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Project Phoenix: Early August Awards Announced

Two more eligible developers and deserving projects have been selected.


Any proposals submitted but not selected this time will be reconsidered at each upcoming award cycle. (Refer to this to review the award criteria, details, and benefits.)


In no order of implied importance.


Nick Portelli, East Lansing, MI

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lancaster County Pennsylvania offers children opportunities for professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships with qualified volunteers.  Each relationship will assist the Little Brother or Sister to become a confident, competent and caring individual. This project will upgrade the current website and include event registration and payments. The project will primarily use ASP.NET, MVC 2, JavaScript, Linq, and SQL.


Albert Rugel, Brooklyn, NY

Feed My Sheep in Waconia, Minnesota, has been serving a weekly meal every Wednesday night for the past five years. Feed My Sheep’s motto is, “Spreading a table in the presence of communities hungering for someone to know their name and that they matter.” Feed My Sheep provides an opportunity for human connection and community. This project will provide a website to post general information, a signup calendar for volunteer's who will be serving each month, list of special events, photos, map and location information, and PayPal link for donations. The primary technologies that the project is expected to use are: ADO.NET Entity Data Model, AJAX, C#, Silverlight 4.0, Bing Map, SQL Server 2008, and Blend 4.


Congratulations to Nick and Albert. These projects are especially heart-warming because of the fragility of the communities both non-profits work hard to support. Details about your awards will be forthcoming in email.


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We are encouraging both Nick and Albert to host their projects on so that other developers and non-profits can benefit from their efforts.


Consider helping a non-profit, school, or church by offering your skills. See this for more information.

Published Wednesday, August 18, 2010 9:31 AM by ArnieRowland



jackietamarind said:

These are wonderful projects. Their selection shows that geeks care about community too! Congratulations to both of you. I hope your projects are eventually on Codeplex and can be appreciated by others.


August 18, 2010 2:31 PM

Rachel said:

Inspiring stuff. Congratulations to the winners and I, for one, look forward to taking a look at the final projects.

Congratulations Nick and Albert!



August 19, 2010 7:06 AM

Nick Portelli said:

I am really honored.  And quite intimidated.  This is such a great idea, kudos to the planners and contributors.  


August 20, 2010 10:19 PM

Albert Rugel said:

Thank You Arnie and all of the MVP's that have made this possible. The projects are a great learning experience for the programmers as well as a great opportunity for all of the participating non-profits, schools, churches, etc. I am really overwelmed by the amount of software and learning tools. I will do my best to encourage people to participate. This is a win-win opportunity for everyone. I also plan to host my project on codeplex. I will post more info soon.


August 21, 2010 12:10 AM
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