Long Reach Long Riders Raise Money to Benefit Behind the Scenes

NEW YORK – The Long Reach Long Riders and The ESTA Foundation have announced the results of their joint raffle to benefit the Behind the Scenes program at the USITT conference in Houston.

A total of $8,364 was raised during the three-day conference. When added to the Challenge Grants provided by Bigger Hammer Productions, Sapsis Rigging and Strong Entertainment Lighting, the total reached $18,364.

The winners and their prizes are:

  • Lori Baruch – Altman Ghostlight and Barbizon Gift Certificate
  • Pete Happe – Utah Shakespearean Festival package
  • Patricia Helsel – D&D Software Co's LD Assistant 04
  • Pat Immel – Field Template's SoftSymbols and Field Templates
  • Krystal Kennel – Live Design's Broadway Master Classes
  • Jon Lagerquist – Nolan Engineering Services' Structural Master Class
  • Nathan Lee – Vectorwork's Spotlight with Renderworks
  • Michael Messer – Le Maitre's Radiance Hazer
  • Mark O'Brien – Sapsis Rigging's Safety Seminar with Bill Sapsis
  • Amy Radebaugh – City Theatrical's Lightwright
  • Steve Reese – USITT 2009 Conference Registration

The traditional pre-raffle kazoo parade kicked off the festivities on Saturday afternoon and was emceed by Bill Sapsis, one of the founding Long Reach Long Riders. Sapsis invited a series of guests to pull the winning raffle tickets, including USITT President Sylvia Hillyard-Pannell, Rich Wolpert who had just completed a 754-mile bicycle ride in support of Behind the Scenes, and Michelle Kokal, who had just presented a $1,000 check on behalf of the USITT Student Chapter at Penn State University.

All proceeds of the raffle go directly to The ESTA Foundation's Behind the Scenes program, which provides entertainment technology industry members with grants for emergency situations, such as serious illness, injury or death.