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CDW launches “Tech Fore!” charitable giving program

From left: Matt Troka, Vice President, Product and Partner Management for CDW and NBC Golf Channel analyst Mark Rolfing are joined on stage by PGA TOUR players Gary Woodland, Harold Varner III, Ben Crane and Daniel Berger.

February 2, 2017

During an event at Topgolf in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 31, CDW launched Tech Fore!, a new community involvement program.

Through Tech Fore!, CDW collaborates with neighborhood leaders, technology and business partners, and sports and entertainment luminaries to provide communities and organizations with access to technology while teaching practical life skills – primarily through the game of golf.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) was selected as the initial Tech Fore! beneficiary. CDW also plans to orchestrate additional Tech Fore! events around the country, benefitting youth education as well as military and healthcare initiatives.

CDW configured new servers for 13 Boys & Girls Clubhouses in Phoenix, in addition to providing computers, touchscreen monitors and other technology. CDW also worked with youth development organization The First Tee – a charitable partner of the PGA TOUR – to facilitate golf lessons and help teach kids patience, confidence and determination.

"We truly appreciate the generous donation from CDW," says Dale Wanek, chief financial officer, BGCMP. "Having the appropriate IT systems and hardware in place provide greater efficiencies within our organization, which in turn allows us to fulfill our mission of serving more than 11,000 Club kids across Phoenix and the West Valley."

The celebratory launch event at Topgolf was attended by representatives from BGCMP, PGA TOUR greats Daniel Berger, Ben Crane, Harold Varner III and Gary Woodland, and supported by the Chris Paul Family Foundation.

Established by pro basketball player Chris Paul, the Chris Paul Family Foundation – which works with organizations to help develop strong communities – is a founding partner of CDW’s Tech Fore! and will be involved in future initiatives.

"We piloted Tech Fore! last fall with The Chris Paul Family Foundation, and our program was truly born out of that partnership," said Matt Troka, senior vice president of product and partner management, CDW. "We are excited to continue to work with the foundation to positively impact kids’ lives, as well as to expand Tech Fore! to impact even more communities where our coworkers live and work."

CDW technology partners Lenovo and Intel donated much of the technology for the Boys & Girls Clubs.

"CDW is a long-term partner of ours, both in business and in charitable giving, so we were eager to join them as they launched this program," said Sammy Kinlaw, North American channel chief, Lenovo. "It’s great to aid such a worthwhile cause and donate technology that enables volunteers to more efficiently educate the students at the Boys & Girls Clubs."

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