May 2015

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May 2015

Conference & Stage Expo

LRLR Raise $14,000 for BTS in Cincinnati

Bill Sapsis and Lea Asbell-Swanger choose the winner of a Salt Lake City 2016 Annual Conference & Stage Expo registration.

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The Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) celebrated their 12th ride with a raffle and live auction to benefit Behind the Scenes during the USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Cincinnati in March. Sales of raffle tickets, some key donations, and BTS and LRLR-branded swag raised just over $14,000 for the charity.

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Lea Asbell-Swanger, USITT President, congratulates Katie Hughes, winner of the 2016 Annual Conference & Stage Expo registration auctioned by the Long Reach Long Riders.

Festivities in Cincinnati started off with the popular kazoo parade led by Bill Sapsis and many of the LRLR along with previous BTS grant recipient Michael Maag. The PLASA Foundation Board honored Intelligent Lighting Creations for its commitment to BTS and for its creative fundraising.

Pennsylvania State University USITT Chapter members presented proceeds from their ongoing fundraising activities, and Pledge-a-Product partners Rosco and ETC presented checks from the sales of Roscolux 359 and the iRFR and aRFR apps respectively. A.C.T Lighting became the newest Pledge-a-Product participant announcing it will donate a portion of the profits from the new dot2 series of Lighting Control Solutions from MA Lighting.

Rosco Laboratories presented its seventh annual royalty check, this year for $3,390, from the sales of Roscolux 359 Medium Violet to BTS. This brings the total donated to date to $18,348.

Bids were lively during the auction, particularly for Entertainment Rigging for the 21st Century donated by Mr. Sapsis and autographed by all the authors (one of only two such copies in existence). After a frenzied bidding war, USITT President Lea Asbell-Swanger walked off with the book. Additional auction items were donated by Brad Schiller, IATSE Local One, and Shan and Trish Ayers.

Five minutes before the raffle started Mr. Sapsis announced he would donate up to $1,000 to match the amount raised in last minute ticket sales. There was a flurry of activity and he had to pay out the full amount. The winners and their prizes are:

  • Andy Gutshall - Grand Prize, Vectorworks Spotlight with Renderworks
  • Krystal Kennel – BTS Ghostlight from Altman Rentals
  • Adam Marshall – GaffGun and CoreLok Tape from BMI Supply and Production Advantage
  • Chris Patton – GoPro from InterAmerica Stage
  • Ken Tilson – iPad mini from iWeiss Theatrical Solutions
  • Bradley Chelberg – ETC Source 4 mini portable from Musson Theatrical
  • Larry Schoeneman – PN 700-7501 Cognito PC/Uno Bundle from Pathway Connectivity Solutions
  • Robert Edmonson – ProPlus Rope Access Harness from Sapsis Rigging
  • Katie Hughes – USITT 2016 Full Conference Registration from USITT
  • Dan Vilter – $250 Gift Certificate from Vincent Lighting Systems

For more information about Behind the Scenes, to donate, or to apply for a grant, visit For more information about the Long Reach Long Riders visit

Rosco check presentation.