ITWOMEN 2011 SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER: More Female CIOs Joining the Game

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Victoria Usherenko


More Female CIOs Join the Game

DANIA BEACH, FL – October 30, 2011  ITWomen will hold a CIO Celebrity Poker Tournament & Casino Night, 8th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser, on Thursday, November 17, at the Sheraton Ft. Lauderdale Airport Hotel in Dania Beach, Florida. The event will benefit the non-profit  ITWomen Charitable Foundation’s scholarship program, which helps South Florida girls pursue college degrees in technology and engineering fields.

For the first time, women will make up a  third of the ‘Celebrity CIOs’ playing poker at the Texas Hold’em  tournament. Scholarship donors will compete for luxury prizes at the CIO poker tables. The fundraiser includes casino-style games, gourmet dinner stations, chocolate and dessert bars, jazz, and a VIP reception hosted by CIO Executive Council. Player seats for a $2500 donation and event sponsorships are available. Visit or call 305-936-9091.

Since 2004, ITWomen has provided $200,000 for 48 four-year renewable scholarships for local female high school seniors. “The  IT and business communities have shown great support for our mission to increase the number of girls in technology and engineering,” said ITWomen president Victoria Usherenko, adding, “Economic studies show a critical need to attract and retain more women to meet future demand for technology growth and innovation.”

Fundraiser sponsors include Citrix, TekPartners, Kaplan, Ernst&Young (EY), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), KSTData, the CIO Executive Council, Steven Douglas Associates, AAJ  Technologies, ADT, Momentum Consulting Corp, BrightLine, KPMG, AutoNation Maroone and Google. Companies represented by CIOs at the 2011 tournament include  ADT, Citrix, JM Family, Jackson Health Systems, Kaplan Inc., NCL, Newport News, Royal Caribbean, DHL, Interval International, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Perry Ellis, Ultimate Software, and Wyndham Vacation Ownership.

For more information, visit  All scholarship donations are tax deductible.

About ITWomen
ITWomen is the premier South Florida organization dedicated to the advancement, advocacy, and development of professional women in technology and engineering. The ITWomen Charitable Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 registered in the state of Florida. The Foundation’s Role Model Speakers program encourages girls 8 to 18 to consider technology careers, and awards college scholarships to South Florida girls pursuing technology and engineering degrees.