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We raised $1,605 for @rosiesplace


April 22, 2015 by Mike Hillwig

As a SQL Saturday organizer, I have a fun job. I get to help people learn more about SQL Server. But as I have written before, I wanted to see if we could do even more good for the community as a whole.

This year, I got to have some fun after the event, too. It was an absolute honor to sign a check at my local bank in order to obtain a treasurer’s check made payable to Rosie’s Place, Boston’s Sanctuary for poor and homeless women. With the help of our participants, speakers, and sponsors, we raised $1,605 to help further the mission of Rosie’s Place.


This is the note I included with the check.

Dear friends at Rosie’s Place,

On behalf of Bay State Data Professionals, the organization that hosts SQL Saturday Boston, a free day of technology training for database professionals, I’m thrilled to present you a check for $1,605 as a donation to Rosie’s Place.
Most of our conference attendees have good jobs. It only made sense to ask people to help those who need it. We don’t have to worry about food or clothing. That’s why we asked our sponsors to pay a little extra to buy a raffle item that we could use in a fundraiser.
This year, we chose to help raise money for a local charity, and Rosie’s Place was the obvious answer. I’ve seen the amazing work you do, and I’m happy to help raise money to help you further your mission.

With great respect,

Mike Hillwig, Lead Organizer
SQL Saturday Boston 2015

When I worked for Shawmut, we regularly volunteered at Rosie’s Place. They really do have an incredible mission, and I’m thrilled to help them raise a little more funding to help them do more.