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Home Theater Cruise Live Auction Nets Over $50,000 for Elf

November 8, 2005 - Hollywood, CA

Somewhere at Sea - David Bott and Gary Reber, of Home Theater Cruise LLC – a company dedicated to organizing a week-long technology conference at sea for home theater enthusiasts and industry leaders – hosted the Elf Foundation for the 4th year for a Live Auction on-board Carnival’s mega-ship, Glory.

When the smoke cleared and the final bids were totaled by Debbie Stewart – official auction accountant – over $50,000 was committed to the extraordinary products and services donated by corporate sponsors and individual patrons of the Elf Foundation.

“Carol and I are especially touched by the generosity we see every year on the Home Theater Cruise,†said Elf’s founder Doug Weinstein, speaking on behalf of co-founder and Treasurer, Carol Campbell. “From our stalwart corporate sponsors, Runco International, Yamaha Electronics, Stewart Filmscreen, Lexicon, D-Box, Monster, and Denon; to new sponsors Bag End, Furman, Lumagen, DVDO, and I-deck; we realize just how fortunate we are as a charity organization. And with the surprise gift from artist Dean J. Baer, you couldn’t have asked for a more rewarding evening of fun and excitement.â€

The Home Theater Cruise’s week-long trip to the eastern Caribbean combines a 7-day vacation to ports of call in addition to days at sea when the actual conferences are held. Each evening a corporate sponsor hosts a cocktail party and the entire week seems to stretch for months, instead of days. By weeks end, when Yamaha Electronics hosted the final ‘thank-you’ party and Elf auction, people were feeling no pain. The atmosphere was perfect to wrap up a fun-filled week at sea in honor of everyone’s mutual passion for the Elf Foundation’s mission of creating magical theaters for sick children.

“I’m really glad to see so many manufacturers rallying behind Elf Foundation,†said Sam Runco, CEO of Runco International. “This is such a worthy cause and when you really step back and look at it, it is all of us who are receiving the gift of giving. I’m honored to be involved with this great cause.â€

Once again, home theater enthusiasts Gilbert and Anna Jullien were the high bidders among the high bidders. Additionally, the Jullien’s wrote a separate, sizeable check to the foundation to ensure that the night’s total surpassed $50,000.

Finally, the foundation was presented with a special work of art by renowned artist, Dean J. Baer. Entitled, “Room of Magicâ€, the impressionist interpretation of a child and their parent enjoying their own private theater experience was auctioned off at the end of the evening. Don and Debbie Stewart, of Stewart Filmscreen, were the high bidders and donated the piece to Cleveland Rainbow Baby’s and Children’s Hospital, where it will be on permanent display outside Elf’s Signature Theater opening December of 2005.

About The Elf Foundation
The Elf Foundation was founded in July of 2001, with the express mission of creating private entertainment theaters – 'Rooms of Magic' - for children’s hospitals across the country. Operating as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charity, the foundation acts as a catalyst within the consumer electronics industry and in local communities to advance their mission of bringing the magic of music and film to special kids in a time of need. To date, The Elf Foundation has opened over 40 'Room of Magic' theaters in the U.S. and is beginning work on their first Canadian projects. For more information visit www.elfSystems.org.

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