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Dell Technologies Supports Children's Institute, Mattress Factory Museum

Posted: Oct 12, 2017 by The Children's Institute

For Dell Technologies’ John Bouchard – who travels from Detroit to Pittsburgh for three to four days each week to help manage PNC Bank’s technology needs – the region’s philanthropic spirit boiled down recently to one specific leg of The Great Race.

“It’s not too often you can walk down Boulevard of the Allies and see the skyline – being near the water, seeing the diverse landscape,” John said. “To be able to shut a city down for a good cause like that says a lot about this community.”

Several dozen Dell Technologies employees, their families and others took part in the race this year, and the company donated proceeds from the walk to The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh and The Mattress Factory museum. For Ray Nair, a Dell Technologies client executive, that’s just the beginning.

“It’s a modest amount of money we raised this year but it’s a foundation. Our goal is to double that amount next year,” Ray said. “It is a fun thing for the families involved. It is a good thing for the stakeholders. It’s a good thing all around.”

John has developed some favorite Pittsburgh haunts – dinner at Meat & Potatoes, ball game at PNC Park – but he got the most pleasure during The Great Race not passing by those haunts, but in watching his children run and walk alongside him. His son Hunter ran the 5K in less than 27 minutes. And his younger son Carter had a great time too: “50 yards from the finish line, he started to sprint – just to show off,” John laughed.

Ray even beat his 5K time, due in large part, he said, to the downhill route at the end of the race.

“I never ran from the University of Pittsburgh area, down that path,” he said. “When I’m there during the week, the place is jam-packed. But it was the weekend. I was like, ‘Look, this is Oakland!’”

“It actually is good for all units of our business, to get a chance to be out there in the community,” Ray added. “We wanted to use a fun event to coalesce our efforts around. Obviously, our focus is to contribute to the community that we’re a part of, and that PNC Bank is a part of.”

“I think what Dell Technologies did was a really wonderful way to support the Pittsburgh community,” said Caitlin Harpster, Director of Development at Mattress Factory. “It was an honor to participate in The Great Race with The Children’s Institute knowing that both our organizations can share this opportunity to make a greater impact on our collective community.”

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