Carissa Cheshire and Karen Richard slowly navigated through a course of orange cones.

The local Glatfelter Insurance Group co-workers finished the Office Chair Relay, but weren't impressed with their performance.

"We were terrible," they both said.

However, the women said they thoroughly enjoyed participating in Office Olympix held at the Valencia Ballroom in York City Thursday by Easter Seals of Central Pennsylvania, which serves people with special needs and disabilities.

More than 250 people from 30 local businesses helped Easter Seals raise $30,000, which will be used to serve people in York County, said Michelle Mertz, the organization's chief development officer.

This is the organizations' 25th annual Olympix, she said. The businesses formed teams to play games and win prizes. Each team chose names of famous bands and singing groups. Glatfelter's team name was the Supremes.

"I hope (participants) come away with a good feeling about themselves, knowing they're impacting others in the community," Mertz said. "They're having fun, and they're making a difference in other people's lives."

More than a dozen local businesses were involved in sponsoring the event, while several of them presented games and activities, including Adecco, a human resource consulting company that ran the Office Chair Relay.

"It's good for us to give back to the community," said Jessica Campbell, an Adecco recruiter. "We do what we can to live up to our motto - better work, better life.



While In the relay, a person wearing a blindfold pushes a chair around a course, with help from a co-worker who is in the chair and is giving directions. Richard, a Glatfelter executive administrative assistant, pushed the chair while guided by Cheshire, of the company's benefits division.

"It was a lot of fun and we had an opportunity to give to charity to help our community," Chesire said.