SOURCE: FusionStorm


December 21, 2009 12:00 ET

FusionStorm Launches the FusionStorm Foundation

Foundation Established to Raise Funds for Causes That Affect Our Planet and Daily Lives

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - December 21, 2009) - FusionStorm -- "Making Technology Work" -- a leading systems integrator and managed services provider, announced today that it has launched a new foundation aimed at raising awareness, and to fund research to solve complex issues that face our planet.

The foundation's first cause is to raise money for Project Kaisei. The project's goals are to increase awareness of pollution in our oceans, and create solutions to clean up marine debris left by man. There are massive accumulations of marine debris, known as the North Pacific Garbage Patch, spread out over thousands of square miles located in the Pacific Ocean. It is thought to contain millions of tons of plastic debris. Project Kaisei is the only known organization ready to take action and clean up the debris, except they lack the funding to do so.

"We need to evolve, we need to take responsibility as world citizens for what we have done, it is that simple," said John Varel, CEO of FusionStorm. "The FusionStorm Foundation aims to make a difference by raising funds and creating awareness for efforts that can have a pragmatic world changing effect. We believe our role as leaders in our world community is to serve as a catalyst for change by focusing on projects where the results can show a direct enhancement to the quality of life for all living creatures on Planet Earth. Project Kaisei is our first focus."

Project Kaisei is the ocean clean up initiative of Ocean Voyages Institute, a non-profit organization based in Sausalito, California. "I am grateful to John Varel and The FusionStorm Foundation for his commitment to ocean clean up," states Mary T. Crowley, director of Ocean Voyages and co-founder of Project Kaisei. "For a healthy earth we must give our ocean ecosystem a chance to recover. Project Kaisei heralds that chance."

About Project Kaisei

Project Kaisei was established to increase the understanding and the scale of marine debris, its impact on our ocean environment, and how we can introduce solutions for both prevention and clean-up. The main focus is on the North Pacific Gyre, which constitutes a large accumulation of debris in one of the largest and most remote ecosystems on the planet. To accomplish these objectives, Project Kaisei is serving as a catalyst to bring together public and private collaborators to design, test and implement break-throughs in science, prevention and remediation.

About FusionStorm Foundation

The FusionStorm Foundation was established to raise funds for causes that effect our planet and our daily lives. Our goal is to raise awareness and fund research to solve these complex issues.

About FusionStorm

FusionStorm -- "Making Technology Work" -- is a national provider of IT products, professional services, support contract services and 24x7 managed services for enterprises of all sizes. The company assists organizations by providing complete solutions for system infrastructure, storage, networking, voice-over-IP communications, security, database, disaster recovery, managed hosting and remote managed services, both onsite and in the data center.

FusionStorm, the FusionStorm logo and "Making Technology Work" are trademarks or registered trademarks of FusionStorm in the United States and other countries.

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