NCRF’s 2021 raffle to win a Luminex II writer donated by Stenograph to support the Foundation’s programs was won by NCRA member Jeannine Manny, RPR, a freelance court reporter and agency owner from Walla Walla, Wash. Manny purchased three tickets for a cost of $125 to win the machine valued at more than $5,000.
Stenograph has donated a new machine for a fundraiser raffle to benefit NCRF for the past several years. This year’s raffle began in May and ran through July 31 when NCRA members gathered together for the first time in more than a year at the 2021 NCRA Conference & Expo held July 29-Aug. 1 in Las Vegas, Nev. Tickets were available to purchase through NCRF’s Mobile Cause platform or on-site at the Conference.
“Stenograph is delighted that through the donation of a Luminex II Writer we could help so many deserving students begin their career in Court Reporting and more,” said Dan Denofsky, Stenograph’s vice president of marketing. “Students are the lifeblood of our industry, and Stenograph is totally committed to helping them become more knowledgeable and great at what they do. We look forward to our continued support of the National Court Reporters Foundation and the Association.”
Although Manny was not attending the Conference, she said she knew the raffle was a great way to give to the Foundation that is extremely supportive of the court reporting profession. Winning the machine would just be a bonus.
A court reporter for 39 years, Manny said that she is a one-woman office and is also certified to work in Oregon and Idaho, as well as Washington.
“I have regularly attended the state conferences held in Oregon and Washington, and I always come away with so much energy and enthusiasm for the profession. The last national Conference I attended was in Seattle, Wash. It was amazing,” she said.
Manny said her knowledge of the Foundation and its work comes from attending conferences and reading articles online and in the JCR and noted that she is most familiar with the Oral Histories Program, the Legal Education Program, and NCRF scholarships and grants.
“Just the idea of the Oral Histories Program is fascinating to me. It is an invaluable tool in recording and preserving the memories of veterans, Holocaust survivors, and other heroes around the world. The Making the Record seminar is of course an ideal way to educate lawyers and judges about what a court reporter really does, which makes our life easier, and they will be more likely to support and advocate for our profession,” she said.
“As a mom of a recent college graduate and two current college students, I know how much scholarships and grants make a difference in a young person’s ability to attend college. When I began court reporting school in Portland, Ore., back in the Dark Ages, it was really a great bargain, but I still needed loans to pay my way. With the need we have for more court reporters, I appreciate that the Foundation is helping to make court reporting school more accessible,” she added.
“Thank you to our leaders at Stenograph for allowing the National Court Reporters Foundation to host a raffle fundraiser for a new Luminex II,” said NCRF Board of Trustees Chair Early Langley, RMR, a freelance court reporter from Danville, Calif. “This NCRF fundraiser allows us to help position the court reporting and captioning professions for the future by providing annual scholarships, grants, and awards. We are grateful for this fundraiser, which helps us deliver on our mission.”
A second raffle held by NCRF with the winning ticket also drawn at the Conference & Expo, was a high-end Gucci wallet donated by Langley. The Clutch for a Cause fundraiser raised $3,500 to help support NCRF’s programs. Tickets for the raffle were also available for purchase via NCRF’s Mobile Cause platform or on-site in Las Vegas. The lucky winner of the clutch was NCRA member Janet Wood, RMR, CRR, CRC, a freelance court reporter and captioner from Coto de Caza, Calif.