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Ipswitch Employees Help Needy Families for 9/11 Day of Service

It was a beautiful, warm day last Saturday, September 10th when 40 Ipswitch employees headed to the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston’s Seaport District to spend the day with almost 200 area children and families.

As a part of the 9/11 national day of service, we donned our Ipswitch iCare t-shirts to take part in a luncheon and day of fun organized by the Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL), a Red Sox affiliate, to support Room To Grow, a charity which helps infants in poverty. Other beneficiaries and invitees to the luncheon included the West End House Boys and Girls Club and Horizons for Homeless Children. Parents raising babies in poverty face many challenges including isolation and lack of resources, say organizers of the event. A special social gathering over lunch can provide meaningful social connections and much-needed respite.

The day began with setting up the arts and crafts tables, decorating the dining tables with fun baseball-inspired centerpieces, and  assisting the six Boston-area restaurants who generously catered the event.

When the children and their families arrived, the fun really began! Ipswitchers mingled with the wonderful families, Theo and Paul Epstein (brothers and co-founders of FTBNL), and supporters of the charities. Balloon animals and temporary tattoos were the biggest hits, while the children also enjoyed face painting, coloring, bubbles, and decorating picture frames.

When lunch was served, it became clear that it would be a special treat for volunteers and invitees alike. Six Boston-area restaurants created some seriously delicious gourmet treats, including chicken tacos, macaroni & cheese, mini pastrami sandwiches, and sophisticated “PB&J” sandwiches with fig and blue cheese!

This was truly a special event in which Ipswitch was fortunate to participate. We each enjoyed meeting the inspirational families and children from Room to Grow, Horizons for Homeless Children, and the West End House Boys and Girls Club. A big thank you goes out to the Foundation to Be Named Later for organizing this luncheon!

To see more of the pictures from the event, check out our Facebook Album!


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Frank Kenney is Vice President, Global Strategy and Product Management at Ipswitch, responsible for defining the company's vision and strategy and integrating his global perspective into the products, services and messaging. Frank brings an unmatched depth of experience and knowledge in the managed file transfer space to the team.

Most recently, Frank was a Research Director at Gartner, Inc., responsible for analyzing topics including managed file transfer, application integration, SOA, and business process management. He initiated and drove the Magic Quadrants on managed file transfer and SOA governance technologies. Before joining Gartner, Frank was Director of Creative Services and Content Distribution at the Executive Business Group.

Frank holds a degree in Music Technology from the Center for the Media Arts and has studied English and Computer Science at University of Tampa.

When not working, Frank can be found living the life of a frustrated musician and producer in his home studio in Tampa.