SOURCE: Pacific West Chapter of Ingram Micro's VentureTech Network

April 13, 2011 11:40 ET

Pacific West Chapter of Ingram Micro's VentureTech Network Joins Cancer Fight With $21,000 Donation to LIVESTRONG®

Western Region's Top IT Providers Team Up in "Give Something Back" Campaign to Help Improve the Lives of People Affected by Cancer

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 13, 2011) - The Pacific West Chapter of Ingram Micro's (NYSE: IM) VentureTech Network (VTN) announced today it will join LIVESTRONG®'s fight against cancer with a $21,000 donation from member organizations. LIVESTRONG is the brand of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, created in 1997 by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people living with cancer and empower communities to take action.

In February, the VTN Pacific West Chapter, whose growing membership consists of 43 of the western region's most successful IT solution providers, created their first Give Something Back community event in partnership with LIVESTRONG. In just six weeks, members raised money from pledges for exercising -- walking, running, biking, hiking, jogging, swimming, or any activity where they could track their distance covered, a total of 21,000 miles.

"The goal was to get our chapter off to a healthier 2011 and make everyone aware of the importance of getting out, getting up and getting moving," says Patrick Ciccarelli, president and chief executive officer of Varsity Technologies, and co-president of the Pacific West VTN Chapter.

"It is with tremendous gratitude that LIVESTRONG accepts the donation offered by the members of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of VentureTech Network," says Doug Ulman, LIVESTRONG president and chief executive officer. "This contribution will offer essential support to those affected by cancer and further underscores our resolve to support, champion and win in the fight against cancer."

"We wanted to give something back to the community," says Lesleigh Watson, chief operating officer at Northwest Computer Support and co-president of the Pacific West VTN Chapter.

While the fundraising effort was spearheaded by Pacific West VTN members Afinety, Northwest Computer Support and Varsity Technologies, it gained the participation of so many members, says Watson.

"We are very geographically diverse as a chapter and we needed something everyone could work toward," she says. "We are really spread out -- from Alaska to New Mexico -- and this was a great way to tie in everyone together for one cause. At the end of the day though, it wasn't so much about the dollars, but the participation. We were really taken back by the level of response received from the PacWest Chapter."

As business owners, the Pacific West VTN Chapter understands the importance of giving back to the community and plans to continue its fundraising activities, says Ciccarelli.

"At a personal level this has moved us to do fundraising every spring," he adds. "We've got the right momentum around our memberships to make this an annual effort," says Ciccarelli.

"Since 2009, the Ingram Micro VentureTech Network and its regional Chapters have collaborated to find ways to give back to the communities, people and businesses they serve," says John Fago, senior director, channel marketing, Ingram Micro North America. "We applaud the efforts of the VTN PacWest Chapter and commend them for working together to raise so much, so fast for LIVESTRONG."

About the Ingram Micro VentureTech Network and the Pacific West Chapter
The Ingram Micro VentureTech Network (VTN) is a North American channel partner community comprised of fast-growth and established IT solution providers and managed service providers who focus on the small and mid-size businesses market. The community offers unmatched geographic coverage and technical expertise, along with the purchasing power of a $2.5 billon organization.

Established in 2006, the VTN Pacific West Chapter represents approximately 43 IT solution providers in the Pacific and Western regions of the U.S., including Able Information Technologies, Inc., Advanced Network Management, Inc., Afinety, Inc., Allconnected, Inc., Apex Technology Management, Inc., Apollo Information Systems, Arctic Information Technology, Inc., Banker Technologies, Carney's Office Equipment, Inc., Computer 1 Products, Computer Connection, Computer Professionals Unlimited, Computer Solutions Group, Inc., Computer Ware Inc., CPAC Computers, Datec, Inc., DPE Systems, Inc., Dyntek Services, Inc., Eaton & Associates, Gigakom LLC, GST/E-Systems Design, H & H Equipment, HPM Inc., Information Networking Company, Inc., Intelli-Tech, InterTech Computer Products Inc., JSP Consulting Integration & Engineering, KIS Computer Center, Knowledgecentrix, Inc., LanSolutions, LLC, Marlow Entertainment, Inc., McKewon Industries, Inc., MicroAge, Milestone Technologies, Inc., Netwize LLC, Network Designs, Integration Services, Inc., Northwest Computer Support, Obsidian Technologies, Inc., PC Specialists, SSP Data Products, Team One Networking, Tru Technical Partners and Varsity Technologies, Inc.

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