“The Spirit Moves Me” 2012
Thrilled to see that my work, Love for Alyssa has made the finalist cut for Critical Mass 2012. It is an honor to be selected as one of the 200 finalists out of 756 talented entries from around the world. This gives us a great opportunity to have more eyes see what we are all about. Two hundred respected jurors in the photographic world will now decide the final 50 finalist. Wish us luck!
In other news, we are regrouping from the summer and tackling the need for a new name for our organization. The name Love for Alyssa will always remain the name of this project, for I will always have much love for Alyssa. As we said before, now that our organization has grown with Jerry and Robert, we are in need of a name that suits us a unit and as a global brand. This task of deciding a new name has not been easy. I am hoping that any day, really soon, something great will pop into one of our minds. When this happens we will be able to launch our new website and move forward, so that things can continue to fall into place.
It is pretty remarkable to think how far we have come and how much I have learned in a yr and half. The journey thus far has been challenging yet rewarding. It is all about staying the course, for I know nothing every comes easy.
In case you missed our latest news, we are now a 501c3 tax-deductible organization!
Please have a look at little Joseph’s video down below if you haven’t seen it yet.
Please share this video of 2-year old Joseph with others. We believe social media is an important outlet to funnel such important messages. Many thanks to documentary photographer and filmmaker Jason Greene for creating this video. Thank you so much for your friendship and sharing your talent.
RECENT NEWS- we are happy to say that we are now a 501c3 tax-deductible organization!
If you would like to make a donation you may do so here – DONATION
If you missed our CNN feature, the links are down below.
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Today is very exciting for us, CNN is featuring Love for Alyssa. Much thanks and appreciation goes to CNN’s Brett Roegiers.
CNN PHOTOS has 12 images and an interview- http://cnnphotos.blogs.cnn.com/category/jennifer-kaczmarek/
Hi Everyone, May 12th came and went so fast. The show was everything I had hoped for it to be. The room oozed of positive energy. For me the evening was a complete whirlwind seeing three years in the making finally come to fruition. As I’ve said to those close to me, the only other event similar in my life to compare it to was my own wedding reception, where the fleeting details are lost in obscurity. After asking at least a handful of people about attendance, the reality was there were between 250 to 300 attendees throughout the night. The highlight was witnessing the faces that were so deeply moved. Not that my goal was to make people cry, but it was heart-warming to see such an emotional response, surprisingly quite a few men were struck hard. Common comments were made, “I can’t imagine being a single dad in that position”. Even if it had been a single mother should it be perceived any different or any less of a struggle, but with the traditional role left to a man in such a position was a trigger for some of the men in the room. What this meant all in all, was that I succeeded in what I was trying to do; to have one step into the shoes of another. It was all of the elements that came together that night that helped make it so impactful. The recognition of all our sponsors who made this show possible, the children’s artwork that was donated that filled one wall that surrounded an image of Alyssa, the media support, the community support, and the overall message of reaching out and helping someone else. I believe it all resonated.
I would like to take a moment to thank some very special people. Joe Vance and the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach, FL, I thank Joe for his immense help, knowledge and friendship. Thank you to Kevin Miller the curator of The Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona, FL for connecting me to Reg Garner owner of Triangle Reprographics in Orlando, FL. Love for Alyssa’s beautiful prints, that stellar quality, made from a LightJet photographic digital printer on Fuji Crystal Archive photo paper. They are silver halide emulsion prints (not inkjet). Thank you to Victoria Jones and Markus Heilman, owners of Frame of Mind in Ormond Beach, FL for all their help and generosity. Thank you to Piedmont Plastics for sponsoring our plexiglass. Thank you to Hammock Beach Resorts for their amazing 3 bedroom oceanview suite and round of golf we raffled off at the exhibit. Thank you so much to Quenby Sheree for helping with the hard and tedious work of framing the images. Thank you to my brother-in-law, Rodd Kaczmarek for building a beautiful crate to store these images in. Thank you to Diana Nguyen and Tyler Gynizio for all of their help the night of the exhibition. Thank you to Hollingsworth Gallery. Thank you to Debbie Blazer for saving me the night before the exhibition with her talents. Thank you to Delynn and Kenneth Maples for all of their support, friendship, and hard work.
