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20 Sep

Yappy Hour

In Adoption,Charitable Organizations,Company,corporate events,Dogs,Local Companies,Pets by / September 20, 2017 / 0 Comments


Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Brandon this past Friday after 5pm was a somewhat familiar scene. Looking around the restaurant, there were families and local area workers looking to wind down after an especially long week. Just a few days prior, our area was hit by Hurricane Irma, which was at one point the strongest hurricane the National Hurricane Center had ever recorded in the Atlantic outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Although we didn’t bear the brunt of her wrath like the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean had, she brought plenty of misery to our area in the form of wind damage, flooded properties and lands, downed trees and continued lack of electricity for many. With schools in our area being closed for a week and several area businesses struggling to fully re-open, the apparent normalcy at Fuzzy’s was a welcome distraction; as was The Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s Yappy Hour event which was also taking place at Fuzzy’s.

Restaurant goers dined in the outdoor patio with their pets while Humane Society volunteers circulated with pets up for adoption. Inside the restaurant, over $5,000 in prizes were being raffled off with all ticket sales going towards the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Some of the prizes donated for the raffle were game tickets and sports memorabilia for The Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Rays, as well as admission tickets for Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, Big City Events, Lowry Park Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). Southern Muscle, Camp Gladiator, Orange Theory Fitness Brandon and Crossfit BNI also donated products and services as raffle prizes. Restaurant gift cards for Brocato’s Sandwich Shop, Columbia RestaurantWorld of Beer,  and of course Fuzzy’s Taco Shop were also donated for the raffle. Fuzzy’s also sold brownie sundaes and dog treats with all proceeds benefitting the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, as well as $1 for every frozen drink sold.

Despite the lingering rain and hurricane fatigue, it was a successful and fun event with over $1,000 being raised! Here are some of my favorite pictures.

06 Jun

Open House

In Catering,Charitable Organizations,Company,corporate events,Local Companies,Tampa Bay by / June 6, 2017 / 0 Comments

What do you get when you add great eats and treats, a rocking DJ, 350 plus people, furry four legged friends and an NHL mascot? Simply put, a really good time! This past Friday, BlueGrace Logistics hosted an open house event from 4pm-7pm in their newly expanded Riverview office. Guests were treated to tours of the uber-swanky 54,000 square foot building, coffee drinks served by The Coffee Divas, food and beverage catered by Datz and music by  DJ Papi of Wild Out Entertainment. Sarah Sweeney, a supervisor at BlueGrace with a background as a pastry chef, whipped up mini crates full of BlueGrace branded cookies, cupcakes and sweet treats. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, one of BlueGrace‘s primary charities, was present as were several dogs and cats up for adoption. Since BlueGrace is a sponsor of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the official mascot, the Thunderbug, flanked by two Lightning Girls, was spotted mixing and mingling at the event. I could go on and on about how much fun this event was for me to capture, but instead I’ll share some of my favorite photographs!


08 Dec

Slap Shots On Ice

In corporate events,places by / December 8, 2016 / 0 Comments

Those closest to me know that I am a self-described rabid NFL fan. I LOVE football and consider myself very knowledgeable on the rules of the game.  Once the Super Bowl is over, I suffer from withdrawal and find myself longing for the pre-season.  My husband and I share the same passion for football and often don’t know what to do with ourselves on those post-Super Bowl Sundays. All of that changed a few years ago when our nephew, a former high school hockey player, encouraged us to watch NHL hockey with him.

First we followed the Boston Bruins because my nephew and the rest of my husband’s family are from areas just outside of Boston. Living in Tampa though, how could we not watch the Tampa Bay Lightning? I watched them win their first Stanley Cup Championship in 2004. It was an exciting time for our city as their win came a year after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their first Super Bowl Championship. We watched the Bruins win and lose the Stanley Cup (2 goals scored by their opponent in just 19 seconds),  the latter of which was quite the stunner. Regardless though, exciting is what hockey is in my opinion. The pace of an entire hockey game very much resembles the urgency of a 2-minute warning drill, to put it in football terms. The edge of the couch excitement I felt watching hockey filled that post Super Bowl void especially since during that time, the regular season is normally winding down with playoffs on the not too distant horizon. The end of the regular season and the playoffs is a pretty good time to start watching a new sport. It’s “do or die” time for teams and players vying for glory, trophies, rings,  championship titles and of course, bragging rights. How can you not get swept up in the drama and excitement?

When one of my corporate clients, BlueGrace Logistics – an official sponsor of the Tampa Bay Lightning,  approached me to shoot one of their events at Amalie Arena,  I was thrilled! The event, “Slap Shots On Ice”, was a fun part of a multi-day company conference with employees from all over the United States. I would be shooting employees taking slap shots on the very same ice on which some of my favorite NHL athletes play! Taking the elevator down, walking through the players’ tunnel, sitting on the home team bench to slip on the special rubber soled spikes enabling me to walk effortlessly on the ice was surreal. Every now and again during my shoot, I would glance up at the stands, the score boards and ribbons illuminated with the newly unveiled BlueGrace logo, and would try to absorb and remember where I was. It’s still so surreal, I can’t believe I was actually there. But I guess I was, because here are some favorite shots of BlueGrace employees from the ice.