Oh what a night, late April, back in 2016, what a very special time for the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, as I remember, what a night! Ok ok, that was inspired by the Four Seasons Band, but it is so fitting here! This was the 17th year gala for The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation and it was a hit! Held at The Turning Stone Hotel and Casino, on April 30th 2016 and hosted over 800 guests.
The Gala raised over half a million dollars for our community – This is Syracuse, NY, ladies and gentlemen! The Gala is one of The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation main fundraising events and all proceeds funds their grant program which supports many local organizations. Among these are: The Boys and Girls Club and Clear Path for Veterans.
There was an added bonus for Jim and Juli this year, which made their night even more special. This was the first time in seventeen years that their kids attended the Gala. One could definitely see the excitement on both of their faces throughout the night, but especially on the dance floor! Here is how the night went.
The night started with the VIP reception. The reception included pictures with Jim and Juli at “The Orange Carpet” and the opportunity for VIP guests to snap a picture with their favorite Basketball player. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres circled the room and three bars decorated each corner of the room. They definitely needed those three bars this year; that VIP room was packed! I wonder if that had anything to do with the great season the Syracuse Men’s Basketball team had? Or perhaps it was to take pictures with Juli? She looked STUNNING on that red dress.
A general reception followed the VIP reception. All guests meet and greet Jim and Juli as well as browse through an assortment of well balanced silent auction items. This included these Yankee stadium seats from the old stadium, Trevor Cooney’s sneakers, headshot packages (from your truly), high end bow-ties from J Allen Inspired to a custom stylist consultation from The Small Town Stylist, a one of a kind ring handcrafted from the #44 key to the historic Hotel Syracuse by JoJo Rings. Of course, a great variety of sports memorabilia for all those sports fans such as, a Final four signed poster of both Men’s and Women Basketball teams and a presidential picture of coach Boeheim. As you can see, there is absolutely something there for everyone to bid on, well planned.
At the general reception, guests also got an opportunity to have their picture taken with the team, a very popular attraction, I may add. This year, as predicted, the line was the longest I have ever seen it! But guests patiently waited for their turn to take their picture with their Syracuse Men’s Basketball Final four team – Go SU!
Now to my second favorite part of the night, the LIVE Auction! The Live Auction is like a comedy show, I love it!. Jim and Juli’s on stage presence and chemistry is phenomenal! Add American Sportscaster and radio personality, Dan Patrick as an emcee and well, you’ve got yourself a show!
Part of the live auction was really emotional with Pearl’s passing and Griffin’s Guardian’s story. but the fact that guests were given an opportunity to make a difference by donating to help others, definitely lightened it up. Donations from $500 to $5000 made an accumulative grand total of forty-thousand dollars raised for Griffin’s Guardians; simply amazing!Brian Hanlon, sculptor of the Plaza 44 statues and Syracuse University Football coach Dino Babers, joined the stage to auction off four replicas of those statues. Pretty cool stuff! This years entertainer was Robert Channing, America’s got talent speed painter. He wowed the crowd with three speed paintings: Syracuse Basketball Team, “Super 7” which was signed by all 7 players, Jim Boeheim, and a painting of Pearl, which Jim purchased to have on display at the Melo Center. The other two paintings were auctioned off and raised seventeen thousand dollars for the Foundation.
Now on to the Dance floor! My absolute favorite part of the night! I tell you, it gets harder and harder every year not to break my dance moves on that floor! Although the dance floor was packed, room was made for Jim and Juli to break it down and get jiggy with it!
Prime Time Horns, delivered! Coach Boeheim even gave them a shout out calling them “The best band in Central New York!” Let’s hear those Horns Prime Time!
Last, but definitely not least, M. Lemp’s Jewelers $20,000 diamond necklace raffle, what a dreamy necklace! Juli got to happily wear it, but wasn’t so happy to take it off. “What a lady what a night”
Speaking of wonderful ladies, a shout out is in order for Kelly Taylor, Foundation Administrator and event planner extraordinaire. Here is a picture of Juli, Kelly and all of the wonderful volunteers.
Thank you so much for reading! This is ana gil-taylor signing off, until next year, well unless you would like to hire me to photograph your next event.
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