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.