Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation Basket Ball: Event Photographer, Syracuse NY

I have had the pleasure of photographing various types of fun events, however, the Basket Ball fundraising event held by The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation has been by far the most satisfying to me.  Not only because it was extremely fun but because the Foundation concentrates on two issues which are very important to me, helping children in our community by financially supporting the Boys & Girls club and research and advocacy for cancer, specifically pediatric. The Boys & Girls club gives children a place to go after school so their minds are occupied with constructive and safe activities. I grew up in the Dominican Republic a beautiful Island full of happy people, gorgeously breath-taking beaches and history, as well as a high poverty rate. Growing up, I was lucky to have a great foundation from my parents;  My cousins were not so lucky.  They got involved in unsafe activities because they had no place to go after school but the streets.  I believe 100% that if we provide children with a safe outlet where they can be themselves, we will have amazing adults.  It was so rewarding to see how open guests were to place bids on auction items knowing the money will go towards these two very important causes. The Gala or “Basket Ball” as it was titled, was an amazing event, full of happy and well dressed guests. Jim & Juli greeted their guests as they came in;  making happy fans happier.

Jim and Juli greeted their guests as they came in.

Jim and Juli greeted their guests as they came in.

Guests also had the option of taking photos with the Basketball team, an option that was VERY popular.

Guests waiting in line to have their picture taken with the entire SU basketball team. At The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation gala

Guests waiting in line to have their picture taken with the entire SU basketball team. At The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation gala

The live auction was very animated, Jim and Juli were hilarious!

Jim and Juli Boeheim presenting at their 2014 Basket Ball event.

Jim and Juli Boeheim presenting at their 2014 Basket Ball event.

The highlight of the live auction though, was the auction of the jacket Jim Boeheim wore when he was ejected from the game against Duke.  Coach Boeheim was presented with a “tear-away” blazer which he used to re-enact the scene from the, Feb. 22nd 2014, Duke game. The jacket auctioned off for $14,000! Money that will go straight into our community!

Coach Boeheim was presented with a "tear-away" blazer which he used to re-enact the scene from the Feb. 22nd Duke game.

Coach Boeheim was presented with a “tear-away” blazer which he used to re-enact the scene from the Feb. 22nd Duke game.

Coach Boeheim was presented with a "tear-away" blazer which he used to re-enact the scene from the Feb. 22nd Duke game.

Coach Boeheim was presented with a “tear-away” blazer which he used to re-enact the scene from the Feb. 22nd Duke game.

Immediately following the live auction, X-factor runner up  Carly Rose Sonenclar performed for the guests.

X-factor runner up  Carly Rose Sonenclar performes

X-factor runner up Carly Rose Sonenclar performes

Dinner and dancing to the band, Prime Time Horns, followed.  The band played awesome music; the dance floor was packed the entire time! The crowd kept asking for “one more song” after another. What a great time.

 

Prime Time Horns, rocking it at the Jim & Juli Boeheim Gala

Prime Time Horns, rocking it at the Jim & Juli Boeheim Gala

Crowd at the Jim and Juli Boeheim Gala ask for one more song from the band Prime Time Horns

Crowd at the Jim and Juli Boeheim Gala ask for one more song from the band Prime Time Horns

The staff at the Turning Stone, from the food and beverage staff to security were very attentive the entire time. A special shout out to the security team, which is comprised of an outstanding and tight group of guys.

Part of the Turning stone Security staff  from the Jim and Juli Boeheim Gala

Part of the Turning stone Security staff from the Jim and Juli Boeheim Gala

I can’t close without mentioning the event coordinator, Kelly Taylor.  The event which hosted about 850 guests ran flawlessly thanks to her and her team.  They were all on point for every aspect of the event. Any questions I had, they knew the answer or guided me to the person who knew. It was a very nice experience working with them.

Kelly and Alicia organizing the bids

– Kelly and Alicia organizing the bids

Part of the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation volunteers and staff.

– Part of the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation volunteers and staff.

 Juli Boeheim, Kelly Taylor and I (Ana Gil-Taylor)

– Juli Boeheim, Kelly Taylor and I (Ana Gil-Taylor)

I leave you with some fun photos from the event. Also, links to Jim and Juli’s Foundation in case you would like to make donations to the Boys and Girls Club or underwriting pediatric cancer research at the Upstate Cancer Center.
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Juli Boeheim being super cute dancing on stage

– Juli Boeheim being super cute dancing on stage

 

Guests having fun!

– Guests having fun!

Part of the SU Basketball team relaxing before taking pictures with guests

– Part of the SU Basketball team relaxing before taking pictures with guests

 

Jim and Juli Boeheim being  cute dancing at their 2014 Gala

– Jim and Juli Boeheim being cute dancing at their 2014 Gala

The SU Men's basketball Team on stage at the Jim & Juli Boeheim 2014 gala

-The SU Men’s basketball team on stage at the Jim & Juli Boeheim 2014 gala

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Ana

 

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