Posted by: kurtsh | January 31, 2007

NEWS: Microsoft gives $1M grant to the Oscar de la Hoya Foundation

I’m really proud of this.  The center really looks fantastic, is fully Internet connected, and it’ll give kids a great opportunity to experience computer technology in an area of Los Angeles that generally has little.  I went down there with my wife to purchase and bring in some furniture for the center on behalf of Microsoft and I have to say that everything there is state-of-the-art.  For the most part, the center is equiped with technology better than most of the equipment my own Fortune 100 customers use, meaning that it’ll have a long life span.

(We thought of everything:  We even made a point to ensure that there are extra replacement keyboards available knowing that keyboards tend to rapidly lose their keys in schools and libraries!)

Microsoft Donates $1 Million to the Oscar de la Hoya Foundation

On Monday, January 22 in Los Angeles, Microsoft announced a $1 million grant to the Oscar de la Hoya foundation for the renovation of his learning center which sits in the middle of one of Los Angeles’ most economically challenged neighborhoods.  

The lab represents the first fully Windows Vista-powered community center in the world.

In attendance were Oscar de la Hoya, José Huizar, 14th District Councilman and Chris Weber WR Vice President for a day of press activities that included more than a dozen one on one interviews with key local and national outlets and a ribbon cutting ceremony where we literally filled the room with cameras and reporters from the local press corps. In addition, students from the Oscar de la Hoya Charter High School were highlighting all the cool features of Windows Vista. 

Not only is this center is a safe haven for the kids, but also an environment for their parents to learn about technology- in their community!

The Microsoft Southern California team that helped put this effort together worked through every obstacle that appeared in their path totally renovating the Center with new furniture, Windows Vista-ready PCs and a new sign on the outside of the building: “The Oscar de la Hoya Foundation & Microsoft Unlimited Potential.”  This is the first phase of our partnership with the learning center. 

The opening of the center was the largest press event for Microsoft Southern California.  Some highlights of the opening’s media coverage included the Los Angeles Times, La Opinión, KTLA Morning Show Los Angeles, CW Morning Show San Diego, FOX 11 Los Angeles, Despierta America National (Univision Network), Al Rojo Vivo National (Telemundo Network), 710 ESPN radio with Dave Denholm and CNN Radio en Español, National and International.


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