NATEAC Dinner Raises $11K for Behind the Scenes Charity

dinnersardisThe North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) dinner, held at Sardi’s, the iconic New York City restaurant, raised over $11,000 for the Behind the Scenes charity. The dinner, a popular tradition at NATEAC, attracted 150 attendees and guests.  “Needless to say, we’re thrilled,” says Rick Rudolph, chair of the Behind the Scenes Foundation.  “The generosity of the NATEAC attendees is astonishing and very gratifying.”

The dinner featured guest speaker Michael Maag, the lighting and projection designer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and one of the early recipients of a Behind the Scenes grant.

Bill Sapsis, NATEAC Director comments, “I’m very happy this fundraiser worked out so well.  I only wish we’d thought of it for the previous conferences.”

NATEAC is a quadrennial conference, held in New York City, which brings industry leaders together to discuss the issues and challenges they face when designing and building performing arts venues in North America.

Behind the Scenes, a 501(c)(3) charity formed in 2005, provides financial support to entertainment technology industry professionals who are seriously ill or injured or to their surviving family members. Grants are tailored to each individual and uses can include basic living costs, medical related expenses, transportation, and funeral expenses.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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