CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Community members across the Charlottesville area are raising money to help kids become more involved in the tech industry.

Dozens gathered at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel to support We Code, Too, a Charlottesville nonprofit focused on teaching African-American and Latino children digital and tech skills.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward getting new laptops for the program.

“We have to have fundraisers like this to not only show the community the importance of having organizations like ours, but also let the community have the chance to have some fun,” Wes Bellamy, the co-founder of We Code, Too, said. “We've had a rough couple of years as of late, and we want to be able to provide ourselves with the chance to not only hear about the enrichment of the community and youth, but also have some fun.”

Proceeds will also go toward purchasing hundreds of pairs of sneakers to provide to the homeless.