On Thursday, February 24, the ACE Mentor Program of Greater Philadelphia hosted the 2022 Giant Jenga Tournament. The event welcomed over 350 members and friends of the design and construction community as they networked and competed for the reigning title of Jenga Champion.

 The Giant Jenga Tournament is not only fun and games; this year over $15,000 was raised to support the ACE Greater Philadelphia mentoring program. The money raised will go toward scholarships for current high school students and ACE alumni currently enrolled in higher education and focusing on an A-C-E (architecture, construction, or engineering) related career paths.

 “This event always brings together mentors, students, and friends from partner companies throughout the region,” said ACE Affiliate Director Melissa Raffel. “Through this fun and entertaining competition, we demonstrated the full strength and support of Philadelphia’s design and construction industry – raising money to support the next generation of architects, engineers, and construction professionals.”

 Sixty-two teams of four competed in a round-robin tournament of supersized Jenga. The winning team, Keast & Hood, earned naming rights for a high school scholarship to be given at the 21st Annual ACE Scholarship Breakfast later this spring. The Henderson Engineering came in second with TranSystems and Stantec tying for third place. Armor Masonry was named the Speed Round Champion.

 “We are so glad to be back to holding our Giant Jenga Tournament in 2022. It has been gratifying to watch this event grow and develop into a major source of scholarship funds for deserving ACE students,” said Brian Rawlings, Principal at O’Donnell & Naccarato, member of the ACE board of directors and chair of its Fundraising Committee. “The scholarship money, and exposure to career option in the architecture, construction and engineering fields, contribute to real change and opportunity for these students.”

Melissa Raffel
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