Chrohn’s and Colitis Foundation Annual Benefit Luncheon April 27, 2011 ~ Hyatt at Olive 8 ~ Seattle, Washington
Once again I was on hand for the annual CCFA Luncheon where a wide variety of guests told their stories and expressed their thanks to the Northwest Chapter of CCFA. A lovely video presentation was created of images I had taken at Camp Oasis last summer – there was not a dry eye in the house!
Guest speakers included; Mike McCready of Pearl Jam (who shocked the nation when he admitted he was suffering from Chrohn’s disease several years ago); Andy Wappler whose father, weatherman Harry Wappler suffered with Chrohn’s for most of his life, with just a few confidants knowing of his illness) and Barbara Chaplin, recipient of the Mike McCready & Ashlley O’Conner Award this year. Barbara’s story is like that of so many others – shame and fear of having a life-long illness. Upon hearing of Lois Fink’s 5K run in support of people with IBD, she and her husband become involved with others who lived with the same illness. She became a CCFA board member, raising funds and awareness and hasn’t stopped since!
My sister has Chrohn’s disease and that’s why I offer my time and talent to this worthwhile organization that opened so many doors for her. Learning how to live life instead of the disease living life for you is a major hurdle many of these patients can conquer. Keep up the good work!
Gabby is a senior at West Seattle Lutheran. On this beautiful sunny Seattle day we headed toward the water where she proved to be an easy subject before the lens. Before we knew it we were close to 200 shots! Hard to resist a pretty girl on a pretty day! Click on her video here: Gabby’s Free Spirit.
The Leary’s stopped by last week and made an appointment for Johnny, ‘the little brother”. The last time I saw him was for the family Christmas photo and he was just a babe in arms! So, we did our 10 month photo and got some great headshots. We also did a little reading and played with some cars…what a morning! Time for a nap!
Saturday, April 16th ~ Noon – 7PM
Gail Ann invites you to the Spring Polish Bazaar at the Polish Home at 18th & Madison for good Polish food and Piwo!
Stop by and do a little shopping for Easter or Mother’s day or just say Hi!
Gail Ann will be there with her images of Poland and famous Pierogi Soap!
Can’t make it to the bazaar? Come by the studio and purchase your soap!
Lavender, Rosewood, Orange-Clove, unscented.
$6 each or 2 for $10!!
I love being at the local auctions. At Schmitz, I met up with several brides that I had photographed 10 years ago! So nice to know that they have growing families and live in West Seattle! The Schmitz Hawaiian Luau Auction was a place for parents to let loose with their pocketbooks and also have a little fun. They even created a beach scene on the blue waters of Hawaii complete with tropical trees and tiki hut and a really cool surf board!