Senator Jack Hart, Lynn Bozof, Rita Cosby, Cindy Krejny, Samantha Busch, Kyle Busch, and Dr. William Schaffner
Benefit to Save Lives in the Fight against Meningitis, a Vaccine-Preventable Disease
Honored Samantha & Kyle Busch, NASCAR Champion, Mass. State Senator Jack Hart,
Cindy Krejny and William Schaffner, MD. Richard Thomas & Rita Cosby Emcee
The annual National Meningitis Association (NMA) Give Kids a Shot Gala was once again an emotion filled evening but a stellar success in aiding the fight against meningitis, a potentially vaccine preventable disease. Held in the elegant ballrooms of the historic New York Athletic Club with phenomenal views of Central Park as a backdrop, hundreds of New York’s movers and shakers turned out to support the cause and also to congratulate meningitis survivor & Para Olympic Gold Medalist Nick Springer, an Honorary Chair along with Ambassador & Mrs. John L. Loeb, Jr.
Guests mingled over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while poring over the dazzling array of Silent Auction gifts from breathtaking jewels to one of a kind fashions and even a commemorative bottle of Medea Vodka with an LED message from Richard Thomas shimmering across the bottle like a Broadway marquee. NMA President Lynn Bozof and Committee Co-Chairs Sara Herbert Galloway, Gary Springer and Lenore Cooney swirled through the room greeting friends and introducing this year’s honorees: Dr. William Schaffner, Health Achievement Award Honoree for his advocacy of the role of vaccines in protecting individual and community health; Cindy Krejny, Moms on Meningitis Outstanding Service Award for her tireless efforts to educate the public about meningitis and her work with Ohio lawmakers to mandate vaccination for college students; Massachusetts State Senator Jack Hart who pushed the passage of a mandatory vaccination in his home state, with the Nancy Ford Springer Inspiration Award and NASCAR record breaking winner Kyle Busch & his wife Samantha with the Community Leadership Award for the work of their Kyle Busch Foundation in support of programs that aid disabled and disadvantaged children around the country.
Sara Herbert Galloway, Jim Luce, Norma Abbene
President Lynn Bozof gave moving testimony to the reason everyone was gathered – to prevent this dreaded disease by having pre-teens and teens vaccinated.
Well known author and broadcast journalist Rita Cosby, filling in for longtime NMA host actor Richard Thomas, who was filming, kept the evening running smoothly. Unexpectedly, Thomas showed up on a break from shooting Law & Order SVU to personally congratulate the honorees and thank all the supporters.
The National Meningitis Association (NMA) is a nonprofit organization founded by parents of children who have died or live with long-term effects from meningococcal disease, also called bacterial meningitis. NMA works to protect families from the potentially devastating effects of meningococcal disease by educating the public, medical professionals and others about the disease and its prevention. The NMA network also provides critical emotional support for families who have been affected by meningococcal disease. Additionally, NMA raises awareness of other preventable diseases and recommended vaccines across the lifespan.
Ulrika “Red” Nilsson
Honorary Chairs for the event were Ambassador & Mrs. John L. Loeb, Jr. & Para-Olympic Gold Medalist Nick Springer; Gala Chairs Lenore Cooney, Cooney/Waters Group, Sara Herbert-Galloway & Gary Springer, Springer Associates PR; Vice Chairs, Joanna Goldenstein, KPMG,LLP; Barry J. Klarberg Monarch Wealth & Business Management.: Ulrika “Red” Nilsson, Redcircle International, Inc. & Heike M. Vogel, Arent Fox LLP; Auction Chairs, Matt Klarberg, Monarch Wealth & Business Management and Errol Rappaport.
Honorary Committee included Michael Badalucco, Susan & Hon. James A. Baker III, Lynn Grossman & Bob Balaban, Steve Buscemi, Victor Calise, Commissioner Disabilities, Mayor’s Office, City of New York, U.S, Senator Susan Collins, Judy & Rod Gilbert, Adam Graves, Amy Madigan & Ed Harris, Lainie Kazan, Felicity Huffman William H. Macy, Chenoa Maxwell, Congressman Michael M. Michaud, James Naughton, Congresswoman Shelly Pingree, Heather Randall, Susan Sarandon, Joe Sirola, U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe, Liv Ullman.
