WISE: Owera Fundraiser recap

Sponsored by KeyBank, WISE Women’s Business Center, a resource for local women entrepreneurs, held its first fundraising event on Wednesday, May 16th at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia, NY.  Funds from this event will benefit many of the programs WISE Women’s Business Center offers which includes, business training and counseling. 

Guests were greeted by the warming Joanne Lenweaver, WISE, WBC Director,  the beautifully and brightly dressed Alexandra Waterbury, WISE WBC Administrative Specialist, and Pragya Murphy, Chair of the Development Committee for WISE WBC.

Of course, since it was a wine tasting fundraising event, deliciously and refreshing looking wine awaited all of the lovely guests and their friends.

 

I really enjoyed photographing this event, not only because it was invigorating and motivational, but because I got to meet and reconnect with great women leaders as well as say hello some old friends.
Besides the great networking mentioned above, the live testimonials from clients had the crowd and myself excited and inspired – notice the excitement on the bartender’s face in the background as Tina Jacobs owner of Devine Gardens, in Morrisville, NY showed samples of the packaging before counseling with WISE  and after.   Debbe Titus, owner of Half Moon Bakery, in Jamesville, NY also shared how the center’s services had and still has a tremendous impact on the success of her business.  
Overall, this event was not only great to photograph but very informative as I not only left excited about the awesome pictures I captured, but more educated about what WISE Women Business Center does for women in this community.  Below some  facts/statistic about the center’s impact in our CNY women’s lives and the community at large. 
– Since its inception, twelve years ago, WISE Women’s Business Center has trained over 10,000 and counseled over 2,200 women in our community, which has contributed over $155 million in gross revenues.
– WISE Women’s Business Center has helped start close to two-hundred new businesses and assisted a little over one thousand existing businesses.
Organizations such as KeyBank actively support the center and this year alone, has invested over thirty-thousand dollars which allows WISE Women’s Business Center to  enrich their current services and continue offering networking events such as this one. 
For more information about WISE Women Business Center and their services, please visit their website at:
To view more pictures from this event: WISE, Wine Tasting and Fundraising Event Photo Gallery
To hire me to photograph/document your next event or to update your headshot,  please visit my website: www.anagiltaylor.com or call me at 315.263.8996
To watch Officially-Unofficial video about WISE Women Business Center annual symposium, click play on video below

Thanks for reading! 
– ana
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Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation: 19th Basket Ball recap

The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation Basket Ball, also known as #theboeheimball or the Gala, was held on Saturday, April 28th at the Turning Stone.  This was the Foundation’s 19th year holding the Ball.  With seven hundred guests and half a million dollars raised, there is no doubt their vision to help the community and its children has stayed as clear as it was when the organization first started.   The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, supports not only cancer research and advocacy, but at risk children in our community. The Basket Ball, is their main fundraising event, which over the last nineteen years, has raised seven million, it all stays here in our CNY community.  Allow me to “show you” a recap of the night….

The VIP reception, there is something about having three open bars, stocked with top shelf liquor at a very intimate reception.  Guests are greeted by Jim and Juli at the Orange Carpet, where they get the opportunity to have their pictures taken with them.  Guests get to take their picture home, the same night; not too shabby.  As if three open bars and pictures with Jim and Juli wasn’t enough, VIP guests also have the opportunity, to use those expensive phones, to take selfies with their favorite player and even chat with them; It is a very relaxing atmosphere.  The General reception, immediately follows the VIP reception and Jim and Juli are ready to meet their guests at the General reception right at 6p (this is very impressive – It is a hike, and there are not airport cars there, just saying! ) Props to the event coordinators! Ok back to the recap.

The General reception is very active, at this reception is where everyone one meets, where reporters are seen interviewing the coach, guests get the option of having their picture taken with the entire Syracuse Men’s Basketball team, they get to mingle with old friends, make new friends, check out Silent Auction items, enjoy drinks (two bars at the general reception) and hor’dorves, as well as taking selfies with Jim and Juli at the greeting area.  Can you believe that even with all of this going on, I can still find you to take your picture!? I am good, just saying! 🙂

Let’s move onto the program! LIVE Auction

As it is tradition, to fans delight, the Syracuse Men’s Basketball team shared the stage with Jim and Juli.   It was, at least to me, super cute to see the player’s shy faces as Jim, highlighted each one of them and their accomplishments this 2018 season.  A part of the night which deserves a great and heart-felt mention is the honoring of former Administrative Assistant, Kelly Seubert.   Jim and Juli shared how they will keep Kelly’s memory alive: Not only was she honored with a patch on all game uniforms, for the season, the coaching staff wearing a commemorative pin designed to look like the patch, but also donations which were made to the foundation instead of flowers (Kelly’s wish) were used to build medical supplies cabinets. 

