Final Countdown for #SQLFamily Gives Back

There are only a two days left until the New Year, which means your last chance to submit a #SQLFamily story and contribute to the Pragmatic Works Foundation drive is fast approaching. All submissions are due by December 31st, 2011 at 11:59pm PST, and there is still an opportunity to help us reach our goal of $20,000 in donations.

We are so touched by the stories and the generosity of the #SQLFamily. Keep the stories coming!

Whether it’s passing a friend on an escalator, or making a big move, the #SQLFamily comes together to spread joy during the holiday season and beyond.

Check out some of this week’s contributions:


By Wil Sisney (blog ǀ twitter)

“I recently made the very difficult decision to move from my long-time home in Phoenix, Arizona, up to Bellevue, Washington. I’m near the Microsoft campus now, and I’ve already had the chance to participate in some spectacular training events I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to attend. But here’s why our #SQLFamily is so awesome: from the moment I mentioned on Twitter that I planned on moving to Washington, the SQL Server community here welcomed me.”

What is #SQLFamily?

By Tim Mitchell (blog ǀ twitter)

“SQL Family is needing 30 minutes to walk the 150 yards from the hotel entrance to the elevators because I keep bumping into people that I know. It’s knowing that I’ll never ride the escalator without passing a few friends going the other way. It’s the assurance that I’ll never again be that guy in the hotel room at 9pm wishing I was still engaged in the event.”

@Mike_Fal (blog | twitter)


@willtonic (twitter)


@NikoNeugebauer (twitter)


Join your colleagues by submitting your story today in one of three ways:

1. Email your story to
2. Send a tweet to @SQLServer using the #SQLFamily hashtag
3. Post to our Facebook wall and begin your post with “The SQL Family…”

If you’ve already submitted, we give big thanks and ask you to encourage some of your other colleagues to join in. There are less than 48 hours left!

Keep those stories coming,

– The SQL Server Team