[Stamford Advocate] Stamford Innovation Center Doles Out $3,000 to Non-profits


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Two nonprofit organizations received a total of $3,000 from the Stamford Innovation Center, part of the proceeds from the Geeks and Nerds Summer Gala held in June.

This week, the Innovation Center presented two checks of $1,500 each to Future Five, headquartered in Stamford, and the West Hartford-based Connecticut Veterans Legal Center.

“We wanted to bring local entrepreneurs, startups and people in the tech community together for a fun event and they stepped up and helped us have the party of the summer,” Barry Schwimmer, SIC’s managing partner, said in a statement. “Because of their generosity, we are able to provide each of these worthy Connecticut-based organizations a check for $1,500.”

The Geeks and Nerds event attracted nearly 150 participants and was co-sponsored by Norwalk-based The gala brought together members of the local startup and technology community and invited partygoers to flourish their “nerd” credentials in support of the two nonprofits.

Future Five, founded in 2009, provides high school students with access to mentors, higher education and future employers. The Veterans Legal Center works out of the Veterans Administration mental health facility and gives legal representation to veterans facing homelessness, mental illness and other issues.

“Globally, the startup and tech world is active and engaged in community matters,” Peter Propp, chief marketing officer at SIC, said in a statement. “We’re very pleased that our local community welcomed the opportunity to give financially and have a little fun at the same time.”

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