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INDUSTRY | Charity
Custom Industry Stays
Connected to the
Some ways
integrators,
suppliers and
others donated
time, product and
services for great
causes this year.
Edited by
Arlen Schweiger
EVERY YEAR around
this time, CE Pro
likes to highlight how the
custom industry has given
back to local communities
and other charitable
causes. Here's a sampling
of some ways we've been
'Connected to the Community'
in 2021.
Tommy's Place
Offers AVFilled
Escape
for Families
Managing Cancer
Diagnoses
WHEN THE FIRST GUEST
family showed up at Tommy's
Place in Falmouth, Mass., in
July 2021, a decades-long
dream finally came to reality.
Designed as a retreat for
local Massachusetts families
dealing with childhood
cancer diagnoses, the Control4-automated
11-bedroom
19th-century inn on Cape
Cod offers a one-of-a-kind
vacation destination for
entire extended families.
From the backyard's
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restored 1951 fire engine, lifesized
chess board, SunBrite
outdoor TV and Episode
surround sound to the game
room and the " stargazer "
room complete with space
suits, a telescope and a
constellation-themed ceiling,
Tim O'Connell, founder of
the Tommy's Place charitable
organization, has transformed
the once-neglected
building into an impressive
accommodation that's more
like an amusement park.
" The goal of Tommy's
Place is to provide a yearround
retreat where families
of any means can enjoy a
truly care-free week with
non-stop entertainment for
kids, " says O'Connell.
" It's so important to let
these kids be kids, and
so valuable to help emotionally-stretched
families
make joyful memories, that
I couldn't even wait for it
to be fully finished before
opening for our first visitors.
The amount of donated
labor, materials, technologies
and community involvement
required to bring Tommy's
Place to life reflects our belief
that families dealing with
Community
childhood cancer deserve a
destination vacation even
if they can't take the whole
family to Florida or California. "
While the home's renovation
and design was a
years-long project, major new
components were still being
added just weeks before the
July launch. According to local
CE pro Adam Zell of Boston
Automations, what began as
a service call to troubleshoot
a TV turned into a six-weeklong
charitable project to
outfit the entire home with
donated smart home equipment
from Snap One.
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