HMAb: The Fundraiser Recap

by Heather on February 13, 2012

Well last weekend’s HMAb: The Fundraiser was a blast. The Gladstone was packed with a delightful mix of photographers, agency folks and friends; all of us framed by fantastic artwork. Plus, the talks were amazing: Brett Gundlock, Naomi Harris and Daniel Ehrenworth really outdid themselves, showing great work and letting us in on the whys and the next steps behind a bunch of interesting projects.

And now, dear reader, I am happy to say that your generousity amounted to just over $9,500 and exponentially more in good feelings and raised spirits! You are truly an inspired and supportive community.

So I’ll start my long list of Thank You’s with these crazy three: Jamie Rosenthal, Lisa Kannakko and Kristin Sjaarda have gone above and beyond, helping me feel up when I’ve felt down. Despite having no previous event-planning experience, they threw an amazingly successful party!

© Thomas Lee

Also, a million thanks to our sponsors (who’s logo’s I’d love you to click on to the right). Also thanks to the photographers who donated prints and to Alice Dixon who made them look so fantastic in the room that night:

© Jason Moreland

Plus, thanks to my Sheridan students, who volunteered in droves for the evening, to Rebecca Baran and Claire Foster who ran the door and to Rachel Wine who was a big support as the team staffed up in the weeks before the event.

And, thanks to all of you who have been shockingly charitable with your financial donations. There are too many of you to name here but it truly means so much to me that you would give so generously.

Anyway, our shindig looked a little like this:

© Jason Moreland

Y&R EVP & CCO Israel Diaz with Westside photographer and partner Chris Gordaneer © Jason Moreland

Crazy-Like-A-Fox Photographer Tom Feiler and Tribal DDB Writer Sanya Grujicic © Jason Moreland

Sid Lee Art Director Stuart Campbell and Guest Speaker Daniel Ehrenworth © Jason Moreland

Curator Alice Dixon, Guest Speaker Naomi Harris and Photographer Derek Shapton © Jason Moreland

Eager shoppers: SVP, ECD Innocean Worldwide Gerald Schoenhoff and his wife Diane, photographer Wilson Barry, TAXI ACD Niall Kelly and in the bottom right corner the lovely TBWA/Chiat NYC Art Buyer Julia Menassa © Jason Moreland

Sheridan student Emma McCormick, Me and Photographer Johan Hallberg Campbell© Jason Moreland

Guest Speaker Brett Gundlock and an image from his Neo-Nazi series © Thomas Lee

Guest Speaker Naomi Harris and an image from her Cross Canada series © Thomas Lee

Photographer, Professor and happy customer David White (with Tom Feiler’s print) and Photographer Helen Yousif © Thomas Lee

I hope the next HMAb party happens under less ominous circumstances but the enthusiasm in the crowd at the Fundraiser certainly tells me that these gatherings are important and useful. On that note, check out the new artist lecture series, Flightpath which is the brainchild of Eugen Sakhnenko and Erika Jacobs who run the excitingly informative Toronto based photography blog Knock Twice. The first event happens February 28th- I hope I’m feeling well enough to see you there.

Until then, a million thanks from my family and myself. You’ve done a lot to validate the work I’ve put into this blog and really proven that our community is strong, vital and capable of amazing things- both photographically and otherwise.

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dattu February 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Great to see a fantastic turnout. You are loved. Though I had three tickets, I was stuck on set, cursing the that I missed the auction; what a great event to remember that we are a community.

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