Always a highlight on the summer channel social circuit is distributor Tech Data Canada’s annual customer appreciation party, and this year’s bash on Thursday was no exception.

While another large crowd once again packed the Guvernment nightclub on Queen’s Quay to have a good time, which for once didn’tconflict with Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, in what hasbecome an annual tradition for the Tech Data party, everyone also didsome good.

A $10 donation was collected at the door, and Tech Data Canada’s Rick Reid and Frank Haid presented a cheque for $12,000 to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. A former Sick Kids patient who is a cancer survivor was also on hand to speak about her experience, which was a nice touch.

Over the last few years, Tech Data Canada, along with its vendor anddistributor partners, have raised over $200,000 for charity through theannual summer bashes. Always great to see the channel community givingback.

It wasn’t all serious business though. Ever After was the theme thisyear and a cast of storybook characters roamed the club to pose forpictures, including Snow White and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. And avariety of fun props were also available at the door, from pirate eyepatches to fairy wings.

And then, of course, there’s the entertainment. This year the headliner was Suzie McNeil,whom you may recall as one of the finalists from the CBS reality seriesRock Star: INXS. She sang a few original tunes as well as a number ofcovers that the crowd enjoyed, including Bohemian Rhapsody and HungryLike The Wolf.

A great job as always by the Tech Data team. Looking forward to next year already.

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