In 2009, Twin Cities sales executive Craig Pratt invited a small group of “high tech” sales pros to a year-end gathering. He included current and former colleagues, employees, professional alliances and industry friends. Among those at the meet-up were former business allies who had become direct competitors and industry rivals. Craig quickly discovered that he was indeed a “Hatfield” surrounded by “McCoys”. The Minneapolis/St. Paul Hatfield and McCoys were thus convened. A mission launched.
Fast forward to the 5th Annual Hatfield and McCoys fundraising event held on December 1, 2014 at the Brunswick Zone XL in Eden Prairie, MN. Founded and organized by Craig Pratt and supported by high-tech/IT community leaders, the annual event has continually expanded its fundraising power. More than 150 people participated and over $29,000 was raised for Genesys Works – Twin Cities, with smaller donations to the Hatfield and McCoys/Genesys Works Alumni College Scholarship Fund [$3,000], Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota and The Sanneh Foundation [$750 each].
More than $21,000 was raised by auctioning lunches with Chief Information Officers and Vice Presidents from Genesys Works corporate sponsors. Nearly $5,000 was raised from the Hatfield and McCoys Razoo site and another $3,000+ was collected at the door.
Donations, raffles, auctions, food, drink and fellowship abounded as high tech/IT leaders, sales professionals, colleagues, partners, allies, competitors, rivals and sponsors banded together to help make an extraordinary opportunity possible for hundreds of Twin Cities young people.
Craig Pratt thanked everyone who contributed: “Words can’t begin to describe my appreciation for your efforts… This is the 5th year we’ve gotten together as a group… What started in 2009 as a small group get together has now morphed into the best High Tech… [charity] event of the year… a true community event!”
More about Genesys Works – Twin Cities
In their 7th year in the Twin Cities, Genesys Works has trained 764 high school students with plans to recruit more than 300 more aspiring students for 2015. A full 100% of Genesys Works students graduate high school on time and are accepted into college. 97% of these students go on to enroll in college.
- Bridging the gap between education and business
- Genesys Works is ranked #9 on Philanthropedia’s list of top non-profits in support of local youth
- Jeff Tollefson – Executive Director and the Board of Directors
- Interview with Jeff Tollefson
- Donate directly to Genesys Works
There is still time to be part of the 2014 Hatfield and McCoys Fundraiser make a donation now. Join the MSP Hatfield and McCoys LinkedIn Group to receive information on the 2015 Hatfield and McCoys event, and more. Follow @msphatmccoys on Twitter.
Hatfield and McCoys has set a fundraising goal for 2015 at $40,000+. Join with us and make a difference for young people in the Twin Cities.