ESTA Names Winners for its Members Choice Awards, BTS Raffle

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• Created: December 4, 2009

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NEW YORK—ESTA members voted on products at the recent LDI show in Orlando, recognizing innovation in three categories: Expendable, Widget and Equipment. The 2009 winners were Rose Brand for its Robo Glue, Sapsis Rigging’s SRI ProPlus Crossover Fullbody Fall Arrest Harness and the LightConverse 3D Virtual Show Platform v40. Robo Glue from Rose Brand is a fast-setting, non-toxic water based adhesive that dries clear. It’s well-suited for bonding porous substrates to difficult-to-bond synthetic materials and retains flexibility. For more info on Rose Brand, please visit

Sapsis Rigging’s SRI ProPlus Crossover Fullbody Fall Arrest Harness meets the requirements of the ANSI z359.1-2007 standard and is specifically designed for entertainment technicians. For more info on Sapsis Rigging, please visit

The LightConverse 3D Virtual Show Platform v40 is used for integrating and visualizing multiple show related disciplines in real-time, including lighting, video, laser, pyro and DMX controlled moving objects (including trussing, sets, curtains, even actors) — all in a photo-realistic environment.
For more info on LightConverse, please visit .

Also at LDI, Behind the Scenes, the charitable initiative of The ESTA Foundation, raffled off three prizes. Rick Rudolph, who was the recipient earlier in the week of ESTA’s highest honor, the Eva Swan Award, made the random drawing and the picked the winning ticket for the $7,500 grand prize vacation. It went to Mark McKinney of Lex Products. McKinney plans to sharing the prize with his wife Tracey Cosgrove, who works for Rosco.

Ken Vannice, winner of last year’s grand prize, picked the winning ticket for the Second Prize: a $1,500 Amazon Gift Card. David Milly, the owner of Theatrical Lighting Systems in Huntsville, Alabama, won the prize.

John Gebbie of Barbizon Electric was the winner of the Third Prize, a $1,000 Amazon Gift Card.

Behind the Scenes provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured. Funds may be used for medical expenses or basic living expenses such as mortgage, rent, utilities, food, transportation, and childcare. Funds are available to anyone who has worked at least five years full time in the entertainment technology industry—whether they’re on the road or in a rental shop; they’re a TD or the head of R&D; they work in a theatre or on a cruise ship.

Behind the Scenes is an initiative of The ESTA Foundation created so industry members could support each other in times of crisis. For more information about Behind the Scenes, to donate, or to apply for a grant, visit

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