Channel Brands Partner with Telecom for Change for Food Relief Cause

The donations have spurred several other organizations to contribute to the cause, resulting in $30,000 raised.

Allison Francis

March 4, 2021

2 Min Read
Restaurant kitchen

Channel Futures and Channel Partners this week partnered with Telecom for Change to raise money for food relief organization World Central Kitchen. Before the Channel Partners Virtual conference began on Tuesday, we put out the challenge to hit $20,000. We increased that to goal to $30,000 after getting several sizable donations.

Thursday afternoon, we met that goal, but you can help add to the total.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Channel Partners,” said Angie Tocco, co-founder and owner, LanYap Networks & Telecom for Change. “This partnership is especially meaningful as we are joining forces with the organization that helped us to spark what would become Telecom for Change at the 2014 show in New Orleans. It also provides us the valuable opportunity to reach a wide cross-section of our community. It has also eliminated overhead costs as we recover from the financial setbacks of the previous year.”

Telecom for Change’s donation aims to feed those in need and to support its “Restaurants for the People” initiative. 

A Worthy Cause

This program works with local restaurants to continue employing their staffs during the global pandemic. They provide meals for the hungry, which also allows the restaurant vendors to keep going.

“It’s a holistic, community approach to saving a vital industry,” added Tocco.

“I want to thank our friends at Telecom for Change for introducing us to this opportunity, and to the initiatives of World Central Kitchen,” said Kelly Danziger, vice president and general manager of Channel Partners and Channel Futures. “This incredible food relief organization has been tirelessly working to support families across the United States during the pandemic. And, most recently, they have provided aid to the southern states that were hit with the crippling winter storms. Our parent company, Informa, has a very large sustainability and well-being program, so it was a no-brainer for us to support this worthy cause.”

Telecom for Change originally donated $5,000 to the cause, and Channel Partners/Channel Futures matched that donation. Granite Telecommunications was also inspired to donate $5,000. A contribution from PlanetOne CEO Ted Schuman put us over the top.

Saving by Shaving

Meantime, also on the charity front, Granite is again taking donations for its annual Saving by Shaving event. Channel Partners promotes this initiative at our events, so click here if you’d like to donate. 

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About the Author(s)

Allison Francis

Allison Francis is a writer, public relations and marketing communications professional with experience working with clients in industries such as business technology, telecommunications, health care, education, the trade show and meetings industry, travel/tourism, hospitality, consumer packaged goods and food/beverage. She specializes in working with B2B technology companies involved in hyperconverged infrastructure, managed IT services, business process outsourcing, cloud management and customer experience technologies. Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and marketing from Drake University. An Iowa native, she resides in Denver, Colorado.

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