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Friday, October 29, 2021

AmpliVox Supports the North Suburban YMCA’s Community Strong Dinner Under the Stars

Each year, the North Suburban YMCA selects honorees who dedicate their time and effort to enhance the community through community support, inclusion, social responsibility, family and youth development, and encouragement for others to give back.

Like so many organizations over the past year, the North Suburban YMCA has had to adapt to the community's pandemic and post-pandemic needs in order to continue to serve its members.

Part of the Y's evolution is the announcement of its new fundraising efforts, Community Strong.

More than 165 friends of the North Suburban YMCA stepped up to support the Y's inaugural Community Strong "Dinner Under the Stars" fundraising event.

After days of transforming the NSYMCA's outdoor campus, the "Dinner under the Stars" guests were greeted with colorful decorations and balloon d├ęcor, hundreds of twinkling lanterns, and live music.

The fundraising event not only supports the NSYMCA's Financial Assistance Fund that allow the Y's programs to be accessible to everyone in the community, but also the well-being of the Y to fortify its future.

The night concluded with casino games, and a silent and live auction that included over 225 packages or items donated by located supporters and companies which alone brought in over 25% of the Y's fundraising goal.

AmpliVox Sound Systems supported the event by providing the Victoria Lectern solid wood lectern and the Platinum Digital Audio Travel Partner Plus portable pa system to play music, make announcements and presentations clearly to all in attendance.

AmpliVox is proud to be a longtime supporter of the North Suburban YMCA, including CEO Don Roth’s past tenure on the Y’s Board of Directors.

Dear Don,

"Thank you for your sponsorship support of North Suburban YMCA’s Community Strong Dinner Under the Stars", says Kathy Fielding, CEO at North Suburban YMCA.

"Your donation of the audio services for the evening made a positive impact on the event’s success. Thanks to you and our other supporters, we hit our goal that evening and that will certainly help us combat the effects the pandemic had on our Y the last year."

"In addition, the charitable dollars raised will also help in our efforts towards drowning prevention, programming for special abilities, chronic disease programs, financial assistance scholarships, and most importantly, fortifying the future of our Y.

Because of you, our Y will continue to grow strong and help so many in our community, giving them access to programs and services they need."

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Amplifying "Mingle & Munch" at the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce

The Northbrook Chamber of Commerce presented an all-new outdoor "Mingle & Munch" fundraising event featuring a variety of local restaurants and caterers serving delicious food, silent auctions, and fun surprises.

The sold out “Mingle & Munch” was a relaxed opportunity for fellow members to connect while enjoying menu samples under the spacious tent at Butterfield’s Restaurant.

The new event incorporated elements of the traditional Auction and Taste, adapted to be a safe gathering in line with COVID restrictions. The exciting silent auction items include hotel stays, restaurant cards, and special gift packages. This festive fundraiser supported the Chamber's many programs and services.

Chamber fundraisers are essential to maintaining the organization’s high level of services while keeping dues as low as possible. The cancellation of major fundraisers in 2020, followed by the inability to hold a 300+ attendee indoor Taste & Auction this year, has compounded the problem at a time when operating expenses are increasing.

"The changing circumstances around COVID have required us to be extra creative with our programming. Fortunately, our members have been very understanding and supportive," notes Program and Events Manager Katie Walther.

"Moving the event outdoors allows us to bring members together with the fun social atmosphere that has always been part of the Auction & Taste.

AmpliVox’s powerful and versatile B9254 sound system was donated to support the event, playing music, making announcements and presentations clearly to all in attendance.

The B9254 package includes the AmpliVox SW925 Digital Audio Travel Partner PA, an all-in-one system that amplifies sound from microphones, streaming devices, and other audio inputs.

It is important for the emcee to make sure that all in attendance can hear clearly and effortlessly. A portable address system facilitates an emcee to announce the items up for bid and introduce participants all while managing the fundraising event and communicating with the crowd.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Illinois Wesleyan University Sigma Chi Class of 62-63 Reunion

The Illinois Wesleyan University Sigma Chi Class of 62-63 held their college reunion this month with an intimidate dinner. The reunion offered an opportunity for the classmates to reconnect with old friends, learn about the people they have become, and remembering the good times they had together.

The founding founders of Sigma Chi recognized that a principle-driven lifestyle should be paramount in an individual’s lifelong quest to achieve progressive development.

The world in which they lived had a great need for ethical leaders whose core principles were based on the possession of remarkable character.

Sigma Chi’s story has been building on itself since 1855 and the Fraternity has changed dramatically since that time.

The foundation for a lifelong course of development that has since provided more than 300,000 students with the structure to understand how to make a positive influence on the world.

Principle-driven leaders are needed now more than ever before, and the fact that Sigma Chi makes a concerted effort to contribute to the development of such people is what makes the Fraternity so important today.

Joining a fraternity can be a rewarding experience. It can make your college life richer than you imagine with a built-in social network and an organization that prides itself on developing relationships. Strong bonds and relationships will tend to form, and periodic communications will enable you to stay in touch with your friends.

The sense of pride you have from belonging to a fraternity is a definite confidence boost. It helps your self-esteem, and it helps your self-worth. Experiences have the potential to be much richer when you join a fraternity, enriching the mind and the soul that leads to fantastic memories.

