The National Urban Technology Center is a non-profit committed to bringing the power of technology to urban youth, as well as providing tech-based information for educational and personal success to at-risk adolescents and children. This increasingly important effort is spearheaded by a committed group of modern leaders in the field of technology. Through efforts including training programs and school partnerships, Urban Tech has reached thousands of students in over 500 schools!
The organization held their 19th annual gala and auction last week at a stunning TriBeCa space that boasted 360 degree views of the city. The function's purpose was to raise money for this cause, which is why Urban Tech auctioned off a number of juicy goodies. They had everything from the dress Kristen Bell wore to the Frozen premiere, to a weekend for you and 10 of your friends in the Hamptons that included dinner with Billy Joel up for auction! The auction was definitely the central focus of the evening, with all proceeds being donated to Urban Tech’s efforts within the community.
However, among the fun, food, and auction items, the core mission of Urban Tech was the backbone of the event. Between the cheese plates and champagne, elite Manhattanites mingled with the likes of Orange is the New Black's Diane Guerrero, Alicia Quarles of E! News, Covert Affairs star Hill Harper, and former Knick, John Starks, among various others. Diane Guerrero reminded us of the importance of the mission in a brief interview when she said, “I was an urban youth, it is extremely important to get the resources to kids in these communities as they desperately need them.”
To see how you can help, or to donate to National Urban Technology Center check out their website, and hopefully we'll see you at their next fundraising function!