Mission Gratitude

Last week I had the honor and pleasure of volunteering my photography services for a fundraiser for Home Base called Mission Gratitude.  For those that aren’t familiar with the organization, Home Base is a wonderful group that helps returning veterans and their families with the challenges they may struggle with when returning to civilian life after serving.  Specifically, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Mission Gratitude is one of their huge fundraisers for the year filled a star studded lineup and $1000+ seats at the Boston Symphony Hall.   You can learn more about the Home Base program here:  www.homebaseprogram.org.  Also, specifically this event, Mission Gratitude here:  www.missiongratitude.com.  I encourage you to learn more and when possible, help support this organization.   Personally, I can’t say thank you enough for what the men and women of our US military (and their families) do for our country.

The majority of my evening was actually spent photographing guests as they socialized before the event started with cocktails.  There was also a fun opportunity for guests to have their photo taken with Tim Wakefield and Ray Bourque of which I did.  Both were great sports as the guests were thrilled to shake their hands and have their photo taken with them.  All of these photos were taken using a special tool by dwinQ (also a major sponsor of the event) that allowed the photos to immediately be transferred from my camera to their email in-box or Facebook page.  Very cool technology!

After guests were seated, I grabbed my longer lens and snuck in for a few photos of the guest speakers and performers.  There were several big name folks there, but the one that struck a chord with me was the Medal of Honor recipient, SSG Ty Carter.  Wow.  His story and acts of bravery amazed me, as well as his heartfelt honesty about his own challenges with PTSD.  He is a true hero.

Below is a sample of photos from the evening.  Don’t forget to check out http://www.homebaseprogram.org!  😉

Boston Symphony Hall

Boston Symphony Hall from the stage before the show

Sarah Silverman

Comedian Sarah Silverman

Angie Johnson

Angie Johnson

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Author and historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin

Rita Wilson

Rita Wilson

The Henningsens

The Henningsens

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient SSG Ty Carter

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient SSG Ty Carter

Tim Wakefield

Tim Wakefield

Ray Bourque

Ray Bourque

Cassadee Pope

Cassadee Pope

Comedian Darrell Hammond

Comedian Darrell Hammond

Big & Rich

Big & Rich

Big & Rich

Big & Rich

Big & Rich

Big & Rich

The Band Perry

The Band Perry

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3 Responses to Mission Gratitude

  1. Lisa says:

    Hi did you have pictures of the meet and greets..im trying to find some they were suppose to go to my facebook page when they scanned the lanyard but i havent got anything..

    • Hi Lisa! Yes, you’re right, they’re supposed to be. Unfortunately I couldn’t actually save any of those photos myself because of the special chip they used to transmit instead of a regular memory card. I encourage you to send a note to the guys at dwinQ and ask them where the images are. You should also check the Mission Gratitude Facebook page and website. I hope you had a fun night!

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