Twin Cities IT Association Think IT Raises $40,000 for Genesys Works

Proceeds from charity golf outing will help disadvantaged students learn tech skills
MINNEAPOLIS - July 16, 2014 - PRLog -- MINNEAPOLIS, July 16, 2014 —Think IT Association announced today that its first annual charity golf event generated over $40,000 in proceeds that will benefit long-time partner Genesys Works ( Over 130 golfers took part in the event, including tech leaders from some of the Twin Cities’ largest companies.

Genesys Works ( is a non- profit organization dedicated to building bridges between economically- disadvantaged high school students, businesses seeking technologically- proficient workers and an inner-city public education system. Genesys Works- Twin Cities was launched in 2008 and is rapidly expanding to serve the needs of students and companies in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

“The 2014 Think IT Charity Golf Event was a tremendous success and helped raise both money and awareness for the Genesys Works program,” said Jeff Tollefson, Executive Director of Genesys Works- Twin Cities. “It’s great to see the Twin Cities technology community rally behind the students and mission of Genesys Works as we work together to develop our next generation of IT leaders.”

The event, which took place on Monday, June 30, 2014, included a full round of golf at Minneapolis Golf Club, lunch, and concluded with a silent auction and dinner banquet for all golfers.

“Think IT’s members believe in building a Twin Cities’ corporate IT community that is better able to harness the talents of the area’s entire population,” said Richard Walker, Chairman and President of Think IT. “Genesys Works is an outstanding organization and the generosity of the corporate sponsors towards this event is a testament to how strongly the Twin Cities’ IT community believes in its mission.”

Red Wing Shoes CIO and VP of Multichannel Commerce Joe Topinka was one the many tech executives who attended the event to support Genesys Works.

“It was very rewarding talking to the Genesys Works students; they are so energetic and have such a positive outlook on their future,” Topinka said. “Thanks to Think IT and Genesys Works for making a difference in our community and helping our future IT leaders get such a great start.”

Think IT and its leadership would like to express their gratitude to all the corporate sponsors, golfers and volunteers who made the event a success, and are looking forward to next year’s outing.

About Think IT Association
The overall mission of Think IT is to foster professional growth and development through the power of networking and collaboration. The association currently has 8 groups with over 1,900 members within the Twin Cities community.  Each group meets on a monthly or bi-monthly basis in an informal, roundtable format with a different leader from the group facilitating each session.  For more information, please visit

Briana Perrino

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