FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Nov. 25, 2009 – ITWomen raised more than $44,000 for scholarships at its 2009 CIO Celebrity Invitational Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament & Casino Night held Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel. It is the second highest amount raised in the six years of ITWomen’s annual fundraisers.
“In spite of the tough economic times the IT community of South Florida and across the nation rallied with a record fundraiser, bringing in CIOs and Scholarship Donors from as far as California, Massachusetts, and Texas,” said Victoria Usherenko, founder and president of ITWomen.
Over the last five years ITWomen scholarship winners have attended universities in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Florida.
Scholarship funds go to the ITWomen Charitable Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3, to help young South Florida women pursue college degrees in technology and engineering. It is part of ITWomen’s mission to narrow the gender gap in technology, one girl at a time.
The Tournament recognized more than 20 leading CIOs to support ITWomen’s growing family of scholarship recipients, selected from graduating seniors in South Florida high schools from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
For more information about ITWomen’s 2009 Scholarship Drive, visit itwomen.org.
ITWomen is the premier South Florida organization dedicated to the advancement, advocacy, and development of professional women in technology. As part of its community outreach, the ITWomen Charitable Foundation hosts the Role Model Speakers program for schoolgirls, and provides college scholarships for women pursuing technology degrees.