Penny Wars!


Now this is my kind of war!  Who knew?  Penny Wars is a fun way raise funds, especially for those who are competitive by nature and enjoy a bit of teamwork.

My step-son Kevin recently won a Penny War at his place of employment, TDS, in Madison, WI.  The Chelcun Family Fund for Stomach Cancer Research is the lucky beneficiary of his team’s successful effort, receiving a whopping $564.58 for the fund.  Way to go team!

I find the whole thing fascinating, and am tempted to come out of retirement just so I can organize a Penny War in my office.  Here’s how it went down. ~ Karen

Penny War

In this penny war, pennies are good and all other money is bad.  To benefit your team, you want to put pennies in your team’s container and put all other money in the containers of the other teams.  At the end of the penny war, each team’s pennies will be counted and all other money will be counted.  The total of the other money will be subtracted from the total pennies collected.

Example:  If John puts 5 pennies in his team’s container and I put a nickel in John’s team’s container, that nickel will end up canceling out John’s pennies and his team would be at $0.00.  The team with the highest remaining penny balance will win the Penny War.  All money collected will go to the winning team’s chosen charity.

Rules & Regulations

  • 1. Each team must choose their charity before the penny war officially begins.
  • 2. Teams must have a clear container with a lid to collect the money in.
  • 3. During business hours containers need to be out and easily accessible to all other teams.
  • 4. Once the penny war begins and the containers are closed, they cannot be opened again until the war is over.

The Penny War will begin on Monday, June 8th at 12:00 p.m. and will end on Friday, June 19th at 4:00 p.m.

The participating Team Supervisors are:  Shair Heinzen, Jon Haag, Nicole Muzzi, Troy Freemyer, Kevin Schreiber, Britt Cerdena, James James, and Tony Mercado.

And the result . . .

Congratulations to Kevin’s Team for collecting the MOST pennies!

Kevin’s Team collected $139.34 in pennies!  After other coins and bills were removed, his team was the only team with a positive remaining balance; $62.44.  WAY TO GO!!!

Kevin’s Team will be donating a grand total of $564.58 to BE STRONG HEARTED: CHELCUN FAMILY FUND FOR STOMACH CANCER RESEARCH.

Here are the team results (pennies collected):

Britt:   – $71.46

Blaine: – $8.90

Jon:  – $20.35

Molly: – $11.09

Tony: – $12.23

Nicole: – $15.98

James: – $44.37

Thank you to everyone for all of your participation and contribution!

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