I was recently invited to be the photographer for a prestigious charity event, the Black And White Gala for the Bursary Of Hope For Autism. This non-profit organisation raises awareness and funds for autistic youth throughout the region and I encourage readers to find out more from their web site.
As the name implies, this was a black tie affair. Liuna Station in Hamilton, Ontario, was the venue. Guests began arriving around 6pm and mingled for drinks. A silent auction fundraiser proved quite popular with guests while waiting for dinner to be served.
During dinner our two MC’s kept guests entertained before introducing the keynote speaker for the evening, Julie Cole. Mother of six and founder of Mabels Labels, Julie began her career as a lawyer before changing tracks after becoming the mother of an autistic child. Since then she has successfully raised a total of six children, founded the multi-million dollar Mabels Labels from her home, and become a much sought after dinner speaker. Julie also shared with guests that her autistic child had recently graduated university successfully. Autism is a spectrum. And organizations like the Bursary Of Hope can help autistic children reach their full potentials, however far that may take them.
After the meal and the speeches were done, the entertainment proper began, with music by Duelling Pianos from Niagara. I left shortly after the conga line formed. But not before taking some photos of it.