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NSCA Education Foundation virtual fundraiser surpasses goal

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa  – The NSCA Education Foundation announced that its first-ever virtual fundraiser, “Cheers to 20 Years,” which recognized its 20th anniversary and sought to raise funds to support its ongoing industry initiatives, exceeded its financial goals.

The stated goal was for the NSCA Education Foundation to raise $54,000. When the virtual event closed at 6:00 p.m. CST on Dec. 3, the fundraiser tally was $73,115.

“The Foundation Fundraiser was a huge success and we are so grateful to all who contributed,” says NSCA Executive Director Chuck Wilson. “Like our members, we continue to improvise to create our own success. This virtual fundraiser is a testament to our sponsors and their commitment to our channel; the strength of our community, and the generosity of our friends even in the most unusual and difficult times. We had to pivot and our membership rallied around us!”

“Cheers to 20 Years” By the Numbers

The virtual fundraiser event, led by emcee and host Tim Albright, founder of AVNation, included streaming musical acts, featuring one from renowned industry band and longtime NSCA Education Foundation fundraiser The Drunk Unkles. Live and silent auctions saw the NSCA community bidding on technology and lifestyle items donated by industry manufacturers and individuals.

All bids and donations are appreciated by the NSCA Education Foundation. Here are some of the highlights en route to raising $73,115:

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Top 10 Bid Items

  • Rolling Stones autographed Ernie Ball Music Man collection guitar (Live auction item) – $12,500
  • Rauland Technical Training Vouchers – $11,300 total
  • Cedar Ridge Bourbon Basket – $3,040
  • Panasonic PT-VMZ50U 3LCD Portable Laser Projector – $800
  • Barco Clickshare CS-100 wireless system – $700
  • Three Supervox Case Studies – $630
  • Barco Clickshare CS-100 wireless system – $600
  • Vaddio HuddleSHOT All-in-One Conferencing Camera – $540
  • Crestron UC Video Conference Smart Soundbar & Camera – $490
  • Milwaukee M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit (5-Tool) with Titanium Drill Bit Set (23-Piece) – $425

Integration Industry Steps Up

In many ways, 2020 has been about “stepping up.” In fact, the theme for NSCA’s 23rd annual Business & Leadership Conference is “Stepping Up When It Counts.” The industry most definitely stepped up to help NSCA Education Foundation, which cancelled three planned fundraising events in 2020, continue its important work.

“The NSCA foundation is thrilled to have raised $73,115 to help continue our efforts to fuel our industry with education, resources, leadership development and amazing programs like Ignite and PASS,” says NSCA Education Foundation Board of Directors President Laurie Englert. “Thank you for your support. We know these times are challenging but we will get through it together.”

The sponsors of NSCA Education Foundation’s “Cheers to 20 Years” event include Platinum sponsor Synnex, plus: Almo, AtlasIED, AV Design Group, AXIS Communications, Belden, Biamp, Bose, BrightSign, Cedar Ridge Distillery, ClearTech, Cleerline Technology Group, Crestron, domotz, Electronic Contracting Company, FSR, GreatAmerica, Harman, Herman Pro AV, Legrand, Liberty AV Solutions, Navigate, Premier Mounts, QSC, Rauland/Ametek, Roland, Sennheiser, Sharp/NEC, Shure, Solutions360, Supervox, SurgeX, TrueNorth, USAV, West Penn Wire, Windy City Wire, and Xilica.

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