, Tenn. – City employees competed Tuesday in the 2nd Annual United Way Field Day event to kick-off the annual workplace giving campaign.
Twelve six-member teams from across the City of Clarksville gathered at the Wilma Rudolph Events Center compete in nine “minute-to-win-it” games, including Ping Pong Shake, Elephant March and Balloon Pop. Team names were equally creative, including Blue Light Special, Killa Watts, Perfectly Balanced and Codes Crusaders.
“Last year we did the first Field Day, and it was such a hit,” said Lauren Winters, an analyst in the Finance Department, and a member of the United Way Board. “This year's theme is ‘playing your part’ -- so we decided to play for the 2nd Annual Field Day for United Way!”
Mayor Kim McMillan joined in the fun, cheered on the teams, and had the honor of selecting the Most Spirited award winner, which went to Team Hope.
“We had really good turnout, and our great employees got to do some team-building and have fun together,” Mayor McMillan said. “This helps make our internal United Way drive more successful, which sets a good example for other workplaces across the City.”
Ginna Holleman, local United Way chief executive, thanked the City and its employees.
“United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region is proud to partner with the City of Clarksville to secure valuable resources to those in need,” Holleman said. “This year's Field Day event champions the enthusiastic spirit and compassionate hearts of City employees. The friendly rivalry between departments sparks lots of competitive fun while also proving that it takes teamwork to succeed.”
Holleman said it takes everyone working together to achieve positive change.
“Fun is the best part of fundraising, but the challenges each team faced in this event are also representative of the challenges faced by many in our community,” she said. “Families who can't put food on their table. Senior citizens who can't afford the cost of healthcare or medicine. Veterans fighting their own personal battles. Abuse and neglect of the most vulnerable. These are tough problems, but thanks to those who give generously, there is hope.”
Winters, who also serves as the City’s United Way Campaign coordinator, said participants joined in from a range of City departments, and everyone had a chance to have fun and win while raising money for the United Way.
“This special event is just small piece of our overall campaign giving, but it creates a sense of community among City employees as they raise money for our community through giving to the United Way,” Winters said. “Earlier this year, the City was a recipient of the United Way's Campaign Spirit Award, thanks to employees increased giving as well as their participation in such a fun event.”
The City also won the Volunteer Leadership award in recognition of the number of City employees who volunteered to assist the Read United Program.
CDE Lightband employees on team Killa Watts took first place, while two of the five Clarksville Street Department teams brought home second and third.
Here are the winners:
First Place, CDE’s Killa Watts.
Second Place: CSD’s Clarksville’s Finest.
Third Place: CSD’s Black Blue.
Most Spirited: Team Hope.
City of Clarksville employees race across the Wilma Rudolph Event Center during the penguin walk competition during the 2nd Annual United Way Field Day Oct. 16, 2018.
Members of CDE Lightband team Killa Watts, which took first place out of 12 six-member City of Clarksville employee teams, carefully walks across the Wilma Rudolph Event Center during the 2nd Annual United Way Field Day event Oct. 16, 2018.