CEDAR RAPIDS, IA, April 18, 2016 – The NSCA Education Foundation is excited to announce the first and largest Drunk Unkles fundraiser of 2016, scheduled for Wednesday, June 8, 2016, from 8:30 pm to 11pm at Las Vegas’ Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel. In its 11th year of supporting the NSCA Education Foundation, the Drunk Unkles have raised more than $1 million through their various fundraising efforts.
Dubbed “Obsessed with Vinyl,” the Drunk Unkles will play to provide funding and raise awareness about a new industry-wide program: Ignite. Ignite arms integration firms and consultants with marketing and promotional materials that can be used at job fairs and shared with students and young professionals considering a move to the commercial technology industry. Free concert passes can be picked up at designated sponsor booths during the first day of InfoComm16, or downloaded after May 1 by visiting www.nscafoundation.org or www.drunkunkles.com.
Monies raised from industry professionals, manufacturers, consultant firms, dealers, distributors, rep firms, and integrators as part of this annual event have contributed to the NSCA Education Foundation’s ability to establish meaningful and impactful programs, offer scholarships, and provide training opportunities for new professionals and industry veterans.
The Drunk Unkles began more than 11 years ago as a way to help others. The band performed its first charity fundraising event to help the family of an industry peer who unexpectedly lost his life. “The Drunk Unkles have supported the industry and its members by sharing their talent at great venues for more than decade,” says Chuck Wilson, NSCA Education Foundation director. “This annual Drunk Unkles performance, held each year, has grown to become one of the most popular must-attend networking events held during InfoComm week.”
Sponsorship of this annual fundraising event will be used to fund the new industry workforce development program – Ignite. In addition the great work done by the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS K-12) co-founded by NSCA wouldn’t be possible without this financial support.
Sponsors to date for this year’s event include Advanced AV, AV Nation, AVTEQ, Barco, Chief, Christie Digital, Cleerline, Commercial Integrator, Da-Lite, FSR, Harman, IVCI, NEC, rAVe Publications, Solutions 360, Stewart Filmscreen, SurgeX, Synnex, West Penn Wire, Whitlock, and Winsted.
The Drunk Unkles’ features industry insiders Felix Robinson from AVI-SPL, “Unkle” Steve Emspak of Shen Milsom & Wilke, Marc Hochlerin of Longman Lindsey, Mike Phillips of Hudson Marketing Inc., John Cardone of Cardone Solomon and Associates and the talented “Aunt” Lisa Wenger along with some very talented special guests.
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.nscafoundation.org.