On August 24th, I had the opportunity to photograph a charity event at Hotel Baker in St. Charles, IL. The event was hosted by Jenny McCarthy and was benefiting Bridges Montessori Academy (her son’s school).
A referral from a fellow photographer and friend, Eva Ho (Eva Ho Photography), landed me on the red carpet. I had the pleasure of photographing next to the very talented, Brian Babineau. You name it, he’s photographed it!
Jenny McCarthy was accompanied by her boyfriend, Donnie Wahlberg.
There was plenty of food, entertainment and auction items throughout the evening. The auctioneer raised money as quickly as he was speaking. Tens of thousands of dollars was raised for the school. A contortionist amazed the audience. The artist, Elliot From, pumped up the crowd with his original artwork. Patrick Sharp went on to sign that painting. He even promised the winning bid, the signatures of his teammates. To say the least, the painting went for a tad bit more.
There were numerous dancers from the show “Dancing with the Stars“. They entertained the audience with their highly energized routines. Celebrity dancers, Kelly Monaco (Season 1 Winner) and Drew Lachey (Season 2 Winner), also made an appearance on the dance floor.
My husband, Chris Gaietto, got the shot of the evening. Jenny McCarthy with old boyfriend, Brian Urlacher and new boyfriend, Donnie Wahlberg.
The evening was quite memorable for my husband and I. We have done family sessions together and even weddings. However, this event was truly an amazing experience and I’m happy I was able to share it with him.
I’ve been published!