June 15, 2015

Cornhole is catching on in California.

At least it is in DPR’s offices, where the Sacramento office followed San Diego’s lead and hosted a Cornhole Classic tournament on the afternoon of Friday, May 8.

Photo courtesy Alena Quintero

The event brought together more than 30 of DPR’s local subcontractors and design team partners for an afternoon of fun and friendly competition, and raised serious cash for an important local community organization known as WEAVE. WEAVE is the primary provider of crisis intervention services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sacramento County.

Rodman Marquez and Megan Valles organized the event, and talked about why they opted for a cornhole event in lieu of a traditional golf tournament fundraiser. “This gave golfers and non-golfers alike the opportunity to participate in a very low key and casual environment,” Valles commented. “Since everyone was together in the same general location, it was easier for everyone to mingle as well.”

Set up in DPR’s office parking lot, the 96 participants competed in pool play and then tournament head-to-head matches. Players toss corn-filled bags into a pair of 2-by-4 wooden platforms in a game that essentially tests eye-hand coordination and accuracy.

Photo courtesy Rodman Marquez

A live band, lunch and beverages and a chance to live one of DPR’s core values, Enjoyment, made for a memorable afternoon.

“By nature of what we do on a day-to-day basis, our days can be challenging and our subcontract and design partners feel this pressure as well,” Valles commented. “It’s a good feeling to see people smiling and laughing that you usually meet under more serious circumstances. The event removed all barriers and brought us together in support of a common goal.”

Photo courtesy Alena Quintero

Added Marquez, “This was a sold out event, and everyone commented on what a great idea it was and that they want to do it again next year. It was great to raise funds for and bring awareness to WEAVE.”