TUGG Event Raises $207K [photos]

Wednesday Feb 6, 2013 by Keith Cline - Founder, VentureFizz

VentureFizz is a proud supporter of TUGG and I was honored to attend their 7th Annual Tech Charity Wine Party last Thursday at the Cyclorama in Boston.  It was my first year attending and it certainly did not disappoint (check out the photos below).  I mean, how often do you get a chance to hear Acquia’s Founding CEO, Jay Batson (aka DJ Shuze) spin tunes as the House DJ?

With over 1,100 tickets sold and more than 900 people in attendance, this event continues to grow and grow each year.  Based on tickets sales and proceeds from over forty sponsors, they raised $207,000, which was a 40% increase from the previous year!!!  Awesome!

Why does TUGG matter?  Well, they are a charitable organization that is focused on spreading social entrepreneurship throughout New England.  TUGG was founded by Jeff Fagnan of Atlas Venture and Hemant Taneja of General Catalyst.  The organization has done an amazing job at supporting worthy causes and pulling the Boston tech eco-system together to “do good” and give back.

All participating non-profits received grants from this event, of which three organizations received the largest grants:  Build Boston, Science from Scientists, & Future Chefs

Not only was the wine and the venue spectacular, but what made the night really special was the people.  I was able to catch up and hang out with several people like David Chang (PayPal), Dustin Dolginow (Atlas), Bilal Zuberi (General Catalyst), Adriana Ganos (Rue La La), Fred Shilmover (InsightSquared), Sravish Sridhar (Kinvey), Nate Drouin (Fundraise.com), Jim Psota (Panjiva), Shaun Johnson (Boston Startup School), Cort Johnson (Terrible Labs), Zags (BetterFit Technologies), Mark Newhall (Investor/Advisor) and several others.

TUGG has more exciting events coming up this year.  Next up, TUGG’s annual Boston Startup Basketball Tournament which is scheduled for March 28th.  Stay tuned for more details!

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