What Would You Do With 40,000 Quarters? You Could "Change" People's Lives

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It's a tough economy and our charities are suffering. That's why a Long Island businessman is challenging organizations to duplicate his "Change for Change" initiative that simply asks people to drop in their spare change into a collection table. According to Future Tech Enterprise CEO Bob Venero, we can help our charities and prove that small change can make a big difference to those who need our help the most.

Future Tech Enterprise, Inc. is making another donation on behalf of the company's Change for Change initiative, an effort to help local charities continue their good work by collecting spare change. A coffee table collection bin sits in Future Tech's main lobby where visitors and employees can drop in their spare change, which is then donated to a charity at the end of the month.

Recently, Future Tech CEO Bob Venero challenged the community to prove him right: that small change can make a big difference for the charities that are suffering in this economy. He offered to match the first $5,000 donated to Change for Change, and as soon as the paper was delivered to the Smith home in Bayport, Steven Smith jumped at the opportunity to donate to a cause close to his heart. This time, Change for Change is raising money for diabetes research and support programs, and it's Jennifer Smith, 8, who has juvenile diabetes.

"When your child needs help, you do whatever you can to make sure they get it," said Mr. Smith, who owns a chain of super-sized laundromats called Laundry Kingdom. "To our family, this was something we knew would help our daughter and others like her. This community has been very kind to us and we are happy to pay it forward."

As owner of the Laundry Kingdom chain, Mr. Smith has access to lots of loose change; and in honor of Jennifer, he is donating 20,000 quarters to Change for Change! In the spirit of the moment, Mr. Venero also offered to donate 20,000 quarters.

The team will drop all of their change into the Change for Change collection bin at noon on February 13. "We're in an economy where our charities are suffering," said Mr. Venero. "Change for Change is showing that even small change can make a big difference in people's lives. We are challenging local businesses, residents, students and school groups to come together and drop off their spare change at Future Tech in Holbrook. They'll see how much it means to the people they are helping."

Members of the Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce are participating, as are students from Bayport-Blue Point High School's honor society -- who raised $400 doing a Guitar Hero event -- Century21 Realty, Bayport Flower Houses, Blue, and Harbor Crab Company. Representatives from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Long Island Chapter will also be on hand. Donations of any kind -- change, dollars or checks -- can be dropped off at Future Tech, 101-8 Colin Drive, Holbrook (behind Costco) on the day of the event or by calling 631-472-5500. The public is invited to the Change for Change event at Future Tech on February 13 at noon. Organizations looking to duplicate the Change for Change model can send an email to ChangeForChange(at)ftei.com for information.

About Future Tech Enterprise, Inc.
One of Long Island's top 10 fastest growing companies for five consecutive years, Future Tech Enterprise, Inc. is a market-leading full service IT solution provider, representing over 700 different manufacturer product lines. Future Tech offers the resources corporations need to gain control of their technology acquisition cycle through highly skilled technicians, sales support engineers, and network consultants.

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