|NEW YORK, NY — The successful Behind the Scenes initiative of The ESTA Foundation has added a new giving opportunity to further its support of those in need in the entertainment technology industry. The new Ghostlight Society is now accepting members to help support a comprehensive legacy giving program.
To kick off the new Ghostlight Society, John McGraw and Lori Rubinstein have made provisions for Behind the Scenes in their wills. John noted that, “I had a long and rewarding career in this industry as both a stagehand and a business owner. At Production Arts, my employees were like family to me and I made it a priority to try and assist those who faced illness and injury. I would like that commitment to industry professionals to continue after Lori and I are gone. I believe wholeheartedly in the mission of Behind the Scenes and I strongly encourage others who have spent their lives in this industry to join the Ghostlight Society and leave a lasting legacy of hope for those in need.“
Rick Rudolph, Chair of the Behind the Scenes Committee added, “Lori and John have been champions of the Behind the Scenes program since its inception. I am personally thrilled that they have stepped up to be the first members of the Ghostlight Society.”
The Ghostlight Society is designed to accept cash or gifts made by designating The ESTA Foundation as the beneficiary of retirement plan funds, annuity funds, or any number of tax-deductible trusts or planned giving options available to donors.
Since May of 2006, Behind the Scenes has provided over $240,000 in grants to industry professionals or their surviving family members to assist in a variety of ways including: short-term living expenses such as food, housing and utilities; and assistance with medical bills, health insurance, physical therapy, and medications.
More detailed information about the Ghostlight Society and convenient online giving options have been recently added at the Foundation’s website at www.estafoundation.org. To speak to a representative of the ESTA Foundation about becoming a member of The Ghostlight Society today, call 212 244-1421 or e-mail