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Crowd gathered on Saturday, March 17 for the Behind the Scenes winners to be announced during the closing hours of Stage Expo in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Long Reach Long Riders
Successful in Phoenix

The Long Reach Long Riders and the ESTA Foundation announced the results of their joint raffle to benefit the Behind the Scenes program at the USITT Conference & Stage Expo in Phoenix, Arizona. Over $7,800 was raised during the conference.

The winners were picked on Saturday in the exhibit hall. The winners and their prizes are:

  • Maia Robbins-Zust, safety inspection from ECCS
  • David Chapman, ghostlight from Altman Rentals
  • Matthew McKinney, leather shirt from the Long Reach Long Riders
  • James Davis, Broadway Lighting Master Class from Live Design
  • Paul Horpedahl, duffel bag of swag from ETC
  • Bret Reese, $250 gift certificate from Vincent Lighting Systems
  • Alexander Flinner, leather jacket from Apollo Design Technology
  • Jayson Adamsen, spotlight with RenderWorks from Vectorworks
  • George Doukas, Structural Master Class by Shawn Nolan from Entertainment Structures Group
  • Steve Shelley, $250 gift certificate from Barbizon, who then donated it to the Ko Festival in Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Mike Dorough, the Sapsis Rigging booth "Gizmo," which he sold to David Loftin
  • Chris Taylor, Safety Seminar by Bill Sapsis from Sapsis Rigging
  • David Smith, Mark II DMX Coffee Pot from Doug Fleenor Design

Challenge Grant donations added $10,000. I. Weiss, Inc. of Long Island City and Sapsis Rigging, Inc. each offered a $5,000 Challenge Grant bringing the total amount raised to $17,800.

All proceeds from the raffle and the Challenge Grants go directly to the ESTA Foundation's Behind the Scenes program. Behind the Scenes provides financial support to entertainment technology industry professionals when they are seriously ill or injured. The program was created by the ESTA Foundation so industry members could support each other in times of crisis.

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