CrisisLink Hosts Art Show at L2 Lounge

Photo by Judith Beermann
Mike Fox, Julia Stephens and Mehdi Kohanbani
Mike Fox, Julia Stephens and Mehdi Kohanbani

If someone asked you to pose with what you live for, what would that be?

Walter Grio and Julia Stephens, CrisisLink executive director (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Walter Grio and Julia Stephens, CrisisLink executive director

For 32 lucky volunteers, the answer was turned into art for a good cause Wednesday evening, when CrisisLink teamed with Walter Grio of  Shoot for Change  to host an exhibition of photographs at L2 Lounge in Cady's Alley.

Susannah Fox and Walter Grio (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Susannah Fox and Walter Grio

The "What I live For Project" began as a series of photo shoots earlier this spring. Its purpose is to motivate and inspire, reminding all of us about the value of human life. Every single one. All of the money raised, and for this event that means over $4,000, goes to CrisisLink, a suicide prevention and crisis hotline that handles over 60,000 calls a year.

Walter Grio points to his photo showing how fashion turned him into a Shoot for Change fashiontographer (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Walter Grio points to his photo showing how fashion turned him into a Shoot for Change fashiontographer

Susannah Fox posed with Shoot For Change photographer, Walter Grio and explained the image behind her. In the photo is her husband Mike, Pedey (the dog) and Ketchup (the car). As Mike explained, " My audience is a wife I'm deeply in love with, a silly dog full of energy, a little one on the way that holds the future ... and a dorky little car."

For Mehdi Kohanbani (pictured above) the cherished item is a gold Allah necklace he had made like one his father owned, symbolizing "to truly love someone, whether it be God, a spouse, family member or friend ..."

For more information, contact CrisisLink.