The Building Industry Association (BIA) of South Carolina held its fifth annual Pour Wars charity event Wednesday at Tin Roof in Columbia.

Eight local professionals in the building industry battle in a bartending competition to raise tips which benefit a new charity each year. This year's charity of choice was the Make A Wish Foundation.

"This is our fifth year," said Kim O'Quinn, corporate vice president of marketing for Mungo Homes. "We put two industry professionals against one another whether it's real estate agents, builders, mortgage people and put them against one another to bartend for twenty mins and they collect tips that go to a charitable cause." 

A total of $20,000 was collected from Wednesday's event which will benefit the Make A Wish Foundation. 

Gene Robertson with Movement Mortgage was crowned the Pour Wars champion, winning a trophy for collecting the most tips. 

O'Quinn said the event was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, and she was thrilled that the BIA was able to host it in 2021. "Oh my gosh, this is a very close knit industry, these are not just colleagues, these are our friends," she said. "It was great to be out and support a worthy cause."

Make a Wish development manager, Mary Silverberg attended the event and was able to accept the check to help grant more wishes for children statewide.

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