It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Bruce Keslar, founder and National Director of NAME this past Saturday May 17th 2008. Bruce suffered a massive heart attack and passed on at Montgomery County Hospital.
Bruce dedicated his mind, body, soul and his life to the entertainment industry. Bruce was the founder and driving force behind both the original ADJA and more recently of NAME, as well as the recipient of The Lifetime Achievement Award from Mobile Beat Magazine for his dedication and tireless work within the DJ and Entertainment Industry. Additionally, Bruce loved working as an entertainer and performed at over 2000 weddings during his 30-year entertainment career. On a daily basis Bruce continually sought to grow and enhance the DJ entertainment industry through strategic networking agreements, education, and reputable top quality entertainer benefits.
His vision and legacy lives on today thru NAME (National Association of Mobile Entertainers), which is quite possibly one of his proudest business accomplishments. NAME's ongoing growth, existing strength and responsive corporate staff are a testament to Bruce's vision and fortitude. The Association has been in the Keslar family for 17 years and will very proudly remain in the Keslar family. Carol his wife, whom many of you have most likely met at numerous conventions, will assume a more active corporate role as President. She will continue to be involved with Bruce's best intention and will continue in making Bruce's lifetime achievements grow even stronger.
Beth Price, who has been with NAME for over 7 years, will lead on a daily basis in the role of Managing National Director. Since NAME is still the only association with a full time staff, all operations, benefits and programs will remain intact and active, as Bruce would have wanted it. There will be no interruption in coverage's, renewals or new company, affiliate or corporate member enrollment. A more detailed corporate press release outlining our staff and modified responsibilities appears on our web site and an overview/tribute of Bruce's life will appear in our next magazine issue. For questions or concerns contact our national office.
Bruce left behind a loving wife, Carol, 4 children and 7 granddaughters. Family and friends celebrated the life of Bruce Keslar on Tuesday, May 27th, in Glenside, PA
In respect for the Keslar family any gifts or cards can be sent to:
349 N. York Rd. Suite 220, Willow Grove, PA 19090.
The Autism Society of America will also be accepting donations in the name of Bruce Keslar on behalf of his granddaughter whom he deeply loved.