Shure Challenge Met, $50,000 Raised for NSCA Education Foundation

nscalogo-0713April 1, 2014 – Cedar Rapids, IA – The NSCA Education Foundation is pleased to announce that the fundraising challenge initiated by Shure Incorporated has been met, and more than $50,000 have been raised for the NSCA Education Foundation.

Shure, the world’s leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics, pledged a matching contribution of $25,000 in an effort to bolster the AV industry’s commitment to protecting the next generation of systems integration professionals. The challenge, issued in September 2013 and ending on March 1, 2014, was promoted through various industry media channels and grassroots fundraising efforts. Manufacturers and industry members stepped forward with donations for the NSCA Education Foundation, raising $15,400 by the end of February.

During NSCA’s Business & Leadership Conference, Surgex pledged to bridge the remaining gap with a $10,000 donation. With its contribution, Surgex helped the industry reach this $25,000 challenge to secure the match offered by Shure. Present for the pledge were NSCA Education Foundation Executive Director Chuck Wilson, President of Surgex, Shannon Townley, and Senior Director of Marketing for Shure Incorporated, Stephen Kohler.

“Our company has always placed a high priority on being a good corporate citizen,” said Sandy LaMantia, president and CEO of Shure. “It’s something that Mr. Shure established from the very beginning, and today remains as one of our core values. We are also deeply committed to education. This partnership with NSCA provides us with an opportunity to support the next generation of systems integrators and aid the continued growth of the commercial audio industry. We applaud our fellow manufacturers that joined us in this collaborative effort.”

Says Chuck Wilson from NSCA, “The Foundation will use the contributions to provide opportunities for individuals to become further engaged in the industry through scholarships and access to NSCA’s regional events and the annual Business & Leadership Conference.” Shannon Townley adds, “Surgex has long been a supporter of the NSCA Education Foundation, as well as a proponent of building a solid corporate and industry culture. We applaud Shure for initiating the challenge, and we are happy to be in a position to respond.”

The next major event for the Foundation and its fundraising will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 8:30-11:30PM at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Club Vanity in Las Vegas as the Drunk Unkles take the stage during InfoComm14. For more information on the NSCA Education Foundation and its activities and events, visit or contact NSCA Education Foundation Executive Director, Chuck Wilson at 319-861-8635.

About the NSCA Education Foundation

The mission of the NSCA Education Foundation, a 501c(3) charitable organization, 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 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 information regarding additional opportunities to support the NSCA Education Foundation, please visit