The Wally Russell Foundation announced that the LDI2006 trade show and Live Design magazine have made a donation to the Foundation at the Platinum Circle level. The nonprofit organization relies on donations by industry companies and individuals to move it forward as it supports the LA Opera internship program, Broadway Master Classes, and the Safety Certification Program. It also sponsors the Wally Russell Award, which honors outstanding lifetime achievement in entertainment technology. Richard Belliveau was this year’s honoree.

The annual LDI trade show attracts more than 400 companies and more than 13,000 attendees annually, the a chance to view and review the latest in cutting-edge entertainment technology. The show features a week-long educational conference, live sound exhibits at ET Live!, and a glimpse behind the entertainment scene during Backstage Orlando. The 2006 LDI will take place in Las Vegas, October 16th through the 22nd. For more information on the 2006 LDI trade show, visit www.ets-ldi.com.

Live Design magazine, launched in December 2005, merged Lighting Dimensions, Entertainment Design, and SRO magazines to create a new creative and technical journal focused on live entertainment in lighting, staging, and projection. Each issue provides designers, programmers, and technicians with tips and trends, news and reviews of the latest gear, reports from the field, and industry viewpoint and commentary. For more information on Live Design, visit www.livedesignonline.com.

Wally Russell’s friends and business associates created the Wally Russell Foundation in 1992 to honor the memory of Russell–a visionary in lighting design, product innovation, theatre design, technical direction, and general management–whose frequently unrecognized impact on the profession was profound. Russell helped bring about the first computer controlled lightboard; brought automated lighting to the LA Opera as their technical director; and designed many theatres, including the modernizing of Buenos Aries’ Teatro Colon.

The Wally Russell Foundation Board of Directors are Donna Appleton, Phil Bernard, Rusty Brustche, David Cunningham, Tom Folsom, John Howe, Larry Kellermann, Philip O’Donnell, Richard Pilbrow, Brian Russell, Glen Russell, Robert Schiller, Jennifer White, John Wiseman

Donations can be made to the Foundation in the following levels:
Wally Patron: $2,500 and above
Platinum Circle: $1,000 to $2,499
Gold Circle: $100 to $999

Donations can be sent to:
The Wally Russell Foundation
2615 South Santa Fe Avenue
Los Angeles, Ca. 90058