On Sept. 9, photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists and businesses from all around Boston came together for one night, for one purpose: to speed a cure for Parkinson’s disease. I produce Photo Shoot for a Cure, inspired by my mom, Cindy Bittker, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 12 years ago. She’s an active Parkinson’s advocate and co-founded the Young Onset Support Group of Greater Boston.
I wanted to find a way to use my work as an advertising and editorial photographer to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s research. I’ve been blessed in my career to photograph people like Alicia Keys, Barack Obama, Kim Kardashian, Usher and New Kids on the Block, and wanted to find a way to give back.
This year’s event was hosted by District Hall in Boston’s Innovation District, and featured photo shoots, makeup by Sephora Prudential Center, hair styling by James Joseph Salon, manicures by Polished Nail Boutique, a pop-up gallery from Following//Boston, an art showcase from The Art Cart, an instant photo booth from Leica Store Boston, appetizers, music, drinks and more.
Parkinson’s disease is prevalent among Ashkenazi Jews, and its connection is one of the many aspects of research pursued by The Michael J. Fox Foundation.
To date, Photo Shoot for a Cure has raised over $42,000 for Parkinson’s research. If you’d like to support the team, please consider making a donation—100 percent of donations to Team Fox go directly to research.
See photos from this year’s amazing event below! To learn more about Photo Shoot for a Cure, click here.
(Photos: Diana Levine)
Photo by Natasha Moustache / Photo Shoot for a Cure volunteers.
Photo by Natasha Moustache / Sephora Prudential Center provided make up for VIP guests. From left to right: make up artists Maritza Trujillo, Kayla Boyden, Ambar Sosa, Yesenia Ramirez
Photo by Natasha Moustache / James Joseph Salon provided hair styling. From left to right: Grace Soto, Gabrielle D’Antona, Andre Manguikian, Mary Chheng, Emily Hernandez and Maria Carvalho of James Joseph Salon.
Photo by Natasha Moustache / Trisha Spillane, Whitney Parks, Joanna Mann, Krista Beerman and Lauren Ketchum
Photo by Natasha Moustache / Diana Levine shoots portraits of guests.
Kadyrose Druar and Vanessa Merta from Lovepop, ballet dancer and model Michal Mangan, and graphic and mechanical designer Tobi Amos
Photo by Natasha Moustache / Linda Kupstis, Linda Pacella, Paula Sylvester, Debi Gould, Susan Devlin, Julie Galgay, and Marcella Sliney
Photo by Natasha Moustache
Photo by Natasha Moustache / A guest has her hair styled by James Joseph Salon
Photo by Natasha Moustache / Scott Levine and Jon Lawton from Hunt’s Photo & Video with George Trickel from Leica Store Boston
Photo by Christina Cobb / Guests stop by the Leica Store Boston photo booth
Photo by Natasha Moustache / Parkinson’s advocates Dan Harvey, Chad Moir, Gail and Mike Achin
Photo by Brian Lauritsen / Photographer Dave Green shoots portraits.
Photo by Natasha Moustache
Photo by Christina Cobb / The party’s sponsors included Voyager Therapeutics, Acorda Therapeutics, District Hall, Acadia Pharmaceuticals, Quincy Hearing and 2Sisters Senior Living Advisors.
Photo by Erin Boulanger / Filmmaker Mark Gilday Jr and photographer Diana Levine.
Photos by Diana Levine / Madeleine Capino, Allison Cossman, and Autumn Gillette
Photo by Natasha Moustache / Donald Reisner, Sarah Appleby and Autumn Gillette, Leasing Consultants at 100 Pier 4 in the Seaport District.
Photo by Natasha Moustache / Morgan Bell, District Representative for Congressman Seth Moulton, speaks about the Congressman’s efforts on behalf of his constituents living with Parkinson’s disease.
Photos by Natasha Moustache / Left: Dr. Kara Smith, neurologist at the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Clinic at UMASS Memorial Medical Center. Right: Clare VanMeter, The Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Photo by Natasha Moustache / Rick Batycky, Chief Technology Officer for Acorda Therapeutics, speaking about the importance of funding Parkinson’s research.
Photos by Natasha Moustache / Left: Cindy Bittker speaks about her personal experience with Parkinson’s. Right: Michelle Woodbrey from 2Sisters Senior Living Advisors speaking about their work and her father’s diagnosis with Parkinson’s.
Photo by Natasha Moustache
Photo by Natasha Moustache / The Silent Auction featured items from The Red Sox, The Celtics, Johnny Cupcakes, Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street, Volante Farms, Hunt’s Photo & Video, and Whole Foods Market Cambridge, among others.
Saba Shahid and Chad Moir of The Art Cart, featuring the work of artist James Hurley Bruno.
Photo by Natasha Moustache / Kaitlyn and Thomas Pierce
Photo by Natasha Moustache / Erin Keaveney, Senior Account Manager at SHIFT Communications, and Jenn Keaveney, Program Manager at PTC.
Photo by Brian Lauritsen / The party featured a pop up gallery from Following//Boston, sponsored by Big Picture Framing, with 100% of photo sales goes to Team Fox.
Photo by Natasha Moustache / Oscar Alvarez, Jacob Solkof, Michael Kalish, founder of Following//Boston, Michal Magnan and Ajai Bharadwaj
Photo by Natasha Moustache / The Potter Family
Photo by Natasha Moustache / Clare VanMeter from The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Mary Kate McCann from Team Fox Boston Young Professionals, Diana Levine, producer of Photo Shoot for a Cure, Kathleen O’Donnell, Grace Crotty, and Alexis Hovanesian from Team Fox Boston YPs, and Axi Walker from Team Fox.
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