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.
Guests also had the option of taking photos with the Basketball team, an option that was VERY popular.
The live auction was very animated, Jim and Juli were hilarious!
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!
Immediately following the live auction, X-factor runner up Carly Rose Sonenclar performed for the guests.
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.
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.
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.
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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