What it's all about - Non Profit Spotlight

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Producing events is awesome - it's fun, creative, intense and rewarding when it all goes perfect (and it always goes perfect ;). But no type of event is more inspiring than the fundraisers; each cause motivates us to put 120% effort into their event. We want them to raise more money than ever and we feel a sense of pride when we can contribute to their bottom line.

The Louis J Acompora Memorial Foundation is an example of an amazing organization. Their story touched our hearts. Here is mission directly from their website (they said it better than I ever could have - plus, I would start crying):

While only a freshman at Northport High School, Louis Acompora was already a highly touted lacrosse goalie. As the captain of the freshman team, he was being groomed to be the next star varsity goaltender for Northport, a lacrosse powerhouse at the high school level. On March 25, 2000, in his first high school game, tragedy struck. With his parents on the sidelines, he blocked what appeared to be a routine shot with his chest. He took a few steps and collapsed on the field. The coaches and trainers rushed out and after realizing Louis was not breathing they began to administer CPR. The paramedics arrived almost 15 minutes after Louis’ collapse. They attempted defibrillation but were too late. Louis passed away. He was 14 years old.

Louis’ parents, John and Karen Acompora came to realize his death could have been prevented if the school had owned a portable defibrillator. A defibrillator revives cardiac arrest victims with an electric shock to the chest. After Louis died, the Acomporas started a grassroots campaign to raise awareness among schools and other public institutions about the importance of owning Automated External Defibrillators (AED). A simple device that would have saved Louis’ life.

The Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation was founded to ensure that similar tragedies are prevented. The Foundation is committed to seeing an improvement in sports safety with a special focus on the placement of AEDs in all schools. Over the past four years, the Foundation has made tremendous strides. With numerous public appearances, including an interview on the Oprah Show in May 2001, the Acomporas have attracted national attention to the Foundation's mission.

Last year we produced a casino fundraiser of over 750 people for the Acompora Foundation and we proudly wear the bracelets to remind us that what we do is more than fun. Please visit their site and order some bracelets or make a donation; or just be aware and inquire about the medical equipment on the sports field for your family.

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