My last blog was dedicated to the volunteers, now I must take this time to extend the thank you branch and acknowledge the companies that made our event financial possible. Even with the greatest people, which we had, working on these projects we could not have feed over 100 volunteers with corporate backing.
Naturally we need to start with the venue; the St. Mary’s College of Maryland was a prefect venue. They opened 5 classrooms for us to work in, as well as the auditorium for our training & open/closing ceremonies.
Microsoft gave us a grant which allowed us to purchase all the swag and a few of the giveaways at the end of the event. The also provided us with the Best Damn DE on the Planet, G. Andrew Duthie, who had his head shaved into a Mohawk for our event.
Lockheed Martin also gave us a grant. With this grant money we were able to purchase all the food, drinks, fruit and the rest of the giveaways at the end of our event.
SMARTCo was extremely generous, they gave each nonprofit a rebuild computer. SMARTCo offers discounted computer repair.
DiscountASP.NET, not only are they going to host our website – www.somdgc.org – for free but they are also hosting ever non-profits, that used ASP.NET technology, website for free – for life.
Telerik, this corporation gave us two licenses of their “Telerik Premium Collection for .NET” then turned around and gave the non-profits licenses to their SiteFinity CMS.
Elite Beatz donated all the tables and chairs that we used throughout the weekend. They were also going to sent up a 40×40 tent, but the weather was 70+ degree and sunny so I asked that they not set the tent up.
The Charles County Tech Council, they allowed me to come to their month meeting and speak to a group of people in Charles County, from this talk we got three of our nonprofits, 2 cases of 5 hours energy drink and a Zune, which we gave away to one of our volunteers.
O’Reilly not only came through again with the books and e-books, they also sent coaster, which everyone got. So they provided giveaways and swag…nice
Intertech purchased our pens that everyone retrieved, they also gave us some really nice coffee mugs that were used as door prizes.
LL Photography, she was there the whole weekend and took some very nice photos of the event. She has posted them on her face book fan page but is going to send the un-watermarked images to individuals that request them.
Dot Net Nuke, there at the end some people wanted to use DNN as their CMS – well Dot Net Nuke sent us a couple of reference books and a lot of Frisbees, which helped break-up the day.
Food was another big part of our weekend and the following companies were a huge reason we were able to feed so many people all weekend long.
Long John Silver in Lexington Park gave us 50% discount on Friday Night’s Dinner.
Spyro Bagels gave us a 50% discount, so we got Saturday and Sunday breakfast for the price of one.
Computer Management purchased our Saturday lunch.
Papa John’s in Lexington Park gave us dinner on Saturday night.
Olive Garden in California, MD not only gave us a discount but also gave us a huge donation for our Sunday lunch.
Quality Street Catering gave us 10 cases of water.
Precise Systems gave us 5 hour and Red Bull.
I am pleased that so many companies help make this event successful and I would encourage everyone to use them. Make sure that you tell them you are there because they help with the Southern Maryland Give Camp.