The Behind the Scenes Happy Hour, hosted by PLASA will go on sale to the public on September 2, 2014. The biggest pre-LDI party of the year will take place on Thursday, November 20, from 6pm-8pm at the Westgate Las Vegas (formerly The Las Vegas Hotel). Tickets are $50 each and includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and music, and all proceeds go to benefit the Behind the Scenes charity, the only industry charity that provides grants to ill or injured entertainment technician professionals. $30 of each ticket is tax deductible, and tickets are expected to sell quickly.
Current sponsors for the Behind the Scenes Happy Hour include: 4Wall Entertainment (Diamond), Altman Lighting (Diamond), CHAUVET Professional (Diamond), I.A.T.S.E. (Diamond), LDI (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.
The goal of Behind the Scenes Happy Hour is not only to throw a great party but also 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. At this time, it will replace the Rock Our World Awards and Cocktail Reception.