Visionary Women Luncheon

150504VisionaryWomenLuncheon_019_BlogHad a great time covering the 2015 Visionary Women event this past weekend and listening to inspiring women like Lauren Bush Lauren, founder and CEO of FEED, speak about their accomplishments. Todd Murphy Events did an astounding job transforming the Mint Museum’s space into an Safari-inspired masterpiece. Faux grass turf was rolled in and laid throughout the room, vibrant colored drapery was hung from the ceiling, wooden chargers and copper Moscow Mule mug accents adorned each table and small details like the African sashes for the wait staff rounded out the theme.
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2015 Scholars Luncheon

Had a wonderful time covering the 2015 Scholars Luncheon event at Queens University of Charlotte. Love hearing the touching stories and bits of wisdom that come out of the speakers this event highlights every year. Continue reading

Company Holiday Party


The Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry staff seriously knows how to have a good time. Had the pleasure of covering this fun crew’s Holiday Party at Dressler’s Restaurant. Laughter filled the room as they played various games for prizes. My favorite was the Siamese twin gift-wrapping race where each team of two had to wrap a present using only one hand. The expressions were priceless. Continue reading

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year


I was recently asked by friend Whitney Combs to cover the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2014 Man & Woman of the Year. Combs was a candidate for the award, and I was happy to help her campaign. This touching charity event honored the 2014 Boy and Girl of the Year, as well as the men and women of Charlotte’s community who raised the most funds for blood cancer research during their 10-week-long campaign. Continue reading

2014 TIAA-CREF Conference


My good friend, Drew Parham of Audio To Go Entertainment, put me in contact with TIAA-CREF for an upcoming business conference they were hosting at the Embassy Suites in Concord. They were looking for event photography to document their four-day long conference, and had some incredibly fun, photogenic events lined up. I brought in fellow photojournalist Josh Stilwell to be my second set of eyes, and he did an amazing job helping me capture some great, candid moments. Continue reading

Queens’ 2014 Scholars Luncheon

Queens University celebrated its annual Scholars Luncheon in the Frances Young Dining Room on April 2, 2014. The Luncheon recognizes the University’s generous donors and provides scholarship recipients an opportunity to offer their thanks in person. As usual, Director of Donor Relations Lizz Clegg and Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Meghan Goddard did a wonderful job putting together and carrying out the event. It was truly a beautiful and memorable afternoon.

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2013 Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year

Queens University held its annual 2013 Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year event on March 7, 2014. The award honored Lynn Good, president and chief executive officer of Duke Energy, for her achievements and contributions to the success of the largest electric power company in the United States. Whitney Combs, Assistant Director of Marketing at Queens University, put on this beautiful event and did a fabulous job. Enjoy the photos highlighting this fantastic afternoon.

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Queens University Royal Society Dinner

Hundreds of Queens supporters got together to celebrate the the 24th annual Royal Society dinner. The evening started off with a lovely celebration of the newly established Levine Center for Wellness and Recreation. President Pamela Davies thanked donors for their extraordinary generosity, and gave tribute to philanthropists Leon and Sandra Levine and Ravenel and Beth Rivers Curry for their great contributions to the project. The night continued into the Frances Young Dining Hall, where guests celebrated Queens’ progress, reflected on the school’s year-end achievements, and looked ahead to future goals. Guests rolled in laughter during an upbeat video tribute to the Levines, and tears couldn’t stop flowing after an incredibly moving speech from Queens University student athlete Alexys Taylor. It was a wonderful evening, and I take pleasure in sharing a few memorable moments from the event. Enjoy!

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Queens University Levine Center

I had the honor of being asked to shoot the grand opening ceremony of the Queens University Levine Center, a brand new wellness and recreation facility. Things didn’t quite go as planned, however. The original idea to have the ribbon cutting outside was thrown out the window when a huge storm decided to roll in at the last minute. Rain didn’t damper anyone’s spirits, though. This building was astonishing and HUGE! The 145,000-square-foot building had no problem housing the hundreds that would show up indoors to celebrate it’s grand opening. Floor to ceiling lobby windows made for such a great first impression, and provided wonderful lighting for the event. Charlotte philanthropists Leon and Sandra Levine performed the official ribbon cutting as hundreds of onlookers and supporters cheered on. The three-story facility has an indoor basketball/volleyball court, a 5,000-square-foot fitness center, 33-meter stretch swimming pool, and indoor track! I can only imagine how happy these students are going to be enjoying this building. Enjoy this little recap of the event!

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BusinessWoman of the Year

Had the privilege of covering the 2012 Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year luncheon last Friday. I was filling in for Kristen Hines Baker, who just gave birth to her beautiful baby boy, Wesley! Working with Whitney Combs and Katelyn Lauro at Queens University was wonderful, and they certainly put on a beautiful event. Looking forward to working with Kristen and the University in the future. Here are a few selects from the event:

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All images © Tricia Coyne 2013