CEDIA Event to Benefit, Honor Women A growing group of companies have joined together to announce a special event and evening during CEDIA 2017 to support female victims of trafficking.By RS Staff Published: April 18, 2017 ⋅ Updated: April 15, 2019 A growing group of companies have joined together to announce a special event and evening during CEDIA 2017 to support female victims of trafficking. Led by SnapAV and organized by VITAL MGMT, the festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, at Humphries Concerts By The Bay. The benefit features a painting exhibition by Leon Speakers’ president Noah Kaplan, Creedence Forever, a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band from Chicago, the honoring of influential women, and more. Hosts Paul and Jerri Starkey are joined by headline sponsor SnapAV, Women in CT, Leon Speakers, One Firefly, CATalyzing Communications, and numerous industry donors. VITAL MGMT has organized what promises to be a fun-filled, one-of-a-kind event that honors influential women, brings hundreds of industry folks together, and makes a difference for a worthwhile cause. Proceeds go to GenerateHope, a San Diego 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a safe place for female survivors of trafficking. “We’re counting on our friends and industry to be counted as those who give joyfully to generate funds for a safe house in San Diego County to help restore the lives of women and girls who have been victims of sex trafficking,” Paul Starkey said. “Recovery from the pain, anguish, and abuse these victims suffer requires intense resources. GenerateHope helps victims through long-term housing, healing, psychotherapy, and education.” “Giving back to the community is very important to our company, and we are proud to take a lead part in this great and worthy event,” said John Heyman, CEO of SnapAV. This kind of trafficking is a stealth issue, with estimates of as many as 10,000 victims in San Diego alone. Today, there are fewer than 20 beds with full rehabilitation programs in San Diego. “We have great ways for everyone to participate,” Starkey continued. “Donors can personally select special women to sponsor as a Queen of Hearts. This moonlight celebration will honor them before, during, and after the event. We also have a few remaining sponsorship opportunities and specially priced group ticket packages, which are available before remaining tickets are offered to general CEDIA attendees.” Noah Kaplan, internationally recognized artist and president of Leon Speakers, will create a piece of artwork that will be offered for sale via raffle on the spot. This will be followed by The Buckleys, a San Diego trio, before the headline concert and Queen of Hearts recognition ceremonies. Special tickets are available until June 8 with only 400 seats available. General tickets for all CEDIA attendees (approximately 1,000) then go on sale. Gates open on September 7 at 6:30 p.m. and the evening festivities conclude at 10 p.m. For ticket questions, information about how to nominate influential women to be a Queen of Hearts, or other sponsorship and group opportunities, please contact Paul at [email protected] or call 760.295.8998.