Platinum Engineer Al Schmitt Will Chair Sound Industry Charity Tournament At Malibu C.C.Proceeds To Benefit House Ear Institute Hearing Health Programs And TEC Awards' TECnology Hall of FameWalnut Creek, CA - March 9, 2010 --- Some of the world's most renowned music producers and engineers, along with professionals from the pro audio industry's leading production facilities, manufacturers and distributors will converge for the 15th Annual TEC L.A. Open, to be held Monday, May 17, at the Malibu Country Club. Returning as Honorary Chairman is famed recording engineer Al Schmitt, a member of the TEC Awards(c) Hall of Fame and recipient of 20 Grammys (r), as well as the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the popular charity event will be sponsored for the third consecutive year by Guitar Center Professional. Proceeds of the tournament support the House Ear Institute's hearing health outreach services for audio professionals and the TEC Foundation's TECnology Hall of Fame, recognizing the most historically significant audio innovations and inventors, held annually at the AES Convention. Besides the traditional Longest Drive, Closest-to-the Pin and Putting contests, there will be a chipping contest alongside the various competitions managed by ever-popular Pin-Up Golf. Players will also have the chance to walk away with some exciting prizes, including a brand new car for a Hole-In-One. The day will conclude with a dinner and awards presentation, along with a raffle and silent auction featuring an assortment of donated audio equipment, musical instruments, wine and gift packages from sponsors and other supporters. Along with the traditional sponsorships (including Contest Holes, Box Lunch, Golf Cart, Golf Balls and 19th Hole), this year the TEC Foundation will also be offering a Cigar Sponsorship, Coffee Bar Sponsorship and an Ice Cream Sandwich Sponsorship, as well as customized Hole Sponsorships that will fit any budget. Sponsorships, foursomes and individual tickets are available now. For more information about these and the silent auction or raffle, please visit www.tecfoundation.com, TEC LA Open Registration, or contact Karen Dunn at (925) 708-0307 or via e-mail at Karen@kmdpro.com.Photo: Pictured at the 14th Annual TEC L.A. Open (l-r): Guitar Center Pro Director Rick Plushner, Honorary Chairman Al Schmitt, Closest to the Pin winner Alex Brown, and TEC Foundation president Hillel Resner. Photo: Paul Lester Photography ### The TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization founded in 1990 and headquartered in Walnut Creek, California. In addition to encouraging and honoring audio excellence through the annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards(c), the Foundation promotes hearing health in the music environment and presents annual scholarships for students of the audio and music arts and sciences. For more information about the Foundation's activities, visitwww.tecfoundation.com or contact Hillel Resner, Hillel@tecfoundation.com / 925.284.7729.