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Amanda Wolkin
Associate Director, Marketing & Communications



The Vine Event Raises over $100,000 for STEM Education


ATLANTA, GA (March 22, 2017) – TAG Education Collaborative, the charitable arm of the Technology Association of Georgia, is pleased to announce that the ninth annual Vine Event raised $137,265 for STEM education. The sold out event was held on Thursday, March 16th at City Winery and brought together over 200 Atlanta-area technology and business executives.

Of the money raised, $22,500 will be used to purchase 45 computers for underserved high school students who will participate in one of TAG-Ed’s two coding camps this summer: the Tino J. Mantella Coding Camp and the Atlanta BridgeCommunity Coding Camp funded by The Coca Cola Company.

The event was generously sponsored by TAG-Ed’s Annual Sponsors, NCR, Jabian, and Novelis; Program Sponsors, Definition 6, Robert Half, JLL, and Pulte Homes; Wine Sponsors, Crestron and Hewlett Packard Enterprise; and Table Sponsors, Broadgreen Solutions, Cox Automotive, Comcast Business, Equifax, Hitachi, Pitney Bowes, SEI, SeciureWorks, and Tino and Deb Mantella; and Half Table Sponsors, Homrich Berg, TSYS, and Insperity. 

The event brought together 200 of Atlanta’s premier technology executives, including members of the Executive Host Committee: Dana Barrett (Host, Dana Barrett Show), Dan Brown (Chief Information Officer, National Christian Foundation), Jonathan Cox (Chief Information Officer, Kauffman Tire), Lee Crump (Group Vice President, Rollins, Inc.), Nancy D’Amico (Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, LeasePlan), Jay Ferro (Former Executive Vice President, Chief Information & Product Officer, EarthLink), Doug Jones (Vice President and Chief Information Officer, AGCO), Michael Kogon (Chief Marketing Officer/Chief Technology Officer, Pull-a-Part), Karen Painter (Head of Media Software & Services, Turner), Renee Pearson (Director of IT Global Innovation, Kimberly-Clark), and Tom Phillips (Chief Information Officer, Elavon).

A full gallery of pictures from The Vine Event is available here. If you are interested in sponsoring or getting involved with The Vine Event next year, contact Mary Kay Boler at


About TAG Education Collaborative

TAG Education Collaborative is dedicated to developing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives in Georgia. Through partnerships with statewide STEM programs, government organizations, and local businesses, TAG-Ed fosters student interest in STEM in order to increase awareness of technology careers. TAG-Ed hosts the Exploring STEM Careers Pipeline Program, an initiative for underrepresented metro Atlanta youth, an internship program for high school students, Georgia STEM Day, two team challenges for students interested in web design, and The Vine Event and The Horizon Awards, annual fundraisers benefiting STEM education. For additional information, visit TAG Education Collaborative or contact Michael Robertson at (404)-920-2038 or

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