Posted on July 29, 2013
Last week was the annual Brodyn’s Friends Golfing for a Cure at Rosemont Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Brodyn, as you may remember from this previous blog post, is a wonderful boy that was born with Non Ketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH), a disease that thus far doesn’t have a cure, but is being researched by some of the top minds in the medical community.
To raise funds for further research into a cure for NKH, Brodyn’s parents founded Brodyn’s Friends, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of NKH and raising funds to help find a cure for it. The biggest fundraiser of the year is the annual Golfing for a Cure, which was held at Rosemont Country Club in Fairlawn, OH.
With the weather being seasonably hot, golfers began to arrive in the morning and were greeted by smiling faces and fresh coffee and bagels.. Many of them decided to use the driving range and practice green to knock some rust off of their swings and putts, while others milled about and read the information provided or chatted with event organizers and fellow golfers.
Around noon, the opening speeches were made, welcoming the golfers to the fundraiser and thanking them for attending. Northwestern Mutual donated a check of $10,000 to Brodyn’s Friends, recognizing their ongoing and tireless efforts to help people whose lives are affected by NKH.
At 1:00 the event began with a shotgun start, which means that every hole has golfers starting on it, rather than waiting for everybody st start off at the 1st hole. This helps the event move along smoothly rather than bottle-necking at the beginning. As the temperatures rose into the low 90’s, golfers kept cool with complimentary beverages and enjoyed themselves with a boxed lunch and complimentary cigars. Rosemont has plenty of large, mature trees surrounding it’s course so there was plenty of shade to help everybody stay refreshed.
At the close of the golf event was a wonderful buffet set out by Rosemont’s hospitality crew. Entertainment was provided by Joseph Whitehead and his guitar and a silent auction began. Items ranging from high-end liquors to baseball tickets to jewelry were up for bid with all proceeds going to Brodyn’s Friends.
To learn more about NKH and Brodyn’s Friends, visit www.BrodynsFriends.com.
Posted on April 29, 2013
Recently I worked with the organizers of the 2013 Brodyn’s Friends Golfing for a Cure to be held on Monday, July 15th at the Ridgewood Country Club. Brodyn is a super sweet boy who was born with Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH) and has been bravely battling it along with his supportive family and a wonderful group of friends. Founded by his loving parents, Heidi and Dan, Brodyn’s Friends has raised tens of thousands of dollars to help find a cure for Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH). The annual Golfing for a Cure is the group’s largest fundraiser of the year and promises to be a great time for all those involved.
I volunteered to take portraits of Brodyn for use on event marketing material. Being such a sweet boy, Brodyn was all smiles and fun, which made my job easy. His parents made him laugh and kept his spirits high throughout the entire photo shoot. After an hour of me taking photos of him he was still as high-spirited and fun-loving (something that many adults aren’t able to pull off). I primarily used an on-camera hotshoe flash set to TTL -2, because I didn’t want to blow the photo out with a lot of flash light. Using the walls and ceiling, I tried to simulate the look of a large softbox, rather than on-camera lighting.
Take a look at the event at brodynsfriends.com and consider attending the golfing event. There are few causes in the area that are truly locally-based and will have such a positive and direct impact on the life of a local child living with a disease. For more information about Golfing for a Cure, please call Heidi Leslie at 330-414-9949 or email her at Heidi@BrodynsFriends.com.
Here’s the flyer for Golfing For a Cure: Golfing For A Cure Flyer