Phoenix, AZ – AtlasIED, a global electronics manufacturer providing comprehensive audio and security solutions for commercial markets, recognizes the importance of giving back. As part of this commitment to community, AltasIED has donated a range of AV products to a variety of organizations, the most recent being the contribution of several professional-grade microphones to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of San Diego. The microphones were part of a large-scale, $3 million renovation of the great room at the RMHC San Diego, an initiative spearheaded last year by the AVIXA Independent Technical Services (ITS) Council. The objective of the renovation, which included $18,000 in AV equipment from AtlasIED and other donors, was to provide families utilizing the RMHC San Diego with a comfortable place to relax and enjoy movies and other entertainment, and to give managers of the facility a high-caliber, comprehensive AV and presentation system to employ during fundraising events.
“We were thrilled to be a part of this wonderful project and support an organization that helps so many families,” says Gina Sansivero, Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Communications for AtlasIED. “It feels good to know that we played an integral role in creating a peaceful, enjoyable area for families to utilize while a sick child is in the hospital. What the Ronald McDonald House charities offers to families in need is remarkable, and having the opportunity to contribute to the great room remodel of the facility in San Diego was a highlight for AtlasIED.”
From the time that the great room was built, in 2009, administrators of the RMHC San Diego had rented AV equipment any time an event or presentation was planned. Now, everything they need—microphones, speakers, displays, and a method of control--is readily available, completely installed and programmed by local integrator MediaCentric, for simple operation and ease of use. In addition to two sets each of wireless handheld and lapel microphones from AtlasIED, the system in the great room includes a 180-inch screen from Da-Lite (Legrand), speakers and amplifier from TOA Electronics, laser projector from Epson, ClickShare presentation tool from Barco, switchers and converters from Extron, DVD player from Sony, DSP mixers from ClearOne, ceiling mount from Chief (Legrand), and control system with touchpanel from Crestron.
The AV equipment will be used initially during special RMHC fundraising events to evoke a more polished, professional presentation, says Avixa ITS Council chair, Mark Delguidice. “The renovation and addition of a superior AV system also affords our agency a great opportunity to offer use of the venue and the AV system to other organizations,” adds RMHC San Diego director of philanthropy Beth Van Eetveldt. “This outreach leverages our mission and exposes the larger community to the types of services provided by RMHC.” And, of course, says Van Eetveldt, RMHC San Diego plans to host movie nights, seminars, and presentations for visiting families to enjoy during their stay. “We want our great room to bring some comfort and peace to families going through their worst nightmare.”
This project marks the first time AtlasIED has contributed to the RMHC organization. However, as a member of the AVIXA ITS Council, it likely won’t be the last. “Our first initiative was from RMHC Washington D.C., in 2018,” says Delguidice. “Now that we’ve wrapped up the project for the RMHC San Diego, the Council is committed to continuing its involvement with this amazing charity, and to include companies like AtlasIED to demonstrate the power of what we can do together to help families in need.”