Music – the true universal language. As one of the first loudspeaker companies in America, Klipsch has been making premium speakers and finding sound solutions for consumers and professionals since 1946. Now Klipsch cranks up the volume another notch as a proud sponsor of 24 Foundation.
The relationship between Klipsch and 24 Foundation started a few years ago when Rich Doppelfeld, VP of Global Human Resources, was invited by a friend to participate in the Charlotte event. He was so inspired by the enthusiasm of the riders that when 24 Foundation announced it was expanding to Indianapolis, Rich shared his Charlotte experience with Klipsch President and CEO, Paul Jacobs. After hearing the exciting story and the passion 24 Foundation had to fight cancer, Paul knew Klipsch had to be involved.
“You get a true understanding of the importance of sponsoring and participating in 24 Foundation at the start of the event,” said Paul. “The race director asks the riders to raise their hands if they or someone in their family has been affected by cancer and almost every hand is raised.”
The 2012 inaugural event in Indianapolis gave Klipsch the opportunity to get involved with 24 Foundation on many levels. They formed a team, sponsored the event, distributed Klipsch in-ear headphones as giveaways, and provided fundraiser contest prizes, including a KMC 3 Wireless Music System.
Klipsch employees are a community of their own and have a deep bond over music, often gathering outside of work to share their musical talents. Not to mention, Klipsch has an awesome research and development department where employees can express their creative side creating cool audio products. They are also deeply committed to supporting charitable causes, including 24 Foundation. This year Team Klipsch is 25-plus members strong.
“24 Foundation has been adopted by the entire Klipsch organization,” Paul said. “It provides an opportunity to raise money to fight cancer, but also promotes true team building, esprit de corps and healthy living. This event creates a positive feeling at Klipsch and our employees, families and friends look forward to participating in the annual 24 Foundation ride.”