CEDAR RAPIDS, IA, June 13, 2018 – The NSCA Education Foundation is excited to announce that the Drunk Unkles’ first 2018 fundraiser, held on June 6 at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas, generated $102,800 in industry support through a mix of personal donations, sponsorships, and a live auction – the highest dollar amount in Drunk Unkles history!
Close to 1,200 fans gathered on the opening night of InfoComm to cheer on and thank the Drunk Unkles – who received NSCA’s Volunteer of the Year award this year – as they rocked to raise money for important NSCA Education Foundation initiatives like IGNITE and PASS K-12.
Thanks to Cleerline’s Rob D’Addario, the Drunk Unkles auctioned off a Music Man guitar with an authenticated signature from guitarist Albert Lee, featuring D’Addario strings and accessories. Funds generated from the auction were donated to the NSCA Education Foundation.
Since they first came together 16 years ago to help the family of an industry peer who unexpectedly lost his life, the Drunk Unkles have generated well over $1.2 million for the industry through this annual fundraising event.
“The cause was well received, as always, and greatly appreciated by the industry,” says Chuck Wilson, director of the NSCA Education Foundation. “The crowd was great, the Drunk Unkles were terrific, and it all made for an awesome night. We provided an experience for everyone who attended – and all the money we made goes directly back to our industry.”
NSCA thanks its supporters, including Atlas IED, Audio Incorporated, AV Brands of Legrand, AVI SPL, Barco, Belden, Biamp, Bosch Communications Systems, BTX, Cleerline, Evoko, FSR, Harman, Liberty AV, Milestone AV Technologies, Navigate Management Consulting, NEC Display Solutions, Solutions360, Stewart FilmScreen, SurgeX, Synnex Corporation, West Penn Wire, and Winsted Corporation, for making this event possible.
The all-star band features Felix Robinson, “Unkle” Steve Emspak and Marc Hochlerin of Shen Milsom & Wilke, Mike Phillips of Hudson Marketing, John Cardone of Cardone Solomon and Associates, and “Aunt” Lisa Wenger, formerly of Bosch and now with the Lisa Wenger Band.
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.