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Richmond IT Consultancy Launches Third Annual Fundraising Effort to Support Computer Science Education
Solvaria Aims to Donate $25,000 to CodeVA Through Betting Big on Tech’s Third Annual Charity Casino Night
July 29, 2019
Richmond, Va., – Solvaria, Richmond’s only IT consultancy focused exclusively on data services and strategic IT leadership, is proud to announce fundraising has begun for Betting Big on Tech Third Annual Charity Casino Night, with proceeds going to CodeVa. CodeVa is a nonprofit organization that, through advocacy, teacher training, and direct student programs, partners with schools, parents, and communities to bring equitable computer science education to all of Virginia’s students.
Solvaria started Betting Big on Tech in 2017, with the goal of making a $20,000 donation to CodeVA. Through the support and sponsorships from more than two dozen Richmond-based companies, Solvaria has been able to exceed that goal every year and donate more than $42,000 to the organization in last two years. Using the donations from Betting Big on Tech, CodeVa has been able to make a tangible impact to schools across the state through various initiatives including, training a cohort of teachers for the K5 Computer Science Coach Program and by offering summer scholarships for 500 elementary students, nearly half of which were girls. This year, Solvaria hopes to make a minimum donation of $25,000 and continue to support the education of future IT leaders.
The final donation total will be announced at the Third Annual Betting Big on Tech Charity Casino night on November 14, 2019 at The Renaissance in Richmond’s historic arts district. This event not only gives members of Richmond’s technology community an opportunity to network with other executives and local government officials, but also brings awareness to CodeVa’s mission of equitable computer science for all students, in a fun and unique setting.
For sponsorship opportunities, event details and tickets, please visit: http://info.solvaria.com/betting-big-on-tech-2019.
“The past two years have been a privilege to be able to bring Richmond’s technology community together in support of the future of our industry,” said Greg Samuels, CEO at Solvaria. “We hope to reach our donation goal for CodeVa this year with the help of our thriving Richmond community.”
“Betting Big on Tech has been a wonderful way of connecting our technology community to classroom impact,” said Chris Dovi, Executive Director at CodeVa. “And it’s fun – a great night of networking and winning prizes in support of a great cause.”
Solvaria is a boutique IT consulting firm leveraging technology experts to support the two most important pieces of a business – its data and its people. Solvaria is comprised of the region’s top talent in IT, including exclusively-senior level database experts, data scientists, former Chief Information and Technology Officers, all of whom are laser focused on providing customers with IT solutions geared to drive business forward.
CodeVA is a 501c3 nonprofit that advocates for computer science K-12 education. It also provides free teacher professional development and curricular support to all state school divisions, and delivers direct student programming through arts and music-integrated computer science summer camps. Through a partnership with Virginia Tourism Commission, CodeVA also administers the “Virginia is for Computer Science Lovers” public awareness campaign. To date, CodeVA has impacted more than 21,000 high school students through year-long course instruction by the computer science teachers that it has trained. Its elementary teacher training has impacted more than 100,000 students. In 2016, CodeVA wrote and advocated for Virginia’s passage of the nation’s first Computer Science for All legislation that mandates Computer Science and Computational thinking, to include coding, as a core subject for all Virginia students from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Director of Marketing, Solvaria