Smart Phones Meet Philanthropy at Tech Search Party, Part Deux

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Cell Phone Scavenger Hunt Puts the 'Fun' in Fundraising for San Francisco Public Schools

Tech Search Party is back. The inaugural event last February sent participants scattering all over San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood for fun and prizes. Part Deux is now scheduled for Saturday, November 13, 2010.

Tech Search Party is a smart phone scavenger hunt ideally suited for the gadget-savvy. At the beginning of the event, teams are given clues to decipher and then have only two hours to scatter throughout Noe Valley in order to find the answers. Smart phones are a necessity, so BlackBerry Curves, Storms, and Pearls, as well as G1s, iPhones and iPads will be out in full force.

All proceeds raised go directly to local public school PTAs. Participating schools are Alvarado Elementary School, James Lick Middle School, Marshall Elementary School, and Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy.

Event Details:
Date:        Saturday, November 13, 2010
Time:        5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:    James Lick Middle School Auditorium
        (at the corner of Noe and 25th Street)
Registration:    Fees are $50 for teams of up to four; $75 for teams of up to six
Register at: http://www.techsearchparty.com/

Sponsors:
Tech Search Party is a public school fundraiser disguised as a marketing opportunity for technology businesses.

"Tech Search Party will be more fun than the Bay to Breakers and require a lot less training," according to event organizer Tim Smith. "Plus, sponsors reach an attractive demographic, participants have a fun night out, and local schools earn badly-needed funds."

Below are comments from Tech Search Party sponsors and supporters:

“When the going gets tough, the tough get creative,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. “San Francisco is a center of innovation and creativity, and Tech Search Party is an innovative way to meet the needs of San Francisco public schools, and I strongly encourage everyone to get involved today.”

"Google is always looking for opportunities to partner with organizations that promote technology and support education. Tech Search Party provides a creative way to raise money for schools while integrating technology into a fun and innovative event in Noe Valley, a neighborhood that many Googlers call home." Veronica Bell, Google

“As a new local merchant, we wanted to raise our profile throughout the neighborhood. The first Tech Search Party was in many ways Circle Bank’s coming out party. Given that people still talk to us about it many months later, I can say unequivocally it was money well spent.” Carlos Rivera, VP and Branch Manager, Circle Bank

"Team Mandelman had a lot of fun at the last Tech Search Party and are excited to participate again. The event is an ingenious way to raise funds for local public schools." District 8 Supervisor Candidate Rafael Mandelman

"Patxi's Chicago Pizza cares deeply about making sure that our children have the tools they need to become successful members of the community. Tech Search Party enables us to do this by making sure that today's student have access to tomorrow's technology." Rich Burns, General Manager, Patxi's Chicago Pizza Noe Valley

"Tech Search Party is a great way to build community while raising money for schools." District 8 Supervisor Candidate Rebecca Prozan

“Riviera Partners has always been passionate about two things: technology and community support. Tech Search Party is a great opportunity to unleash our inner geek while helping to grow tomorrow’s geeks. We are extremely excited about the chance to support local schools at such awesome event.” Michael Morell, Managing Partner, Riviera Partners

"All four schools are critical institutions in our neighborhoods, and the community needs to rally around them, and other public schools, to ensure that all San Francisco children receive a high-quality education." District 8 Supervisor Candidate Scott Wiener

For more detail on sponsorship opportunities, or to learn more about Tech Search Party, please contact Tim Smith at tsmith(at)elementpr(dot)com

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