VIATEC Food Bank Challenge

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    $90,267.10 in cash and food has been collected for the Mustard Seed Food Bank through the VIATEC Foo see more

    Tech community donates over $90k in cash and food to local food bank

    $90,267.10 in cash and food has been collected for the Mustard Seed Food Bank through the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge.

    VICTORIA, BC (December 16, 2016) - The final drop off day at the Mustard Seed Food Bank was a cold and wet one, but it didn’t stop the 34 participating companies from showing up to warm hearts with their impressive donations. A total of $76,664.60 in cash and 5,441lbs of food has been collected for the Mustard Seed as a direct result from the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge! The weight in food is equal to $13,602.50 bringing the total 2016 value to $90,267.10! 

    “It’s hard to believe this annual event has come so far,” said VIATEC CEO, Dan Gunn. “We are proud to play a small role in organizing and directing the community spirit of our members but all the credit goes to them. They’ve been digging deep, having fun and making a difference as part of the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge for over a decade and we look forward to aiding them for many more decades to come.”

    Since its inception in 2002, $1,981,296.84 worth of food and cash has been donated to the Mustard Seed through companies participating in the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge. With this year’s amount, we’re now at $2,071,563.94!

    This year’s top contenders

    Greatest Overall Contributor:
    1st place - Carmanah Technologies
    2nd place - Victoria Airport Authority
    3rd place - RevenueWire

    Greatest Per-Employee Contributor:
    1st place - Flytographer
    2nd place - Econics
    3rd place - RevenueWire

    Greatest amount of cash: Carmanah Technologies
    Greatest food weight: Beanstream (1502lbs) 

    Participants and winners will be recognized at VIATEC’s 2017 New Year Kick-off event on January 20th. VIATEC congratulates all who participated or donated to this amazing cause. 

    MEDIA INQUIRIES:
    Dan Gunn
    CEO, VIATEC
    250-882-2820
    dgunn@viatec.ca

    2016 Participants:

    • Avocette Technologies
    • AXYS Technologies
    • BDC
    • Beanstream
    • Carmanah Technologies Corp.
    • Collect! Credit & Debt Collection software
    • Codan Radio Communications
    • Complia Health
    • Crowd Content
    • CUBE Global Storage
    • Econics
    • Flytographer
    • Frankie's Modern Diner
    • FTS Forest Technology Systems
    • GenoLogics
    • GlobalWide Media
    • HP Advanced Solutions
    • IndyKey Rewards
    • Latitude Geographics Group
    • Monk Office
    • MUSIC Group Innovation CA Inc. 
    • RevenueWire
    • RingPartner
    • Schneider Electric
    • SendtoNews
    • Smart Dolphins IT Solutions
    • StarFish Medical
    • Technology Guys IT Solutions
    • Tourism Victoria
    • Vecima Networks
    • VIATEC & Ground Control Cafe
    • Victoria Airport Authority
    • Victoria Flying Club
    • Vigil Health Solutions Inc.


    About VIATEC:
    VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), started in 1989. Our mission is to serve as the one-stop hub that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector (Victoria's biggest industry).

    We work closely with our members to offer a variety of events, programs and services. In addition, VIATEC serves as the front door of the local tech sector and as its spokesperson. To better support local innovators, we recently acquired our own building (Fort Tectoria) where we offer flexible and affordable office space to emerging local companies along with a gathering/event space for local entrepreneurs. www.viatec.ca

    About the Mustard Seed Street Church:
    The Mustard Seed Street Church has been essential in fighting hunger and restoring faith to a large portion of people living in poverty, as well as the working poor, in greater Victoria since 1975. The Church ministries are nearly 100 percent community funded and include Vancouver Island’s largest Food Bank, a Family Center, Hospitality programs, and addictions recovery at Hope Farm Healing Centre as well as more traditional Church services.

    The Mustard Seed Street Church positively impacts, on average 5,000 individuals per month, with more than 50 volunteers keeping things running everyday.  With your help, lives are transformed on a daily basis!  www.mustardseed.ca


     

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    The challenge raised $82,274 in cash and food [so far, with more detailed results to come] see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    State of the heart: tech sector gives big

    It’s a massive industry that makes a deep economic impact on the region, and for most of the year it quietly goes about employing more than 20,000 people.

