Drunk Unkles Event Breaks Industry Fundraising Record at InfoComm 2018

The NSCA Education Foundation announced 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.”

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.

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Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..