MDT’s Zoomathon Made the Magic Happen
by Carol Kerr, VP, Marketing & Communications
While our employees are sheltering in place and continuing to give our clients the utmost in service, it is also important to MDT that we continue to do our very best for our team members’ spirits and also to serve our communities. With these in mind, we held our first ever Talent Show Zoomathon! This event was an opportunity for our employees and their family members to perform a talent via Zoom, and those of us in the viewing audience donated money to select charities in honor of the performances.
We had singers, dancers, instrumentalists, comedians, even a hair beading demonstration. And would you believe those crazy “Tiger King” people welcomed everyone to the show!
In addition, MDT would match – dollar for dollar – the total of all employee donations. The camaraderie generated by this event was phenomenal! Virtual applause and kudos blew up our Slack all staff messaging channel! The entire event exceeded everyone’s expectations! Employees’ donations reached $10,000 and, with MDT’s matching contribution, a total of $20,000 was distributed among these 4 charities: #FeedTheFrontLine – ezCater; Gleaners Food Bank – Detroit, MI; American Red Cross – Great Falls, MT; and American Red Cross – Helena, MT.
Enjoy the photos below.
Congratulations to all of our performers! You made the magic happen!!
Emcees Chris Kowal and Matt Baaki lined up a lot of A-list stars to handle the donations that poured in.
Carole Baskin, Joe Exotic, and John Finlay (Erica Switalski, Gary Lee, and Rick Wettlaufer) welcomed us all to the show and then hid their crazy so we could get the show underway.
Implementations Analyst Sarah Hoenicke did an amazing, high-energy hula dance.
(L-R) Isaac (8) and Joey (10), sons of Client Services Support Analyst Sarah Sonneberger, knocked it out of the park with their flawless performance of Abbott & Costello’s “Who’s On First?”
Thirteen year-old Alyssa, daughter of VP, Project Management/Implementations Dan Schneider, beautifully sang “Requiem” from the musical Dear Evan Hansen.
Client Services Support Analyst Stacey Young and her lovely daughter Leah demonstrated the fine art of beading hair.
(L-R) Daughter Sara and Implementations Analyst Carrie Dana kpopped their way to Zoomathon stardom.
Billy Panagiotopoulos, Manager, Microsoft Systems Engineering, drummed to our hearts’ content on both Congas and a Doumbek!
Christine Clark, Senior Business Consultant, wowed us with “Once Upon a December” from Anastasia.
Clockwise from top left) Frank Martines, Facilities & Purchasing Technician, served as mediator as the two Erics – Eric Gubka, Manager of Training; and Eric Felcyn, Network Logistics Administrator – battled it out to see who knows the most Dave Matthews Trivia.
Through #FeedTheFrontLine – ezCater, our donations supplied 692 meals to the hard workers at 8 different Michigan hospitals, at the same time supporting 8 different small business restaurants.