Fort Lauderdale, FL, August 09, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- “The Soul Catchers,” a volunteer group of local photographers and The Salvation Army of Fort Lauderdale announced today that they will be partnering once again for the 2012 Help Portrait event in Fort Lauderdale. The Salvation Army is proud to host the event at their facilities, providing logistic support and The Soul Catchers will be using their time, equipment, and skills to offer free portraits to all the families and individuals supported by The Salvation Army.
Help-Portrait is a worldwide movement founded in 2009 by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart. Photographers all over the world donate their time to provide free portraits for those in need. In the past, more than 100,000 portraits have been given out to the homeless, low-income, and struggling families, who would otherwise not be able to afford a professional portrait with their loved ones.
"This is a great way to give back to the community with what we do best, and create a difference in people's lives. We don't realize how much a portrait is worth for someone who has lost it all," said Huba Rostonics, founding member of The Soul Catchers. This is the second time that Help-Portrait will be available to the community of Fort Lauderdale, and last year’s event was qualified as a “very successful event” by Lilly Gallardo, Director of Social Services for The Salvation Army-Fort Lauderdale, when asked about her experience with the event, added, "Here at The Salvation Army, hearing touching stories of people in need and desperate for help is part of what we do, but I am always moved when I hear people open their heart to us. I guess we never think about how important it is to capture a moment. I'm glad The Soul Catchers were all here to make this possible!"
The event has been planned for November 3rd, 2012 and a general “call for photographers” has been issued today. Some of the supplies required are costly and sponsorships for the event are welcome. Coya Images, Glamour Secrets, Right Now Restoration and Phocaccia Productions have confirmed their support already. The Help Portrait organization has applied for 501c3 status and any donations are considered as a charitable donation and deductible from Federal Income Tax. For more information on the event, how to volunteer and to give a tax-deductible donation, visit http://www.TheSoulCatchers.org.
About The Soul Catcher
The Soul Catchers are an informal group of photographers, hair stylists, and makeup artists who have decided to donate their time and resources to bring an uplifting spirit to those who need it the most through the gift of photos. The initiative was started by Huba Rostonics; photographer, photography instructor and blogger. Before he moved from Madison, WI in 2011, he participated in the 2010 Help-Portrait event, and organized the 2011 event with a core group of volunteers (Dawn Dunsmore, Kelly Galiszewski, Presscott McDonald, Enrique Martín and Michelle Cameau). For more information on The Soul Catchers and Huba Rostonics, visit http://www.TheSoulCatchers.org
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the array of social services ranging from food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart formed Help-Portrait, a non-profit organization, in 2009 as he contemplated using his skills and expertise to give back to those who do not have the opportunity for a professional photo. The rapid growth of this organization is a perfect example of the use of social media as the community shares ideas and stories through Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blogging. As of November 2011, Help-Portrait has partnered with The Salvation Army all over the world.
From Bangalore, India to Ghana, Africa, the language of Help-Portrait crosses cultural and socio-economic barriers. Even Hollywood has gotten in the act. In 2010, actor Zachary Levi and actress Yvette Nicole Brown volunteered at a Help-Portrait event in Los Angeles and participated in a live webcast. The online live stream of the event from the creativeLIVE studio in Seattle featured hosts including Help-Portrait founder Jeremy Cowart, high profile photographer Chase Jarvis and Help-Portrait volunteer staff member Annie Downs.