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AVAD Adds to the Magic in South Florida

HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA March 3, 2005 The continuous and tenacious efforts of the Elf Foundation to create more Rooms of Magic – special theater rooms for sick children across the United States – has paid off handsomely in Pompano Beach, Florida with the assistance of some truly special Elves. The new theater room will bring boundless joy and happiness to a very needy group of children at the Broward Childrens Center.

Elf Foundations founder and president, Douglas Weinstein couldnt be happier with the spectacular support of everyone involved: For more than a quarter of a century, Broward Children`s Center has been a special place for special children. When Jim and JoAnn McGowan of Good Sounds made us aware of the challenges these kids face in their daily lives, we knew we had to help, and we also knew just who to turn to for local support.

With Good Sounds providing all of the design and installation work on a pro bono basis, The Elf Foundation sought out long-time advocate and AVAD’s managing director, Joe Piccirilli, for assistance. AVAD partners jumped at the opportunity to support this project with InFocus generously providing a ScreenPlay 7205 projector, Harman Kardon supplying an A/V receiver and DVD Player, while ProFlex donated the necessary cabling for the installation. To complete the theater, other manufacturers also contributed with NHT supplying a powerful 5.1 speaker system, and Niles donating an IntelliControl touchscreen remote for maximum system operation.

We are very excited to have teamed up with the Elf Foundation to create a Room of Magic, especially in our own backyard, commented Joe Piccirilli. Having the privilege to play a small part in bringing joy to the lives of these very special children is a truly remarkable experience, and an even greater reward for those who are involved.

Management of the project for The Elf Foundation and AVAD was entrusted to Good Sounds of Margate, Florida, a home theater and whole-house solutions provider. Jim and JoAnn McGowan are strong supporters of the center: These severely challenged children have such a tremendous need for outside stimuli, said JoAnn. We have it in our power to bring the magic of the movies to these kids and Jim and I cant thank the Elf Foundation, AVAD and partners enough for underwriting our project.

Opening dedication ceremonies were held February 19, 2005 and the joy and laughter was contagious. Unlike their typically developing peers many of the children we serve cant easily enjoy a quick trip to the local cinema, so The Elf Foundation and its partners bring that important quality of life experience to them, said Center CEO, Marge Evans. The Elf Foundation has given these children and children around the country a very special gift, the gift of the delight and simple joy movies can provide.

About AVAD, LLC.

AVAD, LLC is the most complete home integration solutions provider in the United States. Its in-depth technology offering of the most trusted names and progressive continuing education programs provide all the support necessary to design and implement complete home solutions. AVAD stocks products for home theater, lighting controls, distributed audio/video, central vacuum, and more for just-in-time delivery from each of its 26 locations nationwide. With complete technical training and certification for industry hallmarks like CEDIAs Installer Level I Certification, AVAD is unparalleled in its commitment to expanding dealers businesses and profits.

AVAD exemplifies this concept with the Dealer to Builder (D2B) program, which links members of its 9000+ dealer corps with homebuilders across the United States to outfit new homes with in-demand, cutting-edge electronic systems.

Product lines that AVAD distributes and supports include Aprilaire, Atlantic Technology, Belden, Bose, Carlon, ChannelPlus, Coleman Cable, H-P Products/Dirt Devil Central Vacuum Systems, D-Link, Draper, Fujitsu, Harman Kardon, Lutron, Marantz, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., NetStreams, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Panamax, Panasonic Audio/Video, Panasonic Phones, Peerless, Philips, Polk Audio, ProConnect, ProFlex, Replay TV, RTI, Samsung, ScreenPlay by InFocus, Sharp, SharpVision, Spaun USA, VisionArt, Universal Remote Control, and more.
For more information about AVAD and its services, visit their website at or contact Joe Piccirilli at (954) 484-3221 or

About The Elf Foundation

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The Elf Foundation is a 501 c 3 non-profit charity created in July of 2001 whose express mission is to create Rooms of Magicprivate entertainment theaters n childrens hospitals across the country. The foundation works as a catalyst within the consumer electronics industry in an effort to rally support from A/V retailers, electronic systems contractors, manufacturers, distributors, trade organizations, media and others who wish to give something back to their local communities. To date, the Elf Foundation has opened 34 Room of Magic theaters in the U.S. and is beginning work on their first Canadian projects.

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