ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill.-- The inaugural Rock Island Arsenal Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Teal Bake-off was held at Heritage Hall on Thursday.

"The RIA Teal Bake Off, in honor of teal as the awareness color for the SHARP program, is a way to bring about the awareness of possible increases in SHARP incidents, remind the RIA workforce to stay observant, especially during the holiday season, and provide an opportunity to educate the RIA workforce on services the RIA SHARP program provides," said Meghan McAndrew, Army Sustainment Command/RIA SHARP program manager.

Members from all of the tenant commands on RIA donated baked goods for other RIA employees to taste, judge, and vote on. Contributions ranged from sugar cookies to macaroons to a Moscato-flavored Bundt cake. The only criterion was that teal, the SHARP color, had to be incorporated into the baked item.

The competition was well-attended, with nearly 200 votes for the 15 items presented. In the end, JMC's Kristin Aschtgen's teal-frosted cupcakes garnered the most votes. The cupcakes had a theme: "Not All Predators are Sharks." Aschtgen is a general engineer at Joint Munitions Command.

She took home the prize, a set of commanders' coins from the commands on the arsenal, presented by Maj. Gen. Duane Gamble, Commanding General, Army Sustainment Command and Senior Mission Commander, RIA.

"I hope that everyone learned about the importance of the SHARP program to our workforce, the resources available to you, and got to try some sweets in the process! You each play a significant role in the climate of our organization and your community," Gamble said.

This event kicked off the holiday season and served as a reminder to the workforce to stay vigilant when it comes to preventing sexual harassment and sexual assault.

For more information on the SHARP program on RIA, contact the Installation Lead Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Sgt. 1st Class Joycelyn Clinton, at joycelyn.l.clinton.mil@mail.mil or 309-782-2528.