    Yet at this time of year, when the need is greatest and the weather cold, the region’s $4-billion technology sector roars into action with the annual Victoria Innovation Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council Food Bank Challenge.

    The event, in its [14th year], has raised more than $2 million for the Mustard Seed Food Bank since its inception.

    “I think it’s important the technology sector does what it can for the community, and this is one of the most visible ways we have to show that,” said VIATEC chief executive Dan Gunn. “The interesting thing about this is very few tech firms have customers in Victoria, so they don’t do marketing charity work. All their philanthropy is hidden because they don’t need their logo on it.”

    But Gunn said the companies, in a collegial and tight-knit tech community, are ultra-competitive.

    “And when you pit them against each other, it brings [the best] out of them,” he said, noting the challenge has grown to include 34 local tech firms.

    This year, the challenge raised $82,274 in cash and food [so far, with more detailed results to come.]

    The vast majority, $68,256, was raised in cash, cheques and online donations, while about 5,367 pounds of food was collected.

    Gunn said the sector has decided to push the cash side of the challenge, especially at this time of year.

    “It’s a great time to ask people to give because people are more generous of spirit, but that’s a challenge for the food bank,” he said. “Because they get all this food at once, they may have a slow month [in terms of donations] later.

    “We focus on cash, so they will have funds to distribute throughout year and to target things they don’t have in stock.”

    The Mustard Seed also has better buying power, with its dollar able to get up to three times more than a regular shopper could.

    The competing tech companies were also vying for titles, as well as bragging rights.

    This year’s biggest money raiser was Carmanah Technologies, which donated $21,377, and the greatest food contribution came from Beanstream, which collected 1,502 pounds of food.

    To raise money and food, all 34 companies held fundraisers over the past four weeks, including a Flytographer Christmas sweater fun run, Starfish Medical’s annual chili cook-off, Ringpartner’s wine night and Carmanah’s ping-pong tournament.

    Last year, VIATEC’s challenge raised $74,000 and 1,000 pounds of food during its Christmas drive, while a food drive in February of last year raised another $47,000 for the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

    The annual challenge has become a huge event for VIATEC, and it has spurred the organization to establish a foundation.

    “It’s something we expect to launch in the new year so we can do things like this throughout the year,” Gunn said.

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    Vivitro and StarFish Medical salute their employees’ community efforts during the season of giving! see more

    Source: Vivitrolabs.com

    Vivitro Employees Embrace the Community Spirit of the Season

    VICTORIA, British Columbia, November 30, 2016 – ViVitro Labs, a global leader in cardiovascular device testing, and StarFish Medical, Canada’s largest medical device design, development, and contract manufacturing company, salute their employees’ community efforts during the season of giving.  This November and December employees are raising awareness and funds for BC Children’s Hospital and Mustard Seed Food Bank.  ViVitro and StarFish match employee donations and cover all sponsorship fees to encourage participation.

    Victoria Festival of Trees 
    Each year ViVitro Labs and StarFish Medical sponsor a tree in the Festival of Trees fundraising campaign for BC Children’s Hospital. The festival knits together the incredibly generous community of Victoria in what has become, over the last two decades, a cherished holiday tradition and the unofficial kick-off to the holiday season in the city.

    This year the ViVitro Labs/StarFish Medical tree’s theme is: “We look deeper to help make holidays healthy for everyone!”  The tree features an LED X-ray branch outline and ornaments that include hand crafted “x-ray” images for traditional holiday gifts.  A custom booklet shares the significance of both companies’ work and the tree’s design. Judges awarded the concept and execution top marks in all categories at the November 16 Opening Gala.

    The tree is on display through January 3, 2017 at the Empress Hotel. 85 beautiful trees were decorated, and over 550 guests attended the Kick-Off Celebration and $106,400 was raised through tree registrations.

