Real Estate Games Sets New Records
The commercial real estate industry's biggest event, the 26th annual DC Real Estate Games, was held all day yesterday as the rain mostly held and it wasn't too hot. The event crushed its previous records with 2,400 attendees and $470k raised for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Adam Singer, left, founded the games in 1990, but passed the reins to honorary chair Bruce Pascal of Vornado, Kate Yanushonis of Boston Properties and JDRF's Molly Ricely.
Adam said there were no injuries and no heat stroke, and was blown away by another year of support from DC's commercial real estate industry. The executive managing director at Savills Studley, Adam was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 18 and has raised more than $6M in the quarter-century history of the games. Clark Construction, pictured here in blue shirts playing volleyball against ADI Construction, won the day of competition, finishing ahead of second-place HITT Contracting and third-place CBRE.
Other events throughout the day were the three-legged race, basketball (Adam's favorite to watch, and the one he said gets most intense) and tug of war.
Hundreds stayed to watch the day's last event, cheering on co-workers and their competitors, like Avison Young (pictured above). Like every year, the big construction and contracting firms were the favorites, many bringing in their strapping young bucks to function as ringers.
Others, like DPR Construction, dressed up for light-hearted fun. The oversized hats didn't help them win their first round match-up.
There were also awards given, like this one to Carr Properties' Zach Linsky, who helped make sure the day went smoothly.
And although the spirit of competition was strong throughout the entire day, the consistent—and growing—turnout for DC real estate's biggest event was enough to warm the heart of even the most cynical. After all, as Adam told the crowd, "we all like each other here in the real industry industry. Except for a few people, and we all know who those are."