The ESTA Foundation raised over $55,000 for Behind the Scenes at the recent LDI show in Las Vegas. Members of the industry supported the charity through the purchase of raffle tickets, bidding on silent auction items, and contributions including a very generous donation from Cheryl and John Cox, owners of Sacramento Theatrical Lighting.

A wide range of items were offered at the silent auction sponsored by LDI and Live Design, ranging from an original signed lightplot by Wally Russell Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Allen Branton from this year’s MTV Music Video Awards, a copy of Foundation board member Robert Bell’s book Let there be Light signed by all the interviewees, Cirque du Soleil and Disney packages, and a host of equipment and services donated by LDI exhibitors. Bidding ended on Saturday evening during the festive Viva Las Vegas LDI Awards Ceremony and Behind the Scenes Benefit. The event was open to all LDI attendees.

The raffle drew a steady stream of contributors all hoping to ride home on a 2007 Pacific Blue Harley-Davidson Sportster XL 883 motorcycle. The lucky winner was Bob Medve of Queensbury, NY. The ESTA Foundation extends a special thank you to those who helped make our presence at LDI possible including LDI and Live Design, Rose Brand, PRG, Kim Craigie, and Bill Sapsis.