The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation Basket Ball, also known as #theboeheimball or the Gala, was held on Saturday, April 28th at the Turning Stone. This was the Foundation’s 19th year holding the Ball. With seven hundred guests and half a million dollars raised, there is no doubt their vision to help the community and its children has stayed as clear as it was when the organization first started. The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, supports not only cancer research and advocacy, but at risk children in our community. The Basket Ball, is their main fundraising event, which over the last nineteen years, has raised seven million, it all stays here in our CNY community. Allow me to “show you” a recap of the night….
The VIP reception, there is something about having three open bars, stocked with top shelf liquor at a very intimate reception. Guests are greeted by Jim and Juli at the Orange Carpet, where they get the opportunity to have their pictures taken with them. Guests get to take their picture home, the same night; not too shabby. As if three open bars and pictures with Jim and Juli wasn’t enough, VIP guests also have the opportunity, to use those expensive phones, to take selfies with their favorite player and even chat with them; It is a very relaxing atmosphere. The General reception, immediately follows the VIP reception and Jim and Juli are ready to meet their guests at the General reception right at 6p (this is very impressive – It is a hike, and there are not airport cars there, just saying! ) Props to the event coordinators! Ok back to the recap.
The General reception is very active, at this reception is where everyone one meets, where reporters are seen interviewing the coach, guests get the option of having their picture taken with the entire Syracuse Men’s Basketball team, they get to mingle with old friends, make new friends, check out Silent Auction items, enjoy drinks (two bars at the general reception) and hor’dorves, as well as taking selfies with Jim and Juli at the greeting area. Can you believe that even with all of this going on, I can still find you to take your picture!? I am good, just saying! 🙂
Let’s move onto the program! LIVE Auction
As it is tradition, to fans delight, the Syracuse Men’s Basketball team shared the stage with Jim and Juli. It was, at least to me, super cute to see the player’s shy faces as Jim, highlighted each one of them and their accomplishments this 2018 season. A part of the night which deserves a great and heart-felt mention is the honoring of former Administrative Assistant, Kelly Seubert. Jim and Juli shared how they will keep Kelly’s memory alive: Not only was she honored with a patch on all game uniforms, for the season, the coaching staff wearing a commemorative pin designed to look like the patch, but also donations which were made to the foundation instead of flowers (Kelly’s wish) were used to build medical supplies cabinets.
These cabinets, which were custom built and display the letter “K”, will be stationed at hospitals and will include various supplies to make hospital’s patients stay, a bit more comfortable. Donations were also made at the live auction to keep these cabinets stocked and distributed to local hospitals.
This year’s emcee’s were Associate Head Coach, Adrian Autry and Assistant Coach, Gerry McNamara. Live auction items included, Dinner with the Legends of SU Basketball, 2018 NBA Finals Game w/Private Charter, which auctioned off for forty-thousand dollars, and my personal favorite, a Turks & Caicos Vacation (visit link to see all live auction items: https://basketball18.auction-bid.org/microsite/items).
The night continued to my favorite part, dinner and dancing! It is so energizing to see couples of all ages boogie down! Prime Time Horns, owns it every year! Even Jim and Juli can’t resit the sound of those horns! It is a great, great time. AND………. that open bar stays active until the end of the night! Just saying…
Although I have been photographing the Basket Ball for five years now, I am always surprised at how smoothly this event runs. All transitions are seamless, from the VIP reception to dinner and dancing, to bids collection and distribution. Shout out to Kelly Taylor, former Foundation Administrator and Rachelle Luckette, Foundation Administrator, and of course, to the volunteers for all they do to make this event run so smoothly. It is great working with all of you!
Last but not least, Shout out to the Turning Stone Staff! It is sooo great working with them; anytime I have a question, there is always someone around to happily answer it. Love working with them as well.
Thank you so much for reading! Until next time!…, oh wait, wait… click —> For more pictures of the Gala and/or to watch a video recap by the #BoeheimBall entertainment team (Jackie Terribile, The Small Town Stylist, Nikki Poles, J Allen Inspired and myself, ana gil-taylor)
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