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WHY Does Behind The Scenes STILL Have Holiday Cards?!

So, for those of you who don’t know, there is a pretty cool organization called BTS, or Behind the Scenes.  They’re always at the tradeshows, and the people in their booth are great folk.  BTS is an initiative of the ESTA Foundation, aiming to help out industry folks when they’re down and out.  BTS does a good thing, and has helped some very, very talented people get back on their feet after falling from the sky because of illness or injury.

UPDATE:  Something TOTALLY crazy, I realized today that I know a BTS recipient!!!  “Heavy Metal Mary,” as she is called, is a friend of a friend.

Right now, BTS is trying to get all of their Holiday cards ordered up – and the deadline is SEPTEMBER 8!  They have four awesome designs, all done by people working in the biz to benefit the biz.  All of the proceeds from this Holiday card sale go to benefit Behind the Scenes recipients.  I don’t know of a better way to help than this without having eleventy trillion dollars to donate, which I don’t have.

From BTS about the cards:

The 2011 Behind the Scenes Holiday Cards were created by an impressive lineup of all-star designers—Andrew Hefter, Seth Jackson, Derek McLane, and Jim Youmans—and proceeds go to Behind the Scenes, a charity helping entertainment technology professionals who are injured or ill.

Seth Jackson has designed tours for two decades for Don Henley, Jason Mraz, Hilary Duff, Melissa Etheridge, American Idols Live, Barry Manilow, Carrie Underwood, and Toby Keith, to name a few. He’s also a two-time Parnelli Award winner, and has received the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Award of Distinction.

Derek McLane is one of today’s most sought after designers, with designs seen on Broadway in this year’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Anything Goes revivals on Broadway. His design for 33 Variations won him a Tony Award, and his Ragtime and Pajama Game revivals each earned Tony nominations.

Jim Youmans has designed award-winning scenery for Broadway and other live events, as well as for television and media environments. Some of his many designs have includedGypsy (Patti LuPone) and Swinging on a Staron Broadway, as well as Matt and Ben, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Jeffrey, and The Swan (Public Theatre) Off-Broadway, among others.

A perennial favorite, talented young photographer Andrew Hefter returns with an encore performance of his popular design from 2008 in response to requests from those who missed out on this sold-out card the first time around.

Three ordering options are offered, including personalized cards with a company logo and custom message (minimum 250 cards), card packs of 10 with a standard greeting, and electronic versions to be sent via email as a jpg, gif or pdf.

Orders will be taken until September 8, 2011 to arrive by early November. All proceeds benefit The ESTA Foundation’s Behind the Scenes program. View and order cards at the link below. For more information, please contact Kacey Coffin at +1-212-244-1421 or holidaycard@estafoundation.org.

Check out the card designs – very cool:

 

…and perhaps my favorite…

Jump on it, everybody.  Help our industry help ourselves.

 

Three Rosco Charity Colors

I had no idea about this until Ame Strong from Rosco Labs informed me of the program – Rosco has three colors of Lux that, when you purchase them, create donations for charity organizations.  That is awesome.

Rosco #313 (Light Relief Yellow), #359 (Medium Violet), and #361 (Hemsley Blue) are all representative of the charities that they support.  This is a great program – Light Relief and Behind the Scenes are organizations that help to support lighting designers in financial distress, and The Hemsley Grant is an internship program with the New York CIty Opera.  These are great programs – I had no idea about these, and since I have been known to use R359, I feel great about it!

Here’s some information from the Rosco site about the three color program:

#313 Light Relief Yellow
Light Relief Charity

www.lightrelief.org.uk/

Light Relief Yellow 313 was created by Rick Fisher on behalf of the Light Relief charity, the objective being threefold; to offer additional exposure to this important endeavor, to provide a revenue stream to the charity and to offer a new color to designers everywhere.

When asked about the choice of color, Fisher said “I wanted the Light Relief yellow to be a warm late afternoon sunny color. So many yellows look harsh or acidic. Light Relief yellow is a good bridge between the pale straw shades and the ambers we use all the time”. Fisher also commented, “I am thrilled to be working with this wonderful initiative of Rosco’s to benefit Light Relief and bring about a new addition to the their color range”.
#359 Medium Violet
Behind the Scenes

www.estafoundation.org/bts.htm

Behind the Scenes provides financial support to entertainment technology industry professionals when they are ill or injured. Individuals and organizations contribute money to the program, and Behind the Scenes provides grants for emergency situations. With this initiative, our industry can make sure our colleagues are cared for when tragedy strikes.

Many people in the entertainment technology industry lack health insurance and other financial support systems that are common for professionals in other fields. Behind the Scenes helps industry members through crises, such as serious illness, injury or death by fitting each grant to the recipient’s needs. Funds can be used for medical care and living expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities, food, transportation and child care.

#361 Hemsley Blue
Hemsley Lighting Programs

www.hemsleylightingprograms.com/ob/gvh/home/

Mark Stanley, resident Lighting Director for the New York City Ballet and Associate Professor at Boston University, designed this color as a memorial to his mentor, the late Gilbert Hemsley. Mark Stanley said: “Gilbert had an extraordinary sense of color and was a particular fan of blues. We needed a blue filter similar to those Gilbert used on the older Leko’s – but updated for modern fixtures.

This new filter is a beautiful cold blue that won’t turn muddy when dimmed. It’s right out of Lake Mendota in Madison. The fact that every purchase will benefit the Hemsley Lighting Program is a gracious tribute by Rosco to Gilbert’s spirit and legacy”.