakness, Center Stage, Charles Street, the B&O Railroad Museum, Johns Hopkins University, the Babe Ruth Museum, and the Baltimore Sun. The familiar, four corner squares, original tokens, and rules remain true to the classic Monopoly∆ game; only the entities have changed. For example, the National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center, replace the original "Boardwalk" and "Park Place".

For ticket information, contact Mary Ellen Graf at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center at (410) 223-1730.

USAOPOLY produces 30 other titles of Monopoly∆ including the New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Golf and NASCAR editions. USAOPOLY has been granted a license by Hasbro, Inc. to develop the specialty versions of the original Monopoly∆ game, developed by Parker Brothers in 1935. The Baltimore edition will be available in stores, October 30, 1997.

The Johns Hopkins Children's Center is the children's hospital of the Johns Hopkins medical institutions. Maryland's most comprehensive acute-care hospital for children, the center, with its 177-bed hospital and more than 40 divisions and services, treats some 8,000 inpatients annually, with more than 90,000 outpatient visits.

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