After a three-year hiatus, TechPong’s boisterous return yesterday evening proved that the spirit of generosity is stronger than ever within Vancouver’s tech community.
With more than a thousand people in attendance and a record-setting 30 event sponsors (including Techcouver), the fundraising ping-pong tournament and party hosted by Charitable Impact provided an inspiring example of the business community rallying to revive a uniquely impactful Vancouver tradition amid the global tech downturn.
In a tournament first, three companies – Microsoft, Transoft, and Black & White Zebra – all registered multiple teams, with each raising more than the $2,000 minimum required to enter.
“It was great to see the Vancouver tech community join together for the return of TechPong, and support so many amazing causes,” said Pamela Saunders, Director of Communications at Microsoft Vancouver.
“On behalf of our teams and the Microsofties who came out to cheer them on, congratulations to everyone who picked up a paddle, made a donation or put in tremendous effort to make it all happen – we’ll see you again next year!”
TechPong’s eight events have now raised a grand total of more than $427,000, with additional donations expected in the coming days.
Charitable Impact took charge of the event by providing fundraising inspiration, ideas and support to participating teams, with all donations processed through its online platform. In another TechPong first, attendees were able to donate to ping-pong teams’ fundraising campaigns by scanning QR codes.
To further amplify giving, Charitable Impact used its platform to provide 20 charitable dollars to every TechPong attendee, and 2,000 charitable dollars to the singles and doubles tournament winners from Microsoft.
“There is always so much going on in our own lives, in our communities, and around the world. What can we do to shape that world? At Charitable Impact, we believe people can make a real impact on the causes that matter most to them by engaging some of their time and/or money to create that change,” said Founder and CEO John Bromley.
“Being a part of TechPong is a fun way to help people and companies give back to causes they care about. Our entire team is excited to help enable giving through this event, and to create a model for other events that can easily make giving back part of their outcomes.”