Barbara Berger wins the Super Bowl Pick'Em Challenge!
Barbara Berger is the winner of Super Bowl round of the Pigskin Challenge. Barbara was the only player to beat Paul Conway of Tiencken Conway, LLC. She won a $50 gift card to Laura Alberts.
Barbara said, “I play “Pick’Em” because I am a huge football fan, particularly of the OSU Buckeyes. I was raised only about an hour from their stadium and remember watching games with my father.
As for her winning Super Bowl picks, “When Larry, my husband, and I moved to Boston we became Patriot fans in the years when they were struggling. I’m a big Patriots fan and was so glad to see them pull this one out. I never gave up on them!”
Since this past September, readers were given the opportunity to “Beat the Sponsor” and to win great prizes. The sponsors have also been in a competition to have the best record at the end of the Super Bowl as the paper is donating $500 to the charity of choice of the sponsor with the best overall record.
And the winning sponsors are: Jeff Burton and Steve Meyer of Millennium Private Wealth. They successfully defended their title from last year. For most of the competition, the duo hung back in second and third place but powered to take the lead over the last few weeks of the challenge.
Sponsor Rosie Stieby of Daniel Island Real Estate held the lead for most of the competition (10 weeks at the top), but other leaders included Robert VanNewkirk for two weeks, and Drs. Jackson and Basha forsix weeks.
Burton and Meyer have earmarked the $500 donation to MUSC Living Donor Institute. They chose MUSC Living Donor Institute because, “Millennium Private Wealth has committed to be the lead sponsor to MUSC Living Donor Institutes 2nd Chance Invitational Golf Tournament in May. We are excited to be a part of this event and to help MUSC give transplant patients a second chance in life.”
And, they participate as a sponsor to the contest because they “always looked for ways to be involved in our community whether that’s with our time or finances. Our partnership started with a love for sports and the enjoyment of coaching, so the decision to participate in the contest was pretty easy. It felt like a perfect fit for us to have fun testing our football knowledge and give something back to the DI community.”
As for as the sponsor competition, Meyer said, “The best part of the contest was the discussions we had as we compared our predictions every Monday morning. There weren’t many extended discussions regarding the high school contests, Jeff sort of handed that over to the ex-high school coach. The college and pro predictions provided enough debate each week. The contest is really challenging combining your picks versus what the other participants will be choosing.”
The final standings are: First place – Jeff Burton and Steve Meyer of Millennium Private Wealth; tied for second and third place – the Brookes family/South State Mortgage and Drs. Jackson and Basha of Daniel Island Dental Group; fourth place – Rosie Stieby of Daniel Island Real Estate; fifth place – Paul Conway of Tiencken Conway, LLC; sixth place – Robert VanNewkirk of CrossFit Discovery; and tied for seventh and eighth place – Irongate Realty realtor Cara Schaafsma and Daniel Island News sports reporter Phil Bowman.
Look for the competition again next year and keep your eyes open for a college basketball bracket pick-em during the March playoffs.