Forums > Events > 12-16 Creating a Christmas Miracle, Racine WI

Photographer

Richard Allen Photo

Posts: 3663

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

The original thread thread was locked because I didn't have the location in the title.  My bad and my apologies to those that had already left comments !

We need your help in creating a real world Christmas Miracle !

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/091210/21/4b21d87232b0c.jpg

Some of you may personally know the lovely and talented Renee Klingler, more may know her story.  The short story is that this courageous woman is in a long term battle with cancer.  Despite this she continues to live life to its fullest, continuing to model as her condition permits, becoming a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society and organizing other awareness projects.  The picture above is of Renee and her FIVE beautiful daughters.  See her port here for more details:  http://www.modelmayhem.com/868720

She has recently suffered a serious setback, one which almost took her life.  Due to the many medical bills, extra child care expense and Renee's being unable to work, the family is having some financial difficulties.    Based on this, her dear friend Lori Benoit has been seeking assistance in making sure the kids have a very special Christmas !!

I am very pleased to announce that out good friends at Studio MLP in Racine WI have offered to open their doors on Wednesday Dec 16th to hold a fundraiser for Renee.  This is OUR chance to help create a Christmas Miracle for this wonderful family !

Doors will open at 5:00 PM, the actual event will be from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.  The event is free for models but models are encouraged to bring a toy or a cd or a small gift to be mailed to the girls who are 11, 7 and 5 year old triplets.  A $50 contribution to the fund for Renee's children gets photographers in the door !  Every penny raised from this event will go directly to the fund for Renee's children!

Snacks and beverages will be provided.  Escorts or a guest will be allowed for a $10 contribution to the fund.

Everyone is open to shoot with anyone they want. I will not be organizing scheduled shooting, though I will available to help with whatever you may need for your shoot or to introduce people to help network everyone. If you want to shoot with someone just ask them to shoot !

To sign up just leave a note on this thread or send me a PM.  Any questions just drop me a PM.  You can also help by spreading word of the event to others that may be interested.

The easiest and much preferred way to pay your entrance fee is to follow this link, make your contribution to the fund and bring the receipt to the event.  If you do not like to use credit cards online, or do not have PayPal, cash will be accepted at the door.

I know this is short notice, but please make every effort to join us.  This is your chance, our chance, to directly touch, change and help someone elses life this Christmas...and isn't that what the season is all about ?

The list of attendees will be updated at least daily.

See you on the 16th !

Rich Pearson
GonzoPhotos

  IF YOU CANNOT JOIN US IN PERSON BUT WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE ANYWAY CLICK HERE

Dec 03 09 11:39 am Link

Dec 03 09 12:04 pm Link

Photographer

3D Photography by Jake

Posts: 3

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

Well I work till 7pm...then if I leave by 8pm...get there by 9pm sad
I can barely make it...IDK if i can make it

Dec 03 09 04:11 pm Link

Photographer

Richard Allen Photo

Posts: 3663

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

UUUmm...what if we PROMISE to save all the very best shots for the last hour, Jake ?

smile

Dec 03 09 06:49 pm Link

Photographer

Studio MLP

Posts: 249

Racine, Wisconsin, US

C'mon down, Jake... you know that 10pm means midnight or 1am our time!

Dec 03 09 07:28 pm Link

Model

MissStrawberry

Posts: 84

Alford, Florida, US

i'll really do my best to make this. i really want to be there. it sounds like such a great event for such a great cause. Your a sweetpea for doing this hun smile

Dec 03 09 07:29 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Makeup Artist Gerald

Posts: 196

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

You have my support and heart. Lets all come together to fight this cause this time of year!

Dec 03 09 08:44 pm Link

Photographer

GeM Photographic

Posts: 2454

Chicago, Illinois, US

I should be able to sneak out of work an hour or two early to drive up for this.

Dec 03 09 09:12 pm Link

Photographer

Richard Allen Photo

Posts: 3663

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

Studio MLP wrote:
C'mon down, Jake... you know that 10pm means midnight or 1am our time!

No WONDER I always get some so late from your events...I always forget to reset my watch for Racine Standard Time !  wink

Seriously...thanx to everyone for this great outpouring of support.  If you think that you are not touching Renee's life already, follow the link in my profile back to the original thread and read her comment. 

Now...one more favor...I'm spreading the word as best I can, but if you can all pass it along to those that you know as well, we'll really get this thing lit up !

Rich

Dec 03 09 09:21 pm Link

Photographer

GeM Photographic

Posts: 2454

Chicago, Illinois, US

Looks like a beautiful group of models. I've had the pleasure of shooting with 5 of the 8 models listed as of midnight CST.

Dec 03 09 10:12 pm Link

Photographer

GeM Photographic

Posts: 2454

Chicago, Illinois, US

Gonzo Photos wrote:
Now...one more favor...I'm spreading the word as best I can, but if you can all pass it along to those that you know as well, we'll really get this thing lit up !

