Vertical Bridge recently closed out the second quarter on a philanthropic note. The company, which is the largest private communication infrastructure owner and manager in the country, hosted Honoring, Inspiring & Celebrating our Military, an event for active and retired military personnel. Vertical Bridge also awarded $60,000 in college scholarships, the company announced in a release.
The company’s philanthropic branch, the Vertical Bridge Charitable Network (VBCN) organized both initiatives as part of its ongoing commitment to give back to the community.
“We are a family at Vertical Bridge,” company co-founder and chief executive officer Alex Gellman told Connected Real Estate Magazine. “We always do what we can to help the members of our extended family in ways like this. It’s part of our culture.”
Honoring, Inspiring & Celebrating Our Military was held at Vertical Bridge’s annual meeting in Orlando, FL. Active and retired members of the U.S. Military, Florida public service officers and family members gathered to hear Travis Mills, of the 82nd Airborne, who’s also a New York Times bestselling author and retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant, give an inspirational speech. Attendees also had the opportunity to take part in an afternoon of games, raffles, food and fun.
More than 160 Vertical Bridge employees volunteered throughout the afternoon to help coordinate and host the event. VBCN also made private donations to several organizations dedicated to helping and supporting military personnel, including Operation Home Front and the Travis Mills Foundation.
“It has become tradition to end our annual meeting with a philanthropic initiative, and it has truly developed into VBCN’s signature event each year,” Gellman said in a statement. “It’s amazing to see our entire team work together to give back to a deserving cause. This year’s focus on supporting our troops − both active and retired − along with the opportunity to hear from Travis Mills, who has an incredible story, was especially rewarding.”
VBCN also announced the recipients of its annual college scholarship program. The scholarships totaled $60,000 and were awarded to high school seniors and enrolled college students who maintained a grade point average above 2.75, were active in their community and showed an interest in technology. The scholarship recipients also submitted a comprehensive essay about their goals or work.
By the end of 2018, VBCN will donate more than $1.1 million to organizations of Vertical Bridge employees’ choosing. Since its inception in 2014, VBCN’s cumulative donations have totaled more than $3 million.