business gambleEven though he’s INB’s Executive Vice President and Trust Officer, Pat Phalen doesn’t mind making a fool of himself, especially when the cause helps our community.

On Nov. 5, he’ll become a life-size participant in giant-size version of a board game. Along with other local celebrities, Pat will take part in the jumbo game of Hearts and Hammers. Colleen Stone, executive director Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County, says, Hearts and Hammers is a dinner and a show with audience participation. “Pat’s job will be to roll some really big dice, advance on the board space, and perform whatever action he lands on. For example, he might need to get an entire table of dinner guests to do the Chicken Dance.”

In addition to Pat’s participation, INB is a board space sponsor. Colleen says only seven of 55 board spaces were still available as of Sept. 28.

Audience members will have a chance to play with the celebrity participants by taking part in the auction and bidding on one of five open spots.

After the celebrity game of Hearts and Hammers, everyone will have a chance to play life-size games like Giant Jenga, pick-up sticks and Connect 4.

This is Habitat’s second annual Hearts and Hammers event. Colleen says, “Habitat needs to raise funds to support our programs such as home building, home rehabbing, and wheel chair ramp installation.

“The event was great fun last year and already have ideas to make it even more fun this year,” says Colleen.