Growing Home Cultivating Connections Video

One of the most rewarding parts of my job is being able to work with Growing Home, a farm-based transitional jobs program located in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. The work they do is inspiring and it is such a lift every time I go down there.
I've been doing photography for them for almost 10 years now and this year they asked if I could produce a video for their fundraiser event. The video tells the story of three of their graduates. All three of them were very generous with their time and their stories. It was a wonderful project and it was especially rewarding to have the brilliant mind of April Harrington, their Development Director. Thank you Growing Home!

Growing Home Benefit Dinner at Chicago Cultural Center

I had a great time photographing and meeting up with the wonderful people people at Growing Home at their 7th annual benefit dinner. I am so fortunate to be able to work with them and see the wonderful things they do there.  It was a great event, with locally and organically grown food prepared by The Balanced Kitchen, Monogramme Catering, Chef Tsadakeeyah Emmanuel, the Meatloaf Bakery and dinner prepared by Nia Mediterranean Tapas, Bistro Campagne, Charlie Trotter's and Vie Restaurant, Eli's Cheesecakes and Intelligentsia Coffee. A touching and informative keynote speech was made by Rick Bayless.

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[caption id="attachment_449" align="aligncenter" width="900" caption="I had some fun with my Totally Rad Actions post-production on many of the images in this gallery. No, the sauce wasn't really this color green!"]007 Chicago Cultural Center Corporate Event 090611 0978[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_450" align="aligncenter" width="900" caption="Chefs from many restaurants, including Charlie Trotter's, participated in the food preparation."]008 Chicago Cultural Center Corporate Event 090611 0337[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_451" align="aligncenter" width="900" caption="Many Growing Home volunteers helped serve the approximately 300 guests at the event."]009 Chicago Cultural Center Corporate Event 090611 0373[/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_454" align="aligncenter" width="444" caption="Chicago restauranteur Rick Bayless gave an inspirational keynote speech."]012 Chicago Cultural Center Corporate Event 090611 1148[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_455" align="aligncenter" width="900" caption="Growing Home Executive Director Harry Rhodes with SHED Studio Architects Rashmi Ramaswamy and Mike Newman and Growing Home Board President Valerie Denney."]013 Chicago Cultural Center Corporate Event 090611 0442[/caption]

Below is a slideshow of my favorite images. You can view the images larger and even embed the gallery in your own webpage by clicking the buttons in the bottom right corner of the gallery.

090611 Growing Home Benefit Dinner Favorites - Images by Andrew Collings