Each year, we sponsor Behind the Scenes at USITT’s Conference and Stage Expo by donating a gift to their fund-raising raffle. This year’s winner was Tyler DeLong, Owner/Managing Partner of DeLong Rigging Solutions. He won a Nespresso Vertuo Plus Coffee and Espresso Maker Bundle with an Aeroccino Milk Frother. Congratulations, Tyler!

Tyler chose to have his prize shipped to his lovely wife, Caitlyn. Nice move, Tyler!

Who is Tyler DeLong?
Tyler is an ETCP Certified Rigger in both Theatrical and Arena Rigging (Certification # 2771) and an ETCP Recognized Trainer. He is also a voting member of the Technical Standards Program (TSP) Rigging Workgroup. Tyler maintains his OSHA 30 and is certified in numerous man-lifts and material handlers. He earned a BA in Theatre with a Concentration in Technology from Indiana University, class of 2010. The majority of his career has been spent as a touring technician, primarily as Tour Rigger/Automation Tech. His work has taken him all over North America, South America, and Asia. In his spare time, Tyler is a lapsed rock climber, an all-around outdoor enthusiast, and he keeps an adventure blog with his spouse Caitlyn at www.amanajeepnorealplan.com.

A Little Bit About Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization established in early 2005 to create and support charitable programs for the entertainment technology industry. The charity provides financial support to entertainment technology industry professionals, or their immediate dependent family members, who are seriously ill or injured. Grants may be used for basic living and medical expenses. The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative provides tools and resources to support entertainment industry workers and promote mental health and psychological safety. To say the very least, their work is important to the industry, and it is important to us.

Behind the Scenes holds a fund-raising raffle annually at USITT’s yearly conference and stage expo. Tickets for the raffle are affordable: $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at the Behind-the-Scenes booth throughout the show. Winning tickets for nine regular prizes and one grand prize are drawn on the final day of the Stage Expo.

Thanks for supporting Behind the Scenes, Tyler. And enjoy a nice cuppa joe with your wife!