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 Cincinnati, Ohio. A total of $5,236 was raised from raffle ticket sales during the three-day conference, more than doubling the $2,500 Challenge Grant issued by Sapsis Rigging. In addition, Jonathan Deull made a $1,500 donation to Behind the Scenes in support of the Long Reach Long Riders 2009 charity ride this summer, bringing the total raised at USITT to $9,236.

The winners and their prizes are:
Fred Allen – Altman Rentals Ghostlight
Shan Ayers – USITT 2010 Conference Registration
Dennis Booth – Nolan Engineering Services’ Structural Master Class
Ed Condit – Martin Light Jockey
Kacey Fisher – Live Design’s Broadway Master Class
Ben Gasper – Utah Shakespearean Festival Ticket Package
David Griffith – Sapsis Rigging’s Safety Seminar with Bill Sapsis
Karl Hoffman – Barbizon Gift Certificate
Randall Presswood – Vectorwork’s Spotlight with Renderworks
Paul Sanow – Vincent Lighting Systems Gift Certificate
Charles Smith – Le Maitre’s Radiance Hazer
Nathan Szewczyk – Field Template’s SoftSymbols and Field Templates

The traditional pre-raffle kazoo parade kicked off the festivities on Saturday afternoon with stops at specially selected booths for a private serenade. The raffle was emceed by Bill Sapsis, resplendent in a full tuxedo and sporting his just conferred USITT Fellows medal.

Before the raffle began Bill invited Paul Vincent, Kim Cragie, and Walt Weber from Vincent Lighting Systems up to the podium to be acknowledged as VLS enters the fourth year of their Behind the Scenes Workplace Giving Campaign.

All proceeds go 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.