Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ian Rosenberger and Tech Groups Join Forces

For Immediate Release

Heather Jewell

Ian Rosenberger and local technology groups come together for networking and opportunities with a higher purpose, to save Tassy.

Pittsburgh, PA- Over two months ago, TechPOWR and the Society of Technical Communicators joined forces to present the 2nd annual Technology group social media mashup. The event, scheduled for August 26 in the AlphaLab facility in Southside, is projected to maximize capacity in order to listen to keynote speaker, Ian Rosenberger.

As a Pittsburgh- area native, Rosenberger's repertoire is well known as a former star of the hit CBS show Survivor: Palau, he has also produced shows for MTV and hosted shows for the Discovery Channel. More recently, Ian has taken over a position with a Pittsburgh-based company Strategic Images as the Director of Emerging Media and Business Development. His professional achievements, however, are somewhat towered by his insatiable need to help those in need, leading him to Haiti earlier in the year.

After spending some time in the Earthquake-ravaged Haiti, Ian shared a truck ride with a young man that would change his life and perspective. Tassy Filsaime , a 19 year old Haitian boy, had witnessed the chaos during and after the 8.0 earthquake struck the capital in late December, but now he was fighting for his own life. To the common person, Tassy appeared to have only a facial deformity. Soon, doctors declared that this was no ordinary deformity, in fact, it was a rapidly-growing cancer that would soon end his life if he wasn't able to get the surgery he needed.

This began a charity drive to help raise $30,000, declared by Dr. Jeb Blaugrund, as the amount needed to save this young man. Ian Rosenberger has headed up the initiative here in Pittsburgh with an event at the Priory in the North side on August 26th. Also, that evening, Rosenberger will also be speaking at the Technology Mashup on the lighter topic of Social Media. However, in light of the devotion and appreciation of the technology community to help in this cause, a silent auction will be held for the benefit of Tassy Filsaime.

NuRelm, a well-known local Website software and Web development company, is donating a Website software package in the value of $1700, including 12 month subscription to their hosted content management system, NuContent, and free integration into the recipient business' Website. NuRelm's VP of Business Development, Heather Jewell was quoted saying “I think that all the groups coming together to mingle and share in technology and social media is exciting in itself, but to be able to help give the gift of life is a real feeling of accomplishment. Our company is honored to be able to help this young man.”

The 2nd Annual Technology Group Social Media Mashup is schedule for the same day as the Priory event, August 26 from 5:30PM-8:00PM. It is free for all in the Pittsburgh technology community. To attend either of Ian's events, you can sign up for the Technology Mashup by visiting http://techmashup.eventbrite.com/ . Also, to attend the charity event you can register with this link http://anightfortassy.eventbrite.com/

For more information about Tassy Filsaime or to donate to his life-saving surgery, please visit www.meettassy.org.

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