VANDALIA – The 29th annual Vandalia Corporate Challenge has wrapped up. The Challenge pits 14 teams from businesses in Vandalia in athletic and not-so-athletic events over six days.
For the first time ever, the Challenge ended in a tie. Teams from Inteva and the Vandalia-Butler City Schools tied for first place and, when given an option for a tie breaker, decided to remain co-champions.
A new part of the Challenge this year was a charitable giving challenge. Each team chose a charity to support, and each night of competition participants were given the opportunity to drop money into buckets representing the team and their charity.
The winner was determined by who raised the most money, and that team got to donate half of all the money collected to their charity. The other half was donated to the charity of the winning team.
A total of $4,537 was raised, and Crossroads Rehabilitation and Nursing Center raised the most money. They chose to donate their half, or $2.269, to Hannah’s Treasure Chest.
Because of the overall tie, Inteva and the Vandalia-Butler Schools split the other half. Inteva donated $1,134 to the Vandalia-Butler Food Pantry and the school district split their donation between the LaForce Foundation and Bec’s Bunch, the Rebecca Pelfrey Foundation.
Teams competing in the 29th Corporate Challenge, and the number of years they have been competing, are Orthopedic Associates (first year), Superior Abrasives (first year), FedEx Ground (2), GE TDI (3), Inteva Products (7), Crossroads Rehab & Nursing (8), Waibel Energy Systems (7), GE Aviation (10), Vandalia-Butler City Schools (19), City of Vandalia (24), Johnson Electric (24), Kentner Sellers (27), Adare Pharmaceuticals (26), and PSA Airlines (28).
Sponsors were Johnson Electric, Kentner Sellers CPA’s, Domino’s Pizza, VRC Senior Strength, PSA Airlines, Cassel Hills Golf Course, Cassel Hills Pool, GE Aviation, Waibel Energy Systems, Lasting Impressions, and Edward D. Jones Financial (John Cox).
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.