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USITT Attendees and Long Reach Long Riders Step Up for Behind the Scenes

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NEW YORK, NY-The Long Reach Long Riders and The ESTA Foundation are proud to announce the results of their joint raffle to benefit the Behind the Scenes program at the USITT conference in Houston, TX. 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 Cos LD Assistant 04
Pat Immel Field Templates SoftSymbols and Field Templates
Krystal Kennel Live Designs Broadway Master Classes
Jon Lagerquist Nolan Engineering Services Structural Master Class
Nathan Lee Vectorworks Spotlight with Renderworks
Michael Messer Le Maitres Radiance Hazer
Mark OBrien Sapsis Riggings Safety Seminar with Bill Sapsis
Amy Radebaugh City Theatricals Lightwright
Steve Reese USITT 2009 Conference Registration

The traditional pre-raffle kazoo parade kicked off the festivities on Saturday afternoon which were emceed by Bill Sapsis, one of the founding Long Reach Long Riders. Bill invited a series of special 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 $1000 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. For more information about Behind the Scenes, to donate, or to apply for a grant, visit For more information about the Long Reach Long Riders whose 2008 ride runs May 12-18, visit


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