The NSCA Education Foundation announced its third virtual celebration to raise funds for Ignite, an industry initiative focused on attracting and retaining next-generation workers in the commercial-integration industry. According to Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based NSCA, “Be the Spark” is a completely online experience being held on Dec. 8, 2022, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm CT.
Tim Albright, founder of AVNation, will host the upcoming event. Joining him live are NSCA CEO, Chuck Wilson; NSCA director of workforce development, Jeff Kindig; and other industry special guests. “Be the Spark” will kick off with a virtual happy hour. Here, attendees can prepare their beverage of choice and get ready to enjoy the evening, says NSCA.
Fundraising Through Auctions
Funds raised during “Be The Spark” will support scholarships, internships and resources to help the Ignite program continue to attract new talent to the commercial-integration industry. Live and silent auctions will also help the NSCA Education Foundation reach its fundraising goals. NSCA notes that for “Be The Spark,” auction items will include spectacular trips and amazing gift packages. Some of these include
- Ultimate Pro Sports Fan Getaway: a trip for two to the winner’s choice of an MLB, NBA, NFL, or NHL regular-season game
- Trip to Athens, Greece: a trip for two to visit the city’s beautiful hillsides, vistas and temples
- Lotto Gift Package: 30 lottery tickets of various values
- Design Your Own Vans: customize a pair of Vans sneakers
- Harman AKG Lyra USB Microphone: professional-sounding audio for creative projects — from live streams to recording music
The auction site goes live for bidding on Nov. 29 at 8:00 am CT. However, according to NSCA, attendees can view auction items now. The site also adds new prizes every few days. At that time, attendees will be able to bid on auction items. They can also make tax-deductible donations to the NSCA Education Foundation through the online auction portal.
Building The Pipeline of Future Workers
“Labor issues continue to be top of mind for almost every NSCA member as they face worker shortages and look for unique ways to retain workers,” adds NSCA CEO, Chuck Wilson. “Ignite is dedicated to closing the gap between students and our industry by making sure up-and-coming generations know about the career opportunities in technology. ‘Be the Spark’ will help Ignite raise funds so it can continue to build a pipeline of future workers to keep our industry strong.”
NSCA thus invites all industry professionals and guests to attend “Be the Spark” to enjoy the entertainment, learn more about Ignite and the NSCA Education Foundation. For more information about the event or to donate, contact content and events manager Emma Oldenburg.