Triangle’s Employability 31st Annual Employee Recognition Celebration

We were honored, enlightened and educated when we photographed the 31st annual employee recognition celebration for Triangle’s Employability at the Putnum Club in Gillette Stadium last week.

Before we share some photos with the event, take a moment to click on the links above, and read what Employability is all about. Located in Braintree, Mass., Employability empowers people with disabilities to enjoy rich, fulfilling lives. They are committed to helping the world recognize that we are all people with ability. Check them out at PeopleWithAbility.org.

The 31st annual employee recognition award went to Lenny Kaplan. Lenny has been working with Employability for over 9 years. One of the many things that was said about Lenny that night: “Lenny’s committment to his job and compassion for his fellow employees is an inspiration to us all.”

Lenny Kaplan (right, holding his award) with Triangle CEO Michael A. Rodrigues.

Employability is about 90% self sustaining by way of the products the manufacture and sell. They do not rely on a single dollar of government support. The other 10% is met by donations and events. There was a fabulous silent auction held at this event. Check out some of the action.

Shhhhh… silent auction bidding in progress!

There were 3 live auction items bid on as well, including an autographed Tom Brady jersey. Bidding was fast and furious for all 3 items. Everything bid on was generously 100% donated.

The live auction saw an autographed Tom Brady jersey go to the highest bidder, as well a Red Sox luxury box and a weekend stay in Rhode Island.

2012 Miss Wheelchair Massachusetts was a guest, and even sang a couple of songs during the evening.

Left: Miss Wheelchair Massachusetts, Patti Panzarino, took time out for an interview.
Right: Lenny Kaplan poses in front of the Patriots’ Gillette Stadium field.

It was a night about accomplishment, infinite possibilities and self confidence. 2009 award recipient Trevor MacLeod spoke about the company he loves, and CEO Michael Rodrigues spoke to the crowd about all the wonderful employees at Triangle.

(left) 2009 award recpient Trevor MacCleod addresses his fellow employees and other guests.
(right) Traingle CEO Michael A. Rodrigues follows up with inspiring words of wisdom.

Employees and guests were treated to a tour of Gillette Stadium, going down through the tunnels, in the locker room, and out onto the field.

On the field and through the tunnels, a tour of Gillette Stadium was a treat for all who took part.

One of the amazing things about our job is that we never know where it will take us, and what we will learn. This night we learned about a local company that affords people of all abilities the chance to shine.

First came love, then came marriage…

… and here comes Casey and Chuck with a baby carriage.

Well, the baby carriage will start getting some serious use in about 2 months. Their daughter is due to make her debut early July.

I think it’s safe to say that Photo & Video by Joe Goldsberry is the official photographer for the Dobbins family. We first met them waaaaaaaaaaay back in early 2009. Having been chosen to photograph their wedding, it was off to Rexhame Beach for some engagement shots, one of which also became their seating chart.

Casey and Chuck’s engagement photo shoot at Rexhame Beach, Marshfield.

Casey and Chuck were married at The Church of the Holy Ghost in Whitman, and then celebrated their new life together with family and friends at the Halifax Country Club.

Wedding ceremony at The Church of the Holy Ghost in Whitman followed by a reception to remember at The Halifax County Club.

Over the years, we’ve always stayed in touch with Casey & Chuck. We’ve shot other weddings they have attended. Casey has been math tutor to our daughter. And Chuck’s dad happens to sling the best pastrami anywhere at Chucky D’s Hot Dogs and More. So it’s only natural that they would ask us to do their maternity photo shoot. We went down the Cape to Sandwich, where Casey grew up. Back to basics with a beach shoot for some truly amazing shots of two truly happy people.

On the boardwalk at Town Neck Beach in Sandwich.

We took some of their ideas, and some of our ideas, and ended up with a great combination of photos that have generated more “likes” and comments than any other album of photos we have put on FaceBook.

The sand, the beach, the boardwalk… and the baby!

We can’t wait to photography Baby Dobbins, as she has come to be known. We’re almost as excited as mommy and daddy are for her to make her way into the world. It’s such a cool feeling when a couple who came into your life as clients become friends.

Silhouette against the sunset, and a happy heart on the belly.

Stay tuned, because I have a feeling Baby Dobbins will be an entire blog post when she gets here…

Just an update to add some “in studio” photos that came about after the on location shoot.

Awww, BABY! The Belly Banner was handcrafted by Maria Lothrop of GossamerScapes, an artist in Maine.

These “Belly Banners” are handcrafted by a Maine artist named Maria Lothrop out of her studio called GossamerScapes. They’re not only great for maternity photo sessions, but what a unique keepsake for years to come. Find them on FaceBook.

This blogger’s favorite photo from the whole maternity shoot. A more serene photo you will not find anywhere.

This baby will be here before mom and dad know it!

This cool side shot maternity photo was taken by Photo & Video by Joe Goldsberry in our downtown Whitman studio.