Rich

I added a quote of the OP and a link to this forum topic on my profile page.

Dec 03 09 10:20 pm Link

Photographer

Richard Allen Photo

Posts: 3663

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

George Mickelson wrote:

I added a quote of the OP and a link to this forum topic on my profile page.

thank you George and if any of you want a copy of the banner for your profile page you can find a few different sizes at the back of my port...

Dec 03 09 11:02 pm Link

Photographer

Lori Benoit

Posts: 119

Lowell, Indiana, US

Rich,  I can't Thank You enough for all your doing to help Renee.  Wish I wasn't so far...I'd love to be there!  Hope the studio will be PACKED that night!  God Bless you & all that are taking part!  Lori

Dec 04 09 07:01 am Link

Photographer

Knight Visions

Posts: 10

Crown Point, Indiana, US

lori,  you and jeff should make the trip.. it is worth the ride.  smile

Dec 04 09 07:08 am Link

Model

Mrs Foxy

Posts: 4520

Waterford, Wisconsin, US

i will be there.

Dec 04 09 07:47 am Link

Photographer

Richard Allen Photo

Posts: 3663

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

Knight Visions wrote:
lori,  you and jeff should make the trip.. it is worth the ride.  smile

Does that mean I can add you as well, Chris ?  (Crosses fingers...)

And thank you as well, Kristen !!

And...check it out, we've got an MUA now as well !

Pls, pls, pls everyone keep spreading the word !

Dec 04 09 08:26 am Link

Model

Electro Tatiana

Posts: 271

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

I'm going to TRY and be there.  Can't promise anything, but even if I'm not, I'll be thinking of everyone!!

Dec 04 09 08:33 am Link

Photographer

Knight Visions

Posts: 10

Crown Point, Indiana, US

I wish Rich..  thats a busy day for me...

Dec 04 09 09:15 am Link

Photographer

Richard Allen Photo

Posts: 3663

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

We'll miss you...but we know you'll be here in spirit !

Dec 04 09 09:23 am Link

Model

J E M

Posts: 907

San Francisco, California, US

AHH to many different forums! man! LOL! i will be there!! cant wait to see everyone there!! again, YAY FOR CHRISTMAS SPIRIT!!

Dec 04 09 09:24 am Link

Photographer

Richard Allen Photo

Posts: 3663

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

I've edited the post...the event is still free for models, but if each model could bring a SMALL toy, CD or such to be mailed to Lori to give to the girls, more of the cash donations could be used for everyday expenses like groceries.  Again, this is NOT a requirement for the models, but would be greatly appreciated !  The girls are 11, 7 and 5 year old triplets !

Dec 04 09 09:56 am Link

Model

Rachel Jay

Posts: 20387

Knoxville, Tennessee, US

While I'm really interested in coming, it being a Weds night makes it a bit hard for me.  I'll have to talk to the other half and see if he'll be able to be home to take care of the dog so I can go, and it will largely depend on the weather.  I could probably be there by 8 (I'm off work at 6, and with traffic, there's no point in my leaving earlier to just sit longer). 

We'll see.

If I can't make it, I'll have to find someone nearby who's going to bring something for me.

Dec 04 09 11:23 am Link

Photographer

Richard Allen Photo

Posts: 3663

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

Another lovely and talented model has added her name to the list...thank you Ruthy !!

Dec 05 09 08:19 am Link

Photographer

Graffiti Photographic

Posts: 26

Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I sent $50 for my photographer fee, but will not attend as I will be working.

Wish I could come hang with everyone, thanks to those taking the time to organize, nice to see us helping those in our community.

Bryan

Dec 05 09 08:23 am Link

Photographer

Scott E Detweiler

Posts: 17

Brookfield, Wisconsin, US

I will be unable to make it, but I will be donating anyway.  I challenge all those unable to attend to match my contribution.

Dec 05 09 08:37 am Link

Photographer

OutOfTheOrdinary

Posts: 55

Hancock, Wisconsin, US

Trying to figure and work things out so i can attend sounds AWESOME

Dec 05 09 02:37 pm Link

Model

Dakota Delrose

Posts: 61

Kenosha, Wisconsin, US

I will be there for sure!

Dec 05 09 03:11 pm Link

Model

Dakota Delrose

Posts: 61

Kenosha, Wisconsin, US

Rachel Jay wrote:
If I can't make it, I'll have to find someone nearby who's going to bring something for me.

If you can not make it Rachel, I will be more than willing to drive down and pick anything up you would want brought to the event! Let me know!

