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NCRF raffle winners announced

Colleen Platt, RPR, Lincoln Park, N. J., a freelance court reporter, was the lucky winner of a new Luminex shorthand machine, which was donated by Stenograph and raffled off by the National Court Reporters Foundation at the 2015 NCRA Convention & Expo in New York City. The machine, which is the latest release by Stenograph, is valued at more than $5,000.

“I appreciate all the Foundation does to promote and foster our reporting profession. I was very happy to see Stenograph donated their newest writer for the raffle because I felt it would be a great draw to sell tickets,” said Platt. “I never dreamed that I would actually win!”

According to Stenograph, the Luminex was reinvented to deliver the lightest and thinnest writing machine in the company’s history, at 3.5 pounds and 2.5 inches thick. For more information about the Luminex, go to

“The Foundation is very appreciative of Stenograph’s generosity each year to help support NCRF’s work,” said B.J. Shorak, NCRF Deputy Executive Director. “On behalf of the NCRF Board of Trustees, we thank Stenograph for its long-time support,” she added.

“After looking at the sleek design and all the color combinations, I kept coming back to basic black. The color is traditional, but the new design has a modern twist.  I can’t wait to try it out,” said Platt. “Of course I’m very excited to have won the grand prize Luminex writer.”

John Garnett of YesLaw was the winner of a one-of-a-kind, handmade quilt also raffled at the convention. The quilt was made and donated by NCRA member Jane LaPorte, of Columbia, S.C. The “Past Presidents” quilt featured more than 100 different fabrics to create a pattern of whimsical characters including women with bikini tops and men with bowties.

Together, the two raffles raised more than $13,350 to help fund the array of programs that NCRF supports.

For information about how to support the work of NCRF, contact B.J. Shorak, NCRF Deputy Executive Director, at 800-272-6272, ext. 126, or