ana gil-taylor event photographer: Mr. Habitat 2016 Recap

ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6780Syracuse Habitat for Humanity‘s main fundraising event to benefit Women Build, held yesterday at Drumlins Country Club, was one of their best yet.  Switching the venue was a great move from BizEventz Director, Joyl Clance. It felt a bit more intimate and there was plenty of free parking- more money for raffle tickets, ha!. LIsa Chelenza was the Emcee for the night; the woman is super funny! And of course sound and visuals by my boy Chris Tracy from Visual Technologies from on point. ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6247ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6342

The reception hosted a variety of appetizers and a cash bar with live music by the talented Michael Kelly of Slow Train . ana gil- taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6300 The Silent Auction Items included a variety of beautiful art pieces, MacKenzie-Childs goodies, and Syracuse’s Crunch packages, among others. There were also two pretty happy buckets for raffle going around full of fun..and I spotted, Life of Reilley, LOR in that bucket of happiness – Below is also a picture of Mr. Habitat 2015, Scott Farnett, doing his thing selling raffle tickets for those baskets.

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Now on to the live auction. The live Auction opened up with Lisa Chelenza introducing Suzanne Williams, Executive Director, for Syracuse Habitat. Suzanne shared a great back story of how and why Mr. Habitat got started; funny, ask her if you get the pleasure of meeting her. Here she is with Mr. Habitat 2015, Scott Farnett,

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As always, Lisa kept things moving and real on stage. The contestants were all great, but since I love to dance,  my favorites were Roberto Perez from La Familia de la Salsa, whose hips moves had the ladies screaming for Salsa lessons – It is no surprise his  auctioned package went for higher than its value.ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6453                                                                             My girl Melissa Vassenelli from Dancing with Our Stars and Redhouse’s Stephford Brunson’s, also from Dancing with Our Stars, danced a pretty great “Cha, Cha” so much fun! ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6574                                                                                                                                      Some of the other live auction items included: On-Air time  and a tour at TK99, Golf lessons with  Mark DeAngelis, Jr. from Mark Antony Homes (pretty handsome fellow),  Shawn Reidy from Anheuser-Busch had a package which included Yankee Tickets and a tour of their plant.  last but not least, 2016 Mr. HabitatAaron Santangelo, from Northland Communications who auctioned off  a great package, but all I remember  and I am sure must of the ladies, was his tech services  and handy work around the house. There was a bit of a bid war going on with the ladies, for his package; a Technician and a handyman? It sounds like a Lifetime movie doesn’t it.. ha!

ana gil-taylor_Mr Habitat 2016ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6508Eana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6729ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6722ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6786ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6758ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6768It was a really fun night, very happy to be part of this fundraising event to keep helping our community.  Below is a picture of all the contestants, accompanied by Suzanne Williams, Executive Director, Syracuse Habitat, Lisa Chelenza from TK99 and Joyl Clance Director at BizEventz.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6771                                    ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6750                ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6340                                                                                                                       ana gil-taylor_Mrhabitat2016Until next time, This is ana gil-taylor, Thanks for reading! And if you have an event coming up and would like it documented, feel free to contact me.

I leave you with a picture of yours truly  and Joyl from BizEventz before the event, and Lisa Chelenza  and I goofing off at the end of the night 🙂

Want to see more pictures from the night? Visit my website here to view the entire gallery. Have fun! XO ana

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Central New York portrait photographer, specializing in headshots and events well as high school senior and family portraits.

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