CEDAR RAPIDS, IA, April 27, 2017 – The NSCA Education Foundation is excited to announce the Drunk Unkles’ first 2017 fundraiser, scheduled for Wednesday, June 14, at Orlando’s BB King’s Blues Club. Now in their 12th year of supporting the NSCA Education Foundation, the Drunk Unkles have generated more than $1 million through this annual event.
Dubbed “Being good isn’t always easy,” the Drunk Unkles concert kicks off InfoComm again this year. Tickets for the event can be picked up at designated sponsor booths during InfoComm 2017, or downloaded at www.nscafoundation.org or www.drunkunkles.com. For the first time – and thanks to the generosity of Cleerline’s Rob D’Addario – the Drunk Unkles will auction off a versatile D’Angelico guitar (pictured at left), which features the latest D’Addario strings and accessories. The funds raised from this auction will be donated to the NSCA Education Foundation.
Donations from industry professionals, manufacturers, consultant firms, dealers, distributors, rep firms, and integrators as part of this annual event have allowed the NSCA Education Foundation to establish meaningful and impactful programs, offer scholarships, and provide training opportunities for new professionals and industry veterans.
The Drunk Unkles began as a casual hobby. The band performed its first charity fundraising event to help the family of an industry peer who unexpectedly lost his life. “Through the years, the Drunk Unkles have supported our industry in a way that no other group has,” says Chuck Wilson, director of the NSCA Education Foundation. “Not only is the annual Drunk Unkles performance during InfoComm week a fun way to reconnect, but it brings in funds that allow the NSCA Education Foundation to continue to educate and support the integration industry.”
Sponsors for this year’s event include Advanced AV, AVNation, Barco, Chief, Christie Digital, Cleerline, Commercial Integrator, D’Addario, D’Angelico, Da-Lite, EloTouch Solutions, FSR, Harman, Herman Pro AV, Liberty AV, Milestone, NEC Display, rAVe Publications, Sharp, Solutions360, Stewart Filmscreen, SurgeX, Synnex, West Penn Wire, and Winsted. Their support helps fund industry programs such as IGNITE and Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS K-12).
The Drunk Unkles all-star band features Felix Robinson of AVI-SPL, “Unkle” Steve Emspak and Marc Hochlerin of Shen Milsom & Wilke, Mike Phillips of Hudson Marketing Inc., John Cardone of Cardone Solomon and Associates, and “Aunt” Lisa Wenger, formerly of Bosch Communications Systems 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. For more information, visit www.nscafoundation.org.