BenefitCrashers™ is a 501(c) (3) organization that brings Hope to Crash Hardship™. The idea behind it is pretty basic, bring together people - gathering friends, family, co-workers, groups to attend and participate in a benefit put on for an individual going through hardship. Reminding people their journey is supported & they are never alone. We share compassion and community with those in the midst of hardship.
It is our philosophy that we can make a change in this crazy world, holding each other’s hands instead of letting the world tear them apart.
It all started when…
BenefitCrashers was formed when this duo; Co-founders, LAURA HENDRICKSON and LEAH MORRIS decided to team up - leveraging their enthusiastic optimism to bring people together and make a difference in the lives of others.
We all know someone who has been through something big or small. We have all probably felt alone sometime in our lives. We want to help others and show support.
This concept was something LAURA had dreamed of doing from her personal experiences. It was when her niece was diagnosed with Leukemia. They had just moved abroad. Laura felt helpless living in Minnesota, so far away and they felt alone in Belgium. Their loneliness broke Laura’s heart. Another impactful time in Laura’s life was when her mom was in hospice care for three months. These were lonely times for Laura and her family and she never wanted someone else to feel alone when going through hardship.
Laura starting casually bringing family and friends to random benefits of strangers. Leah then joined in - with no tee-shirts/ website / or formal process the movement began.
We began to realize what an impact “crashing” benefits had - not only on those who we ‘crashed’ but also those who participated with us. We knew the time was right for BenefitCrashers to formalize the organization and start to grow across Minnesota and expand into other states.