The first Dodgeball Challenge is in the books, and the West Feliciana Education Foundation’s books are much better for it, organizers said.

Thanks to the participation of 32 teams, a host of sponsors and a generous community, the West Feliciana Education Foundation’s Dodgeball Challenge on Aug. 29 made well over $10,000 for the fledgling organization.

The money will be used to support the parish’s schools.

“It shows what type of community we have,” said Jamie Pangburn, president of the WFEF and mother of four boys. “Everybody pitched in for something to help the schools and to have fun.”

She said there were 192 players and 90 volunteers, plus a couple hundred spectators at the West Feliciana Sports Park.

Volunteer coordinator Caroline Albertstadt, the organization’s secretary, said people donated their time, food, drinks and more to help the WFEF generate revenue it will use to enhance education in the parish.

“I’m excited because the foundation is less than a year old, and the Dodgeball Challenge is a huge marketing tool for our organization, and everybody knows about us now,” said Albertstadt, who has three children in the schools. “We had an incredible outpouring of support with so many in-kind donations, and the Sports Park folks were such a great help. People have been incredible and just wanted to be part of it.”

Besides Pangburn and Albertstadt, committee members for the Dodgeball Challenge included Christy Dantin, Ashley Fox-Smith, Lee Hammer, Richard Kendrick, Carter Leak, Jennifer Macha and Lori Temple.

“We had an amazing committee and I’ve never had a better committee to work with in my life,” Pangburn said. “Adults don’t get to cut loose much, but they did in the Dodgeball Challenge.”