It was like a quick trip to Silicon Valley, minus the $20 extra-foam lattes and smarmy college dropouts, when Boston’s technology and venture capital community turned out for TUGG Makes Boston, hosted by the nonprofit Technology Underwriting Greater Good.
Held at the Innovation and Design Building, the 11th annual wine and tequila party featured a steampunk theme and was built around a competition between six nonprofits whose representatives offered guests their best elevator pitches. At the end of the night, everyone voted for the two winning teams by using a casino chip, but before that, there were sliders, hot dogs and sushi to inhale, two kinds of tequila and various wines to chug, a slamming DJ to get down to, miniature beach balls to lob through the air and a shockingly good-looking crowd to ogle.
Present and accounted for: TUGG managing director Elizabeth Dobrska and her culture vulture husband, Brendan Ciecko, liquor mogul David Gordon, real estate mack daddy Stephen Davis, United Way babes Susan Dickason and Dahlia Cox, hail-fellow-well-met Charles Veysey, Gallic fun boy Eric Jausseran, the super-suave Jas Bhogal, startup upstart Bryce DelGrande, beautiful blond do-gooder Kelley McNamara and one guest who said, “I feel like the only person here who didn’t go to MIT. Plus, I’m wearing pearls and I don’t live in Somerville, so I’m not a hipster.”
Similarly, one woman wondered, “How many of these guys do you think ride their bikes to work 365 days a year?” to which her friend responded, “All of them. And then they have the same exact burrito for lunch.” At that point, their male friend piped in: “Maybe. But they can all kick our asses at foosball and pingpong.”
Meanwhile, the night’s winning charities, Media Girls and Resilient Coders, took home checks for $50,000 each. But the evening’s snarkiest remark came from the person who listened to one of the pitches and walked away saying to his friend, “So, what? They teach people not to be dicks?”