The 24th annual Office Olympix benefiting Easter Seals Central Pennsylvania was held March 4 at the Bavarian Hall, Altoona.
The event was sponsored by Always a Party Rentals and Imler's Poultry. Media sponsors were WTAJ and Hot 92/Hot 100. Game sponsors included IS2 Technologies and the Warren A. Gingrich Agency.
Twenty-three teams comprised of members from local businesses competed in six fun, office style events, including the Schobel Sharpie Shootout.
The team from Splish Splash Car Wash raised $950 for Easter Seals Central Pennsylvania and received the Gold Fundraising Award at this year’s 24th annual Office Olympix. They also won the award for Most Creative Team Outfit. Team members include (from left): front row — Fay Denny, Sherri Leach and Brandi Lucas; back row — Ryan Lucas, Tim Leach and Christian Mielnik.
Each year, the organization honors the life of Joline Schobel, an Office Olympix participant who passed away in January 2005, by naming one of the events after her.
Other events included Racin' to the John, Corporate Corn Hole and Big Ball Bowling.
In Big Ball Bowling, teams are given a yoga ball and must try to knock down three large bowling pins.
Each year, the top three teams in fundraising are recognized, with the first-place team winning tickets for a night in a luxury suite at the Altoona Curve. The team that raised the most was Splish Splash Car Wash "The Splashers" with $950. The second-place team was L.R. Webber Associates "Benefit Bandits" raising $902, and in third place was Easter Seals "Paperclip Prowlers," which raised $865.
All teams that raised $750 or more were eligible to compete in the Keller Engineers "Hello, Dolly!" main event.
Seven teams competed in this event, a relay race in which teams had to weave through an obstacle course while adding boxes of different sizes to a dolly. L.R. Webber Associates was the winner of "Hello, Dolly!" Winners of the other events were: n ARC Federal Credit Union in "Executive Pastime" (ARC also won the award for Most Creative Team Name with "The Holy Rollers").
n Sigrist Construction in Big Ball Bowling and Racin' to the John. n Easter Seals in Going Green. n Digital Solutions Inc. in Schobel Sharpie Shootout and Corporate Corn Hole. There were three overall event winners: the gold overall event winner, the Easter Seals "Paperclip Prowlers"; the silver overall event winner, L.R. Webber Associates; and the bronze overall winner, Ambucs.
This year, the Office Olympix event raised $15,368.50.
The 2010 Youth Ambassador Addison Smith was in attendance, as were many other ambassador children.
The money raised from this event helps to provide much needed services, such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, to children and adults in the area with disabilities and special needs.
Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the Office Olympix, which is scheduled for March 3.
For more information regarding Easter Seals, how to sign up for next year's Office Olympix or volunteer opportunities, call 944-5014 or visit www.eastersealscentralpa.com.