I had the absolute honor of photographing the 2019 Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southeast Louisiana's Fundraiser Gala at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge last night. The entire night was very well planned and very classy.
It was a pleasure meeting several individuals with MD along with many local supporters & guests. The night began with a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, and cocktails where guests were dressed in gorgeous dresses, jewelry, and suits. As guests mingled, they were able to monitor their bids on a really cool phone app, which notified them when they were outbid. A harpist, with extreme talent, played many well known melodies before everyone make their way into the dining area.
As guests filed into the dining area, they stopped at the banner to get their photo taken. I noticed a lot of guests wearing various shades of blues and red - I'm not sure if there was significance of that or if it's simply a trend, but it seriously gave me life.
Guests were served a three course meal while speeches and fundraisers were taking place. Speaker, T-Bob Hebert of 104.5 ESPN, spoke about his experience with the children over several seasons of summer camp. This piece really moved me as I spent eleven summers working in some capacity at a few Girl Scout camps. Summer camp is important for all kids, but especially kids with MD. Every summer children enjoy "normal" activities that are otherwise very difficult; like swimming, zip lining, and arts & crafts.
It wasn't long before the main course was served and, what I presume was, the last auction kicked off. Probably one of the coolest things I've seen at an event, Elliot Aaron with ArtBeatLive began painting two masterpieces. With passionate music playing, he created beautiful art in a span of about 20 minutes. I was completely impressed and secretly wish he would show up at my next birthday party and perform.
I wrapped up my event photography gig with a big smile on my face and absolutely ready for next year! It was 100% a night deserving of a "Crowne!"