Monday, October 6, 2008

Grant Award: Johnson-Johnson ($20,610)

National BDPA asked me to introduce the participants in the High School Computer Competition, IT Showcase and Youth Technology Camp during the Opening Ceremonies of the 30th annual BDPA Technology Conference held in Atlanta GA earlier this year.

I challenged the audience to make an immediate pledge to the Bemley Scholarship Fund. Scores of people took me up on the offer.

It came as a shock to me when Johnson & Johnson chief executive officer LaVerne Council upped the ante by saying that her company would match any pledges received that night.

We received over $20,000 in pledges from individuals during the next ten minutes. It was a very rewarding moment for me as executive director of the BDPA Foundation.

Earlier this week we received a $20,610 check from Johnson & Johnson. Ms. Council walked the walk with her matching funds. As a result, we now have over $41,000 set aside for scholarships that encourage young people to continue their education after high school.

Please join us in expressing appreciation to all of the BDPA donors, LaVerne Council and the Johnson & Johnson information technology organization!

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