As a administrator of a facebook group for Calgary Photographers & area, I oversee this site that many sell to each other, of their unwanted prop items, mostly geared to baby photographers. On Sept 9, a photographer put it out there, that there was a need for a professional photographer for a charity event, that was happening on Sept 15. Hmmm…I waited for a bit, to see if there were others wanting to bite at this opportunity. It was a no go, ..I followed the link, and read about their cause.
It was a golf charity presented by Bowen, called the 14th annual Scott Smed Invitational! Whoa…that sounded pretty important! How did it get started?! Well, the parents of Scott, are Shannon Bowen-Smed and Peter Smed. Due to unfortunate circumstances in May of 2001, when Shannon was 7 months pregnant, she found herself sharing a room, and having to deliver their son, Scott that would not live. The hospital did not have the facilities to provide the kind of private and personal care, that they needed during this difficult time. Their experience made them want to reach out and change things to help parents who would also have to go through a similar experience, by creating private rooms and therefore the Scott Smed Foundation was created in September, 2001. Why golf? They had a golf tournament the year before, when they were married, and made a committed to carry on the tournament in the name of charity. It’s not only just about Scott anymore, but for every family, and every child that is lost, and in making a grandeur difference in the city of Calgary.
I am a child photographer and one that participates in small charities, that I have sought out or have created. I was the 1st of only two Canadian Professional Photographers, that participated in Operation Smile with the PP of America in 2013. I had Monday, Sept 15, entirely free…a rarity! I sent my email to Melissa. She was thrilled! My heart was sealed to this cause that helps children and families.
Monday, Sept 15, 2014, marked the 14th annual Scott Smed Invitational, that would raise money to support three great causes that make a vital difference in the city of Calgary community!
1) Community Kitchen Program of Calgary
2) KidsSport Calgary
3) Pregnancy and Infant Loss Programs.
This event was held on the most gorgeous day that we have had this summer (I’m sure Scott Smed had a huge part in this) at the Cottonwood Golf and Country Club. The mist from the Bow river quickly burned off, no wind, and the sun was shining!
The blue bears were welcoming all the fabulous sponsors that were ready to take a ride! The golfers registered, bought their mulligans and prize draws, caught breakfast at the clubhouse, and warmed up their skills on the driving range! A warm inviting welcome from Shannon and Peter, had the 36 teams of golfers of to start a Texas Scramble.
Since, I have never been in a golf cart, nor on a 18 hole golf course (only mini golf) I opt for Elacy to drive me around. Good thing, she did or I would of never had tasted the Brisket Slider from Big T’s! Or that happy donut, from down at the Farmer’s Market! Best donut ever…move over Tim Horton’s!! All golfers were smiling, even those that didn’t see me photographing them, as they searched for their balls in bunkers and ponds!
JaguarCalgary had dropped by a red Ferrari for golfers to be distracted by! With a chance to win a weekend rental, depending how close you got to a hole! Organizational sponsors, food sponsors were only some of the things we had in store for the day! I felt official, minus the press release tag, that I might have had to be on the sidelines with a big 70-200mm zoom lense without touching the greens!
It was high noon sun, a dreadful condition most photographers would scream at and run under shade. I took it in full stride. Most golfers were wearing sunglasses and hats, so I didn’t worry about them having to squint looking directly into the sun. My camera was the canon mark5D iii, with 85mm 1.2L lense. I moved my shutter into silent mode, so it was barely a soft click, to not disturb them. It did slow my frames per second down to have it on that setting, but I got great images, without feeling the need to rush!
Once the golfers came back in, tallies were recorded, cocktails were served, and a live band, Sandy D’acey and friends played along to entertained, silent bids could be offered. Mc’s Bille Jo from Kiss radio 95.9 and Christina Rowsell radio host, got the sponsors donating to help feed the hungry. I was glad that I was sitting at the volunteer table, even though I did get a lot of food throughout the day, we could eat first. Steak, with roasted potatoes & beans, and 4 types of salads. Our mc’s had some guests giving cash donations, to help them jump the line for their turn for their dinner plate! It was all for a very good cause! $25 can go a long way in feeding much needed meals for the Community Kitchen. A great memorable thank you’s from Shannon & Peter, a silent auctions, as well as a chocolate bar. The chocolate bar, consisted of 4 chocolates in box from Jacek chocolates. The ticket price for a box was $100!!! with a chance to win a west jet ticket to anywhere they fly too, …but the catch…there is only 1 Box that has 4 silver “coins” or “Wrappers” and no one can open their boxes, until all that want to buy would buy. At the last minute, West Jet, threw in tickets to Hawaii (as that is coming available to fly soon). When they started opening the boxes…over to the one table…where Joey Klassen, Senior Executive of Joey’s Restaurants…had already was eating his silver wrapped chocolates…and he won! His first comment was…he will probably use it to fly to Kelowna, but he better ask his wife. There were other highlights of the night, but you just had to be there!
The hard working Bowen volunteers never seemed to stop working for long. It was a great day, for 3 great causes! I am so glad, that I had the day available, that the weather was perfect, and that I was able to participate and photograph this event.
Save the date for Sept 14, 2015, for the 15th year, and the last annual Scott Smed Invitational, as they move forward into a different direction, in the years to come!
So, glad I took the opportunity to say, I DO have time on Sept 15, to volunteer my services. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to participate in, to rub shoulders with some giants in the corporate world, and to make new friends. I found it interesting to see how these big corporation charity events function. Although, I would really have to be behind the scenes to see it all come together and to see how they come together. In my small efforts, i do enjoy being a charitable photographer, with the heart beats group at Children’s hospital each Valentine’s Day, to SOS Ukraine, to Operation Smile…and another one will be launching soon! One day, I too..hope that I can make a BIGGER difference through being a philanthropy photographer.
Thank you, Christina http://www.christinaparkerphotography.com