Last evening was an interesting one. Emily and I were photographing the Hob Nob, the premier political event for the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, one of many events we photograph for them. The crowd continued to enter the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center building on 450 W. Ohio Street. What a beautiful facility for any event. Cannot thank enough, the sweet Shani Johnson, of the Chamber for her great hostess ability and welcoming nature. Also my my bud, Dustin Gilbert of the Indy Chamber, the mannequin. You know what I mean, D! Good to see Alane again as well.
As we entered the event room we checked out the great hors deurves supplied by Mary Beth Poe, owner of MBP Catering. Wonderful experience as people were mingling and eating and drinking. The assorted foods kept the crowd involved as they networked at the end of a long political workday. Just seemed like a good time to relax with friends and political cronies.
The event was hosted by Gerry Dick of Inside INdiana Business as he tried to get the crowd to quiet down. Not much respect there as the crowd was more interested in the networking and all. But he maintained his composure throughout his moments of introduction.
Met my good friend, and past groom, Scott Savage of State Farm. State Farm was one of the Sponsors of the event. Another sponsor, Cripe Architects, also had a moment to share. Did not want to forget any of the sponsors: Monarch Beverage, Baker Daniels, Markey’s Rental & Staging, Harding Poorman Group, WIBC, and WISH-TV Channel 8. Thanks for throwing a great party event for the Chamber.
As the time approached for each candidate to speak, Jim Sheila, the political writer for WISH-TV, introduced the candidates. He started with Chris Bowen, the Libertarian candidate, followed by Melina Kennedy, the Democratic candidate, and finished with our incumbent Republican mayor, Greg Ballard. Each answered question from Jim for about 10 minutes. The crowd sound seemed to be moved more as Mr. Ballard spoke in defense of his record. He was very candid in his approach, not sounding like a politician. Chris Bowen spoke about less government, which I think many business people would embrace. Ms. Kennedy’s focus was jobs and education. All spoke with their passions. Good thing we all have our voting voice that can be heard at the voting booth.
Had a moment to chat with Michelle Pemberton, the photographer for the Indianapolis Star. What a charming woman. Love her work as well. We will be meeting on Facebook and Twitter.