For its 10th annual Wine & Tequila Party, TUGG had big aspirations of bringing “more” to one of the city’s most prominent tech events — and it delivered.

Even on a miserable, rainy Thursday, the annual tech bash brought together 2,000 people representing Boston’s innovation community, including Carbon Black, EverTrue, DataXu, HUBWeek and Accomplice.

The overwhelming support resulted in a Wine & Tequila Party first, as three nonprofits took home $50K in funding.

Resilient Coders earned the lone prize as a returning nonprofit, and was presented its check by Ryan Moore and Rich Kivel, two of three individuals who have attended every Wine & Tequila Party since its inception.

The free, volunteer-based program focuses on making web technology more available to student who might not be exposed to it. With the help of a web professional, each student builds a website.

Among the new nonprofits pitching for funding, First Teacher and WeThrive brought about the first tie in TUGG Wine & Tequila Party history.

“We’re excited to join TUGG’s portfolio of non-profits, which consists of a few mentors and advisors to our organization already,” said Daquan Oliver, WeThrive’s executive director. “It’s an honor to receive the support of the TUGG and Boston community to take our platform that much further in achieving our mission.”

First Teacher is a community of parents and caregivers working together to prepare all our children for success in kindergarten and beyond, and WeThrive is an entrepreneurial mentoring program that pairs college students with middle school and high school students in low-income households.

“It was a new experience. I had never done anything like that before, and when I left, I felt awesome, and I don’t think it had anything to do with us winning,” said Nikole Huertas, a founding parent leader at First Teacher.

For those of you who were unable to attend, we put together some pictures from the Wine & Tequila Party so that you can live vicariously through us.


(Photo credit: Daniel Rothenburg)