ana gil-taylor : Summit Federal Credit Union Taft Rd. Grand Opening recap

One of the perks of being an event Photographer, besides meeting new people, is learning about behind the scenes projects and happenings in our community.  I had the opportunity of photographing The Summit Federal Credit Union’s Taft Road Branch Grand Opening;  They not only celebrated having a new and improved branch, but they also celebrated the community and two great organizations.  The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation got presented with a check for $6’700 and Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY got presented with a check for $10’800. 

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Jim & Juli Boeheim Foundation

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Carol M. Baldwin

 

“The money collected was a joint effort between top Taste of Syracuse sponsors during the “I Heart Orange” and “Pink Power” themed promotions.  Donations were collected from The Summit Federal Credit Union, Tops Friendly Markets and Kinney Drugs.”

Adrian Autry, Assistant Coach for Syracuse University, was present making fans pretty happy with pictures and autographs.  The Summit also raffled a 5 day cruise to the Western Caribbean!

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Adrian Autry and Summit President Mike Vadala

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a happy fan with Adrian

Others present were Ed Levine, President & CEO of Galaxy Communications  (By the way, did you know that, Mr. Levine, along with two classmates started Syracuse’s first live FM radio station in 1978? – What a legacy!)  Carrie Wojtaszek General Manager, of Galaxy Events, was also present and very excitedly shared that The Taste of Syracuse had a record breaking crowd of over 225,000 people, this year (2017).  

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The celebration ended with the ribbon cutting and lunch for its guests and employees.

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Mike Vadala – ribbon cutting

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And it is a wrap!

My congratulations to The Summit, the cruise winner, and both charities! Cheers!

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Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation: Basket Ball 2015: My recap

This year marks the Jim and Juli Boeheim foundation 16th anniversary Basket Ball.  Held at the Turning Stone, in Verona NY.

Basket Ball Gala 15-0224eNo doubt, the Gala is their biggest fund raiser. They go all out for their supporters.   Starting with an intimate VIP reception hosted by Joyce Hergenhan where about 300 VIP guests get to enjoy three open bars, delicious looking Hors d’oeuvres, and hang out with the Syracuse Basketball team.

Basket Ball Gala 15-0195Basket Ball Gala 15-0190This year they added the “Orange carpet experience” where their VIP guests, definitely dressed to impress, got to take their photo with Jim and Juli Boeheim.

Basket Ball Gala 15-0162Juli herself did not disappoint her fans.  She looked stunning in her Armani dress; without a doubt one of the most beautiful women at the Gala.

Basket Ball Gala 15-1460e2The Atrium was adorned by a great variety of silent auction items sure to please all bid ranges. From sports memorabilia to beautiful painting to handsome bow-ties and professional head shots.Basket Ball Gala 15-0258A great hit for SU Basketball fans was getting their pictures taken with the team, made even better because they got to take a hard copy of the photo home! – thanks to Best Eye Photography.

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Their live auction was one of my favorite parts at last year’s Basket Ball;  and it didn’t disappoint this year.  Jim and Juli’s stage dynamic is phenomenal already, bring in Bob Costas! – a recipe for a fun live auction! Basket Ball Gala 15-1427 Basket Ball Gala 15-1464Live auction Items included, trips to the final four, to dinner with Jim and Juli, to great Dome seats. The really fun part was the auctioned off Rakeen Christmas, Jim Boeheim, and Bob Costas’ custom made J. Allen inspired bow-ties.  All three bow-ties were signed live by Rakeem, Costas and Jim.Basket Ball Gala 15-1534Basket Ball Gala 15-1548Of course the bid war started high for Rakeem’s bow-tie! The bidder bargained well and got all three signed bow-ties for $10K. However, as Jim often does he gave away a second bow-tie, this one was a basketball themed bow-tie which also went for $10K. The energy was so great, some of the players got on the floor to help collect the bids. Great, great time.   Basket Ball Gala 15-1562Basket Ball Gala 15-0355blog

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My second favorite part was the energy of all guests on the dance floor!  Everyone was enjoying themselves so much! Guests of all ages, smiling, singing along, dancing to the great music of Prime Time Horns.  – Not even Jim and Juli could resist the dance floor call.  It was so hard to contain myself – I love to dance!!

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Basket Ball Gala 15-0516Last, but certainly not least, the raffle! Donated by M. Lemp Jewelers– a beautiful pink sapphire and diamond bracelet. It was a a bit of a nail bitter as the first number called was either in the bathroom or had already left – oops!!  The crowd around was very liberal showing their support to pull another ticket! The next ticket pulled… Jim called it a couple of times.. then one winner yelled out!…..but it wasn’t the winner either.. soooo on again.. the crowd even more energetic and hopeful cheering to pull another ticket.  A number gets pulled out one more time… FINALLY, a winner! Her smile was as shiny and beautiful as the diamonds themselves.

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At the end of the night, I am sure with tired feet, but still looking amazing, guests came out to claim their bids, and so it goes..Every guest came in happy and left happier! Their  donation goes to a great cause – to enrich the lives of kids in need as well as to support cancer research and advocacy.

Basket Ball Gala 15-0591The Basket Ball 2015 was a great success thanks to the event organizer and foundation administrator,  Kelly Taylor and her team of volunteers.  I would also like to give a shout out to the Turning Stone security team and staff it is always great to work with them!.  They are all equally helpful and a joy to work with.

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Kelly Taylor, Foundation Administrator and Gala organizer

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You can view my recap from last  year’s gala here . If you were at the Gala and would like to see more pictures, please feel free to send me an email. You can also follow me on any of these: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Thanks for reading!

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New Clothes! Children Photographer, Syracuse NY

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Who doesn’t love new clothes and shoes?! My baby girl loves photo session day because she knows that means getting all pretty with extra fancy new clothes and shoes.  I buy the clothes (The ones here are from Target) and arrange it on the table the I think they should go on.  She puts them on, in the order she thinks they should go and she has fun doing it! For example, I had a tutu skirt for her to wear with a cute T-shirt; she decided to wear the tutu skirt under her dress. It looked really cute and extra puffy.  She had so much fun with it, she started dancing and having fun. LOVE!  I no longer have to bribe her with treats after the session because the clothes are a treat on their own to her. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Emily! Family Photographer, Syracuse, NY

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There is absolutely no better compliment, to me, than a customer coming back to you over and over again.  I have been photographing Emily since she was three months old.  She came to one of my mini sessions and was the perfectly little model. We took amazing pictures of her and her family in just under 30 minutes. Now that she is two years old, she makes me work and sweat to get those cute pictures! 🙂 and we still do! Especially of those amazing dimple of hers 🙂