The Long Reach Long Ridersand The ESTA Foundation are proud to announce the results of their joint raffle to benefit the Behind the Scenes program at the recent three-day USITT conference in Houston, where a total of $8,364 was raised. When added to the Challenge Grants provided by Bigger Hammer Productions, Sapsis Rigging, and Strong Entertainment Lighting, the total reached $18,364.

The raffle 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, emceed by Bill Sapsis, one of the founding Long Reach Long Riders. Sapsis 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 $1,000 check on behalf of the USITT Student Chapter at Penn State University.