Home Theater Enthusiasts and CE Manufacturers Get Together at Annual "Technology Conference at Sea" to Support Children's Charity
May 13, 2007 Somewhere at Sea in the Caribbean - Once a year, a group of home theater enthusiasts, CE industry manufacturers and technology experts get together for a week to enjoy each other's company and discuss the very latest technology trends. The cool thing about this conference is that it's done aboard a cruise ship, combining one's passion for consumer technology with a fantastic vacation among friends and colleagues. And to say thanks to each other, the final night is dedicated to a farewell party and live auction that benefits the Elf Foundation, a non -profit charity that brings the magic of music and film to sick children.
During the 2007 Home Theater Cruise™, the live auction generated over $70,000 thanks to the generous contributions from a who's who listing of the top brands in the industry, including Runco International, Yamaha Electronics, Stewart Filmscreen, Monster Cable, Primare, Triad, Microsoft, Sencore, Equi -Tech, Imaging Science Foundation, Design Cinema Privee, Vizionware, Datacolor, Niles Audio, and Anchor's Away Cruise Center. An evening with jazz vocalist Nicole Henry was a special surprise auction item, along with signed DVD's from acclaimed cinematographer Allan Daviau and video guru Joe Kane. And HD -DVD's provided by Warner Brothers and Blu -Ray DVD's from Sony, highlighted an evening filled with good vibes and generous spirits.
This year's voyage to the Caribbean was the sixth annual cruise and during the thank you party it was announced that the 2008 Home Theater Cruise™ would be sailing from Seattle on May 30 for a spectacular week's cruise to Alaska aboard Celebrity Cruise's elegant Infinity oceanliner.
"We're incredibly fortunate to have so many dear friends who support Elf and our work in children's hospitals," said foundation president, Doug Weinstein. "The annual cruise is a great way to catch up with old friends, hear the latest in technology news, and also to raise awareness and funds for our Room of Magic theater program."
The brainchild of the Home Theater Cruise™ is David Bott, co -founder of the web's largest home theater on -line community, avsforum.com. Along with his Home Theater Cruise™ partner Gary Reber, publisher of the enthusiast magazine Widescreen Review, David has successfully created a relaxed environment with the perfect mix of tech talk and casual vacation enjoyment, combining the enthusiast's love of home theater with a mix of the industry's most notable celebrities.
"We have been a supporter of the Elf Foundation since their inception and for us, it's really a no -brainer," said David Bott. "What better place could we possibly envision the use of the technology we all love than a place that takes care of sick children? The Elf Foundation has over 60 Room of Magic theaters up and running and we are proud to help play a part. They have been our official charity from the first time I meet Doug and talk about the foundation 5 years ago."
The donated items at auction ran the gamut of audio, video and technology products. Longtime Elf Foundation patron and Home Theater Cruise™ Platinum Corporate sponsor Sam Runco of Runco International summed up the evening's festivities. "It's really great to see all of us all come together to support such a worthy cause. We'll continue to do anything we're asked to help Elf continue to build these theaters across the country. I think it's really neat what they do and I want to thank David and Gary for their ongoing support as well."
About The Elf Foundation
The Elf Foundation was founded in July of 2001, with the express mission of creating private entertainment theaters - 'Rooms of Magic' - for children's hospitals, shelters for abused children, autism centers, and children's rehabilitation centers throughout North America. Operating as a 501 (c) 3 non -profit organization, the foundation acts as a catalyst within the consumer electronics industry and in local communities to advance their mission of bringing the magic of music and film to special kids in a time of need. To date, the Elf Foundation has opened over 60 'Room of Magic' theaters. For more information please visit www.elfsystems.org
About The Home Theater Cruise
Home Theater Cruise was founded in 2002 and includes a mixture of presentations and panels from industry leaders, technologists, and knowledgeable practitioner which tales place aboard a luxury cruise ship. Attendees can network and learn from home theater equipment manufacturers, display technologists, screen designers, DVD and HD creators, copy protection and A/V interface experts, studio representatives, acoustic scientists and practitioners, audio futurists, filmmakers, and experienced surround sound applications engineers. For additional information please visit www.hometheatercruise.com.