Donating art work is one of the many ways this horse photographer gives back to my local Prescott, Arizona community.
Every year I like to donate a canvas horse photograph to the annual auction held by The Highland Center. Their annual event, called Wander the Wild includes an incredible dinner and auction. All the money raised goes towards operating the Highland Center. This organization is a non-profit nature-based education organization and operates solely on member donations. They have a beautiful campus in the Prescott National Forest. Each year, many thousands of children and adults are reached through day camps, family programs and school programs. 2016 will mark the third year that I have donated a horse photograph for their auction. The annual event is a chance to mingle with folks in the community and learn about upcoming workshops and projects. They always serve wonderful food and lots of wine and of course the big auction. The initial social hour is a time to browse the auction items and decide what to bid on. Items vary from fine art to dinner vouchers, vacations to spa weekends. There’s always something wonderful to bid on.
Professional Horse Photographer donation gives local children the Zoo for a day.
The auction last year was a double dip give back to the community. Last year was such a great time and I ended up bidding on a certificate to access the local Prescott Zoo for 50 people! I got a little carried away on the bidding as the table I was at had become pretty active with the previous items bids. I got caught up in the fun of it all and ended up with this marvelous trip to the Zoo. After I won the bidding, I tried to think of who I could give the gift certificate to. I attempted a few Senior Care facilities but none of them could take advantage of it. I figured that I probably could not gather 50 of my closet friends to come with me all on the same night either. I thought about friends with children who might be able to take this opportunity to take a school class to the Zoo. This idea blended well with the Highland Center youth education program. Turn out the certificate was well received by a friend of mine with her 4 year old son and his entire school class. She got the chance to go along with him as a chaperone. I was happy to know that they had a great time. I was also happy to know that the money that I spent went to another great local cause.
Horse photographer donation of canvas up for bid for good cause.
As I mentioned in the beginning of this blog, I like to make an annual donation to The Highland Center. The 2016 event will be held October 2nd at Capital Canyon Club in Prescott Arizona. Table tickets are already on sale if you want to reserve your group table. It’s their 8th annual event. This year I donated my horse photograph on canvas shown below called “Say goodnight my friend”. I enjoy the outdoors and it’s fun to think that my donation to The Highland Center allows children to go on nature hikes and hear talks about the local flora, fauna and wildlife. I enjoy being a part of the community, of the events that help it remain successful and connected, and a part of the community that gives back what they can as well. It’s a wonderful feeling to be a part of this as often as I can be. I am honored to be asked.
Jody Miller is a professional photographer specializing in Horse Photography, Equine Photography, and Equestrian photography. Her work can be viewed online here in her gallery section, and she is also featured at Arts Prescott Gallery, in Arizona.