The NSCA Education Foundation is excited to announce the Drunk Unkles’ first 2019 fundraiser, scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, at BB Kings in Orlando. Now in their 14th year of supporting the NSCA Education Foundation, the Drunk Unkles have generated more than $1 million for the industry through this annual event.
Donations from industry professionals, manufacturers, consultant firms, dealers, distributors, rep firms, and integrators as part of this annual event allow the NSCA Education Foundation to establish meaningful and impactful programs, offer scholarships, and provide training opportunities for new professionals and industry veterans.
This year, all proceeds will go to Ignite, an initiative established by the NSCA Foundation. Ignite works to generate interest in communications technology by connecting local high school and college students with manufacturers, dealers and integrators like you to spark imagination and encourage students to consider new career paths in our industry.
Dubbed “Light it Up!” as a toast to the Ignite initiative, the Drunk Unkles concert kicks off InfoComm this year. Tickets for the event can be picked up at designated sponsor booths during InfoComm 2019, or downloaded here.
The band performed its first fundraising event 17 years ago to help the family of an industry peer who unexpectedly lost his life. Not only is the annual Drunk Unkles performance during InfoComm a great party and a fun way to reconnect, but it more importantly brings in funds that allow the NSCA Education Foundation to continue to support the systems integration industry.
Sponsors for this year’s event include Atlas IED, Audio Incoporated, Barco, Belden, Biamp, Cleerline, FSR, Harman, Hudson Marketing, Legrand, NEC Display Solutions, Shure, SM&W, Stewart FilmScreen, SurgeX, Synnex Corporation, West Penn Wire, and Winsted Corporation.
The all-star band features Felix Robinson, “Unkle” Steve Emspak and Marc Hochlerin of Shen Milsom & Wilke, Mike Phillips of Hudson Marketing Inc., and “Aunt” Lisa Wenger, formerly of Bosch Communications Systems and now with the Lisa Wenger Band. On June 12, a number of special guests will also be welcomed, including Mark Peterson, Billy Larson, Anthony “Rooster” Genovese and Rob D’Addario.
Ignite, an initiative established by the NSCA Foundation, works to generate interest in communications technology by connecting local high school and college students with manufacturers, dealers and integrators like you to spark imagination and encourage students to consider new career paths in our industry. Ignite is committed to the promotion and awareness of opportunities to attract the next generation to the communications technology industry and fill the funnel with qualified candidates. For more information, visit www.igniteyourcareer.org.
About NSCA Education Foundation
The mission of the NSCA Education Foundation is to advance educational opportunities by providing scholarships and awards to assist existing professionals and those pursuing careers within the low-voltage electronic systems integration industry. The foundation is committed to the growth of the industry by providing access to the best education and latest techniques available. The NSCA Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, promotes and engages current and future electronic systems integrators in educational experiences to enhance the growth, professionalism and business skills needed in the electronic systems industry. For more information, visit www.nsca.org/nsca-education-foundation.