15th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser

 $81,992 Raised for ITWomen Scholarships 

Nov 15, 2018
Scholarship Funds thru 2018
Scholarships Awarded
2018 Scholarship Fundraiser
New Scholarships for June 2019

YOU DID IT! You helped raise a phenomenal $95,592. This amount provides $81,992 for ITWomen scholarships and supports programs to Inspire, Educate and Empower the next generation. 

Thank you to our amazing CIOs, corporate and non-profit Partners, board members and volunteers for making our 15th annual fundraiser a record breaking year! 

ITWomen's 2018 Celebrity CIO Poker Tournament and Casino Night Scholarship Fundraiser was held Nov 15 in the exciting Design Center of the America (DCOTA) in Dania Beach, Florida.


You are directly helping #raiseTheRatio of women in IT and Engineering.

Scholarship winners receive $8,000 in four-year renewable scholarships and a Goodie Bag to start college life. We also pair students with a Female Technology Mentor and help identify Internship opportunities and post-grad jobs


ITWoman president Claire Marrero presented Jo Moskowitz, Citrix Director, Corporate Citizenship, with this year's Woman of Wonder award for her outstanding support of ITWomen's mission.

Thank You to Our Celebrity CIOs
from these
Leading Organizations


Assurant * BlueGreen * Chewy * Citrix * DHL * DHL Express Americas * Interval International * Johnson Controls  International * Memorial Healthcare System * Mt. Sinai Medical Center * Ryder System * Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines * Seminole Hard Rock Support Services * Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits * Tracfone * Ultimate Software * University of Miami * World Fuel Services.

Top 3 Tournament Winners

1st Place
Ernesto Solera of Accenture Won the Interval International Dream Vacation Week

2nd Place
Tom Gillette, CIO, Mt Sinai, won the Dolphins Game Experience for Six, donated by The Talent Source.

3rd Place
Jim Crocker, of TekPartners, gifted his prize of Heat Game Tickets donated by TekPartners to John D’Agati of Ultimate Software. 

Casino Winners

1 Pat McNabb - Panthers Game Experience x 4 donor: Signature 

2 Brandon Haney - Wine Tasting for 20 donor: Total Wine & More 

Katie Hughs - Estee Lauder Gift Basket donor: Michael Smith, Estee Lauder Companies

4 Angela Jordan - Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2009 donor: Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

Jen Dilorenzo - Kate Spade Purse (ITW)

6 Rene Boursiquot - Gourmet Foodie Basket (ITW)

7 Steve Capiello - Pet Lovers Basket donor: Chewy

8  Jay Smith - Moet Champagne (ITW)


Thank You to Individual Donors - Marie Lee of Interval International

Prize & In-Kind Donors - Thank You!!

Bacardi U.S.A.
- Mojito Station

Chewy Pet Lovers Gift Basket  

Interval International
Dream Vacation for a Week

Michael W. Smith of
The Estee Lauder Companies Inc

- Estee Lauder Gift Basket

Signature Consultants
- Panthers Game Experience for 4

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2009



- Heat Game Tickets

The Talent Source
-  Dolphins Game Experience for 6

Total Wine & More
- Wine Tasting for 20


Gala Team Shoutouts

ITWomen is volunteer driven. Huge thanks to these key volunteers:

Alejandra Lorenzo – Chip Sales ALL Night! Marie Claire Pady and Teresa Colon split Bar Payment Processing between them for the evening. Claudia Masihy coordinated registration and volunteers. Daymari Bello for the 170 guest badges. registration, gift baskets, VIP Hosting and more. Elisa Garcia – Registration, Event Setup & Tear Down. Beth Morgan, Vicky Osejo and Daymari Bello as phenomenal VIP Hosts, Krista Theodore on Chip sales support. Christine Zambrano, Gala web page, social media posts, newsletters. And Board support from Sharon Moura, Sheila Hanlon Ravindran, Madeleine Garcia, Kirsty Dyson, Margaret Brisbane, Maria Hernandez and Krista Theodore on CIO and Sponsor Recruitment.

Your Contributions Have Amazing Impact on the Lives of Girls in Tech

Your partnership support of ITWomen's Scholarship program at the annual Celebrity CIO Poker Tournament and Casino Gala has enormous impact on the lives of girls pursuing a future in tech.

In addition to $8,000 in four-year renewable scholarships, your support helps pair scholarship recipients with a Female Technology Mentor during their college journey through largely male-dominated programs in IT and Engineering. Then we help find students opportunities  for internships and often help them with post-grad job searches.

Your support also contributes to STEM programs we provide to under-served girls, like Role Models and free Robotics Camps, opening a world of possibilities to them.

Meet 2015 ITWomen Scholarship Recipient Jovanie Smith

"The ITWomen Foundation Scholarship has served as a mentor in my life, a motivator in times of need, a huge supporter every step of the way, and a way for me to make it through college. My dedication to opportunities and technology would not have been the same, and who I am today, will not have been the same."


Jovanie Smith, of Fort Lauderdale, will be graduating in next year with a B.S. in Computing Science from the Dolores M. Spikes Honors College at Southern University and A&M College.

She has interned at JP Morgan, GE Digital, Deloitte Consulting and Emergent Method. A member of the National Society of Women Engineers and National Institute of Science, she helps others learn STEM skills and volunteers for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and Men and Women of Empowerment Community Support.

Past Gala comments:

"This is the networking Event of the Year."
- Pablo Vitaver, Vitaver Associates

"We had a great time at this event and everything turned out so beautiful."
 - Shelly Cook, Marketing Associate, Momentum Consulting Corp

"Another spectacular event."
- Robert T. Quinn, educational Specialist, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Bravo!  What a grand event.
- Brian King, Curriculum Supervisor at Broward County Public Schools

For more information on how you can help Inspire, Educate and Empower girls to pursue a bright future in tech and economic independence  contact sponsor@itwomen.org