children’s national + united medical center = improved pediatric care.
earlier this week children’s national medical center hosted a very fun event at united medical center to celebrate the new forthcoming pediatric emergency department — made possible in large part by an amazing $11 million grant from the DC government. the event was a wonderful opportunity to introduce the community to the nurses + staff, and everyone had a great time.
“it’s wise to be well” focused on educating parents through information on children’s health, from identifying flu symptoms and ear infections, to basic injury prevention, healthy eating + exercise practices, as well as free car seat checks! the tents were set up in the hospital parking lot, alongside the community farmers’ market, complete with balloons, awesome music, snacks, great give-a-aways, and face painting for the kids! as always, i had a great time documenting another fabulously fun event for children’s national medical center — enjoy!
arabian nights to benefit the children.
the 2010 children’s ball :: andrew w. mellon auditorium – washington, dc.
this weekend children’s national medical center hosted their annual signature gala at the andrew w. mellon auditorium in washington, dc. the 2010 arabian nights children’s ball delighted over 700 guests with an incredible evening of food, wine, dancing, and fundraising!
the evening’s personable host, bret baier, anchor of special report with bret baier on fox news channel, welcomed guests and introduced edwin zechman, jr – president + CEO of children’s national medical center who thanked the event’s sponsor, washington area lexus dealers. the evening’s presenters also included dr. kurt newman and joseph e. robert who again recognized the amazing $150M gift from the government of abu dhabi with a special presentation to omar al shamsi, deputy chief of mission for the sheikh zayed institute for pediatric surgical innovation.
norah o’donnell, chief washington correspondent, MSNBC, co-hosted a live (and lively!) auction with bret baier, followed by the music from the outstanding mood swings band, dancing + an after hours lounge with dj d-mac.
the children’s ball was absolutely fantastic and i’m so thrilled to continue working with the incredible team at children’s national medical center, as well as the amazing philanthropists that give to such a worthy cause.
my great friend + amazing photographer jessi ringer was also there covering the evening – you can check out her work here.
the skilled hands of kristian estevez prepare a cortez cigar.
i had the pleasure of encountering cortez handmade cigars at the virtual golf girl event last week in dc! based in NJ, but traveling all over for events, i first met the guys from cortez at melissa + mike’s wedding in philly last summer! i love nothing more than observing a craft, and cigar rolling is entrancing, not to mention incredibly fun to photograph! i loved chatting with kristian and i *think* i may have convinced him to take me to the warehouse next time im in the dominican republic!
truth. love. liberty. and the pursuit of cocktails.
this week i met up with the DC chapter of NACE for their annual post-holiday social at policy. it was an awesome venue with funky decor (love graffiti walls!) good beer, and a unique menu. a mix of NACE members + guests attended to network, learn about the committees, and witness the 2010 board induction. in addition to connecting event professionals by offering social + educational opportunities, NACE also focuses on community service. this month’s meeting featured a book drive for the dc non-profit books for america.
it was a great event made even more fun with boxci‘s innovative little photobooth and the dj stylings of gordon thorn from absolute entertainment!
raffle ticket insanity.
gordon thorn is the man.
NACE board members with tiffany penn from policy.
thanks to the crazy + fantastic alexander morozov for grabbing my camera + snapping this shot of me with some of my favorite ladies – jennifer charles, alex pare & danielle couick!
empowerment through photography.
last night’s critical exposure fundraiser was a fantastic success! i was so excited to attend their fotoweek reception and was thrilled to be among the 40+ amazing photographers that contributed images to the silent auction. it was an inspiring evening and i was truly honored to speak to guests about my experiences working with the organization over the last year. critical exposure is amazing and i feel so lucky to be part of such an outstanding group of dedicated individuals that are making such a difference in the lives of dc students. enjoy this glimpse of the evening and check out the links below to learn more about the work critical exposure is doing and my experiences in the classroom!
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MLK photo student DeMarco did a great job speaking to guests!
LOVE that a soldier won the “bidding war” on the canvas i contributed to the auction – moody monument!
and what fun is fotoweek without a fotobooth? me + photographer michael bennett kress.
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critical exposure :: the power of photography
critical exposure :: gallery opening!
critical exposure :: in the classroom!
critical exposure :: photo students!