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Rays of Hope: Goddess Night

So I'm a little behind on blogging.  I usually try to blog things within a couple of days, and it's killing me that I am about a week behind.  This far behind on blogging, you can imagine how far behind I am on editing!  But I wanted to post these as soon as I could.  A little over a week ago, I was invited by my new friend at Baystate, Barb Turcotte, to a lovely 5 course dinner at the Log Cabin, to benefit Rays of Hope.  It was an absolutely beautiful event and the food was delicious.  We even had great bagpipers greeting us at the door.  As always, the team at the Log Cabin did a wonderful job, and Barbara had two of the most talented performers I had ever heard entertaining us!  They were absolutely awesome and knew how to get the crowd dancing... well I think the fabulous wine from Five Rivers Winery helped as well!  :)  Here are some pictures from the event...

Smails Flowers have created two beautiful bouquets to benefit Rays of Hope, and they also provided pink carnation pins for all the breast cancer survivors present at the event!

Our two entertainers for the evening... the first entertainer was Noah Lis from Palmer and the next was Liv Gaines from Enfield... holy crap were they talented...

This is Beth DeGray, our lovely host from the Log Cabin who announced each course and kept the night running smoothly!

Here's Barbara, the mastermind behind this amazing event.  Doesn't she just look like the type who has fun wherever she goes?  I love it!

There's something about Journey that gets people of all ages out of their seats :)  I'll end with a few dancing pictures.  Thanks for having me Barbara!

OpLove: The Buckert's

About a week ago, I headed down to CT to photograph the Buckert's for my very first OpLove session.  Tara Buckert had found me through the OpLove website, and had contacted me to photograph her family before her husband was deployed to Afghanistan for a year.  I was so thrilled to have my first OpLove session, because words cannot express how much I feel we owe the people in the armed services who do so much for our country.  It was a tough session because the rain kept coming and going.... and so did the attention spans of little Hunter and Austin :)  But we got through it and I was so excited to be able to hang with the Buckert's that afternoon.  Here are my favorites!

OpLove Sneak Peek

Sunday afternoon I headed to Connecticut to photograph my first OpLove session.  I blogged about OpLove here and you can find out more about how to get involved in this awesome organization here. Unfortunately, I do not have time to edit/ blog my favorites from the session before I leave for vacation tomorrow, so I thought I would give you a sneak peek of my day with the Buckert family.  Here is their youngest, Hunter, wearing his Daddy's hat!  I promise when I get back next week this will be the first session up on the blog.  I'm off to Nashville for my cousin's wedding and to hang out with my old roommates and friends- catch y'all next week!  (gotta practice talking like a Southern belle again :) )

Rays of Hope

Yesterday I headed to the Barney Estate in Forest Park to photograph a rally event for Rays of Hope!  Rays of Hope is an annual walk to support finding a cure for breast cancer, and since its start 16 years ago, it has raised close to $8.3 million to improve the breast health of people in western Massachusetts.  The funds raised by all the dedicated walkers and sponsors of Rays of Hope go to offering community education and outreach about breast cancer, providing medically advanced breast cancer care, from initial diagnosis all the way to recovery, and local breast cancer research.   It is an amazing event, and one that I have wanted to get involved with for a long time, if I hadn't been moving all over the country :)  Having a stepmother who was affected, who lost her mother to breast cancer, and now having an aunt going through treatment as well, it really hits close to home for me and my only regret is that it took me so long to get involved. I e-mailed Michelle Graci, Fundraising Events Manager at Baystate Health Foundation, to see if they needed any photos for website or advertising purposes.  She invited me to the event and I had so much fun!  It's really inspiring to be around people that are willing to help others, expecting nothing in return.  Breast cancer has touched so many lives, and to be able to come together to try to beat it and overcome the odds is so powerful.  Michelle was a sweetheart and so was everyone else I met, and I can't wait for the next rally event, and of course the walk in October!  If you'd like to learn more about starting a team or donating, please click here. The Barney Estate is actually where a good friend of mine got married, and it's a beautiful venue...

Some Rays of Hope swag..

Here is the lovely Michelle Graci...

This is Steve LeFebvre, CFO of Jones Companies and Chair, and Chairman of Rays of Hope 2010!

The next speaker was Dr. Grace Makari-Judson, the Medical Director of the Comprehensive Breast Center...

The last speaker was Tom Welch, Assistant Principal of the Chestnut Hill Community School and breast cancer survivor...

And here are some more of the fabulous people that make Rays of Hope so successful!

Thanks again for having me Michelle, can't wait til the next event!