Committee members included Stewart Lane & Bonnie Comley, Norma Abbene, Jeri Acosta, Eileen Boyle, Lynn & Alan Bozof, Peggy & Mike Bressler, Elizabeth Browning, Lori & Curt Buher, Lorraine C. Cancro, Elizabeth Cier, Terry M. & J. Price Corr, M.D. , Thomas Cook, Rita Cosby, Christine DeLisle, Jamie DeRoy, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Robert Farber, Laura & Jack Fitzpatrick, Jeri Brooks, Greenwell, Jonathan Hadaya, Laura & Ken Hartwig, Charlotte & Harvey Hodges, David Hryck,, Lucia Hwong-Gordon, Susan James, Marcie L. Kammel, Nikki Klarberg, Josh Klein, Jeffrey Kramer, Donna & Michael Laforgia, Lucy Jane Lang, Marian Koltai-Levine & Dan Levine, Kedakai & James Lipton, Ida Liu, Barbara & Earl Magdovitz. Leslie Maier, Cindy Marinangel, Chenoa Maxwell, Kevin McGovern, Sherri Michelstein, Jennifer Mocbeichel, Jan & Michael Planit, Susan & Peter Purdy, Frank Recchia, April Sandmeyer, Cassandra Seidenfeld Lyster, Jean & Martin Shafiroff, Allison Strassberg, LaForce + Stevens, Carol & Gerald Tufano, Carolyn & Rick Waghorne and Mr. & Mrs. John Wukovits III.
Medical Committee includes Richard Besser, M.D, ABC News; Paul Offit M.D.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Nancy Snyderman, M.D. NBC News.; James C. Turner, M.D., Professor of Internal medicine, University of Virginia and Dr. Roger W. Yurt, Chief of Burn Surgery, NY Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Also attending were Logan West, Miss Teen USA 2012 & Emma Kenney, teen star of Showtime’s “Shameless”; Bree Michael Warner, star of Nickelodeon’s “I Carly” and NMA Teen Ambassadors, brother and sister, Justin and Alana Galloway.
An Online Charity Buzz Auction features an extraordinary array of one-of-a-kind experiences, art work and luxury items such as a week for twelve in an elegant Acapulco Cliffside villa; VIP tickets to the Justin Timberlake & Jay Z Concert at Yankee Stadium; Exclusive NASCAR Sprint Cup VIP Experience for 4 at Your Choice of Event; Behind-the-Scenes Tour for 4 of Good Morning America in NYC with ABC News’ Dr. Richard Besser; Ermenegildo Zegna Made-to-Measure Blazer; Calla Lilly Original archival pigment print from famed fashion photographer Robert Farber‘s book Natural Beauty; an ad & story in Black Tie Magazine, the international magazine of society, celebrity & philanthropy; Sport Medicine Therapy Sessions with Tamara Eristavi in NYC; VIP Passes to Art Southampton, the premiere international contemporary art fair in the Hamptons and much more.
To bid on the Online Auction at Charity Buzz please go to:
Bree Michael Warner, Timothy Hudson
Erica Lynne Lacombe
Senator Jack Hart
Logan West (MIss Teen USA 2012), Nick Springer
Lauren Leeber, Emma Kenney
For more information about NMA’s life-saving work, please visit www.nmaus.org
Press release provided by ALCHIMIA, Edward Callaghan-John Wegorzewski & Associates, Public Relations & Marketing
On Monday, April 22, 2013, National Meningitis Association will hold its annual Give Kids a Shot Gala. The event takes place at the New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South, New York 10019. Cocktails & Silent Auction begin at 7:00 PM followed by dinner & the NMA Awards. Society-In-Focus was happy to donate our time to photograph this event last year and are honored to be invited back this year to support this important cause.