Also, I would like to thank Jennifer Kuiper for all the hard work she has volunteered to do since the start of this non-profit. She is an amazing person. Thank you to Kerri Huckabee and her school, Flagler Beach Montessori for their ongoing support, and to all the children of her school who donated artwork for our children’s exhibition. Thank you to the children of Trinity Troopers Youth Group of Trinity Presbyterian Church, brownie troop 872 , the Hollingsworth Gallery’s art classes, Flagler Highschool, and Pathways Elementary – where Alyssa attends. Thank you to the children of Hollingsworth art classes and the children of various other schools. All these children’s artwork filled one wall that surrounded an image of Alyssa. Their inspirational work added magic to the evening.
In addition I would also like to thank the following people for their knowledge and gifts. Thank you to our wonderful musical act Beartoe. Thank you for all of the food that was sponsored for by Blue at the Topaz, Thai Korner, Woody’s BBQ, Dominics Deli and Publix. Thank you to Sean McNeil, Christina Katsolis, Alexis Rogers, Victor Rollins, Eva Bishop, and Betty Jo, and Kacie Boniberger of UCF who interned with us. We are so grateful for all of the great supportive press we had. It was definitely a nice surprise to wake up the morning of the show to find that Alyssa was on the front page of the Daytona Beach News Journal.
Here are links to the following articles leading up to the show starting with the last.
A very special thank you to some special people in my life who traveled to share this special evening with me, my family; Debbie and Emilio Martinez, Christian, Natalie, Sammy, Alex, and baby Chrisitan who came from South Florida, Toma and Sharon Kaczmarek who came from Chicago, and our VP Delynn Maples and her husband Kenny Maples who came from Washington State.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support Alyssa and Joseph. Our first purchase was made a couple weeks ago, we assisted in getting Alyssa a wheelchair she needed to have while in school.
I’ve also been grateful for the acknowledgement of being one of the 11 finalist for the Michael P. Smith fund through the New Orleans Photo Alliance for my work in Love for Alyssa.
All I can say is that it is an exhilarating feeling to do something good!
* I do have a more serious note here to pass. To refresh, Joseph Parthemore is 2 years old and also born with arthrogryposis. Joseph’s condition has affected him differently than Alyssa because he has the potential to walk one day. Currently he is fed through a tube and until recently he was not able to breathe on his own. He has made major strides since we first met last summer. Joseph’s daily life can be life threatening if unattended. He requires 24 hour care because he is incapable of swallowing. Fluids in his mouth must be consistently suctioned. To Joseph’s family he is known as the three million dollar baby because as of date his medical expenses have surpassed that amount. Recently Blue Cross Blue Shield has dropped coverage for his 24 hour care, leaving Medicaid demanding a $2,800 a month co-pay for a nurse. This is an amount that they simply can not reach, and they are losing their battle against the insurance companies.
What is wonderful is that I have a platform to get this message out because his family is not being heard. If you can help or know someone that can please pass this along.
Our video of Joseph is almost complete, I just saw the first cut a couple days ago. Jason Greene is so gifted. Please stay tuned it will be posted soon.
Please continue donating and supporting these children.
Working on a new post, please check back soon! Thank you.
ENTER A CHANCE TO WIN!
We would like to thank the Club at Hammock Beach for helping us in our fundraising efforts, they have graciously given us 2 great giveaways we know you will love! We are going to raffle off these items starting today. You may purchase tickets now until the night of the exhibition, May 12th, when the drawing will take place. We will have two separate drawings for these items that evening. Tickets will be just $5 dollars or 5 for $20 dollars. There is no limit to the amount of tickets you may purchase, and you do not need to be at the event to participate, though we would love it if you could be there!
Proceeds from your donations will go towards assisting in the care of both Alyssa Hagstrom and 2-year-old Joseph Parthemore, also born with Arthrogryposis.
Out- of- towners may want to participate, Hammock Beach Resorts is a wonderful getaway!
* 2 NIGHT / 3 DAY STAY IN A 3 BEDROOM OCEAN VIEW SUITE AT HAMMOCK BEACH RESORT
* ONE ROUND OF GOLF FOR 4 PLAYERS AT THE CONSERVATORY GOLF COURSE
How to play
After purchasing your tickets, you will need to inform us which drawing you are participating in by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. click on the donation link at the top of the page.
2. use the pay pal button to make your donation for your ticket/s. (if you are purchasing more than $20, use the non specified paypal button further below.)
3. email email@example.com to give us your name, address, phone number, and email address.
4. we will email you back your raffle ticket number/s.
Please feel free to email us with any questions you may have.
Contact us if you wish to pay cash. You may also pay cash or check for your raffle ticket/s the night of the event.
Checks may be sent to: Love For Alyssa, Inc., P.O. Box 351025, Palm Coast, FL 32135 (please remember to add all contact information).