For Immediate Release
September 26, 2002
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today hosted "Evening on the Bridge 2.0" at Franklin Park, an annual fundraising celebration for the Mayor's innovative Boston Digital Bridge Foundation. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Technology Goes Home and the new TechBoston Academy, which opened earlier this month.
"I want our residents to succeed and have the opportunity to compete in the 21st century," said Mayor Menino. "Tonight we honor a special group of technology experts who serve 4,000 participants in six Boston neighborhoods, in every high school across our city and at 10 middle schools as well."
"We're celebrating the achievements of our graduates tonight as well as celebrating the opening of a new school. The TechBoston Academy will enable us to reach even more students."
Mayor Menino and his wife Angela were joined by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy as honorary co-chairs of this year's event, which was underwritten by The Boston Foundation and FleetBoston Financial Foundation. The event unifies the business and community- based organizations that help support the families and students who participate in and benefit from the Boston Digital Bridge Foundation.
The Boston Digital Bridge Foundation was founded in 1999 to leverage digital opportunities and to create and train a highly skilled workforce to benefit Boston's families and businesses. The Foundation, supported by the Mayor's office, provides technology access to thousands of youth and families through the Boston Public Schools and community organizations.
Technology Goes Home, among the Foundation's programs, provides instruction and computers to low- income families through a comprehensive 10-week training program. TechBoston provides advanced technology classes to over 2,500 students in every high school and 10 middle schools.
This month the Technology Goes Home @ School pilot program has been launched at five elementary schools and TechBoston Academy.
TechBoston is the Boston Idea Group's 2002 Public Service Campaign recipient, enabling it to be the benefactor of a $500,000 campaign from Mullen Advertising. Ads promoting TechBoston will appear on MBTA trains and buses.