Last year, I was selected for a second time to represent the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and take part in the photographic project called Picturing Maricopa 2010. I was honored and very fortunate to be selected in 2009 as well. To make the selections an outside selection committee was formed consisting of museum curators and a graphic designer. From over 50 applicants 15 professional photographers were chosen by the selection committee. We were then paired with 15 nonprofit agencies who care for people of all needs. I was paired with The Centers for Habilitation (TCH) in Tempe, Arizona.
The Trust publishes a quarterly magazine called Notebook. I was excited to hear that my work is featured on the cover of this years magazine. It’s a picture of Victor at work in the paper shredding facility at TCH. He is a vivacious, and outwardly happy man who has serious needs both mentally and physically.
Dawn Hawking Director of Development for The Centers of Habilitation wrote the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust when she received her magazine in the mail. This is what she wrote:
I wanted to let you know that I just took the notebook to Victor to show him, and you made his day by putting him on the cover. His coworkers were standing around and are just as excited as he is. It was a great moment to experience. Thank you again.
News like this, makes my day. If I can help people or bring light onto an issue through my photography there is no greater compliment.