Wednesday, November 16, 2011
While this blog will generally be reserved for topics relating to Microsoft technologies and trends, today I'm proud to write about the most recent "CommVault Hockey Helping Kids" event that took place in the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota. We're grateful that our Platinum sponsors; Microsoft and Dell/Compellent as well as the Minnesota Whitecaps (Best USA Women players on the planet) have joined us this season to help various children's charities. Our first of three (maybe four) events this season benefited the Autism Society of Minnesota. Together with the help of the Minnesota Wild hockey club, we raised over $10,000 for the AuSM in their efforts to enhance the lives of individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
Most of us at CommVault are lucky to be working for a successful company and even luckier to be working with successful individuals from Microsoft and Dell/Compellent that go above and beyond their regular working roles to assist those in need. People from our partners came together with over 100 customers to help the AuSM in their quest to assist children and families afflicted with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Be sure to check out the numerous videos and pictures available on our hockey page.
The long day started with 40 customers and partners participating in a very spirited "JV Game" on Xcel Center ice. All players who had the courage to risk life, limb and teasing –were awarded the commemorative game jersey that they wore. thereafter that entertainment, about 180 friends of CommVault enjoyed a buffet dinner, exciting raffles and auctions of some unique and valuable items. Lisa Kennedy from the Autism Society of Minnesota stole the show with an emotional overview of how the AuSM helps children and their families. After the dinner everyone enjoyed the NHL game which was followed by the CommVault Varsity Team taking on the best USA Women hockey players. CommVault bolstered their roster with USA Women's Gold Medalist and Minnesota native, Alana Blahoski. This last minute roster addition helped CommVault squeak by with an exciting 8-6 win, giving CommVault their first victory against the USA-W in four tries (CommVault is 17-5-0 against the squads from companies like HP, Microsoft and CDW but had never been able to outlast the USA-W).
We look forward to our "Homecoming" event on January 19, 2012 in the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Rumor has it that longtime rivals from Team USA and Team Canada are putting aside their storied rivalry and joining forces in the spirit of helping kids and teaching the CommVault hockey players another hockey lesson.
3 Stars of the Blog:
- Autism Society of Minnesota
- Those who attended and donated to the charity during the event
- The Minnesota Whitecaps
Penalty Calls: None. Simply a great event with great people for a great cause.
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