From left to right: Joyce & Dick Hood, Bill & Jackie Rapp, John Copenhaver, Ron Zehr, Pam & Emil Ludy, Don Roth, Dave & Jackie Adams, Curt Tobin, Justin Kronewetter

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Digital Mammography Imaging Benefits Women of All Ages

Mammograms are still the best tool to determine if a woman has breast cancer. A mammogram can show growths in the breast when they are too small for you or your doctor to feel them.

When breast cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat or cure. Some of the most relevant advances have been the advent of 3D mammography or breast tomosynthesis which was approved by the FDA in 2011.

Just like a three-dimensional photo is more detailed and lifelike than a 2D image, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT)—or 3D mammography—gives radiologists a clearer view of breast tissue.

And that's why this new technology has rapidly become an essential imaging tool that enhances a doctor's ability to detect early breast cancer.

Thanks to 3D mammography, radiologists can view breast images in "slices," which essentially allows them to see straight through tissue layers and makes it less likely they’ll miss an early sign of cancer.

Unlike with 2D mammograms, the 3D technology also makes it easier for radiologists to detect breast cancer that is masked by overlapping fibroglandular tissue.

Studies show that combining 3D mammograms with standard mammograms reduces the need for additional imaging and slightly increases the number of cancers detected during screening. But more study is needed to understand whether 3D mammograms may reduce the risk of dying of breast cancer more than a standard mammogram alone.

Combining a 3D mammogram with a standard mammogram can:

Reduce the need for
follow-up imaging

Detect slightly more cancers than a standard mammogram alone

Improve breast cancer detection in dense breast tissue

Additional tests for breast cancer may include an ultrasound, an MRI or, sometimes, a biopsy to remove suspicious cells for testing in a lab by doctors who specialize in analyzing body tissue (pathology testing).

Monday, October 18, 2021

AmpliVox Donation Supports Austin HS '50s Weekend Gala Reunion

AmpliVox recently provided sound reinforcement to the Austin High School Chicago '50s REUNION Week-End that was held on OCT. 1-3 at the Drury Lane Theatre Complex & the CHICAGO HILTON Oak Brook Suites hotel.

Operated by the Chicago Public Schools, Austin opened in 1876[5] as a public 4–year high school located in the Austin neighborhood in Chicago and was named in honor of Henry W. Austin, a Chicago real estate developer.

During the mid-twentieth century, Austin High was considered one of the best high schools in the Chicago area. The Austin 50's Reunion offered a week-end of fun, food, music, memories and renewing friendships.

The Reunion weekend began on Friday with a welcoming reception and an elegant sit-down dinner. Saturday was spent on afternoon activities and evening attendees enjoyed a Chicago style '50s party, celebrating the great years that they spent at Austin.

There were many surprises and gifts for everyone, including a beautiful four-color commemorative program book. Attendees visited an Austin memorabilia area containing yearbooks from every year of the 'fifties, allowing alumi to see themselves as a freshman and a senior. Sunday concluded with a "Farewell Breakfast" at The HILTON Oak Brook Suites hotel.

AmpliVox’s powerful and versatile B9254 sound system was donated to support the event, playing music, making announcements and presentations clearly to all in attendance.

The B9254 package includes the AmpliVox SW925 Digital Audio Travel Partner PA, an all-in-one system that amplifies sound from microphones, streaming devices, and other audio inputs.

The B9254 PA System is a great tool to play the greatest hits of your graduation year, plus some great nostalgic sound bites from that era -- from the news and sports, clips from the top movies and TV shows of the year, even highlights from some of the year's great old commercials.

Ken Rosco, Chair
Austin Reunion '50's Committee
Hi Don!

A HUGE THANK YOU to you and Mr. Charlie for your wonderfully fantastic donation of your time, equipment and talent to make our weekend BASH a great success!
, said Ken Rosko, Austin Reunion '50's Committee.

We have heard nothing BUT "atta-boys" for a well done gathering! You helped us tremendously in getting those GREAT comments! Plus the add'l. $$ donations that were received! WOW !!! Just an unbelievable HAPPENING!!

AGAIN, Thank you so much!

Monday, October 11, 2021

Sound Cruising with Oregon State On Top of the Beaver Mobile

The Beaver Mobile is a reincarnated bread delivery truck that now is the life of the OSU tailgating scene. The love for Oregon State not only connects the generations of alumni, but it also has created a place for everyone to meet up on game day.

Tailgating is the pre-game festivities held in the parking lots of stadiums. It's a chance for fans to socialize before the games. The name comes from when the partying was held on the tailgates of pickup trucks and station wagons.

Souped up with the AmpliVox S314 Quad Sound Cruiser
, the Beaver Mobile is now equipped to take its message on the road serving up their popular "Beaver Hot Chocolate" to all fans pre-game.

Reach audiences up to 3,000 and cover the length of a football field with strong, clear, crisp sound.

The Sound Cruiser is ideal not just for cars but for all vehicle communication needs.

The horn speakers mount easily and firmly on a vehicle roof with non-marring suction cups and butter hooks.

The powerful 50 watt amplifier lets you really crank up the sound. The amplifier can be:
  • Plugged into your car’s cigarette lighter socket
  • Or direct wire the unit to your car battery
  • Or get the optional battery pack with 10 D Cell batteries good for 200 hours of operation
  • Or optional rechargeable NiCad battery with AC Adapter Recharger

The amplifier features:

  • Dual wireless microphone jacks for multiple presenters
  • Auxiliary input for iPhone or CD player
  • Line out for recording
  • Additional speaker jacks
  • Volume and tone controls
  • There is even a siren button

For more information on the Sound Cruisers, please visit: http://www.ampli.com/car-pa-system/