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PGAL Will Transform its Office into a Miniature Golf Course to Benefit AFAC
Posted Monday, October 8

For the fourth consecutive year, PGAL will transform its Alexandria office into a nine-hole miniature golf course to benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center. The international architecture, engineering, and planning firm is hosting the PGAL Classic Mini Golf Tournament on October 11. Sponsorship proceeds from the event will help fund PGAL’s participation in the upcoming Canstruction® charity competition, sponsored by AIA Northern Virginia.

Tournament participants will demonstrate their miniature golfing skills on the nine-hole course, designed and constructed by PGAL employees. Featuring an ocean theme, the event will take place from 5:00-8:00p on Thursday, October 11, at the PGAL offices, 201 North Union Street, Suite 500, Alexandria. Event sponsors include ADI Construction, AECOM, Arconas, Burns Engineering, GHD, ISA architectural, Milliken, PPSI, Timmons Group, Walter P Moore, and Woods Peacock Engineering Consultants.
“Our mini golf tournament has become an annual highlight for our team, clients, industry partners, and friends,” says Molly Statler, Director of Business Development at PGAL. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to come together and have fun while addressing the important issue of hunger in our community.”

The event will help fund PGAL’s participation in AIA Northern Virginia’s 15th Annual Canstruction competition, featuring structures that are designed and built entirely from canned food. These structures will be on display at Washington Dulles International Airport from October 26 to November 4.

More than 6,000 cans will be used to construct PGAL’s 2018 entry – “Wave Goodbye to Hunger” – a six-foot-high structure that represents a family of sea turtles riding an ocean wave. The majority of the world’s sea turtles are threatened or endangered because of habitat disruption and challenges finding food.

“Our structure represents the many individuals who go without basic needs everyday,” says Statler. “We hope to wave goodbye to hunger by raising awareness and supporting our local community.”

After the event, all of the cans used to construct the structure will be donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center, which distributes supplemental groceries to nearly 2,200 Arlington families each week.

Through the contributions of its friends and supporters, PGAL has donated more than 15,000 canned goods and nearly $20,000 to the Arlington Food Assistance Center over the past three years. In addition, the firm’s previous Canstruction submissions – “Illuminating Hunger CAN make a Difference” and “Parade Away Hunger” – have won awards for “Structural Ingenuity,” “Most Cans” and “Best Meal.”

Hosted annually in more than 150 cities around the world, Canstruction® events have donated more than 50 million pounds of food to local food banks since 1992.

PGAL is accepting tax-deductible donations to support its Canstruction team through October 26 at

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