Thursday, April 02, 2009

Orange County Photographer Honors Local Heroes

Orange County photographer and owner of Treasured Moments Photography, Carol Bridges was recently part of something exciting here in Orange County. Carol took part in the Treasured Moments and Bell Tower Foundation Local Heroes Luncheon, a luncheon in which she honored heroes of Southern California. The scene was an emotional one as Carol honored these heroes with recognition of their bravery and deeds. The five heroes all received award statues, a Bell Tower Foundation pen, a photo, and gift card in honor of their courageous acts.

"These people are part of the fabric of our community" stated Orange County photographer Carol Bridges. "We all met in 2008 and they touched my heart." The winners where photographed in Carol's Orange County photography studio where many of the presenters and winners wept. The event was such a huge success that Carol hopes that the event becomes an annual gala.

When asked what she thought of the event, winner Leah Gove stated "I'll never forget it!" and thanked Carol Bridges for her kindness, a true testament to the power of such an event. With the success of this years event, Orange County photographer Carol Bridges and the Bell Tower Foundation already have plans to build upon this successful formula so that there will be 12 winners each year, one for each month.

Orange County photographer Carol Bridges who is also a director at the Bell Tower Foundation works with the non profit fund raising organization in an effort to help and support community events. Events like this are a testament to the human spirit as well as what can be achieved with hard work, dedication, and courage.

Those who received awards at this years event where:

Deanna Moore – At 29, Deanna Moore of Trabuco Canyon helped raise money for an operation for Scout, a dog from the San Clemente Animal Shelter who needed orthopedic surgery.

Jeanne and Don Jonas – The Jonases have been married 64 years and have lived in Rancho Santa Margarita for more than 14. Bridges honored the couple for their volunteer work with Santiago Seniors and the Bell Tower Foundation.

Cassondra Rykowski – A 27-year-old single mother from Seattle, who now lives in Mission Viejo, Cassondra Rykowski gave her baby Brock up to an adoptive family in Arizona. Rykowski helped give the parents a newborn photo session in Bridges studio in 2008.

Luke, Leah and Greyson Gove – Maj. Luke Gove deployed with Marines in Iraq 10 days after his son Greyson was born. Bridges honored the husband for his service to America and his wife Leah for her perseverance while he is gone. The family lives in Aliso Viejo.

For additional information about The Bell Tower Foundation please visit their website or contact Carol anytime!

Carol Bridges

Orange County Photographer

32002 Lomita Dr.

Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679



1 comment:

Angie Weeks said...

Thanks Carol for all YOU do for the community! Its nice to hear the good news - keep taking photos of those Orange County moments that make us smile :)