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WPC: Partners Lend a Helping Hand in New Orleans

During online registration for the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), Microsoft gave attendees a chance to assist in some projects to rebuild New Orleans, a city still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Katrina nearly four years ago.

According to figures provided by Allison Watson, corporate vice president for the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group, participation was impressive. "We had over 500 partners participate with us from all over the world," she said.

Microsoft organized two projects for Sunday, the day before the WPC officially started.

One group of volunteers stayed at the Ernest Morial Convention Center and helped local teachers, students and artists paint pre-designed murals that will be combined into a "Wall of Hope" that will be installed at Carver High School. Another group headed to an elementary school in the 9th Ward to re-wire computer labs, install a wireless network and do some painting and landscaping.

"We were able to give back to the city of New Orleans," Watson said. Kudos to all those partners who took time out of their busy schedules to help such a great city rebuild.

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 14, 2009 at 11:58 AM


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