May 082014
A volunteer works on a new wheelchair ramp at the Freret Neighborhood Center. (photo via the Freret Neighborhood Center on Facebook)

A volunteer works on a new wheelchair ramp at the Freret Neighborhood Center. (photo via the Freret Neighborhood Center on Facebook)

The Freret Neighborhood Center will host a block party this evening (Thursday, May 8) in the Neighborhood Housing Service parking lot to honor a group of more than 1,500 volunteers from technology company Ingram Micro who will be working on projects around the area.

The party runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the parking lot at 4528 Freret, with food and beverages provided. The event is free, but space is limited, so anyone who wants to attend is asked to contact the Freret Neighborhood Center at 4605 Freret directly for tickets.

For details about the cleanup, see the announcement from Ingram Micro below:

Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM), the world’s largest wholesale technology distributor, today announced that on May 8, it partnered with nearly than 1,700 associates, manufacturer and reseller partners to clean and beautify the historic Freret Neighborhood by assisting local residents with front yard improvement projects, street clean ups, painting tasks and other community beautification efforts at the local cemetery, playgrounds and schools.

The project was coordinated with local organization Neighborhood Housing Services and the Freret Neighborhood Center as part of Ingram Micro’s inaugural IMOne, a one-of-a-kind channel partner event that features solution providers and manufacturer partners from five distinct Ingram Micro partner communities, including Venture Tech Network (VTN), SMB Alliance, Healthcare, Public Sector Elite and System ArchiTECHs.

“At Ingram Micro, we strive to give back tothe communities in which we work, and this event is a reflection of that,” says Paul Bay, senior executive vice president and president of Ingram Micro North America. “With our inaugural IMOne event taking place in New Orleans, we think it was a perfect opportunity to serve that community, and we are so thrilled to work with so many of our partners on this effort.”

“”We are so excited to welcome the volunteers from Ingram Micro into the Freret and Milan neighborhoods,” says Eva Sohl, director of the Freret Neighborhood Center. “There are ample issues that need to be addressed in this area, and we couldn’t do it without the help of devoted and hardworking volunteers. We are grateful for the generosity of Ingram Micro and its employees, and feel incredibly fortunate to be part of the area of focus for this project.”

This event was made possible in part by the generous support of Ingram Micro’s manufacturer sponsors AddOn Computer, Cisco and IBM.

About Ingram Micro Inc.
Ingram Micro is the world’s largest wholesale technology distributor and a global leader in IT supply-chain and mobile device lifecycle services. As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing programs, outsourced logistics and mobile solutions, technical support, financial services and product aggregation and distribution. The company is the only global broad-based IT distributor, serving approximately 170 countries on six continents with the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of IT products and services. Visit

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