TDS Raises $127K for Gio’s Garden

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®) associates and vendors came together to play golf and raise money for a Dane County non-profit at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona, Wisconsin. The TDS Open, the company’s annual golf outing and fundraiser, raised $127,000 for the therapeutic respite care center, Gio’s Garden, in Middleton, Wisconsin.

“This is the largest amount that we have raised from this annual event and it’s wonderful that it’s going to help families with special needs children,” said TDS Chief Operating Officer Mark Barber.

The TDS Open has been held for more than 30 years and became a charitable event 11 years ago. The golf outing has raised more than $600,000 for worthy charities in Dane County.

“We couldn’t be more grateful to TDS for making Gio’s Garden the beneficiary of its event,” said Geoffrey Brown, executive director of Gio’s Garden. “These funds will allow us to grow as an organization and assist more families and their children.”

More than 170 people participated or volunteered in this year’s golf outing. The TDS Open has support from 40 sponsors, including platinum-level ($10,000) support from Nokia, Evolution Digital, Calix, and Salesforce. Executive level ($5,000) sponsors include ITELBPO, Covington & Burling, Sidley Austin LLP, Commscope, Amazon Web Services, Accedian, Walker, Vecima, Copilot Networks and KGPCo. Thirty-one additional vendors donated at various other levels. Money was also raised through raffle tickets, mulligan sales, and hole contests.


Media Contact: Missy Kellor | Associate Manager - Communications | TDS Telecom | 608-664-4836 |  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to a mix of small to mid-sized urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the U.S. With 1.2 million connections, TDS is a rapidly growing technology company. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 8 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs 3,400 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS]. Founded in 1969, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, broadband, video and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million connections nationwide through its businesses: UScellular, TDS Telecom, and OneNeck IT Solutions. Visit

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