ana gil-taylor event photographer: Mr. Habitat 2016 Recap

ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6780Syracuse Habitat for Humanity‘s main fundraising event to benefit Women Build, held yesterday at Drumlins Country Club, was one of their best yet.  Switching the venue was a great move from BizEventz Director, Joyl Clance. It felt a bit more intimate and there was plenty of free parking- more money for raffle tickets, ha!. LIsa Chelenza was the Emcee for the night; the woman is super funny! And of course sound and visuals by my boy Chris Tracy from Visual Technologies from on point. ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6247ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6342

The reception hosted a variety of appetizers and a cash bar with live music by the talented Michael Kelly of Slow Train . ana gil- taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6300 The Silent Auction Items included a variety of beautiful art pieces, MacKenzie-Childs goodies, and Syracuse’s Crunch packages, among others. There were also two pretty happy buckets for raffle going around full of fun..and I spotted, Life of Reilley, LOR in that bucket of happiness – Below is also a picture of Mr. Habitat 2015, Scott Farnett, doing his thing selling raffle tickets for those baskets.

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Now on to the live auction. The live Auction opened up with Lisa Chelenza introducing Suzanne Williams, Executive Director, for Syracuse Habitat. Suzanne shared a great back story of how and why Mr. Habitat got started; funny, ask her if you get the pleasure of meeting her. Here she is with Mr. Habitat 2015, Scott Farnett,

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As always, Lisa kept things moving and real on stage. The contestants were all great, but since I love to dance,  my favorites were Roberto Perez from La Familia de la Salsa, whose hips moves had the ladies screaming for Salsa lessons – It is no surprise his  auctioned package went for higher than its value.ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6453                                                                             My girl Melissa Vassenelli from Dancing with Our Stars and Redhouse’s Stephford Brunson’s, also from Dancing with Our Stars, danced a pretty great “Cha, Cha” so much fun! ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6574                                                                                                                                      Some of the other live auction items included: On-Air time  and a tour at TK99, Golf lessons with  Mark DeAngelis, Jr. from Mark Antony Homes (pretty handsome fellow),  Shawn Reidy from Anheuser-Busch had a package which included Yankee Tickets and a tour of their plant.  last but not least, 2016 Mr. HabitatAaron Santangelo, from Northland Communications who auctioned off  a great package, but all I remember  and I am sure must of the ladies, was his tech services  and handy work around the house. There was a bit of a bid war going on with the ladies, for his package; a Technician and a handyman? It sounds like a Lifetime movie doesn’t it.. ha!

ana gil-taylor_Mr Habitat 2016ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6508Eana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6729ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6722ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6786ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6758ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6768It was a really fun night, very happy to be part of this fundraising event to keep helping our community.  Below is a picture of all the contestants, accompanied by Suzanne Williams, Executive Director, Syracuse Habitat, Lisa Chelenza from TK99 and Joyl Clance Director at BizEventz.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6771                                    ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6750                ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6340                                                                                                                       ana gil-taylor_Mrhabitat2016Until next time, This is ana gil-taylor, Thanks for reading! And if you have an event coming up and would like it documented, feel free to contact me.

I leave you with a picture of yours truly  and Joyl from BizEventz before the event, and Lisa Chelenza  and I goofing off at the end of the night 🙂

Want to see more pictures from the night? Visit my website here to view the entire gallery. Have fun! XO ana

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ana gil-taylor Photography: Jim and Juli Boeheim Gala recap

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. ana gil-taylor_ Boeheim_Ball 2016-0152ana gil-taylor_ Boeheim_Ball 2016-5183

ana gil-taylor_ Boeheim_Ball 2016-5187ana gil-taylor_ Boeheim_Ball 2016-0159A 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.

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ana gil-taylor_ Boeheim_Ball 2016-0040At 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! ana gil-taylor_ Boeheim_Ball 2016-0233

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! ana gil-taylor_ Boeheim_Ball 2016-5612ana gil-taylor_ Boeheim_Ball 2016-5682ana gil-taylor_ Boeheim_Ball 2016-5430

Congratulations to Neil, Helene and Amanda Gold; 2016 Basket Ball MVP’s. ana gil-taylor_ Boeheim_Ball 2016-5357_MVP

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!ana gil-taylor_ Boeheim_Ball 2016-5597Brian 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!ana gil-taylor_ Boeheim_Ball 2016-0634  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.ana gil-taylor_ Boeheim_Ball 2016-0671

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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! 

