Peerless-AV to Sponsor Queen of Hearts Benefit Concert at CEDIA 2017
Taking place at Humphries Concerts By The Bay on Thursday, September 7, 2017, the concert will feature Credence Forever and will bring together home installation professionals for a night of classic rock entertainment. The proceeds from the event will benefit GenerateHope, an organization offering support to sex trafficking survivors and work to eradicate the sex trade.
“We are happy to support the Queen of Hearts event,” said John Potts, president, Peerless-AV. “Bringing consumer technology professionals together during one of the industry’s key events, CEDIA, to focus on such a worthy cause is an amazing opportunity for the whole industry. We are proud to be one of the partners to give back and share GenerateHope’s mission.”
Queen of Hearts Benefit Concert Helps Female Victims of Trafficking
A growing group of companies has joined together to announce a special event and evening during CEDIA 2017 to raise the roof — and support for 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 one of the best venues in San Diego, Humphries Concerts By The Bay. The benefit features a painting exhibition by Leon Speakers’ President Noah Kaplan, Creedence Forever, the nation’s supreme Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band from Chicago, the honoring of influential women and other surprises.
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 woman, brings hundreds of industry folks together and makes a big difference to 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. In the US alone, sex trafficking of minors is the number two revenue-generating crime and a widespread problem in virtually all major cities.
Paul Starkey, the event’s originator,and host, said, “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. Recovery from the pain, anguish, and abuse these victims suffer requires intense resources. GenerateHope helps victims through long-term housing, healing, psychotherapy and education.”
John Heyman, CEO of SnapAV shared, “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.”
This kind of trafficking is a stealth issue with over 10,000 girls as victims in San Diego alone. Today, there are less than 20 beds with full rehabilitation programs in San Diego.
“We have great ways for everyone to participate.” Paul 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.”
Among the other magical things that are happening during the Queen of Hearts Benefit, 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. It’s a chance of a lifetime to own a memorable and meaningful object of art from a renowned master and help a great cause. Noah 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.