Golf Event Raises $70,000 for the Mike Sullivan Memorial Scholarship Fund

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Next charity golf event to be held in Orlando, April 30, 2007.

The second Mike Sullivan Memorial Golf Tournament, held in conjunction with RFID Journal LIVE! 2006, raised $70,000 for the Mike Sullivan Memorial Scholarship Fund. Created under the Boston Scholars Program, the fund helps underprivileged students in the Boston area attend rigorous, tuition-based high schools and prepare for college. A total of $56,000 of the proceeds will go to the fund.

“We’re very proud to have been able to support this event and give something back to the community,” said Mark Roberti, founder and editor of RFID Journal, which co-hosted the golf tournament with several friends of Mike Sullivan.

“We are very pleased with the results of this second memorial golf tournament and are grateful to all the sponsors who supported this worthy cause,” said Julia C. Perkins, managing director of Boston Scholars Program, Inc. “We look forward to working with RFID Journal to create an even more successful event next year.”

In 2005, Mike Sullivan suffered a sudden heart attack and passed away. Prior to his death, he had been working with the team at Gillette and was active in EPCglobal's standards work. Sullivan was a Canadian, raised in Montreal, who graduated from City and Gill College in Cork, Ireland, and spent the past 21 years of his life in Northborough, Mass. There, he enjoyed an illustrious technical career at Digital Semiconductor and Intel.

Last year, in memory of their friend, several executives at Gillette partnered with Boston Scholars to create the Mike Sullivan Memorial Scholarship Fund. Starting with the inaugural golf tournament in September 2005, they raised $20,000, which is being used to fund several Mike Sullivan Scholars through the Boston Scholars Program. The success of that initial event was largely due to the strong individual and corporate support of leaders in the RFID industry. Such support proves Mike's lasting personal and professional impact and influence.

By partnering with RFID Journal to open the RFID Journal LIVE! 2006 Conference & Exhibition with this year's golf tournament, Mike's friends have moved closer to their goal of creating an everlasting endowment in his honor. RFID Journal was a tournament sponsor, along with Sullivan’s friend, Rob Short. The hole sponsors for the tournament were:

  • Alien Technology
  • Avery Dennison
  • HK Systems
  • OAT Systems
  • Symbol Technologies
  • ThingMagic
  • Tyco/ADT
  • VeriSign
  • Unisys
  • ODIN Technologies and Shipcom Wireless
  • LXE and Sirit

“We’re a step closer to achieving our goal of creating a perpetual scholarship in Mike Sullivan’s name,” said Sullivan’s friend Jamshed Dubash, director of technology/EPC at Procter & Gamble and founder of the Mike Sullivan Memorial Fund. “That’s very rewarding, and we look forward to another successful event next year.”

RFID Journal plans to host the next Mike Sullivan Memorial Golf Tournament in conjunction with RFID Journal LIVE! 2007, which will be held in Orlando, Fl., from April 30 to May 2, 2007. Companies interested in sponsoring the event should contact Julia Perkins of Boston Scholars (617-226-4618, julia@bostonscholars.org).

About the Boston Scholars Program

The mission of the Boston Scholars Program is to open doors for disadvantaged youths through educational opportunities. The program achieves its mission by granting scholarships to meritorious Boston-area students who have demonstrated a pressing financial need, and by pairing these "Boston Scholars" with mentors from the Boston professional community who share similar academic and professional interests. The Boston Scholars Program opens the door to new educational opportunities and provides the positive influences necessary to guide scholars through the challenges of high school and the help they need to uncover a world of opportunities. For more information, visit http://www.bostonscholars.org.

About RFID Journal

RFID Journal LLC is the premier provider of in-depth, objective RFID information online, in print and at events. RFID Journal LLC publishes the leading RFID Web site (http://www.rfidjournal.com), the world’s first magazine devoted solely to RFID and its many business applications (RFID Journal) and RFID Journal LIVE!, the largest and most prestigious conference and exhibition in the United States and Europe.

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