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RTGX links arms with Susan L. Taylor and the National Cares Mentoring Movement
Columbia, Maryland — October 6, 2008
RColumbia’s Ross Technologies Inc. (RTGX) links arms with Susan L. Taylor and the National Cares Mentoring Movement to raise funds and mentor at-risk youth.

On Saturday September 19th, 2008, Fulton’s Trapeze Restaurant was swathed in blue, RTGX’s official corporate color.  RTGX hosted a corporate networking event and fundraiser in support of the National Cares Mentoring Movement, the organization co-founded by the Editor and Chief Emeritus of  Essence Magazine, a national publication recently acquired by Time Warner.

The event was themed the “Blue Party With A Purpose” and attendees were asked to wear something blue and enjoy an evening of live, smooth jazz, dance music and a menu of blue drinks, blue desserts and even blue door prizes such as a blue iPod Nano.

As part of the event RTGX raffled off a variety of prizes in exchange for donations to the National Cares Mentoring Movement. The evening featured a personal message from Susan L. Taylor, as well as footage from her appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show and a Public Service Announcement with a powerful message about the escalating crisis among our youth; especially calling attention to the plight of children of color and young males in urban communities.

RTGX’s commitment to mentoring includes the work of its President and CEO and Senior Executive Vice President, who are supporting the formation of the local Baltimore Cares Mentoring Chapter.  RTGX’s own Ross Cares Mentoring Initiative was launched the evening of the Blue Party and the initiative will leverage the talents and experiences of RTGX employees. RTGX’s Senior Executive Vice President and Founder explains that, “The goal is to help these children visualize who they can be and the path to get there, to dream beyond the difficult circumstances they experience as part of their daily lives and to contribute at least one brick to the efforts to build a solution to a very complex puzzle that includes, failing schools, difficult family circumstances, and exposure to media images that, in many instances, kills hopes and dreams”.

The RTGX Founders were inspired to get involved with mentoring by a chance meeting arranged with Susan L. Taylor during a summer business trip by an acquaintance and friend of Mrs. Taylor.  RTGX’s Senior Vice President says “at age 62 and with 32 years as the face and Editor and Chief of one of the major magazines for women of color, Susan’s tireless commitment and energy to saving our youth through mentorship is nothing less than awe-inspiring.”