Color Wars: The Cramer Summer Outing

On land, lake, and bouncy castle, Cramer employees get competitive.

Lake Pearl, Wrentham—

“Heave! Ho! Heave! Ho!”

Twenty-four pairs of feet dig into sand, churning clouds of dust into the air. The particles dance in the sunshine of a summer’s afternoon.

The strategic cries from the two teams at either end of the Tug-of-War rope mix with shouts from the crowd that has gathered to watch the contest. Just steps away on Lake Pearl, a canoe race is under way. Like the rising sand, water splashes into the air as a symbol of victory or a signal of defeat.

These are the Cramer Summer Games.

Here, six teams bound together by colorful bandanas competed in a series of challenges. In addition to Tug-of-War and canoe races, there was a skin-scraping run through an inflatable obstacle course. A “Fear Factor”-style balloon toss that ended with hands digging in a slippery mixture of spaghetti and chocolate pudding. Animal noises and wild gestures dominated Charades.

At the end of the fierce competition, medals were awarded and onetime foes sat side-by-side at a clam bake, washing down lobster and bruised egos with cold beer.

Facilitating each challenge were members of Cramer’s Social Committee, who each year are tasked with hosting a number of company events. It’s a high-pressure position where one feels the constant impulse to outdo the previous year’s festivities.

“Motivating companies with kick-ass events is what we do,” says Social Committee member and Content Marketing Manager, Jonathan Ronzio. “So we better be able to have events for ourselves that ignite passion and drive team spirit.”


Working together in teams is nothing new at Cramer, where a unique in-house service model brings departments into collaboration on a daily basis. But with activities that combined the physical with the absurd, employees found themselves tested in new ways. For CEO Thom Faria, the obstacle course made a lasting impression.

“The most memorable moment from the day was seeing people tumble through the Bouncy House, desperately wanting to help their team yet letting themselves re-live being a schoolkid again.”
Thom Faria


Fortunately, for anyone wanting to relive the day, Cramer’s VP of Technology, Eric Webster, captured the games with a series of photographs. Each snapshot shows the tumbles, triumphs, and spirit of the event. What’s impossible to tell in each photograph is who is winning and who is losing.

And that is the whole point.



“After the first tug of war tie breaker, I looked at our team mangled and falling in the sand and could not have felt more ready to do it again.”—Thomas Dufresne, Media Services Coordinator

“I was on the Purple team, and we rocked it! We landed in third. Our victory was attributed to great attitude, sportsmanship, and drive to win! Plus it helped that we all like each other.”—Juliet Veulens, Sr. Art Director
“Seeing the different teams scramble into the boats, sometimes without the proper equipment, or even sitting in the same direction brought lots of laughs and cheering from the audience on shore.”—Amanda Trogus, Presentation Designer

“We are busy all year round and it is important to take a break and have fun together.”—Mary Roche, Social Committee Chair and HR Generalist


“During an exchange of people, the folks getting into the canoe next somehow left behind one of the paddles…Whoever was in the back was trying to paddle with their hands.”—Corey Furdon, Sr. Project Manager

“The turn-out and participation was awesome. I heard many people say this was the best outing yet!”—Matt O’Dette, Director of Operations

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Katie Phillips

Associate Creative Director / Cramer

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VP, Technology

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