Carol Alt, Sara Herbert Galloway, Cassandra Seidenfeld-Lyster
Honorary Chairs are Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr. & Para-Olympic Gold Medalist Nick Springer; Gala Chairs Lenore Cooney, Cooney/Waters Group, Sara Herbert-Galloway & Gary Springer, Springer Associates PR; Vice Chairs, Joanna Goldenstein, KPMG,LLP; Barry J. Klarberg Monarch Wealth & Business Management.: Ulrika “Red” Nilsson, Redcircle International, Inc. & Heike M. Vogel, Arent Fox LLP; Auction Chairs, Matt Klarberg, Monarch Wealth & Business Management and Errol Rappaport.
Ronni Schanbaum, Jamie Schanbaum, Patsy Schanbaum, K.P.Schanbaum
Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Ulrika “Red” Nilsson
2013 Honorees are William Schaffner, M.D., Health Achievement Award; Cindy Krejny, Moms on Meningitis Award; Massachusetts State Senator Jack Hart, Nancy Ford Springer Inspiration Award; Samantha and Kyle Busch, NASCAR Champion, The Kyle Busch Foundation, Community Leadership Award.
Honorary Committee includes Michael Badalucco, Susan & Hon. James A. Baker III, Lynn Grossman & Bob Balaban, Steve Buscemi, Victor Calis, Commissioner Disabilities, Mayor’s Office, City of New York, U.S, Senator Susan Collins, Judy & Rod Gilbert, Adam Graves, Amy Madigan & Ed Harris, Lainie Kazan, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Congressman Michael M. Michaud, James Naughton, Congresswoman Shelly Pingree, Heather Randall, Susan Sarandon, Joe Sirola, U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe, Liv Ullman, Thomas Cook, Logan West, Miss Teen USA 2012 & Emma Kenney, teen star of Showtime’s “Shameless”.
Chad Hoover (Sanofi Pasteur), Lynn Bozof
Medical Committee includes Richard Besser, ABC News; Paul Offit M.D. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Nancy Snyderman, M.D. NBC News.; James C. Turner, M.D., Professor of Internal medicine, University of Virginia and Dr. Roger W. Yurt, Chief of Burn Surgery, NY Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Committee members include Norma Abbene, Jeri Acosta, Eileen Boyle, Lynn & Alan Bozof, Peggy & Mike Bressler, Elizabeth Browning, Lori & Curt Buher, Lorraine C. Cancro, Elizabeth Cier, Terry M. & J. Price Corr, M.D., Rita Cosby, Christine DeLisle, Jamie DeRoy, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Robert Farber, Laura & Jack Fitzpatrick, Jeri Brooks Greenwell, Jonathan Hadaya, Laura & Ken Hartwig, Charlotte & Harvey Hodges, David Hyrcyk, Lucia Hwong-Gordon, Susan James, Marcie L. Kammel, Nikki Klarberg, Josh Klein, Jeffrey Kramer, Donna & Michael Laforgia, Lucy Jane Lang, Marian Koltai-Levine & Dan Levine, Kedakai & James Lipton, Ida Liu, Citi Private Bank, Barbara & Earl Magdovitz. Leslie Maier, Cindy Marinangel, Kevin McGovern, Sherri Michelstein, Jennifer Mocbeichel, Jan & Michael Planit, Susan & Peter Purdy, Frank Recchia, April Sandmeyer, Cassandra Seidenfeld Lyster, Jean & Martin Shafiroff, Allison Strassberg, LaForce + Stevens, Carol & Gerald Tufano, Carolyn & Rick Waghorne and Mr. & Mrs. John Wukovits III.
Richard Thomas, Gary Springer, James Naughton
During the 1990’s, there was a significant increase in the number of adolescents and young adults killed or disabled by meningococcal meningitis; young people who were seemingly healthy, vibrant and often athletic. Most of the families were unaware of a vaccine that could have saved their children’s lives or anguish. The National Meningitis Association (NMA), a non-profit organization, was formed in 2002 by parents whose children were killed or disabled by meningitis. Since then, NMA has created educational programs that reach millions of people each year with information about available immunizations and disease symptoms and thoughtful, comprehensive support programs for families devastated by the ravages of the disease.
