It means so much to us to be able to give back. Christmas wouldn’t feel the same without us helping our friends at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, Voorhees Division. The annual holiday event makes a wonderful evening for those in need with leukemia, and other blood disorders. Shirley Landgraff has done an amazing job at coordinating this event, but after nearly 16 years, she is retiring to spend more time with her family. All of the amazing volunteers, from the Waterford Woman’s Club to the “elves” from a local school help to make the season bright. And, let’s not forget Santa!! After 7 years, we are blessed to be a part.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without us helping our friends at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, Voorhees Division. Shirley Landgraff does an amazing job at coordinating this event, and all of the fabulously wonderful volunteers “help to make the season bright” for those in need. After 5 years, we are so happy to see the progress of many of the children. Hope. Faith. Believe. We are blessed to be a part.
It is a rare occasion, but when it happens, we like to ‘get away’. This past weekend, Nancy and John had the opportunity to hang out with friends and fellow photographers from Delaware, Don and Sue Engler, of Englers Designer Images.
We spent the afternoon at Longwood Gardens, in Kennett Square, PA. Wonderful!! For those of you that have been there, especially this time of year, you know what I’m talking about. For those of you that have never been, you should check it out. Talk about perfection. Sensational floral displays, spectacular lighting after dark, and all around feel-good time. After the gardens we drove into town and had dinner on State Street at a quaint little place named Newton’s. Good food, good drinks, good times with our good friends.
For the last 5 years or so, we’ve helped try to make the lives of children, and their families, a little brighter during the Christmas Holiday by volunteering to take and print photos of children with cancer, leukemia, sickle-cell, and other afflictions. The kids and their families come in, meet with Santa, get their picture taken with him, get gift certificates, candy, choose wonderful toys, have a great meal (AND lots of cookies, candy and ice cream!), play games, and generally have a great time. It is very rewarding.
Here are some of the highlights from the evening.
We couldn’t have worded it better ourselves, so We’ll share with you a note from Executive Secretary, Shirley Landgraf (left in small image below), that sums up the evening nicely.
Good Day All,I just wanted to thank everyone who helped make this year’s party a tremendous success once again! From the family whose child was in foster care last year to the mother who has completely recovered from her own catastrophic illness to the teens who are preparing to celebrate “last day of chemo” soon, every family remarked on how important the holiday party is to them. Many thanks to all of you who included behind the scenes preparation of the staff such as our “mini-Martha’s crafters” of the PEZ containers, the tireless registration desk ladies, our own Georgia Peach Energizer Bunny, Peggy, organizing the games and so many who worked with me to get it all together. And what would we have done without the Kidz in Concert who kept the party really bouncin’, Licata’s fabulous food, and the thoughtful & caring Santa, the Marines Toys for Tots, all the elves from the Waterford Twp Women’s Club and St. Paul’s Catholic School, and Capone Photographers’ very kind family! Over 325 present for 68 families, 160+ kids and 80 volunteers. What a wonderful evening! The joys on our patients faces was priceless!So, thank you all for the care and compassion you gave our patients and their families. We have been blessed once again for your thoughtful participation.Shirley
It seems like it was only yesterday we posted images from Thanksgiving, and now we’re getting ready for Christmas. Whew! The end of the year is flying by. We hope you’re all gearing up to enjoy the holiday season. LET’S THINK SNOW!!
Some of you have already seen and many of you had already commented. Nancy’s famous Christmas decor is up and beaming! This year’s color scheme – red, green, and gold. Classic Christmas.
Nancy, showing off her Christmas tree “Vanna White” style. She’s so proud! Believe it or not, she’s already started coming up with ideas for next year. What will the color combinations be? You’ll just have to wait until Christmas 2010 to find out. 😉
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is approaching quickly (can you believe it?!) so we wanted to take this time to inform you about our holiday break, which is as follows:
**OUR THANKSGIVING BREAK will be from NOVEMBER 25th – NOVEMBER 30th**
**OUR CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR BREAK will be from DECEMBER 21st – JANUARY 5th**
During these breaks, we WILL NOT have any office or studio appointments. However, WE WILL be returning phone, email, and Facebook inquiries. Capone Photography will still be providing you with the same great (and prompt) service that you’ve all come to rely upon!
And now, here’s your friendly reminder! Are you searching for that perfect holiday gift for mom, dad, husband, wife, or family member? This time of the year is very popular for purchasing those special reprints for that special someone! If you, family, and/or friends are interested in purchasing REPRINTS (and by this, we mean loose prints – no framing – no albums) we need to have your orders in to us NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 7th. That is the official deadline. In search of something different? Don’t forget about Gift Certificates. It’s a great gift for any occasion!
From all of us here at Capone Photography, we hope you have an enjoyable holiday.
Traditional ‘Eve’ Party at the ranch was held for the 10th consecutive year. Great to see everyone again (some of you, once a year is not enough), and it’s just amazing to see the little ones getting so big. Thanks to everyone for coming out and for all the gifts. To those of you that couldn’t make it, you were missed, but maybe next time.
Before the party got jumpin’, there was time to reflect with family.
Even our friends, Sandy and Neil, who own Hewa Japanese Restaurant, stopped by. Hey guys, thanks for the great sushi. It was a hit as usual.
The crowd usually swells to around 55 or so, and we were able to capture some of the group in our ‘happy hat’ series. For those of you that think you got away without getting your picture taken, wait ’til next year…….
HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone!!!
It’s that time of the year again. Time for decorations, being with loved ones, and maybe if we cross our fingers hard enough…we may even get some snow!!
We extend this greeting out to each and every one of you, along with your friends and family. Team Capone wishes everyone a very happy holiday and a prosperous new year.
Be sure to check back for some images from our Christmas Eve bash!