Fitness for a Cure 2010


I have the honor of being the official photographer for the Fitness for a Cure performance team that raises money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The group, 75 children and adults ages 3-50, held their annual fundraiser last weekend at Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, Massachusetts. The day was divided into two parts: a daytime show featuring the performance team, speakers and fun activities like face painting and raffles for kids, and an evening show where, again, the team performs and there is also a formal dinner, silent auction and entertainment. Both shows had 600 people in attendance and combined, raised more than $200,000! Impressive!

I've grown close to many of these members, first introduced to me by my stepmother Paula who is on the planning committee, since I started photographing them in 2006. I've also captured many of the member's family portraits and was fortunate to travel with the team to St. Jude's in Memphis last June, a trip that had a profound effect on my life. It's a standout community of loving, caring individuals and I am so proud to lend my skills to capture what they do best.

Here's Sherri who founded the event 10 years ago and has raised more then $1.2 million! She operates her own gym in Lowell, SLS Fitness. Wish I lived closer!

The show is a high energy, non-stop hip hop performance where songs are divided by age groups and transition one after the other.

Converse donated black Chuck's to all the performers.

After the daytime show, everyone got cleaned up and put on party dresses. I still do a double-take when I don't see Sherri in warm-ups (on the right w/ her daughter Elizabeth, who had her long hair cut during the daytime show for Locks of Love).

Seriously, is it really fair to have arms that toned? :)

Ready for dinner.

WCVB meteorologist JC Monahan emceed the event.

ALSAC, the fundraising arm for St. Jude, CEO Richard Shadyac.

Jack Pavlat's daughter Suzanne was a patient at St Jude who lost her eight year battle against neuroblastoma. There was not a dry eye in the place when he told her story.

A silly Scotsman, Jeremy Bell, led a live auction.

And the evening wrapped with a 90 minute concert from country artists Billy Dean and Richie McDonald (you know, the former lead of Lonestar).

For more information on the team, please visit their website here.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:13 AM

    St Jude Children's Research Hospital is a place filled with Hope. I am so thankful you were with us once again to document the day. This is a wonderful event, it was a day filled with love and tears. Thank you Em for opening your heart to all the performers and giving freely of your time and talents to such a cause where there is such a great need.
    Love, P.


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