For more information about NMA’s life-saving work please visit www.nmaus.org
Press release provided by ALCHIMIA, Edward Callaghan-John Wegorzewski & Associates, Public Relations & Marketing
Sara Herbert-Galloway and Barry J. Klarberg
On Monday, April 23rd, 2012, we will be photographing the Fourth Annual “Give Kids a Shot!” National Meningitis Association Gala at the New York Athletic Club in NYC! The event is being touted as “A Benefit to Save Lives in the Fight Against Meningitis, a Vaccine-Preventable Disease” and is the NMA’s signature fundraising event.
This year’s event will be honoring several individuals with various awards. The Health Achievement Award is being presented to Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of the Sanofi-Aventis Group. The Moms on Meningitis Award is being presented to Jeri Acosta and Jeri Greenwell. The Nancy Ford Springer Inspiration Awards are being presented to Sara Herbert-Galloway and Barry J. Klarberg, Monarch Wealth & Business Management.
Chairs for the event will be Lenore Cooney and Gary Springer. Honorary chairs will be Ambassador and Mrs. John L. Loeb, Jr. and Nick Springer. Master of Ceremonies will be Emmy Award Winner Richard Thomas and the Auction Chairs will be Matt Klarberg and Errol Rappaport.
The event takes place at the New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South, New York 10019; Cocktails & Silent Auction 6:30pm followed by dinner & the NMA Awards.
Individual Tickets $500. Tables $10,000 to $100,000.
For Leadership Packages, Sponsorships and tickets contact Susan Shattuck/ Laurie Krotman, Special Events Unlimited, 212-244-7333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about NMA’s life-saving work please visit www.nmaus.org
Bed of Roses in a Bridal Suite
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it seems like love is in the air and lots of local sweethearts are getting engaged and planning their weddings. This is an exciting time of year for us here at T.H.E. Fitzgerald Photography! We’re getting lots of inquiries each week and our calendars are going to be filling up quickly.
We had the pleasure of recently shooting at several locations and wedding venues in the area including Watermill Caterers in Smithtown, Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, Chateau at Coindre Hall in Huntington, West Sayville Country Club, Venetian Yacht Club in Babylon, Fox Hollow in Woodbury, Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, the Antique Carousel in Greenport, West Lake Inn in Patchogue, The View Restaurant (NYC’s only revolving rooftop restaurant), and even Central Park just to name a few!
We offer the following wedding related services:
- Traditional and photo-journalistic style photographs
- Engagement photo sessions
- “Save the Date” photo options for your invitations
- Boudoir photography
- Rehearsal dinner coverage
- On-location professional studio lighting for bridal portraits and couple portraits
- Up to two photographers for complete event coverage
- Wedding album providing both traditional photographs as well as the photo-journalistic photographs that allow us to create a story telling album that takes you from the bridal suite until the last dance of the reception
- Parent albums
- Online proofing and print ordering (we can also offer proofs in individual prints or proof books)
- Various mounting surfaces: standard framing and matting; ready-to-hang mounted on lightweight black gatorboard; heavy-duty canvas wrapped around an internal wooden frame or rolled; box frames with mounted prints
- Various print surfaces: glossy, lustre, matte, metallic
- Thank You cards
- Trash the dress photo sessions
If you’re still looking for a photographer, come check us out on our website, Facebook, Twitter, or LIWeddings and then contact us for prices or an appointment today!
Wedding Dress Bodice Detail
Posted February 5th, 2012. 1 comment
On Saturday, October 29, 2011, Society-In-Focus attended Social Life Magazine’s Halloween Bash at Skylight Soho in Manhattan!
The weather was terrible all day long with a mix of pouring rain, sleet, and snow, but we managed to throw some costumes together and make our way into the city to shoot this fun event. When we arrived outside the West Soho club, a long line of shivering guests under umbrellas was waiting outside to be let into the party. We were told to knock on a side door to be let into the press check-in area. After fighting our way through the crowd, we managed to get in and get our orange leopard print wristbands. The coat check line was ridiculously long, but luckily we found somewhere else to stash our coats and equipment.
