Hewlett-Packard to Sponsor CompTIA Creating Futures Charity Golf Classic

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August 4 event will benefit program that’s fostering IT industry career opportunities.


HP was one of the earliest supporters of Creating Futures, and the company continues to be a strong advocate for the program

The CompTIA Educational Foundation announced today that Hewlett-Packard Company will serve as lead sponsor for the Second Annual Creating Futures Charity Golf Classic.

The Creating Futures Charity Golf Classic is scheduled for Monday, August 4, at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club, one of the premier public golf courses in the greater Orlando area.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Creating Futures, an initiative of the CompTIA Educational Foundation that’s providing career opportunities to groups who have historically been under-represented in the IT workforce, including veterans transitioning out of the military; individuals with disabilities; at-risk youth; and dislocated workers. To date, the program has brought into the IT workforce more than 130 individuals who may not have otherwise had the chance at a career in technology.

"HP was one of the earliest supporters of Creating Futures, and the company continues to be a strong advocate for the program,” said John Venator, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. “We are thrilled to have HP on board as the lead sponsor for the Second Annual CompTIA Creating Futures Golf Classic.”

Hewlett-Packard, headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers — from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $107.7 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended Jan. 31, 2008.

The Second Annual Creating Futures Charity Golf Classic will be played at Falcon’s Fire, an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course designed by world-renowned golf course architect Rees Jones. It has been awarded four stars by Golf Digest Magazine in their annual “Places to Play” publication.

Professional golfer and analyst Gary McCord is scheduled to participate in the Second Annual Creating Futures Charity Golf Classic. The well known color analyst on CBS Sports' golf telecasts, McCord played on the PGA Tour from 1974 through 1998, collecting more than $600,000 in earnings in 376 tournaments. In 1998 McCord joined the Champions Tour, where he’s earned over $4.5 million in winnings and won the 1999 Toshiba Senior Classic and the 1999 Ingersoll-Rand Senior Tour Championship.
The Creating Futures Charity Golf Classic will be held in conjunction with Breakaway, the annual conference for CompTIA members. Breakaway 2008 is set for August 5-7 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Creating Futures Charity Golf Classic are available. For more information, please visit http://breakaway.comptia.org/golf_classic.aspx.

About the CompTIA Educational Foundation
Established in 1998, the CompTIA Educational Foundation’s mission is to develop qualified and productive entry level IT workers, with the hopes of eliminating the skill shortages within the industry. The Foundation receives support from individuals, industry leaders, companies and the government through contributions and grants. This support has helped more than 700 people to pursue careers in the IT industry. For more information, visit http://www.creatingfutures.us/.

About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the voice of the world's $3 trillion information technology industry. CompTIA membership extends into more than 100 countries and includes companies at the forefront of innovation; the channel partners and solution providers they rely on to bring their products to market; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their technology investments. For more information, visit http://www.comptia.org.

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