Over the course of the past ten years, the Elf Foundation has installed 92 Rooms of Magic entertainment theaters in children's hospitals across North America with donations valued at over $5,000,000.
The foundation’s founder and president, Douglas Weinstein, has worked to ensure that 98 percent of all contributions are spent directly on the program’s service mission, which is to bring the magic of music and movies to special kids and their families in their time of need.
“The foundation’s achievements reflect the generosity of our industry — a group that has embraced this magical way to give back to the community,” said Douglas Weinstein, president of the Elf Foundation. “Every level of contribution is worthy of our gratitude and we thank our 2011 Platinum sponsors, Crestron, Monster Cable, Runco, Sonance, and Stewart Filmscreen, along with the many industry Special Elves, the unsung heroes of this foundation and our industry.”
The Elf Foundation has touched the hearts of the CEDIA channel and the even larger consumer electronics industry, through manufacturers’ product donations and the design and labor contributions from regional ESCs (Electronic System Contractors) and dealers. The CEDIA organization was the first recipient of the annual Elf Foundation Volunteer of the Year award and the foundation has traditionally saluted their support with a cocktail party at EXPO to extend their appreciation. As always, long-time donors and new friends of the foundation are welcome to network from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9, in Sagamore Ballroom 6. This year’s event will showcase Brush & Bass, thanks to a new partner and donor: Leon Speakers.
“The tough economy has taken its toll on everyone over the past few years, and, understandably, donations have been harder to come by,” said Weinstein. “Keeping that in mind, we knew we had to get really creative to kick start fundraising for our 93rd theater and beyond — and that’s where the fine folks at Leon Speakers come in."
Noah Kaplan, the president of Leon Speakers, as well as a talented artist, plans to entertain during the event by painting a mural in front of the crowd, set to the music of bassist Adam Roberts. An intrinsic hobby of Kaplan’s, painting for charity has raised more than $50,000 over the past 5 years. The finished piece of art will be auctioned off online post-CEDIA, via the customers of CEDIA channel dealers; 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Elf Foundation.