a charity of the Morrow Community Foundation
We are very proud to now be a part of the North Georgia Community Foundation. This regional 501(c)3 provides us with the accounting detail and support that will help us continue to support the local schools and students even better than we previously could.
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Tickets will go on sale on February 1, 2020.
Mark your calendars as space will be limited!
We are very excited to announce a new event for 2020, An Evening of Elegance!
We began the Forsyth BYOT Benefit in 2013 when we learned of the hundreds of students in our affluent county who did not have the technological means at home to do basic homework: devices and Internet. When you and I are the only two students in class who do not have access to this essential technology, we are at a distinct disadvantage.
So, we set out to narrow that digital divide and created fundraising events to accomplish our goals. The community responded and we have raised over $300,000 in the first six years. We organized a very successful golf tournament that over seven years became a sold-out day and nearly 130 golfers had a fun day of playing and giving, combined. However, all we could accommodate was those 130 men and women. We needed to raise more money and have more participation.
So, we decided to move away from a golf tournament to this year's new Evening of Elegance. We see this as an opportunity to included several hundred people from our area and beyond and to raise even more money than we have in previous years.
The Evening of Elegance will be an incredible night of dining and dancing and philanthropy that we believe will far outpace anything we have done to date. We hope you will agree and that you will not only join us but will tell our friends about what we are trying to do and how much we can all have doing it.
For Information about sponsoring the Evening of Elegance, click here!
The Forsyth BYOT Benefit appreciates the support of the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club's "Flags For Education" fundraiser. Sales will benefit the Forsyth BYOT Benefit. Please consider sponsoring their initiative. Click their logo to download a form to support this effort.
Dr. Jim and Peggie Morrow learned in 2013 that there were over 2000 families in Forsyth County who did not have Internet in their homes. With so much of the schoolwork requiring online access, they decided to try to make a difference in the lives of those who did not have the privileges of others.
And now, students are expected to study and complete assignments online whenever there is an inclement weather day. Can you imagine what it would be to have no Internet access - even for one day?
Perhaps this video will help you understand the need better.
In 2013, The Morrow Community Foundation started a benefit to support the Forsyth County Schools' BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) initiative, which seeks to improve the use of and access to the types of technology that students will be using as students and as adults.
In its first five years, The Forsyth BYOT Benefit has donated over $220,000 to the Forsyth County Schools, placing Internet in several hundred homes, providing devices to deserving students who were without, and improved the Media Centers in most schools.
In 2018, we have set our sights on a loftier goal and believe that the generous people and businesses of Forsyth County will again see their way to assist these students. We invite you to peruse our website, see what we have done, and decide how you’d like to be a part of this very important effort.