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Giving Back To the Community One Toss or One Mile at a Time

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A few years ago, we posted a blog about The Lazy Volunteer, a grassroots effort initiated by Shane McNamara and Katie Else of CDW, Ian Kieninger of Avant, DJ Fioretti of X4 and Keith Tomlin (formerly of XO Communications, now with RADVISION) to give back to the community. What started as an idea in 2008 turned into a successful charitable effort raising over $85,000 in three years for the Children’s’ Memorial Hospital Cancer Research Center in Chicago! Now in its fourth year, we thought it worthwhile to provide an update and highlight some fun and exciting events coming up in the Midwest.

The name The Lazy Volunteer came from the concern that simply writing a check and forgetting about the true need of a cause was somehow replacing actual volunteering. While the monetary donation is always important and very much appreciated, getting people actively involved in the community is essential to an organization’s prosperity.

“I have been blown away by not only the success of the event from an attendance standpoint but the willingness for people and companies to get involved," said co-founder Keith Tomlin. “The Lazy Volunteer has become a true industry-wide charity, and we hope to continue to grow the tremendous amount of support and generosity we have received for such a great cause. I want to thank everyone both corporate and individuals who have made the Toss for Tots such a fun and meaningful event. In particular I want to thank X4 Solutions who is entering its fourth year as our Platinum sponsor; we could not have built this without their support."

Fun Raising Funds

The organization’s first annual fundraising event, Toss for Tots, took place in August 2008 and raised more than $15,000. Toss for Tots is a Baggo tournament, and this year’s event takes place Oct. 6, 2011, at Carmichael’s in Chicago. The group aims to raise $50,000 or more at the 2011 tournament. To sign up or donate, please click here.

What’s more … The Lazy Volunteer is expanding its fundraising efforts in 2011. In addition to the annual Toss for Tots, The Lazy Volunteer has added a second fundraising event – the Ragnar Race, which takes place June 10-11, 2011.

The Ragnar Race is a marathon relay consisting of teams of 12 competing to finish the 200-plus mile course from Madison to Chicago within 24 hours. The goal (beyond finishing) is to raise $15,000. If you’re interested in running, volunteering or simply making a donation, please click here.

“I am very excited about this new event," said co-founder Shane McNamara. “Incorporating running and raising money for Children’s Memorial was something I have always wanted to do. We have a great relay team and are so appreciative of the donations we have already received."

Extending the Reach

Tomlin recently left XO Communications to join RADVISION, a provider of market-proven products and technologies for video/unified communications over IP, 3G and IMS networks. He’s excited to welcome RADVISION to The Lazy Volunteer network, which he says is a place where the vendors, resellers, etc., put aside their competitive concerns and join together to really make a different. Tomlin’s role at RADVISION is to expand the company’s carrier distribution channel, and he told us we can expect to hear about some exciting channel initiatives there.

“I am very excited to enter the next phase of my career with RADVISION and am equally excited about bringing new technologies and revenue opportunities to the partner channel," said Tomlin. “I see adoption rates for video conferencing and unified communications on the brink of exploding and look forward to working in and with such a great industry."

At Channel Partners, we’re delighted to see the channel pull together for this worthy cause, and we congratulate The Lazy Volunteer and all its supporters on their continued success!

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