Tees Tech Awards 2021 Programme - Page 5

Tonight ’ s running order

6.30pm
Reception
7.00pm
Seats
7.15pm
Welcome from your host John Foster
7.20pm
Dinner
9.25pm
YouTube live streaming begins
Dave Allan ( Tees Business )
Sponsors ’ welcome
Keynote speaker : Deborah McGargle
10.00pm
Awards begin
11.30pm
Awards end
12.00 midnight
Carriages
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR DIGITAL POVERTY APPEAL
Tonight we ’ ll be fundraising in the fight against digital poverty on Teesside – and we ’ d ask for your support .
Last year ’ s Covidenforced school closures highlighted the fact that many underprivileged Teesside pupils struggle with their studies away from the classroom due to poor access to technology including laptops , iPads and similar .
Tees Business supported a Digital Poverty campaign that was kicked off by
Middlesbrough mayor Andy Preston and supported by Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation . Thanks to the generous support of many local firms , the appeal raised more than £ 100,000 – including a generous individual donation of £ 20,000 from tech entrepreneur Dean Benson .
With digital poverty remaining a real issue on Teesside , Dean has committed to donating £ 20,000 every year – and tonight we aim to kickstart a new round of fundraising .
All funds raised will go to local schools to help them provide tech for disadvantaged pupils .
To make a donation to the Digital Poverty Appeal , please donate to justgiving . com / teestechawards2021 or alternatively place a note into the envelope on your table , writing your name and table number on the front .
All those making a donation will be entered into a draw to win an overnight stay for two at Hardwick Hall Hotel .
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