HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- How much would you pay for the chance to throw a pie at a co-worker's face?
Or to watch them, clad in grass skirt and far-too-small coconut bra, complete a number of outrageous tasks?
Employees and summer interns at Northrop Grumman's Hill Air Force Base site paid $6,500 to do just that, as they raised funds for donation.
St. Anne's Center, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Ogden, was the beneficiary of these donations, raised through a summer-long campaign, headed by the company's summer interns. The fundraising event ended Thursday with the company's "Office Olympics," where the six employees who received the most votes -- cast by donating $1 to the St. Anne's fund -- participated in a host of goofy games.
"It's really an honor to be able to give back to St. Anne's," said Mark Parsons, Northrop Grumman director of engineering and ICBM systems. "We appreciate what St. Anne's does for our community."
These donations will equate to food, shelter and case management for 464 of Ogden's homeless and in-need people, St. Anne's Executive Director Jenny Canter said.
"These are your neighbors and people all around you," Canter said to the gathering of Northrop Grumman employees Thursday, when she was presented with a check for the center. "These are people in your community you are helping with these donations."
Interns for the company conducted a similar project last summer, Parsons said, gathering enough money to purchase and assemble 74 bicycles, to be distributed to children from military families stationed at Hill.
Parsons said the involvement of summer interns in community fundraisers helps them to align with the goals of the company beyond the scope of regular work.
"We want them (interns) to be a part of the relationship we have with our community," Parsons said. "They're learning about having pride in their community, which we think is very important as a company."
Andie Laub, one of 55 interns at the Hill site, said she and some other interns determined to make this year's fundraiser a competition to draw in participants.
"We wanted to come up with an event that would be really crowd-pleasing -- something a lot of people would come watch and participate in," Laub said.
Canter said St. Anne's, which is currently campaigning for funds to move to a new facility, provides people in Ogden with approximately 250 meals a day and shelter each night for 125 people, 18 percent of whom she said are children.