With little more than a month to go, the Long Reach Long Riders have raised over $50,000. The goal for this, their 4th annual ride, is to raise $75,000 by the time the ride begins on July 29th.

The ride benefits two industry charities: The ESTA Foundation's Behind the Scenes program and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Bill Sapsis, one of the ride organizers observes, "It's great to see all the folks come back year after year and make donations. But what's even better are all the new faces this year."

Greg Williams, another organizer notes, "The riders all pay their own way so the donations go directly to the charities."

This year's ride begins in Philadelphia on July 29th and meanders through New England until August 6th. The popular trip diary will be available on the website starting July 28th after the kickoff party. To date there are 17 riders and one chase car. The riders are theatre technicians of one stripe or another and hail from around the country.