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San Jose Photographer Giving Back to the Community | San Jose Photographer Helping The Community

I was asked to write up a little share of how I give back to the community.

A memory I have when I was a little girl has been embedded in me forever. Our family had little and I remember strangers reaching out to give to us food and clothing during the holidays. I have four sisters and times were very hard for my parents. Fast forward to today and I am blessed to be able to give back to the community both personally and through my photography business.

I am a member of several non-profit organizations. I have met many, many wonderful women who are all strong minded, some own their own businesses and are such wonderful givers themselves that I am proud to belong to these groups.

Alamden Valley Women’s Club
I have been a member since 2002. When I moved into this community I wanted to meet people. I heard about this wonderful organization at my children’s school, attended a meeting and signed up as a member. I have learned so much from this group! Of course one can just be a member and help out but I decided I was going all in and joined the board and chaired almost every position available for their annual Art & Wine Festival. The Art & Wine Festival is a family event where you can purchase wonderful hand made art from hundreds of local vendors, taste wine and beer from local wineries and breweries and of course a huge play area for the children to get their faces painted, hair braided, create art and have a great time! I forgot about the live entertainment where you can sip your beer or wine and enjoy the local talent. The funds raised from the festival are given to local non-profits and scholarships for high school seniors. Over the years I’ve donated portrait sessions to their Silent Auction, photographed their scholarship recipients as well as their Festival and Board Member group portraits.

Below I had a booth at last years Art & Wine Festival and also below is a group pic of their 2017 Board Members.

Almaden Valley Womens Club Board Members

Relay For Life of Almaden
My very good friend brought Relay For Life to Almaden in 2008. We were really excited about it and unfortunately a year later, my friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, we all know someone who is either diagnosed or affected by cancer in some way. At the time I created my team, Team Charlie’s Angels, I didn’t really know of anyone who had cancer but wanted to help the fight against cancer. I later learned of several friends who were diagnosed and a couple who passed. My dad had also been diagnosed and now he is fully in remission. To date our Team Charlie’s Angels has raised over $20,000. My good girlfriend Tracy Cressio, who is an amazing giver, created an awesome event – Rockin The Rack. Rockin The Rack takes place every year at The Saddle rack in Fremont and for a small fee, all donated to Relay For Life, you can see live bands througout the evening and there is also a silent auction of amazing things to purchase. What a great way to give back!
Below is an image of a group of my friends taking a selfie just for kicks!

With Tracy Cressio, my co-captain who collected a signed basketball from the Oakland Warriors!

Silicon Valley Cares
This non-profit formed 8 years ago. My good friend Kelly Dippel, who is a super talented go getter, wanted a fun group of strong like minded ladies to network, be social and while doing so raise funds to help the community. I have been a member since day one and help give back in so many ways. This group put on the Broomstick Ball event every year which is a costumed ball event with live and silent auction, dinner and dancing and a costume contest. I’ve attended all but two years because I was out of town on both dates. Our next Broomstick Ball event will take place October 14, 2017 at The Valencia Hotel’s ballroom. I’m super excited about this event!!!
Below I am with my hubby dressed as warriors. 🙂
Below is The Partee Classic Golf tournament for Silicon Valley Cares
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Parents Helping Parents
PHP helps families who have children of any age with special needs. PHP’s staff receive calls from families having children from infancy through their child’s adulthood into their 50’s and 60’s! It is never too late to call PHP! Adult siblings who have responsibility for the care of their sibling with a disability call PHP, too.
One of my good friends who worked there at the time called upon my services for a marketing piece they were working on. I gladly helped out by donating my time to photograph some families and children.
Below is one page of the brochure they had printed.

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Relay for Life Almaden | May 17 & 18, 2014 | San Jose Event Photographer

Relay For Life / May 17-18 @Castillero Middle School. Walk with me and my team {Charlie’s Angels} on Sat anytime you are available. Join my team at:
If you cannot walk with me please consider a donation. Every donation no matter how small makes a difference.
I also still need team members for my dodgeball team. Let’s kick cancer together!
And of course I am an event photographer so I will be capturing the ceremonial events when I can.

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2013 ParTee Classic Golf Tournament – Fundraiser/Dinner July 18 @Cinnabar Hills Golf Club

You’re all invited to the ParTee Classic Golf Tournament next month.  The tournament will benefit the Almaden Valley Counseling Service, Assitance Leage of San Jose and Live Oak Adult Day Services.

This tournament is in memory of Nancy Ann Regnier.  Silicon Valley Cares founder, Kelly Regnier Dippel, lost her mother to cancer in 2012.  In addition to the beneficiaries listed above, this event will benefit resources for local patients through Cancer Care Point.

There are spaces open for you and your friends and we are also looking for Tee Sponsors, please see flyer below for more information.

I hope to see you there and if you have any questions please email Kelly at or myself at

2013 Partee Classic Golf Tournament

2013 Partee Classic Golf Tournament

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Relay For Life of Almaden / May 4 & 5, 2013 – Event Photographer

Relay is almost here…

Join our walk in the fight against cancer on May 4 and 5 at Leland High School. If you cannot make the event please consider donating to our team.
Leland High School
6677 Camden Avenue
San Jose, CA 95120
As of today we have raised $13,490.52 and our goal is $15,000. Please help us reach our goal!
My Team Page:  Charlie’s Angels

Relay For Life Logo

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Silicon Valley Cares – Non-Profit Organization / SJ & Bay Area Event Photographer

Silicon Valley Cares Chair Members (L-R)

Pricilla Avery, Marjorie Moehrke, Mia Burnham, Zoey North, Sandy Palicio, Amber Hurd Marienthal, Kelly Dippel (Founder), Julie North, Katherine Noller-Fernandez, Tori O’Halloran, Michelle Ward and Charlene Chavez.

The purpose of SILICON VALLEY CARES is to raise funds for non-profit agencies and organizations, which benefit children, teens, homelessness, as well as funding crisis situations within Santa Clara County. Our goal is to raise these funds while bringing the community together for socializing, entertainment, and compassionate involvement with non-profit agencies and organizations in. Through our events, Silicon Valley Cares hopes to provide organizations and individuals the help they need to overcome obstacles and thrive.

Save the date for these upcoming events/fundraisers:

The Doves Club hosting “Spring into Fashion” (to benefit Silicon Valley Cares) – April 25, 2013 at Forbes Mill Steakhouse in Los Gatos

ParTee Classic – July 18, 2013 – Cinnabar Hills Golf Club

Broomstick Ball – October 19, 2013 – The Hayes Mansion



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