As part of honoring its commitment to charitable giving, today Insomniac made a $115,000 donation to five charities: four Las Vegas charities as well as a contribution to a national initiative with Rock the Vote. Funds raised through the annual Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), Las Vegas, helped Insomniac contribute $30,000 toward Rock the Vote in support of Spin the Vote as well as $25,000 each to the Clark County School-Community Partnership Program, University of Nevada Reno (UNR) Foundation’s Emergency Medicine Resident Research Fund and the Injured Police Officers Fund – Las Vegas. An additional $10,000 was gifted to the Speedway Children’s Charity – Las Vegas Chapter.
“I’m so grateful that for the second year in a row the success of this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas, is able to directly benefit these amazing organizations, each of which provides unique and vital services to the community,” said Pasquale Rotella, Insomniac’s founder and CEO. “Each of these groups touches our event in one way or another. Whether it’s through encouraging youth to participate in the arts or educating our fans to become politically active, we’re honored to give back to Las Vegas as well as to those who help make our event a success.”
The Clark County School-Community Partnership Program connects business and community resources with schools to enrich the educational experience and increase student achievement. It began in 1983 as a pilot program of seven schools partnered with seven businesses. Since that time, it has grown to hundreds of partnerships with programs that range from kindergarten to twelfth grade, from tutorial programs to scholarships, from science activities to fine arts programs. Insomniac’s partnership and $25,000 donation will help support, supplement and complement Arts Education Programs in Clark County public schools.
The UNR Foundation’s Emergency Medicine Department has an established gift fund called the Emergency Medicine Resident Research Fund used to support resident research activities. The physicians that planned and directed the care for the Electric Daisy Carnival are local physicians that are involved in teaching and training emergency medicine residents for the University of Nevada School of Medicine. The $25,000 donated by Insomniac directly supports this program.
The Injured Police Officers Fund (IPOF) was formed in October 1982 to help reduce the financial burden suffered by police officers and their families in the event of a line of duty injury or death. IPOF currently assists more than 8,000 officers in Nevada by providing monetary assistance to them and their families. For the second year in a row, Insomniac is contributing $25,000 to the organization’s efforts.
Making a difference in a child's life is the focus of Speedway Children's Charities. SCC strives to do this in collaboration with the non-profit organizations it supports nationwide. Individually, SCC's local chapters identify the needs of children in their communities and award grants to organizations that address them. Last December, the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities granted more than $260,000 to 46 local children's causes during its annual grant distribution ceremony. Insomniac contributed $10,000 as the presenting sponsor for their 10th Annual Drive for Charity Golf Tournament Fundraiser on June 3, 2012.
This year, Insomniac and Rock the Vote joined forces to develop and launch “Spin the Vote,” a voter registration initiative engaging electronic dance music fans across the country and encouraging them to participate in the upcoming 2012 election. The program encourages festival attendees to register to vote, receive election information and share their opinion on the importance of voting. Spin the Vote connects young voters online at www.spinthevote.org and at Insomniac music festivals throughout the year including all four Electric Daisy Carnivals, Nocturnal Wonderland and Escape from Wonderland.
The 16th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival took place June 8-10, 2012, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with an estimated 320,000 attendees throughout the three day festival. The 1,000-acre complex transformed into a fully immersive audiovisual adventure with more than 150 DJs, 500 theatrical performers and dynamic art installations creating an interactive environment along with state-of-the-art lighting and sound production and nightly pyrotechnics displays.
Insomniac’s Charitable Giving Initiative donates $1 per ticket transaction and $10 per guest list attendee to charitable organizations in the local communities where the festivals are held. In 2011, Insomniac donated $75,000 to local and regional organizations following EDC Las Vegas and more than $150,000 to communities nationwide.