BBI’s Young Professionals Group participated in the ever-popular Westchase District Corporate Challenge on Friday, March 29. This “field day for adults” was conceived in 1997 as a way to bring Westchase District businesses together for a day of fun, networking, and corporate team-building. Over the years, it has grown into a highly-competitive event that sells out every year, while generating thousands of dollars for area charities.
BBI’s six-person team, jokingly named “The ‘B’ Team,” consisted of Maria Castillo (Construction Management group); Dalton Martin, Kenneth Rouser, Jr., Cruz Torres, Leo Torres (Power Services group); and Freddo Romo, Jr. (Utility group). They competed in six different athletic events including Soccer Kick, NBA Around the World, Dodgeball, Briefcase Relay, Kickball, and Rugby. The awards ceremony is to be held on Thursday, April 25 at the Houston Marriott Westchase where major sponsors and event hosts will be recognized, and the all-around first place team will receive the coveted traveling trophy!
Since 1998, the Westchase District’s Corporate Challenge has raised more than $263,000 for area charities, including Quillian Center’s summer day camps. The money is distributed by Westchase District Community Fund.
“It’s a thrill to see how this event has grown over the years,” said Dave Gilkeson, Westchase District’s chief operating officer, who organized the event in its early years. “In our first year, the event featured a handful of teams, we presented the awards at the end of the day and raised just over a thousand dollars for charity. More recently, the event sells out at 60 teams. We present the awards at a hosted award lunch and typically raise between $12,000 and $18,000 for charity.”
Since its creation by the Texas Legislature in 1995, Westchase District has promoted economic growth in the area by enhancing mobility, beautification, public safety, planning and development of the District. The District’s economic developments include: creation and execution of a long-range plan; promoting the District to businesses that are relocating; working with developers to provide the information they need to make sound investment decisions and to help them locate suitable opportunities that meet their investment criteria; and working with the City of Houston, the State of Texas, Harris County, Metro, TxDOT, and the Harris County Flood Control District to coordinate services and plan projects. By providing a higher level of services, Westchase District builds higher value for its property owners.
For more information about Westchase District and their goals for creating a better Houston, visit their website at https://www.westchasedistrict.com/.