"We were immensely pleased with the outpouring of emotion, warmth and graciousness of every single recipient," said Tom Bensen, vice chairman of the LIMOF--and in the pro audio industry, vice president of sales and marketing for Powersoft Audio and Optocore.Bensen
was on hand for the evening's proceedings, but not as a corporate entity; instead, he
was keeping an eye on it all as sound designer/technical director."This was, in my opinion, a historic event," he
...While the event ran two hours over ("That was the only mistake we made, not knowing how to time an awards show, because we're not in the business of producing them," laughed Bensen), the evening was nonetheless a crowning achievement for the crew, according to stage manager Tony Traguardo: "Considering that we had an all-volunteer crew that only had 24 hours to tech and rehearse the event, it was a big success.
concurred, naming the town and Suffolk County governments, as well as local police, as great resources, adding, "Everyone gave a lot of time and professionalism--to the point that every artist said to me, 'I didn't expect a production of this level; I figured I was were coming back to Long Island.' I told them, 'Just because you came back home, doesn't mean you have to go back in the garage!'"