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ICIF Creates Vergauwen Fund

InfoComm International's foundation, the International Communications Industries Foundation, announced the formation of a new education fund to commemorate the career achievements of Michael Vergauwen. Vergauwen, the chief operating officer of AVI Systems and secretary/treasurer of InfoComm, died in an accident on June 28.

InfoComm International's foundation, the International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF), announced the formation of a new education fund to commemorate the career achievements of Michael Vergauwen. Vergauwen, the chief operating officer of AVI Systems and secretary/treasurer of InfoComm, died in an accident on June 28.

"Michael's dedication to the industry and to its members serves as a role model for all InfoComm members," said Randal A. Lemke, executive director of InfoComm, in a statement. "This fund recognizes his dedicated service and will help more people participate in the AV communications industry."

InfoComm officials said the Michael Vergauwen Education Fund will foster educational opportunities, enhancing the audiovisual industry's service to the public through scholarships, curriculum development, community engagement, and the promotion of careers in the AV field. Proceeds from investments in the fun will be used on an annual basis to create these new educational opportunities, while the balance will be maintained to continue to make investments in the industry.

The fund has a set target of $100,000 to begin its activities, according to InfoComm. "Da-Lite Screen Co. has graciously directed the ICIF to put their recent $25,000 NEC Best of InfoComm Award prize and their $25,000 matching donation toward the Michael Vergauwen Education Fun," said Lemke. "InfoComm has also set aside $25,000 to match additional donations. It is our sincere hope that the AV industry will be as generous as it can to help the legacy of Michael Vergauwen."

Companies and individuals wishing to contribute to this fund should send donations to: Michael Vergauwen Education Fun, ICIF, 11242 Waples Mill Rd, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22030. Checks should be made payable to the International Communications Industries Foundation. Donations will be tax deductible as provided by Section 501(3) of the United States International Revenue Code.



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