Pacific West Chapter of Ingram Micro's VentureTech Network Makes Cancer Donation

The Pacific West (PacWest) Chapter of Ingram Micro's VentureTech Network (VTN), a membership of 43 IT solution providers, recently donated $21,000 to cyclist Lance Armstrong's Livestrong, a brand associated with a foundation he created in 1997 to help people living with cancer and spur communities to raise money to fight the disease.

Last February, the PacWest VTN group created a community event called "Give Something Back" in partnership with Livestrong, raising money from pledges for exercising--everything from walking, running, biking, hiking, jogging, swimming or any other activity to cover distance . In six weeks, the chapter combined for a total of 21,000 miles to raise the Livestrong donation.

"The goal was to get our chapter off to a healthier 2011 and make everyone aware of the importance of getting out, getting up and getting moving," said Patrick Ciccarelli, Varsity Technologies president and chief executive officer and PacWest co-president. 

While Ciccarelli's Varsity was part of core group including Afinety and Northwest Computer Support that led the fundraising effort, the initiative gained the participation of many chapter members, said Lesleigh Watson, Northwest chief operating officer and PacWest VTN co-president. 

"We are very geographically diverse as a chapter and we needed something everyone could work toward," she said. "We are really spread out -- from Alaska to New Mexico -- and this was a great way to tie in everyone together for one cause," Watson said. 

"At the end of the day though, it wasn't so much about the dollars, but the participation," she said. "We were really taken back by the level of response received from the PacWest Chapter." 

Ciccarelli said that as business owners the PacWest VTN members understand the importance of giving back to the community and plan to hold other fundraising activities.

"At a personal level this has moved us to do fundraising every spring," he said. "We've got the right momentum around our memberships to make this an annual effort."

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