    Fundraising continues online via the Festival of Trees Online Voting System.  Fundraising tool for online vote collection. Visitors can make a donation and vote for the ViVitro Labs/StarFish Medical tree on the Victoria Festival of Trees StarFish Medical Webpage

    2016 VIATEC Food Bank Challenge for Mustard Seed 
    Hayley Young manages ViVitro Labs and StarFish Medical participation in the 2016 VIATEC Food Bank Challenge for Mustard Seed.  Organized by VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), this annual food bank drive challenges companies in Victoria to compete in an effort to raise as much food and donations as possible for the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

    ViVitro Labs and StarFish Medical fundraising events include a Chilli/Curry cook-off, 50/50 raffle, and Social Committee lunch. The 2016 Chilli/Curry cook off fundraiser was held November 17, and raised $590.00.  1st prize went to Debbie Gould, 2nd prize went to Savannah Hari, and 3rd prize went to Michael May.  The 50/50 stubs raised $535.

    The Mustard Seed provides support to 7000 people each month. Since its inception in 2002, $1,981,296.84 worth of food and cash has been donated to the Mustard Seed through companies participating in the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge. The 2016 challenge runs from November 7th to December 2nd. Donations are accepted online.

     

    About ViVitro Labs
    ViVitro Labs Inc. offers industry-leading cardiovascular test equipment and related laboratory testing and consulting services. Hundreds of organizations in over 40 countries for over 30 years have trusted ViVitro expertise, accuracy, and quality for their heart valve, LVAD, TAH, stent, and graft testing. ViVitro Laboratory Services holds ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation based on ISO 5840. ViVitro products are manufactured by StarFish Medical. ViVitro’s A2LA Scope of Accreditation includes the physical and mechanical testing of heart valve substitutes. www.vivitrolabs.com

    For more information please contact:
    Mike Camplin
    mcamplin@vivitrolabs.com
    250.388.3531 x210

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    Be entered in a draw for two tickets to any regular season game for MLB, NBA, or PGA Tour in 2017! see more

    SendtoNews wants to get you in the game by donating to the Mustard Seed

    SendtoNews (STN) is taking part in the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge by raising money for the Mustard Seed of Victoria and we need your help!

    Anyone donating to the Mustard Seed through the VIATEC Challenge in STN’s name will be entered in a draw for two tickets to any regular season game for MLB, NBA, or PGA Tour in 2017!

    For your chance to win:

    • Visit the VIATEC donation page HERE
    • Purchase a ticket worth a minimum of $20
    • Credit SendtoNews in the space provided for the company name
    • Send an email to ian.slipp@sendtonews.com confirming your entry and preferred method of contact

    There is a limit of one entry per contestant and the winner will be drawn on December 4th.  

    For details, rules and regulations email ian.slipp@sendtonews.com

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    VIATEC members are invited to harness their team spirit again this February 25th for the Coldest... see more

    Mustard Seed invites VIATEC Members to participate in Coldest Night of the Year

    Judging from the stellar year-upon-year success of the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge, Victoria’s tech companies set the bar exceedingly high when it comes to philanthropy, team spirit and friendly competition.

    We at The Mustard Seed Street Church are thrilled and honoured to have been blessed yet again by the abundant generosity bestowed on us through the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge. A big THANK YOU to all of you from all of us!

    VIATEC members are invited to harness their team spirit again this February 25th for the Coldest Night of the Year, Canada's National Walk for Homelessness (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edUy-N21RyU). Here in Victoria, the Coldest Night of the Year event will raise money for The Mustard Seed’s programs to support folks who are hungry, homeless and hurting.

    VIATEC member companies are each welcomed to register a team, and join us in raising awareness and support for the transformative programs offered by The Mustard Seed Street Church that help break the cycle of poverty. Participants may choose from 2k, 5k or 10k walking routes. Walkers are welcome to register their own teams, or to join our hip team, The Mustard Seed Podsters! Game on!!

    For more information, visit https://canada.cnoy.org/home.

    To register for the walk, go to https://canada.cnoy.org/register.

    Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you there!

    Contact:
    Lisa Warden
    Events & Sponsorship Coordinator
    lisa@mustardseed.ca
    250-953- 1591

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    Carmanah Technologies sweeps both categories with an overall $16,305.72 contribution. see more

    Carmanah Technologies sweeps both categories with an overall $16,305.72 contribution. Challenge brings in a total of $128,320.88 for the Mustard Seed.

