JDRF 2011

Since 2006, I have been photographing children and families for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. When I first received a call six years ago, I had no connection with the organization and knew very little about diabetes and how it affects children. I have truly enjoyed getting to know these amazing families, children and the organization itself over the last few years. Every year they have a gala in Buckhead and our photographs are used in a beautiful brochure for the program. This year we also photographed a few adults who are involved in the program as well.

Mary Claire Satterly Foundation Annual Gala & Silent Auction

There are a few organizations that are near and dear to my heart and the Mary Claire Satterly Foundation is one of them. Mary Claire was a sorority sister of mine at UNC Chapel Hill. In 2008, Mary Claire passed away just four days after her diagnosis from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. The foundation was started by her amazing family and group of friends to honor MC's spirit and promote research for AML. On November 20th, The Mary Claire Satterly Foundation hosted the 3rd Annual Fall Gala & Silent Auction to directly fund one of the country’s most promising pediatric AML research scientists, Dr. Phoenix Ho. At the Meshinchi Lab, a part of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Ho spends every day researching a cure for pediatric AML leukemia. Worldwide, this lab is one of the single most prominent facilities doing research on pediatric AML biology.

Through funds raised, the Foundation also launched the UNC Mary Claire Satterly Digital Art Therapy Program at MC’s Playroom in Chapel Hill to improve the quality of life for pediatric cancer patients and continue to spread MC’s creative and artistic passions to the youngsters at UNC... her favorite place on earth.

After a one-year hiatus (last year’s event was held in Mary Claire’s home state of North Carolina), the much-anticipated event returned to New York and the Museum of the City of New York, which once again served as the magical backdrop for this winter wonderland themed celebration. This year’s event grew beyond the confines of the museum walls and with a large-scale tent erected on the veranda for a spirited evening that included cocktails, hors devours, gift bags, silent auction and music by the Lee Olive Ensemble all under the stars. Select galleries were available for viewing, including the critically acclaimed fashion exhibit: ‘Notorious & Notable: 20th Century Women of Style.’

My wonderful assistant, Caroline, covered the event and I am excited to share it with you through the link below. Enjoy and thank you to everyone who believes in MC SPIRIT!

JDRF 2010

I have been volunteering with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation since 2006 when I first started taking photographs of children with diabetes for their annual gala and fundraiser. This year, we had another great day at the park and below are just a few of the beautiful faces I got to photograph.