PITTSBURG — Pitsco Education hosted its annual Spring Fling this week in an effort to raise money for a local charity organization.

The festivities lasted from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at 915 East Jefferson St. Each event features a different theme, with this year’s being Spring Olympics.

Company employees split up into teams of three to compete in a variety of Olympic-themed games, including human curling, javelin throwing, archery, bingo, mini bobsledding, and jenga.

“We wanted to represent the United States and what better way to do that than with a team called ‘Merica,” Sales Director Eric Simmons said. “We’re just trying to bring awareness and are outside having a good day with a bunch of good colleagues.”

Simmons said he is confident his team will find its footing as the competitions progress.

“We haven’t found our event yet, but we are sort of starting to fine-tune our machine here,” he said. “It’s not about how you start the game but how you finish, and we are strong finishers.”

According to Travel Coordinator Debra O’Doherty, Pitsco’s Spring Fling has been an annual tradition for 20 years.

All of the money raised from this event will go toward Angels Among Us, a local organization focused on helping cancer patients.

“We normally don’t set a particular goal, but we usually raise $1,500 to $2,000,” O’Doherty said. “The money all stays here, which I like because it means we’re helping our neighbors.”

The coordinator said the most fun part of the event is seeing everyone from the company come together.

“We have seven different buildings plus our manufacturing one, so for everyone to be in the same place is fun for all the employees,” she said. “It’s great to see our executives compete with employees.”

 — Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at bschmitz@morningsun.net.