    VICTORIA, BC - December 11, 2015 - Participants of the 2015 VIATEC Food Bank Challenge in support of the Mustard Seed gathered at last night’s VIATEC Christmas Party in Centennial Square as winners were revealed. The gathering under the big top tent drew out over 300 guests that were entertained by Ferris Wheel rides, live music from Astrocolor, pictures with Santa inside an inflatable igloo, food trucks, local craft brews and wine, and hot cocoa.

    Carmanah Technologies won first place in both categories: Greatest Overall Contributor and Greatest Per-Employee Contributor. Having received second place by just $300 during the last challenge, they were determined to come in on top!

     

    2015 Winners

     

    Greatest Overall Contributor

     

    Greatest Per Employee Contributor:

    The 13th Annual VIATEC Food Bank Challenge was a very exciting and eventful one. A total of $73,885.12 in cash and 1000lbs of food (worth $2800) was raised in 4 short weeks from November 9th to December 4th, bringing the final 2015 total to a whopping $128,320.88 ($47,135.76 in cash + $4500 in food was raised in February).

     

    With the Mustard Seed’s buying power, the cash donation amount doubles to $242,041.76. Since its inception, the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge has raised a total of $1,981,296.84.

     

    “It's the amazing local tech companies that raised all of this cash,” commented Dan Gunn, VIATEC’s CEO. “VIATEC just gave them ways to keep score and cheered them on!”

     

    To see photos from the Christmas Party, please click here.

     

    13th Annual VIATEC Food Bank Challenge Participants:



    About VIATEC:

    VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), started in 1989. Our mission is to serve as the one-stop hub that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector (Victoria's biggest industry).

     

    We work closely with our members to offer a variety of events, programs and services. In addition, VIATEC serves as the front door of the local tech sector and as its spokesperson. To better support local innovators, we recently acquired our own building (Fort Tectoria) where we offer flexible and affordable office space to emerging local companies along with a gathering/event space for local entrepreneurs. www.viatec.ca

     

    MEDIA CONTACT:

    Dan Gunn

    CEO

    VIATEC

    250-882-2820

    dgunn@viatec.ca

     

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    A prank that got radio air time Friday morning may have inadvertently helped the Food Bank Challenge see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    December 5, 2015: Victoria, BC - A prank that got radio air time Friday morning may have inadvertently helped the local high-tech sector’s annual food bank challenge.

    An impostor claiming to be Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council chief executive Dan Gunn called into Gregor Craigie’s On the Island show on CBC and, after talking about the challenge, went on a foul-mouthed rant.

    “It definitely wasn’t me,” said the real Dan Gunn. He said publicity that surrounded the stunt — Gunn received a slew of emails, texts and tweets after people heard the show — resulted in a number of tech companies coming up with more donations for the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

    Gunn said as long as it helps feed the less fortunate he’s all for it. “I tweeted out earlier that if we raised $250,000 I would read a transcript of what the impostor said at the next VIATEC awards,” said Gunn with a laugh.

    Using the hashtag #therealdangunn, Gunn pointed out that since the prank aired, Rasool Rayani and Heart Pharmacies pledged $3,000 and 100 pounds of food, Latitude Geographics stepped up with a $2,000 donation and start-up AOT Technologies pulled together $500.

    It wasn’t clear if Gunn would have to go through with his pledge to get a tattoo of the VIATEC insignia if the challenge raised in excess of $100,000 for the Mustard Seed food bank. Late Friday, the total came in at $60,000.

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    Dan Gunn is literally putting some skin in the game in a bid to feed the less fortunate. see more

    Dan Gunn, chief executive of the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council, is literally putting some skin in the game in a bid to feed the less fortunate.

    Gunn will have the VIATEC insignia tattooed on his body if the organization’s annual food bank challenge raises in excess of $100,000 for the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

    “We wanted to reinvigorate the food bank challenge, so we thought what would be a deep motivator to get us over $100,000 in cash? I offered a portion of my skin for that,” Gunn said, adding he will be paying for the tattoo.

    It may be working. In the first week of the challenge, VIATEC received more than $15,000 in cash. As of last weekend Gunn estimated they are at the $25,000 mark.

    VIATEC’s annual Food Bank Challenge, which started in 2002, has raised more than $1.7 million.

    VIATEC has partnered with GivingTuesday.ca and there is a page where people can donate. You can also donate at viatec.ca

    The VIATEC food bank challenge runs to Dec. 4.