The 9th Annual Tech Charity Wine & Tequila Party Was the Best One Yet

You may have been swilling pinot for #TeamWine or repping #TeamTequila with a Blood Orange Margarita, but no matter which beverage you were sipping, you were the power behind the success of this year's Tech Charity Wine and Tequila Party. (Does anyone else think we should just spell it tech-ila?) Thursday April 16th was a record breaking night of giving back, and we couldn't have done it without you. 

Event planner and party extraordinaire Nathalya Mamane kicked off this year’s event by helping us transform the Landmark Center’s 25,000 square foot retail space (formerly Best Buy) into a sleek, modern party inspired by Frederick Olmsted’s iconic landscape design project known as the Emerald Necklace, which encouraged 19th century city folk to incorporate precious green space into Boston’s urban environment.

It was a chilly Spring evening as guests began pouring in, but the party heated up as everyone grabbed their poker chips and beverages and got busy sampling the huge variety of yummy offerings at four catering stations around the party. DJ David Gallant kept us rocking all night with great tunes, and all six featured nonprofits worked the 1500+ crowd to spread the message about the amazing work they do. Between noshing on hors d’oeuvres, sipping Spring-inspired cocktails, chatting with the competing nonprofits, entering enticing raffle giveaways, and cheering on Team TUGG as they dominated the treadmill relay, there was tons to do and see, and it was all for a great cause.

   (Left to right)  Coach  Erik Hajer,  Evertrue  CEO Brent Grinna, and TUGG Founder Jeff Fagnan.


(Left to right) Coach Erik Hajer, Evertrue CEO Brent Grinna, and TUGG Founder Jeff Fagnan.

As you know, our community chooses all of TUGG’s portfolio organizations, meaning everyone in the tech ecosystem —from developers to CEOs, venture capitalists to graphic designers—plays an important role in our open-source philanthropy model. If you’re in Boston tech, you have all power to pick the local missions that matter the most to you and tell us which to support.

On the night of the 9th Annual Wine & Tequila Party, a team of awesome volunteers worked the crowd, carrying nifty trays with portable voting boxes, so everyone could easily vote for their favorite organization without missing a second of the party action. Also, two lucky party guests won epic prizes: a best-in-class 28-bottle wine refrigerator stocked with hand-selected wines chosen by the experts at Martignetti Liquors, and a trip for two to Napa Valley for a Platinum Level VIP Experience at BottleRock Music Festival. Proceeds from all raffle tickets sold went to support Team TUGG’s journey to the finish line at the 119th Boston Marathon and their goal to raise over $40K collectively for BUILD, CareerVillage, InnerCity Weightlifting, and Science from Scientists

When the clock struck nine and we'd carefully counted the piles of black and white poker chips, we announced two winners. Of the three returning organizations competing for funding that night, Resilient Coders won $50K, their second giant check from TUGG in a year. (The whole team of staff and coding students “endorsed” that giant check a few days later, and it was so emotional.)

And of the three competing in the New Organization category, A Bed for Every Child won the top prize of $50K, joining the TUGG portfolio in style with their first big win. In addition, each of the other participating organizations you met at the party (Sitters Without Borders, PressPassTV, Catie’s Closet, and Future Chefs) walked away with $10K apiece, proving that once you’ve joined the TUGG family, everyone wins.

We then cleared the stage to make way for the talented step team from the Boston Latin School, and their killer moves got us totally pumped to dance the night away. From the photo booth to the bars, the treadmill to the graffiti wall, the stage to the snack stations, the 9th Annual Tech Charity Wine & Tequila Party was a huge success, all thanks to our incredible nonprofits, generous host committee, amazing corporate and in-kind sponsors, dedicated volunteers, and awesome supporters like you. You helped us raise $400K in one night for your favorite fledgling charities, and showed the Boston tech scene once again that philanthropy can be fun, creative, and rewarding.

Check out all the photos from the event here and here (passcode is TUGG).  

This event was hosted by:

Lars Albright, SessionM, Mike Baker, DataXu, Nitesh Banta, General Catalyst, Matthew Bellows, Yesware, Wayne Chang, Twitter, Peter Dolan, Makena Capital Management, Liam Donohue, .406 Ventures, Brent Grinna, EverTrue, Diane Hessan, Startup Institute , Janet Kraus, Peach, Adam Marcus, OpenView Venture Partners, Freddie Martignetti, Suffolk Equity, Patrick Morley, Bit9, Jules Pieri, The Grommet, Dan Primack, Fortune, Jason Robins, DraftKings, Scott Savitz, Data Point Capital, Fred Shilmover, InsightSquared, Brian Shortsleeve, General Catalyst