Each year, for the past 8 years, I’ve been asked back to join the photographers at the Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala. It’s an opportunity to give back and donate my time and talents for a global cause. If you know me, you understand that I do an awful lot of volunteering for many organizations. This one is always fun and I get to see all my Gala colleagues on the red carpet and in the ballroom as well as many celebs! This year, in the ballroom at the St Paul RiverCenter, Jessica Sanchez opened with the National Anthem followed by the flight of our beloved Bald Eagle. Norm Crosby, as always, made us laugh at ourselves, Matt Nathanson gave a perfect acoustic rendition of some favorites like Come On Get Higher but a new favorite of mine (and sure to be yours) is his fundraising efforts for Starkey with Headphones. I’ve been close a few times but standing next to the stage with camera in hand while George W. Bush was named a 2015 honoree (I’m certain my mom was squealing in Heaven!) was quite simply an awe struck moment. Katy Perry closed the night.
These are just a few of my faves. See you next year!