SIM Atlanta and GeorgiaCIO Raise $107,000 for Nonprofit, TechBridge

Jan 5, 2016


Left to right: Frank Bell, Founder, GeorgiaCIO; Lisa LaRoque, Executive Director, GeorgiaCIO; John Dunbar, Treasurer, SIM Atlanta & CIO, Atlantic American Corporation; Harper Bronson, Chairman, SIM Atlanta & Director, Strategy & Programs, First Data; James Franklin, CEO, TechBridge; Miriam McLemore, CIO, Enterprise and Consumer Technology, The Coca-Cola Company; Anil Cheriyan, CIO, SunTrust Bank; Mark Farbman, Golf Chair, SIM Atlanta & COO, Tech Providers, Inc.


The Society for Information Management (SIM) Atlanta and the Georgia CIO Leadership Association have raised $107,000 in proceeds from their 2015 Tee it Up for TechBridge Golf Tournament. The record breaking total was revealed at TechBridge’s annual Holiday Sponsor Reception, held on December 10, at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center.

The tournament has been presented by SIM Atlanta since 2006, when they raised $2,000 in proceeds. Last year’s Tee It Up for TechBridge tournament raised $91,500—making this year the largest ever annual increase for the event.

Since we began partnering with TechBridge, support of the SIM tournament has grown year by year leading up to a 14% increase in 2015. This resulted in a fundraising record of $107,000. SIM Atlanta is pleased to support the essential technology programs and services that TechBridge provides to their nonprofit clients.     —Harper L. Bronson, SIM Atlanta Chairman

All proceeds benefit TechBridge, a nonprofit that brings affordable technology and business expertise to other nonprofits driving greater community impact—impact that translates into more children fed, more homeless families sheltered and, ultimately, more lives changed for the better.

GeorgiaCIO is honored to partner with TechBridge through the annual golf tournament.  The funds raised allow TechBridge to provide affordable technology and business expertise to even more nonprofits that are diligently serving the needs of others.  It’s a fun way for our IT community to tangibly make a difference!     —Lisa LaRoque, Executive Director, GeorgiaCIO

A record turnout of 190 golfers, including more than 70 IT executives, participated in the 9th Annual Golf Tournament on Oct. 26, 2015 at the Golf Club of Georgia. Bronson of SIM Atlanta notes that they continuously strive to keep the growing momentum of support going for TechBridge because it “allows the Atlanta nonprofit community to provide more services to a greater population. This only makes our community stronger.” Corporations like Insight, Cisco and RedHat also contributed their support as the keynote sponsors for the 2015 tournament.

As the leaders of IT in companies of all sizes, we know how crucial a part technology plays in an organization’s growth and prosperity. TechBridge is the perfect example of how business technology can be used to help millions of those who need it the most, and we couldn’t be prouder to sponsor them and the necessary work they are doing for the improvement of the nonprofit community as a whole.
—Greg Arthur, Insight, Keynote Sponsor

Click here for the tournament photo album.

The 10th annual Tee It Up for TechBridge Golf Tournament, presented by SIM Atlanta and GeorgiaCIO, will be back again in full swing at the Golf Club of Georgia on Monday Oct. 24, 2016. For more information on how to become a 2016 sponsor of the Tee It Up for TechBridge Golf Tournament, please contact Mark Farbman at


About TechBridge

Founded in 2000, TechBridge is a nonprofit that provides other nonprofits with the tools, resources and relationships they need to apply business strategies and technology to further help alleviate poverty. This is made possible by support from the TechBridge network of corporations, individuals and foundations. The TechBridge Adopt-a-Nonprofit® program and the Technology Innovation Award, given by Accenture, provide nonprofits with funding vehicles for their technology needs while TechBridge’s fundraising efforts, including the Digital Event Series (in Atlanta and Birmingham), unite the technology community to celebrate the impact IT can have in strengthening our community.

About SIM Atlanta

The Society for Information Management (SIM) is an eclectic community of senior IT executives, prominent academicians, selected consultants and other IT thought leaders. It is a non-profit organization with over 30 chapters in the United States and Canada. It distinguishes itself through its extensive knowledge generation and dissemination programs. SIM offers networking opportunities at the local and national level, access to cutting edge research, a rich online knowledge repository, and leadership training and development programs. SIM Chapters engage in a variety of philanthropic and outreach activities to serve the local communities. The Atlanta Business Chronicle has recognized SIM Atlanta’s philanthropic contributions. SIM also offers a powerful voice on major IT related issues such as future of computing education, cyberspace security, and software licensing.

About the GeorgiaCIO Leadership Association

GeorgiaCIO is Georgia’s preeminent professional association for senior technology leaders. Founded in 2003, its membership is comprised exclusively of chief information officers or individuals in equivalent positions from public and private companies, government, education and not-for-profit organizations throughout the state. GeorgiaCIO is a 501(c)(6) professional association led by a CIO Advisory Board from organizations including Georgia-Pacific, GE Energy, American Cancer Society, NCR Corporation, and The Coca-Cola Company. GeorgiaCIO is underwritten by support from Deloitte, IBM, Intellinet, Microsoft and Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP.

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