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Stay Home, Play a Game and Have Fun During Million Minute Family Challenge

Beloit, WI, August 06, 2008 --( Organizers of this year’s Million Minute Family Challenge™ are expecting game playing to be at an all-time high, considering that gas prices have set records and the costs of other entertainment options are increasing.

“The idea of staying home and having a game night is appealing, given the current economy,” said Beth Muehlenkamp, senior promotions coordinator at Patch Products, which sponsors the challenge every year. “Board games are a wonderful way for family and friends to spend time together, and they are a great value because you can play them over and over again. A gallon of gas will last 20 miles, but a board game will last 20 years.”

The Million Minute Family Challenge, which is in its eighth year, encourages interaction and communication among family and friends by setting a national goal of playing games for a total of 1 million minutes from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. The goal might seem high, but if 1,000 families or groups in each of the 50 states play a board game for 20 minutes, that’s 1,000,000 minutes. A total of 313 groups logged 1,084,766 minutes last year.

“We were in a game-playing competition with our neighbors, and this gave us a way to keep track,” said Sharon Niedzielski of Maple Grove, Minn., who participated in the 2007 challenge. Sharon and her family logged 860 minutes.

In addition to Patch Products®, this year’s supporters who are helping to bring awareness to the Million Minute Family Challenge are Red Robin® Gourmet Burgers, KOA®, Great Wolf Lodge® resort locations in the U.S., Blue Harbor Resort™ and Generations United®.

If your family or group is interested in participating in the Million Minute Family Challenge, visit and click on the “Join Now” button. They will keep track of your minutes and recognize your group on the website. Throughout the challenge, participants will receive game discounts and offers to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers for minutes logged. They also can buy promotional T-shirts and other items imprinted with the challenge’s logo.

About Patch Products
Patch Products, headquartered in Beloit, Wis., is a leading manufacturer and marketer of family entertainment products. Board games, card games, puzzles and collegiate-licensed foam sports toys are the core product lines. Top-selling games include Buzzword®, What's Yours Like?®, Toss Up!®, Swap!® and the Jeff Foxworthy™ You Might Be a Redneck If…™ Game. For more information, visit

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