April 2016

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April 2016

Conference & Stage Expo

LRLR Raise $15,000+ for Behind the Scenes in USITT Raffle

The Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) celebrated their upcoming ride through the Desert Southwest with a raffle and live auction to benefit Behind the Scenes during the USITT 2016 Conference & Stage Expo in Salt Lake City. Sales of raffle tickets, some key donations, and sales of BTS and LRLR-branded swag raised over $15,000 for the charity.

USITT 2017 registration winner Casey Covey

Minutes before the raffle, Bill Sapsis announced he would donate up to $1,000 to match the amount raised in last-minute ticket sales. Reid Neslage from H&H Specialties stepped up with another $1,000 to double the incentive. There was a flurry of activity as the crowd responded and made Bill and Reid pay out the full amount.

The winners and their prizes are:

  • Grand Prize, Vectorworks Spotlight with Renderworks, won by Ella Lemos
  • BTS Ghostlight from Altman Rentals, won by Heidi Bowers
  • ETC Source 4 Mini Portable from BMI Supply, won by Kim Pelle
  • 360 Degree Spherical Panorama Camera from InterAmerica Stage, won by Aria Grosvenor
  • LDI 2016 Conference Registration (from LDI), won by Michael Ekema-Nordella
  • $250 Gift Certificate from Oasis Stage Werks won by Dave Mickey
  • Electrician’s Tool Kit from Production Advantage, won by Lori Baruch
  • $250 Gift Certificate from Sapsis Rigging, won by Robert Haycock
  • PK Grill & Smoker from Stageworks, won by Chelsea Bannan
  • USITT 2017 Full Conference Registration (from USITT), won by Casey Covey

BTS gives special thanks to USITT for making its presence at the show possible; to Moe Conn, Kim Craigie, Mark and Ali Heiser, and Bill Sapsis, for their invaluable help; to the donors of all the fabulous prizes; and to all who bought raffle tickets, auction items, and swag.

All proceeds go to the Behind the Scenes charity which assists entertainment technology industry professionals or their immediate family members who are ill or injured.