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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Thirst Relief International and Mentoring Sessions at WPPI

One week before leaving for Vegas I just suddenly got inspiration about how to help Thirst Relief International (an organization started by Jim Davis-Hicks to educate the world about the need for safe drinking water around the globe--check it out!). With a wealth of expertise on the OSP and Pictage forums I was hoping that we could get a mentoring session set up at WPPI.

I know that the photographers on the forums are helpful, generous, and willing to share but I had no idea about the response that would follow...especially on such short notice. Over fifteen people volunteered to be mentors and they held almost 40 mentoring sessions.

More than $1000 was raised for Thirst Relief International in a few hours. Enough to save a village of people and suppy them with clean drinking water. Amazing!

Thank you to all of the mentors who took time out of a busy WPPI/DWF schedule to help not only other photographers but people around the world. I am so blessed to know you!

The mentoring sessions:

David Jay I know it doesn't seem like much but your email of 'it's a great idea, go for it' is what got the ball rolling on this project. Thank you for that.

Brody Dezember you have blessed my business in so many ways. I am so glad to have you as a friend!

Pepper Nix You have done so much to give me power. Thanks!

Jim and Lara Davis-Hicks you have been such an inspiration to me! I am so glad I got to meet you and talk with you.

Jefferson Todd thanks for sharing so much of your business with me. Your business sense blows my mind!

Nathan and Amber Holritz you are both so amazing...not just as photographers but as human beings.

Jules Bianchi you are so kind. Totally loved the time I got to spend with you!
Jessica Claire thank you for your insight into my work and for your time on such a busy day!
Dane Sanders you are just so solid. Thanks for being a great encouragement to me. Are we ever going to have that breakfast? Liana Lehman thanks for being to willing to help out...I know that you blessed the lives of the people you mentored. They were so glad to get to meet with you! Can't wait for October!
Alisha Nelson so glad I got to hang out with you at the mall!
Garrett and Joy Nudd you are both so incredible. I think I missed a lot not getting to hang out with you more at DWF
Sara France so many people were so glad that you offered to mentor. I am so grateful to you, especially after the crazy, busy life you've been leading.

Thanks to you all for blessing so many people!




At Friday, 05 May, 2006, Blogger JeffersonTodd said...


Thank you so much for doing this!!! What an amazing idea!
I had so much fun being able to meet with 4 different people one-on-one. It was the highlight of my trip.

And how cool is it that we were raising money for a great organization during this whole process!

I can't wait to do this at PartnerCon West!!!


At Sunday, 28 May, 2006, Blogger Davina said...

You are so stinkin' cool. Thank you so much for being so willing to donate so much of your time. You are a blessing to the industry!

Can't wait to see you again!

At Sunday, 22 October, 2006, Blogger OpenSourcePhoto said...

:) Keep being you!


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