Dec 05 09 03:15 pm Link

Model

D Renee K

Posts: 12

Kokomo, Indiana, US

Hi guys....I am still in serious but stable condition so I can only access this by phone versus computer. I had to write though and say I TRULY am shocked by the outpouring of help and caring here.........everytime I get on here and read the comments, it makes me cry in a good way. Ive met some of the people here and I think they know I appreciate this but to anyone Ive never met, please know that when people step up like this.........even if I dont know you and regardless of what money you raise, YOU TRULY HAVE HELPED MY GIRLS AND I. Thoughts, prayers and efforts have given me such a desire to keep going and trust me , theres days when that desire is not an easy one to find. Thank you SO MUCH. sent via blackberry wireless

Dec 05 09 06:04 pm Link

Photographer

Richard Allen Photo

Posts: 3663

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

Anyone need any more motivation than /\ that ? 

A few notes...if any of you want to incorporate the banner (generic as it may be) into your profile or use it as an avi you'll find a few different sizes at the back of my port.

Several people have asked for a Hi Res printable version so they can print copies for fundraisers at their workplaces, etc.  I have one available, if you want it just drop me your email in a PM.

Thanx to Jasmine Skye for pointing out that turning the banner into a Facebook/My Space avi would be another great way to network this event.  Please feel free.

Now...

WI PHOTOGS ONLY:  So far 6 photogs are signed up, and only 3, including myself and Frank, are from WI.  The rest are...FIB'S.  You know, those folks to the South of us, with their toll roads, that crappy baseball team and 'Da Bears' !  Are we gonna let them show up us photogs in Wisconsin ??  Lets get the word out and get some more Wisconites at the shoot !!

IL PHOTOGS ONLY:  Nicely done guys, way to put those dorky cheeseheads in their place.  We all know IL is the place to be, home of next years World Series Winners and 'Da Bears !  Don't get complacent now, spread the word to others in Chicago and Northern IL and show those WI whiners how to show up for a shoot !

I hope everyone takes those notes in the spirit in which they were intended - tongue FIRMLY in cheek...but seriously, pls, pls,pls keep networking and putting the word out and lets make sure all the beautiful and talented models that are volunteering don't end up standing around because we don't have enough photogs !!

YOU GUYS ROCK, YOU MOVE ME TO TEARS WITH YOUR GENEROSITY AND WE ARE GONNA BLOW THE DOORS OFF THAT NIGHT !!

Dec 05 09 08:37 pm Link

Model

Mallory Pecard

Posts: 13

Burlington, Wisconsin, US

This is such a cool idea! Count me in smile

Dec 06 09 10:48 am Link

Photographer

Robert A Photography

Posts: 464

Kenosha, Wisconsin, US

I am going to try an make it, but will not know until that Monday.

Dec 06 09 04:58 pm Link

Photographer

Richard Allen Photo

Posts: 3663

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

Robert A Photography wrote:
I am going to try an make it, but will not know until that Monday.

Don't worry ladies, he says that before EVERY event so you'll all make a big deal out of it when he shows up !!

KIDDING, I'M JUST KIDDING !


Robert, sincerely, I hope you can make it !!

Dec 06 09 06:08 pm Link

Model

Faith EnFire

Posts: 13514

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

I think it's going to depend on the day and how the weather is.  My car is not a winter car

Dec 07 09 07:50 am Link

Photographer

Richard Allen Photo

Posts: 3663

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

Faith EnFire wrote:
I think it's going to depend on the day and how the weather is.  My car is not a winter car

The Date is Wed Dec 16th...and Mother Nature has given a gaurentee she will cooperate !  smile

Dec 07 09 07:59 am Link

Photographer

MCMPHOTOGRAPHY

Posts: 1

Racine, Wisconsin, US

MCM Photography will be there to support such a worthy cause.

Dec 07 09 10:15 am Link

Photographer

Richard Allen Photo

Posts: 3663

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

MCMPHOTOGRAPHY wrote:
MCM Photography will be there to support such a worthy cause.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT !!

And Artzphotos is also on board, along with models Maemi Gojo and Mila J !

Keep spreading the word, pls !

Dec 07 09 10:46 am Link

Model

Jasmine Skye

Posts: 107

Chicago, Illinois, US

Just want to say WOW RICH...amazing...this will turn out tremendously, no matter what the outcome is...it's to HELP Renee..not about getting pictures and shooting...I can't wait to be there...kudos to you and all helping...will also do what I can to raise money for her....

I do hope more people show up and show their CHRISTMAS SPIRIT..that's what it is about........

xoxoxoxoxoxo to all....

Dec 07 09 11:14 am Link

Model

Rachel Jay

Posts: 20387

Knoxville, Tennessee, US

Samantha Labus wrote:
If you can not make it Rachel, I will be more than willing to drive down and pick anything up you would want brought to the event! Let me know!

Aww thanks!  A local photographer has also offered to bring stuff for me as well.

Dec 07 09 11:18 am Link

Model

China-White

Posts: 55

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

I wish I could be there!
I get out of work in the evening and have my little one. hmm
I'm so glad to see all the participants though!
What a beautiful and heartfelt thing to do! smile

Dec 07 09 03:20 pm Link