It Only Lasted an Hour, But Preparing For This Year's "Breakfast With Our Bravest" Required Weeks of Hard Work.
I recently had the pleasure of sharing breakfast with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Fire Chief Randall B. Slaughter, and several local politicians, influencers, corporate executives and community leaders.
There were about 600 people there in all—it was a really BIG breakfast.
Unfortunately, I didn't have time to rub elbows and engage in any interesting conversation. I was quite busy, running back and forth between two cameras, capturing footage for The Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation.
At least I got some coffee and a few strips of bacon.
Breakfast With Our Bravest
AFRF is a nonprofit organization that raises money to help support Atlanta's firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians. They pay for safety equipment, training, and various forms of community engagement.
I've worked with plenty of nonprofits, as you can see here, but few can match the importance of this one. Their work can literally be the difference between life and death.
At this year's event, the 10th annual "Breakfast With Our Bravest," there were 55 corporate sponsors, including Delta Airlines, Coca-Cola, the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United, Georgia Power, Georgia-Pacific, and Wells Fargo.
They raised $218,000.
Scripting and Shooting
The hour-long event included speeches from several of Atlanta's leaders, including Mayor Bottoms and Co-Chairs Dan Gordon and Bentina Terry.
The second half of the program was an awards ceremony, hosted by WSB-TV reporter Tyisha Fernandes.
I not only shot footage of the entire event, I also wrote the script for this year's run of show.
A big THANK YOU to AFRF Executive Director Shirley Anne Smith for giving me this opportunity. I'm looking forward to working with you again in the future.