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Fifth Annual Pub Games Raises $110K For SED Center

DFS Construction principal Robert DiGiovanni as Willy Wonka with his team of DFS Oompa Loompas

Young commercial real estate professionals came out to Penn Social in full force Wednesday evening for the fifth annual pub games, raising $110K for the Spanish Education Development Center. 

Defending best costume champions DFS Construction earned a well-deserved back-to back title (and a golden ticket) with their Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory costume. The group had been planning the costumes, which they had custom-made, for months but kept it a secret from the rest of their company until Wednesday afternoon. Last year the group rocked Elvis costumes. 

HYL's Katherine Cramer, Shawn Hauck and Isabel Realo with Boston Properties' Ray Ritchey

Boston Properties executive vice president Ray Ritchey organized the event. The proceeds went to the SED Center, a nonprofit based in DC's Petworth neighborhood that provides no-cost pre-school and child care services to disadvantaged Hispanic children and young adults. 

Clark Construction's Sean Leng Smith, Taylor Brownrigg, Sam Mitrani and Tyler Zbytek

The patriotic team at Clark Construction took home the award for best team spirit. The more than 350 attendees at the event competed in pub games such as corn hole, shuffleboard, Pop-a-shot and Skeeball. 

Wingate Hughes co-founding principal Gavin Daniels with his team

Pub Games featured a mechanical bull as the centerpiece of the downstairs bar area. The sponsor of that portion of the event, Wingate Hughes, came dressed ready to run from the bulls.

Cushman & Wakefield's Catherine Bright and Hickock Cole's Rebecca Kelly on the far side playing shuffleboard

The event had no shortage of food, with pizza, chicken bites, chips and guac and other appetizers served all night. Dessert was served upstairs with Scoops2U dishing out ice cream cones. 

First Potomac's Emily Barnette and Avison Young's Jehan Samhat locked in an intense game of Jenga

The upstairs section of the bar featured Jenga and trivia, many of the questions centered around real estate and business. 

Boston Properties' Susan Craig, Mike Levy and Doris Collazo

We were able to find Waldo (three of them actually) amidst the crowd of creative costumes.

Attendees were treated to a selection of wine, Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy and Samuel Adams Boston Lager as the big screens showed the Boston Celtics dropping the first Eastern Conference finals game to LeBron James and the Cavaliers.  

DFS Construction's Tim Shiaris riding the bull

And last but not least, it would not be Pub Games without an oompa loompa riding a mechanical bull.