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Mercy Ball 2017

Mercy Hospital hosts an annual Christmas Ball fundraiser that is an event to behold. I've had the honor to photograph special VIPs for Celebrate Arkansas Magazine for the past 4 years! Through that time I've met many great philanthropist of NWA that give of their funds and/or time for the great work of Mercy Hospital and the care it provides. The list of great men and women I've met are very impressive and makes me proud of what I get to do but be a part of NW Arkansas. This year I had the honor to meet and photograph Savvy Shields (2017 Ms America - grew up in Fayetteville, just a mile from the studio), Becky Henley (wife of Brian Henley - Celebrate Publisher), Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchison and David Wurm (VP of Sales Walmart - General Mills), just to name a few!

The event is typically the first weekend of December and if you're not in the holiday spirit by then, after this night you will be. It's not over the top "Christmas" but an impressive event with subtle hints of the holiday season introduction. Each year the JQ Hammons center is transformed from ceiling to floor in the most elegant style, it's a real treat to open the doors and see the room for the first time each year. From the exquisite table decor to the wall displays around the entire room, there is something to look at, even the hallways outside the ballroom are filled with decor to evoke a feeling of joy and excitement. Click here to see the Celebrate Arkansas magazine feature of the Mercy Ball.

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Eclipse - August 21, 1017

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By now everyone has heard about the Solar Eclipse happening August 21, 2017. Millions will be traveling across the US to rural areas, if you are, be forewarned to prepare for traffic, all hotels have been booked for weeks, restaurants will be full and safety will be a concern with so many traveling to small towns. Before I go further, I must give the redundant warning of looking directly at the sun, there are a few places that still have the special glasses but are running out quickly. If you cannot find anything, a welder's mask (yeah, I know, not many people have one) works. A simple search on line can give you other ways to view without looking directly at the sun.

I have several photographer friends who are planning on photographing it along the path of totality (where there is a total eclipse). While that path is about 65 miles wide the true precision is around a few feet (50' or less). I have found an interesting link that can show you exactly what time to expect the eclipse in your area and how much the sun will be blocked, all you do is put in your zip code: http://time.com/4882923/total-solar-eclipse-map-places-view/ The eclipse will only last under 3 minutes, so be prepared and plan. Another great source is on Canon's website.

If you don't make this one, don't worry there are more to come, sooner than we thought: https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/future/

If you're on Instagram, follow NASA. They have daily interesting facts, information and will have great coverage on Monday. For a site full of information: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

Another informative link I've found is: https://www.space.com/33797-total-solar-eclipse-2017-guide.html

For even more information there are several apps available to track, monitor and even do experiments: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/blogs/solar-eclipse-apps




Rogers Chamber Annual Banquet '17

Photographing the Rogers Chamber of Commerce Annual Event was 'business as usual' throughout the evening, little did I know what a great keynote was waiting. Nick Hobbs did an excellent job interviewing John Roberts, it was very informative, entertaining and motivational. Nick announced he had a surprise speaker, it was Johnelle Hunt, widow of Johnnie Hunt (JB Hunt). You immediately love her, she's so down to earth, sweet, caring and approachable.

After a couple of minutes Nick asked Johnelle about how she and Johnnie got started, she immediately had my full attention. She gave their history of how they got started with the rice hulls business which I didn't know about. She went on to talk about their struggles and how optimistic Johnnie was, and very humble about her role even though we know she as a great support and very hard worker, just as she is today. I was inspired and motivated by the story she shared and how persistent optimism can pay off. I was further enriched by how they both always show gratitude for everyone that works with them, and that's a lot, and also their morality with professional values.

The day after the banquet, I was watching the movie "Founder" about McDonald's 'founder' Ray Kroc, and thought they really should make a movie about Johnnie and Johnelle Hunt, it would make a much better inspirational movie! There is a book "J.B. Hunt: The Long Haul to Success" that I am looking forward to reading more.
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