I am humbled to have been a supporting part of the Keep Swimming Foundation's Inaugural Gala this past weekend at the Metropolis Ballroom in my hometown of Arlington Heights. Since I first learned about founder Bill Coon's personal story and his mission to help others, I knew this was something special to be a part of. The Keep Swimming Foundation provides financial relief to families affected by long term in-patient hospitalizations of a loved one. They provide assistance for costs associated with food, parking, gasoline, and hotel accommodations while families are focused on being with and caring for a hospitalized family member in critical condition. Bill started this organization after his family found themselves in debt while caring for him as he was hospitalized and in need of a heart and kidney transplant.
With a second chance at life, Bill is paying it forward. The Gala was held to raise funds for the Keep Swimming Foundation and was a time of fun and celebration. The silent auction was filled with autographed sports memorabilia including a Mike Tyson boxing glove that I got to photograph! I took photos of mingling during cocktail hour, classically trained vocalists performing Broadway musical hits, Bill speaking, and guests having a fun time dancing.
Here's a look at some of the highlights of the night:
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Jessica M. Photography is an Arlington Heights, IL personal branding, headshot, corporate event, and business photographer. She services the Northwest Suburbs including Palatine, Buffalo Grove, Northbrook, Barrington, Schaumburg, Rosemont, Mount Prospect, Glenview, Chicago, Park Ridge and more throughout Lake and Cook County in Illinois.