Saturday night, May 11, 2013 the Atlanta Technology Community gathers in a night of celebration and commitment. TechBridge is a 10+ year old organization that was created by the Atlanta Technology Community to help the Not For Profit Community be more effective in their mission. Today, TechBridge maintains the infrastructure of 45 nonprofits with 2,500 users and hosts websites and email for over 200 not for profits. These not for profit organizations serve over 5 MILLION men, women, and children every day. Think about that for just one minute. These dedicated organizations are changing and often saving lives each and every day. Because of the help they are receiving from TechBridge, they are able to focus on their mission of changing lives and saving people. They no longer have to worry about their servers, email, security, or the hundreds of other IT related issues that they are not equipped to manage nor do they want to manage.

Each year our industry celebrates being part of the community at The Digital Ball by raising over ONE MILLION DOLLARS that is used to provide the services I described. Although it would be impossible to list or describe all of the lives that have been changed due to TechBridge and The Digital Ball, you can learn more at Because of our technology community and the sponsorship dollars contributed by the service provider community and the corporate technology community, families are being fed though the Atlanta Community Food Bank, AIDS patients are being ministered to through AID Atlanta, community projects are being supplied with tools and expertise by the Atlanta Community Tool Bank, young girls in our community are being given encouragement and hope at Cool Girls, and temporary housing is being provided by The Task Force for the Homeless. These are just 5 examples of the over 200 organizations TechBridge serves. I encourage you to check out the list of every organization.

On behalf of the 5 million men, women, and children whose lives are being changed for the better because the not for profit organizations are able to serve them more effectively because of TechBridge, THANK YOU! These brothers and sisters of ours will never have the opportunity to personally thank TechBridge, Ed Steinike, CIO of The Coca-Cola Company and Lisa McVey, CIO of McKesson Technology Solutions who are the Co-Chairs of this year’s Digital Ball, the Host Committee of The Digital Ball, the Board of TechBridge, James Franklin/Carrie Bates Hastings or the entire TechBridge Staff. As a result, I humbly thank you on their behalf. You are HEROES to each of these folks and you should all be very proud of what you have accomplished.

Booth 61 will be broadcasting live from the reception from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on the 11th. If you are not able to join us in person, please listen to the stories of those who are doing great work in our city at Booth 61 with Ricky Steele.

If you were not able to be part of this year’s Digital Ball but still have a heart that wants to serve others, you can sponsor/contribute in many other ways financially and with your gift of time. Visit to learn more.

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