So, for those of you who don’t know, there is a pretty cool organization called BTS, or Behind the Scenes. Â They’re always at the tradeshows, and the people in their booth are great folk. Â BTS is an initiative of the ESTA Foundation, aiming to help out industry folks when they’re down and out. Â 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: Â Something TOTALLY crazy, I realized today that I know a BTS recipient!!! Â “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! Â They have four awesome designs, all done by people working in the biz to benefit the biz. Â All of the proceeds from this Holiday card sale go to benefit Behind the Scenes recipients. Â 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 designersâ€”Andrew Hefter, Seth Jackson, Derek McLane, and Jim Youmansâ€”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’sÂ How to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingÂ andÂ Anything GoesÂ revivals on Broadway. His design forÂ 33 VariationsÂ won him a Tony Award, and hisÂ RagtimeÂ andÂ Pajama GameÂ 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 includedGypsyÂ (Patti LuPone) andÂ Swinging on a Staron Broadway, as well asÂ Matt and Ben,Â Hedwig and the Angry Inch,Â Jeffrey, andÂ The SwanÂ (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 atÂ +1-212-244-1421Â orÂ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the card designs – very cool:
…and perhaps my favorite…
Jump on it, everybody. Â Help our industry help ourselves.