Open House Raises Money for Aurora


SNVC’s Open House helped raise awareness and funds for Aurora Foundation as it also showcased its newly renovated headquarters in Fairfax. Local authors, two of whom serve on SNVC’s and Aurora’s Boards, were onsite willing to both discuss and autograph their books.  With all proceeds of book sales going to the Aurora Foundation, SNVC also highlighted its support of the Nation’s veterans returning to college and entering the workforce.  SNVC was especially privileged to welcome Ms. Denyse Gordon, the newly crowned 2012 Ms. Veteran America!  Denyse is also a Senior Manager for Veteran Recruiting at CACI, and has been instrumental in assisting student veterans to find internship through the Aurora Internship Program.  Her recent Ms. Veteran America title is a part of  Final Salute, a non-profit whose mission is to provide homeless female veterans with affordable and suitable housing.

James Zumwalt, who has served on the Board of both SNVC and the Aurora Foundation, signed copies of his books, including:  Doomsday: Iran – The Clock is Ticking and Bare Feet, Iron Will.  He also signed copies of Zumwalt: The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell “Bud” Zumwalt, Jr., written by Larry Berman and My Father, My Son, written by Elmo Zumwalt. Each book provides a unique perspective on the role of US international and diplomatic relations over six decades, and tells the story of a family legacy deeply committed to protecting the freedoms of a nation.

Zumwalt was joined by another SNVC Board member, Chuck Vollmer, founder and author of Jobenomics.  Vollmer’s depiction of the US economy and the role small business plays is the foundation of his vision of 20 million new jobs by the year 2020.  You may follow his blog on the SNVC Thought Leadership site as he frequently provides analysis and commentary of the economy and job reports.

Providing her technical expertise to the panel of authors, SNVC’s Senior Director of Business Intelligence was also onhand to discuss the value of portals and collobarion. Tricia Wilcox-Almas is one of the three authors of Microsoft’s SQL Server 2008 R2 Analystics and Data Visualization and leading blogger for SNVC.  You’ll also find Tricia’s blog on the SNVC Thought Leadership page.  Two lucky winners were the recipients of a free SharePoint consultation with Tricia.

With over 100 people flowing through the doors throughout the evening, nearly $1000 was raised for the Aurora Foundation.  These funds will partially fund an internship for a student veteran.  A sincere thank you for all who attended the event and those who made it possible.  To view photos from the evening, please click here.

To view photos from the evening, please click here.


About SNVC

SNVC, a Microsoft Gold-Certified Partner in Portals and Collaboration, has been solving business challenges through innovative and value-based IT solutions since 1998.  We believe that when our clients succeed, we succeed.  As a veteran-owned company we are committed to supporting those who serve our Nation, build its economy and improve the lives of its citizens. Our best-in-industry Microsoft Consulting Services have also assisted small, medium-sized and Fortune 1000 clients in making strategic technology decisions that affect the enterprise as a whole.  Capabilities include content and collaboration tools, data security, information accessibility, and program support services.  Our solutions consistently help our customers work smarter, faster, and more responsively.


About Aurora

In support of Aurora’s mission to enable student veterans to successfully graduate from college and enter the workforce, Aurora offers grants to higher education institutions to support the student veteran population. Aurora has given grants for faculty training and awareness of veterans issues, one-stop shop resources for veterans on campus, veteran-only curriculum, peer-to-peer mentorship, and other needs identified by schools. The Foundation also assists student veterans with the identification of full-time, paid internship opportunities in various fields and industries. Student veterans have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in their areas of interest and gain insight into the civilian workforce. To date, the Aurora Foundation has graduated interns in a variety of industries including National Security, Finance/Banking, Law, IT, and Marketing.  To learn how you can apply for a grant, an internship or to sponsor one of our student veterans, please contact Ellen Hembree, at


Tom DeWittComment