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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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!

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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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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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ana gil-taylor | Event Photographer | My recap: mr. habitat 2015

Another great event documented! “mr habitat” 2015, Syracuse Habitat for Humanity premier annual event took place this year at the Landmark Theater. Sponsored by Anheuser-BuschBizEventz, as always, put together a great event. The hallways were decked out with sample foods by local vendors such as Carrabbas, Sky Armory, and Creole Soul Cafe amongst others. Of course savory follows sweets, and Gannon’s ice cream was there to satisfy that sweet-tooth.

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Suzanne Williams, Executive director for Syracuse Habitat for Humanity, introduced Melany Littlejohn, regional executive director for National Grid to the stage.  Littlejohn  gave a nice motivational speech about the impact donations to mr. habitat make in our CNY community.   Although the main attraction of this event was its live auction hosted by Lisa Chelenza from TK99; the raffle prizes were not too shabby. It included furniture, Mackenzie Childs pottery, Head-Shot Photography packages, and etc.  

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ana gil taylor mrhabitat2015-6118Now to the main attraction: Guys got on stage to auction off their packages; and by packages I mean their contribution. Performances ranged from a break dance, where the performer did a split – my imagination automatically displayed a funny picture for me – to salsa dance where Joshua Diesti from Syracuse Dance, had Lisa Chelenza join him on stage, to a very soothing violin solo. Auction items included: Disney Hopper passes, 12 row Yankee tickets, and beer packages ( these ones were a hit) amongst others.

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There was a fun break between contestants where raffle ticket winners came on stage to claim their prize from a mystery tree. This tree was decorated by hanging envelopes which contained unknown gifts to its winners. A very fun idea.

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After all of the guys did their boogie dance a, winner was chosen based on how much money they had raised both, before and during the auction.  Scott Farnett, from National Grid was crowned mr. habitat 2015. His family (wife and children)  were so proud of him, It was so adorable I couldn’t help but ask them to join us on stage for a family portrait! ana gil taylor mrhabitat2015-6032ana gil taylor mrhabitat2015-6041ana gil-taylor mrhabitat2015-5714ana gil-taylor mrhabitat2015-6099E

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All contestants with Lisa Chelenza and main sponsor anheuser-busch

Simply put, it was a great community event which raised money for a very worthy cost, a home for a central new york family to raise their children in, which would not be possible without the support of Syracuse Habitat for Humanity and its premier event, mr. habitat.

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BizEventz and its volunteers

For more information about Syracuse Habitat for Humanity or to make a donation please feel free to visit their website.

I leave you with a couple of videos from the event:

Quick intro video of Joyl Clance from BizEventz and I before the show started.

and Lisa Chelenza and I behind the scenes before contestants came on stage

To contact ana gil-taylor Photography to document your next event http://www.anagiltaylor.com

To contact BizEvents to plan your next event  http://www.bizeventz.com

Thank you for reading! Visit soon!

ana