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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” ana gil taylor_Boeheim Ball_raffle

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. ana gil-taylor_ Boeheim_Ball 2016-6128FB ana gil-taylor_ Boeheim_Ball 2016-6135FB

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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. 🙂

Here is a fun video Officially-Unofficial put together, of some of the highlights of the night. Another video is coming up soon! Let’s connect: YouTube Twitter | LinkedIn | website

 

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Are business cards in or out?

I believe they are IN one hundred percent. As an event, head shots and family Photographer, there hasn’t been an event or networking meeting I have photographed or attended, where I haven’t been asked for my business card. I enjoy interacting with people and feel that pulling out my phone to add their contact information creates an immediate disconnect. Exchange business cards, at the end of a conversation and later connecting with them on LinkedIn or via email has worked out well for me.

I purchased a super cute business card holder to keep the business cards I receive, nice and organized.  Let’s be honest, those of us who still believe in business cards spend hours if not days, designing  them to make sure it reflects our brand and looks appealing.  Storing them in style is the least I can do to give them the respect they deserve  right?

There are however, those who think business cards are dead – their views here – and there are others, like me, who agree business cards are still very relevant- their views here.  Summarizing, if you  and your audience believe in business cards, it is a no brainer or controversy. Thanks for reading!

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Brazzlebox Small Business Summit: ana gil-taylor recap

Brazzlebox, “The applied social network for small and home-based businesses” This is how Glen Zinszer, Brazzlebox founder and CEO describes it.  After having the pleasure of chatting with Glen and his wonderful communications manager Sarynna Cruz, I can confidently say, Brazzlebox is more than an applied social network for small and home- based businesses.  On November 4th, 2015 Brazzlebox put together a local event in Syracuse, NY, which touched more than social media.
The way the Small business summit was laid-out and its content is an indication that Brazzlebox has done its homework and understands small business needs, at all levels.Brazzlebox-0811

The event opened up with a great panel discussion moderated by Sarah Roche, co-founder of Platypus TV,  which touched on a variety of topics such as, the importance of a business plan, Dan Rickman, SBA, believing in yourself and faith, DeBorah Little, Lil’MorStix, being confident and using your entrepreneurial fire to fuel your way to success, Mark Dengler, Research & Marketing Strategist, Inc, be your own cheerleader, Evin Robinson, New York On Tech, be humble and open to learn from others, Mac Cummings, Co-Founder/CEO Terakeet Corporation.

After the panel discussion, there was a nice little break for networking, followed by a fun and energetic presentation by Juli Boeheim of the Brazzlebox_ ana gil taylor-0830Jim & Juli Boeheim Foundation on the importance of community involvement and the personal rewards she has gained from being part of her beautiful Syracuse community. Jim Boeheim, Brazzlebox_ ana gil taylor-0851Head Coach of Syracuse men’s Basketball  and also her husband –  surprised the crowd by coming on stage and joining Juli – agreed by saying something like this –  Donating your time to your community will pay double your dividends, guaranteed, get involved.

Glen came on stage with motivational messages for everyone in the audience;  Brazzlebox_ ana gil taylor-0888I specifically enjoyed and related to the message he delivered to students – it went something like this-  It doesn’t matter what rank you graduate in, what matters is where you want to go and what you do with that desire. Glen had success stories after success stories which certainly defined who he is and what he has achieved and has yet to.

The crowd already hyped up from all real and relate-able success stories, gave Daymond John a resounding cheer as he came on stage. His story is inspirational, reachable, funny, and thought provoking. Of the many messages he had for 1100 attendees, the one that resonated with me were, you can have all the reaches in the world, but will be the poorest man without your family. Family first! The second was, keep swimming, no matter what, keep swimming. Brazzlebox-0929_D_ana gil taylor

An enormous congratulations goes out to Brazzlebox for putting on such fantastic event for small business owners and the general public. Summarizing, below are my awesome take take-a-ways.

1.There is nothing scarier that the thought of losing your family – Family First!

2. Let your desire to success lead you to where you want to go, then do it again.

3. Community involvement leads to a great return on your investment

4. Keep swimming

5. Take crowd selfies.. ha!

I leave you with a quick video recap by Officially-Unofficial and gil-taylor Productions.

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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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