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About Josie

I first met Josie a year ago.  Her mom had contacted me about doing a photo shoot for her.  Every year, Josie and her friends and family do a fundraising walk to help raise awareness and support about living with cystic fibrosis.  Josie has Cystic Fibrosis.

About the Photography Session

First off, Josie isn’t my average portrait photography session! It’s not easy photographing Josie.  She is very headstrong, and she knows what she wants.  I was definitely not the one in charge with this photography session!

The location we decided to use was her family home in and around the Wisconsin Dells.  I drove in my vehicle (along with my assistant and her mom), Josie drove a 4 wheeler.

We had so much fun on this shoot! Thank you Josie and family for inviting me into your home once again as your photographer!

If you would like to learn more about how you can help, check out https://www.cff.org/

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About Trappers Turn Golf Club

Every year, Trappers Turn Golf Club hosts the Grapes and Gourmet event.   Trappers Turn Golf Club is far more then just a golf course, I should know because I don’t play golf and have been there numerous occasions.  Besides the breathtaking views,  the facility is really sophisticated and accessible.  Because the restaurant area has so much natural light, it never feels claustrophobic or stuffy (even when its full of people!)  The event specialists really put a lot of effort into creating a one of a kind atmosphere. You can learn more about Trappers Turn Golf Club by clicking here.

 

Friends of Campus Foundation

First off, I will tell you a little bit about the Friends of the Campus Foundation, this is the organization behind the event.  They were started in 1974, and their mission is to raise funds for scholarships for the UW Baraboo. Their annual Grape and Gourmet Gala is one of their main fundraising events for scholarships.  If you are interested in learning how to donate, go to: http://baraboo.uwc.edu/support/giving-options

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Grape and Gourmet Gala 2017

Trappers Turn Golf Club has hosted the Grape and Gourmet Gala since I have been photographing it (about 4 years now.) Live classical music plays during a unique gourmet dinner created for this event – each course paired with a selected wine. Gala sponsor scholarships will be presented that night before the live auction begins. The gala is an elegant and entertaining charity event.  You can see all the pictures here https://stephshanks.com/gallery/grapes-and-gourmet-gala/

 

Scholarships

Because of the Grapes and Gala Event, UW Baraboo is able to give 25% more money in scholarships each year.  During the event, some of the recipients of the scholarships co mingle wtith guests.  A few are chosen to give a keynote speech during dinner.  Some of these students are the first in their family to go to college. They wouldn’t have been able to attend without the assistance of scholarships.

guests at an event at trappers turn