Even though rolling fog and drizzle greeted us the morning of the 3rd Annual Innovation District Baggo Tournament, fama PR wasn’t going to let a little rain stand in the way of hosting a good time for a good cause. Friday’s ridiculously fun tournament involved teams of two (representing 30 great companies) alternately tossing beanbags, socializing, and enjoying cocktails & snacks, all to benefit YouthCITIES.
Youth CITIES is an amazing nonprofit that empowers young people to innovate and drive change in their community by applying entrepreneurial principles and creative problem-solving skills. YouthCITIES Founder and Executive Director, Vicky Wu Davis joined the event in fama PR’s offices, as well as Jeff White, Chief Creativity Officer of RightSide Shirts. Jeff brought along a huge variety of cool t-shirts to sell, all designed by elementary and middle school students. 100% of RightSide Shirts’ profits go directly back to the artists’ schools to fund youth art programs, so we were happy to see these philanthropic fashion statements fly off the rack.
Throughout the day, despite the dreary weather, energy at the event was high. The guys of Cider Creek brought a keg of their premium farmhouse hard cider (and their serious beanbag tossing skills) all the way from the hills of Canisteo, New York. “The Sausage Guy” nourished hungry players with sausage and peppers from his Fenway-style food cart. Some teams, like the folks from RunKeeper, went all-out wearing nifty matching t-shirts, and other teams just focused on the exciting competition. Meanwhile, Keith Watson, Founding Partner of fama PR, and Krysta Voskowsky, Community Manager & Events Coordinator at TUGG, carried iPads to track scores in an official bracket while competition amidst the teams grew heated.
Party music flowed over wireless speakers, both upstairs and down, as guests mingled, and the bartenders of Revolution Cocktails quickly popped beer bottles, cranked out mango margaritas, and poured out a delicious gin concoction labeled the “Temporary Fix.” As the tournament entered the high-stakes final rounds late in the afternoon, the sun peeked out just long enough for the whole crowd to flood the rooftop deck, play a quick round of outdoor Baggo, and enjoy a few rousing speeches thanking everyone for their generous support.
By the time the next thunderstorm rolled in, the players of Team Convertiv were well on their way to raising the trophy. After coming up just barely short two years in a row, Victor Juri and Chris Pollara were grinning from ear to ear as they accepted the prestigious title of 2014 Baggo Champions.
In addition to fostering new networking opportunities and inciting a little healthy competition, Friday’s tournament raised over $3,000 for the incredible programs of YouthCITIES, and continued to inspire Boston’s tech entrepreneurs to stay involved in bettering the community we all share. We’d like extend special thanks to fama PR for hosting another fantastic event to benefit YouthCITIES and RightSide Shirts, and to Vicky Wu Davis & Jeff White for their commitment to youth and education in Boston’s community.
Don’t worry! There are a ton of other great TUGG events coming up, and we’d love to see you there. Check out our events page for more details, join our mailing list, read up on our list of awesome local nonprofit organizations, or click here for information on how you can get involved. And, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to keep up to date on next year’s Baggo tournament.