O’Donnell + Naccarato WINS Giant Jenga 2019!

ACE Mentor Program Giant Jenga Tournament Raises $20K for Scholarships

Third annual tournament dramatically increases in size, attracts 300 attendees and 48 teams

[Philadelphia, Pa.]  The ACE Mentor Program of Greater Philadelphia, the local affiliate of the nation’s fastest-growing industry mentoring program, hosted 300+ members and friends of the design and construction community Thursday, 7 February 2019 at Drexel University for a repeat of its successful Giant Jenga Tournament. The third annual event netted over $20,000 for the ACE Greater Philadelphia mentoring program and 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 path.

“The event brought together students, mentors, and friends from partner companies throughout the region,” said ACE Affiliate Director Tiffany Millner, AIA, NOMA. “Through competition and camaraderie, we demonstrated the strength of Philadelphia’s design and construction industry while raising money to support the next generation of architects, engineers, and construction professionals.”

Forty-eight teams of four competed in a round-robin tournament playing a supersized version of the tabletop wooden block game, Jenga. Giant Jenga incorporated 2×4 blocks, with some towers reaching nearly six feet high. The winning team, representing O’Donnell & Naccarato of Philadelphia, Pa., earned naming rights for an alumni scholarship to be given at the 18th Annual ACE Scholarship Breakfast in May. Schnabel Engineering came in second with Alderson Engineering and Temple University / Tyler School of Art and Architecture tying for third place. Precis Engineering was named the Speed Round Champion.

“It has been gratifying to watch this event grow into a major source of scholarship funds for deserving ACE students,” said Christine Fiori, Head of the Construction, Engineering and Project Management, and Systems Engineering Department at Drexel University and a member of the ACE board of directors and its fundraising committee. “The scholarship money and exposure to STEM careers makes such a difference to deserving students.”

Giant Jenga took place at Drexel University’s Creese Student Center. Live music was provided by Deja Blue – BVT Live.

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Melissa Raffel
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O’Donnell + Naccarato WINS Giant Jenga 2019!


Tower Above the Competition! Test your steady hand and sense of balance by playing Giant Jenga with your friends in the design and construction industry! Just like the tabletop game only super-sized. The tallest tower winner gets bragging rights. The winner of the tournament will also have the opportunity to name an ACE Scholarship – which will be presented at the 18th Annual ACE Scholarship Breakfast on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

When the ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Mentor Program began, no one truly understood the positive impact it would have on high school students and the integrated construction industry. As the fastest growing industry-mentoring program in the United States, our mission is simple: We engage, excite, and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in the integrated construction industry.

Proceeds from our Giant Jenga Tournament will go to scholarships for our current High School students – AND – ACE Alumni currently enrolled in school and focusing on an A-C-E related career path.




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