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Monday, May 24, 2021

Eye Patch Days: Raising Awareness for Ocular Melanoma

As part of Melanoma Awareness Month, the Ocular Melanoma Foundation (OMF) is proud to support the annual Eye Patch Days to increase awareness of ocular melanoma and the need for dilated eye exams.

OMF Warriors around the globe will wear eye patches to raise awareness for ocular melanoma.

Wearing an eye patch is a great way to start a conversation with co-workers, friends and neighbors about OM and how important it is to see an ophthalmologist regularly.

Ocular Melanoma is a heartbreaking cancer that takes many loved ones from us way too soon.

We encourage you to share the memory of your special person by wearing an eye patch and spreading the word in their honor.

In Memory of Nancy Roth – a Personal Story
By Don Roth, CEO AmpliVox

On September 4, 2018, my wife Nancy Roth lost her six-year battle with ocular melanoma.

This rare disease, which occurs in 2,000 adults each year, currently has no cure in its metastatic form.

AmpliVox CEO Don Roth still gets understandably emotional about his wife Nancy’s six-year fight against ocular melanoma, which she lost in September 2018, despite countless doctor’s visits, expert opinions and treatments.

But while Roth will likely never truly get over the loss of his wife of 52 years, he’s figured out a proactive way to make the best of it by working to raise money to find a cure for the disease that took Nancy’s life at age 76.

Roth has led efforts to raise about $35,000 for the Eye Tumor Research Foundation and the Ocular Melanoma Foundation through a GoFundMe fundraising page as well as partnerships with local restaurants and neighborhood businesses near AmpliVox’s headquarters in the Chicago area.

Among the local restaurants to donate portions of their proceeds to Roth’s fundraising efforts are City Barbecue, Eddie Merlot and The Warehouse, but they’re not the only ones, he says.

"My dedication and my goal is to raise money in many, many different ways for the Eye Tumor Research Foundation," says Roth.

AmpliVox employees “have all been very supportive in every way," he says, as have the company’s customers and suppliers.

"There will always be a little hole in my heart. They fill the gap when all of these people are so supportive," says Roth.

"Our customers and our suppliers and our employees have made our lives worthwhile."

"They’ve made what we’re doing worthwhile."


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"Many of them have been very generous," says Roth, noting AmpliVox also includes information about donating to the effort on its purchase orders and invoices "to get the word out".

Roth has offered to match donations at various times as well in hopes of generating as much support as possible.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Browse the 2021 AmpliVox Product Catalog

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The versatility of our portable public address systems, elegant lecterns and integrated wireless sound systems provide the perfect complement to any presentation, indoor or outdoors, clearly reaching audiences from 10 to 10,000.

Our experienced representatives are always happy to assist customers in finding the right products, and, we offer quick response to any after-sales trouble-shooting or support.

Friday, May 14, 2021

AmpliVox Honors Nurses Week with Free Megaphone to Senior Centers

AmpliVox Sound Systems, a long-time supporter of first responders and medical personnel, salutes National Nurses Week with the offer of a free AmpliVox megaphone to senior health care centers.

"We enthusiastically salute our nation’s nurses who have done a spectacular job caring for COVID patients and protecting the public," said AmpliVox CEO Don Roth.

"One example is our friend Karen Mueller, a nurse at a Chicago metropolitan health care system. Her story is typical of so many health care workers during the past year."

"It’s been so tough," said Mueller. "During the pandemic, I have specialized in ‘vascular access,’ which means that I’ve done a lot of I.V. lines for many very ill COVID patients and seen a lot of them in serious enough condition to be put on not only ventilators, but also ECMO (Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation) machines, which basically act as artificial lungs.

And, even many patients who recovered and were released continue to feel serious after effects of the disease.

"Meanwhile, we’ve also had to deal with medical conditions that always occur, such as heart attacks, strokes, and other emergencies.

It’s been extremely tough on all health care personnel; some of them are stressed enough to have suffered their own trauma. But so many health care workers have been truly heroic."

Said Roth, "Because seniors have suffered such a disproportionate share of COVID-related problems, we want to do what we can to help senior centers."

The free megaphone is available through June 30 2021 to bona fide senior health care centers (limit one free megaphone per site, please.)

The megaphone, AmpliVox Mini-Meg Model S600NR projects strong, clear sound up to 100 yards and to those with hearing impairment.

It weighs just two pounds, has a built-in siren and fold-up handle.

It works from 4 D cell batteries, providing up to 20 hours of continuous talk time.

To get the free megaphone call AmpliVox at
(847) 404-8224 and ask for Don Roth.

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC) Gala 2021

MYAC is the largest youth music ensemble program in the Midwest serving over 900 students from throughout Chicagoland and the tristate area with the highest quality orchestral, jazz, choral and chamber music ensembles.

MYAC's outstanding faculty supports students of all ages and abilities in a challenging, nurturing and fun community focused on both their musical and their personal growth.

Its truly unique environment where students can achieve excellence, build confidence and lifelong friendships.

Students develop essential life skills and values like hard work, perseverance, team work, leadership and giving back to their communities.

MYAC is committed to diversity and inclusion and because of their donors no student is turned away based on ability to pay.

Last year MYAC provided over $100,000 in financial aid and scholarships.

In addition, their Young Music Scholar’s program provides students from underserved communities with tuition free ensemble participation, private lessons and peer mentoring.

The Gala is the most crucial night of the year to raise funds to continue this mission.

This year’s Gala celebrates the Jazz Age, a time when jazz music & dancing evolved rapidly and became wildly popular across the nation.

This year, guests participated virtually or in-person.

Highlights this year include a live-streamed jazz after-party with the Concert Jazz Band, a world premiere of the all-student virtual performance of "What the World Needs Now is Love," and a special message and musical gift from preeminent cellist Yo-Yo Ma!

The live auction was emceed by Ron Bernardi of Sunset Foods standing behind the new Capri Lectern donated by AmpliVox Sound Systems for the event.

Ron is the Family Community Service Representative for his uncle’s five-store grocery business, Sunset Foods, founded in Highland Park in 1937.

When he’s not representing Sunset in the community, you can find him raising tens of thousands of dollars for local organizations as an auctioneer—a job he fell into and loves.

For over 30 years one of Ron’s passions has been volunteering to serve as a Charity Auctioneer for numerous non-profit organizations in the communities Sunset serves.

Ron was honored to serve as the auctioneer to help raise much needed funds for MYAC.

The AmpliVox Capri Lectern is an update of one of our most popular styles - now with a sleek curved design and edge banding, its the perfect combination of style and practicality.

Made of a scratch resistant melamine laminate finish with elegant curved construction and radiused corners, for beautiful styling and durability that will stand the test of time.

Present your materials easily on the slanted reading table with paper stop, this lightweight lectern moves effortlessly on four plastic glides.

Ships flat and assembles in 15 minutes with no tools required.