Kelly’s husband and sons.

These cabinets, which were custom built and display the letter “K”, will be stationed at hospitals and will include various supplies to make hospital’s patients stay, a bit more comfortable. Donations were also made at the live auction to keep these cabinets stocked and distributed to local hospitals.

This year’s emcee’s were Associate Head Coach, Adrian Autry and Assistant Coach, Gerry McNamara.  Live auction items included, Dinner with the Legends of SU Basketball, 2018 NBA Finals Game w/Private Charter, which auctioned off for forty-thousand dollars, and my personal favorite, a Turks & Caicos Vacation (visit link to see all live auction items: https://basketball18.auction-bid.org/microsite/items).

How cute is this!?

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Jim & Juli lighting it up with their guests

The night continued to my favorite part, dinner and dancing! It is so energizing to see couples of all ages boogie down! Prime Time Horns, owns it every year! Even Jim and Juli can’t resit the sound of those horns!   It is a great, great time. AND………. that open bar stays active until the end of the night! Just saying…

Although I have been photographing the Basket Ball for five years now, I am always surprised at how smoothly this event runs.  All transitions are seamless, from the VIP reception to dinner and dancing, to bids collection and distribution.  Shout out to Kelly Taylor, former Foundation Administrator and Rachelle Luckette, Foundation Administrator, and of course, to the volunteers for all they do to make this event run so smoothly.  It is great working with all of you!  

Last but not least, Shout out to the Turning Stone Staff! It is sooo great working with them; anytime I have a question, there is always someone around to happily answer it. Love working with them as well. 

Thank you so much for reading! Until next time!…, oh wait, wait… click —> For more pictures of the Gala and/or to watch a video recap by the #BoeheimBall entertainment team (Jackie Terribile, The Small Town Stylist, Nikki Poles, J Allen Inspired and myself, ana gil-taylor)

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Behind the scenes: Momprenuer, Annie Taylor

It is 7:30a. Floor do not dare to creak – I demand…

I have memorized every creak in my house, a twister champion has nothing on me.  I Tip toe as high as a ballerina in her first major performance.  I stop and listen as I make it to the last step; Yes!! I made it without her waking up!

My stomach dares to make hungry noises – I grab a piece of fruit; peaches have been my favorite lately – And I am ready for my two hour “follow up” marathon before my little one wakes up.. Ooh… the momprenuer diaries!

You are reading, momprenuers of CNY second blog in the series of five.  In July, I featured my good friend and  Personal Trainer, Hannah Salomon – you can read that blog here. This month I am featuring a momprenuer who has her time well balanced between work and life. Our behind the scenes photo shoot was at 8:45a – time chosen by her- and her house was spotless, two of her boys were already at camp and her youngest one was dressed and fed!!  AND she looked as vibrant and graceful as one of her designs. What in the world!?

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Who is this momprenuer?  Annie Taylor from Annie Taylor Design a designer who has mastered the use of pastel colors and typography, to bring all of us pastel lovers, beautiful designs.

ana gil-taylor momprenuers-0043I got to see how Annie makes things happen! Surrounded by her two 4 legged children and her youngest human. It was so familiar to experience her behind the scenes as she tried to work around her little one.   She would start working on something and had to start and stop numerous times to help her little one with something, eventually she got it done.

One aspect of Annie’s business philosophy I love most is her gentle encouragement to keeping hand-written cards/notes alive.  I LOVE writing cards/notes as well as receiving them. My day gets extra bright when I receive a hand-written note from my customers telling me they love their family portraits.  Here is a picture of some of my daily dosage of love.  It is an instant, pick me upper.

ana gil taylor hand-written notesWhen was the last time you mailed a handwritten note? When was the last time you received a handwritten note? Isn’t that a wonderful feeling? So simple, yet so impactful.  I always look for reasons to write notes, and reasons are plenty!   I had Annie custom design Thank You cards for me using my favorite pastel colors. I get my favorite stamps, my favorite pen and away I go writing thank you and birthday notes.

Hope you have enjoyed this blog post. Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for our video interview with Annie Taylor where she will share with all of us moms and momprenuers, how she manages to keep a happy business and a happy home while still taking care of herself (because let’s face it, that balancing act is the toughest!).  She may also teach us a thing or two about dressing up your hand-written cards/notes!  Remember to subscribe to be notified when the live interview is posted!

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Love,

ana

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