We walked into a huge 15,000 square foot space with 20 foot ceilings and concrete floors. The room was lit up with red lights and ghoulish images were being projected on the walls. DJ Marvilous and Tyger Lilly were spinning the beats and hundreds of guests were dancing and having a great time. Full open bars were set up around the room to justify the event’s ticket fee and a VIP room was set up on one end of the room where table service was being provided.
We saw so many awesome costumes this year! Everything from the traditional angel and devil, Catwoman, flappers, fairy tale characters, and can-can girls to the super creative like a disco ball, “the other 99%”, Double Dare contestants, Zipperface, Boardwalk Empire’s Richard Harrow, and a plastic surgery patient gone bad! People seemed to love posing for pictures with their friends and we were able to give out so many business cards! Everyone was drinking and dancing and some games of limbo even broke out!
Queen of Hearts and Nerds
Strawberry Shortcake and Friend
Slash, Flight Attendant, Cowgirl, Cowboy
Leopard and Tron guy
The party raged on until 2am at which time everyone formed another crazy long line for the coat check. We’re not really sure what was going on with the retrieval of the coats, but it seemed like the crowd was getting pretty upset about something. We got out of there just in time apparently because the cops showed up after we got back to the car!
Halloween at Skylight Soho 2011
Anyway, despite that little hiccup, this was definitely one of the coolest events we’ve shot this year. It was fun to dress up and spend Halloween in NYC! Were you at the party with us? Check out all the photos here and drop us some comments!
Our Chief Photographer - Tom Fitzgerald
Lead Assistant Photographer Pamela Napoli, Makeup - ImmacuLOOK by Jocelyn (see link below)
ImmacuLOOK by Jocelyn
More photos from the Social Life Magazine Halloween Bash at Skylight Soho in NYC on October 29, 2011
View photos at SmugMug
Posted October 30th, 2011. 8 comments
Hey everyone! Can you believe Halloween weekend is upon us already?? Just a quick note to let everyone know that Society-In-Focus will be headed to Manhattan this weekend! We’ve been invited to shoot a few Halloween parties at some NYC clubs on Saturday, so we’ll see where the night takes us. For now we’re throwing together some last-minute costume ideas and getting our camera equipment ready to go. What about you? Drop us a line and let us know what you’re dressing up as and where you plan to party. Maybe we’ll see you in the city! Happy Halloween!
Chief Photographer - Tom Fitzgerald
Posted October 29th, 2011. Add a comment
A lot has happened here since our last post! After some research and careful thinking, T.H.E. Fitzgerald Photography has decided to start up a sister company focusing on the event photography aspect of our business. We’re proud to introduce our new website Society-In-Focus which just cleanly features photo galleries of all the Hamptons events and celebrities we’ve shot.
Our main company will still be providing all of its current services including wedding photography, portraits, and modeling portfolios, but we’ll be doing business as Society-In-Focus for all the future Hamptons and NYC event shoots. The galleries are open to the public and all the media outlets to view and prints and downloads are easily available for purchase at rates much lower than our bigger competitors. We’re very excited to start this new adventure and hope you’ll come check it out!
Posted July 26th, 2011. 2 comments
OK we’re back to posting, “again”, so here is the post from the last draft we had sitting in the queue, which by the way is somethig we did in the early summer/spring.
April 10th (yes this is was the last time we wrote something, but we will be writing all the time now) was Barry and Diana’s engagement shoot. This is one of those jobs that are just easy, because the bride and groom-to-be are just cool people all around. We met up out in front of Nero Restaurant on Gansevoort St. down in The Village. It was a perfect day for shooting. Because it was late in the morning, the north west sides of the buildings provided the perfect shooting locations because of the shadow areas with fill light bouncing off of the opposing structures. We walked around a bit, shooting in various locations and got some really cooly shots. Here is a photo from that day…
"All you need is Love"
Posted October 22nd, 2010. Add a comment
Just a mesage to let everyone know that we will be shooting in Manhattan twice in the March and April timeframe. We will be there for some wedding engagement shoots, a portrait shoot, and to meet with some Hamptons media editors. If you were planning on contacting us and meeting in Manhattan is most convenient for you, then please let us know as soon as possible. We will be sure to schedule some time with you.
Posted March 4th, 2010. 1 comment