Hurricane relief efforts are happening right now all across the country. Here at WTRF we are are also doing what we can, to help raise money through a unique fundraising effort called “Headshots for Hurricane Relief.”
In a week we’ll be hosting our annual WTRF Job and Career Fair at the Highlands Event Center, but with all the devastation from hurricanes we’re adding a special program to benefit relief efforts. Cress/Gilson Photography and 7news are asking for at least a $25 donation towards hurricane relief efforts for a professional headshot done by owner and photographer Tom Gilson.
“If you’re going to go and apply for a job, you’re not going to go in a t-shirt,” Gilson said. “You’re going to put your best foot forward. That’s what a professional portrait will do for you.”
For what to wear, Gilson suggests wearing something neat and professional because the image you put forward is what potential employers and clients will expect. As for why they decide to help with hurricane relief efforts.
“Well, it’s always good to help doing something for the community while the community is doing something for everyone else that’s in need at the time,” said Gilson.
The Monteverde Group and Wallace Jewelers are sponsoring “Headshots for Hurricane Relief,” and both have already given $500.
“All proceeds will go to the Red Cross to help with problems that have happened here recently with Hurricane Harvey,” said The Monteverde Group Managing Director Jason Haswell. “With flood relief victims, I believe, from here, as well as, victims of the upcoming hurricane, unfortunately, Irma that is moving into Florida.”
Haswell tells us they’re doing this as a way to stay community-oriented and help in what ever way they can.
So, here’s an update on our relief efforts. Our parent-company Nexstar has already raised over $2.5 million. And all of the corporation’s 171 television stations including us at WTRF are working to still collect donations.
Gilson will begin taking photos from 11-2 at the events center next Wednesday, with the WTRF Job and Career Fair beginning at noon.