USA - The Behind the Scenes Happy Hour, hosted by PLASA, was the biggest pre-LDI party of the year, with over 400 guests attending. Twenty-three sponsors donated towards the event, and all proceeds were able to go to the Behind the Scenes charity, totalling over $18,000.

Event co-chair Steven Way, President of ALPS, said, "Our entire committee was very pleased with the new 'happy hour' format for this PLASA event. Our sponsors really stepped up, allowing us to expand the food and drink offerings, reach a wider audience of industry professionals and as important, present the Behind the Scenes charity with a wonderful donation. Many attendees said this was our best event with amazing networking and they look forward to next year."

"It was a terrific night and it was great to see the industry show so much support for the charity. The support was fantastic and I was all smiles knowing how many people in our industry this would allow Behind the Scenes to help. A special thanks to all of the sponsors," said Rick Rudolph, chair, PLASA Foundation.

The Behind the Scenes Happy Hour took place on 20 November, 2014 from 6pm-8pm at the Westgate Las Vegas (formerly the Las Vegas Hotel.) PLASA would like to thank the sponsors: 4Wall Entertainment (Diamond), Altman Lighting (Diamond), CHAUVET Professional (Diamond), I.A.T.S.E. (Diamond), LDI (Platinum), Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. (Platinum), Ultratec (Platinum), Barbizon Lighting Company (Gold), PixelFLEX (Gold), RC4 Wireless (Gold), Stage Equipment and Lighting, Inc. (Gold), TOMCAT USA, INC. (Gold), Total Structures (Gold), TRUSST (Gold), Heartland Scenic Studio, Inc. (Silver), iWeiss Theatrical Solutions (Silver) LEX Products (Silver), Alan Rowe & Tristan Smith (Silver), Sapsis Rigging Inc (Silver), Shepard Exposition Services (Silver), Stan Pressner (Silver) and Mike Wood Consulting, LLC (Silver). Official media sponsors: Lighting&Sound America and Protocol. Event lighting was donated by A.C. Lighting, Inc.

The goal of Behind the Scenes Happy Hour was not only to throw a great party but to raise money for the Behind the Scenes charity, which provides financial support to entertainment technology professionals when they are ill or injured or to their surviving family members. Funds are granted which can be used towards medical care, basic living costs and funeral expenses. Behind the Scenes, an initiative of the PLASA Foundation (formerly the ESTA Foundation) brings help and hope in times of great need.

(Jim Evans)

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