Digital photo booth makes mobile memories in a snap

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— Without a Hitch {weddings + events} is now camera-ready.

Carrie Brennan, owner and planner behind the Walla Walla wedding and events business, has added another dimension to her services with a new photo booth.

Not just for weddings, the photo booth business, which goes by the name "Snapz {photo booth}," is also available for events from birthday parties to charitable fundraisers to corporate celebrations to graduations or proms.

Snapz is one of at least two photo booth businesses that appear to be starting up in the Valley.

A few details about how it works: The multi-sided "booth" can be set up onsite, and the service includes a Brennan's work as an attendant. Unlimited photos may be taken during the event.

Brennan comes armed with a prop box, including boas, tiaras, glasses, hats and mustaches. A custom slide show accompanies the pics on a 19-inch exterior screen. The photos are shot with a Canon T2i. An inside touch screen allows participants to help control when the shots are taken with the help of a countdown to the photo. As many as 10 people can fit inside the booth. Professionally designed layouts and customized company or personal logos are available with the pics. Photos and videos can be sent to email and Facebook from the booth.

Brennan said pricing can vary depending on the event and time. For more details, call 301-3727 or check snapzphotobooth on Facebook for availability and pricing.

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A little time on the greens raised more than $12,000 for the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank.

The eighth annual Walla Walla Association of Realtors Care and Share Golf Tournament at the end of June drew 30 teams of four and 29 sponsors, raising money for four local pantries in the process.

The June 26 event also offered chances for teams to contribute through raffles and to "purchase" mulligans. An awards banquet at the end included a comedy routine by Jeff Wayne from "Big Daddy's Barbeque."

In a prepared statement, BMAC Food Bank operations coordinator Gail McGhee said the funds raised should last the operation for the next few months. The agency's food distribution center disperses food to four local pantries that assist families in need.

Walla Walla Association of Realtors member Darel Tetz lauded the sponsors and participants. "The passion and willingness to give back to our community is one of the greatest contributions to keeping this such a special place to live," he said.

The teams were largely comprised of members of the Realtors association, including employees in real estate, insurance and construction, painters, moving companies, staging, inspectors, appraisers, furniture sellers, landscapers and lenders. This was the first year the Care and Share event's four-member scramble was played at Wine Valley Golf Club.

Event sponsors were Banner Bank, Abajian Motor Sales, Machelle Colligan's Allstate Insurance, American Family Insurance, Andy's Market, Coldwell Banker First Realtors, Columbia Rural Electric Association, Cornerstone Mortgage Group, DA Davidson & Co., Graphic Apparel, Les & Bonnie Griffith, Hayden Homes, Home Loan Center, Inland Cellular, KUJ AM Radio, Land Title of Walla Walla County, Lloyds Insurance, Northwest Farm Credit Services, O'Brien Motors, Opp & Seibold General Construction, Pioneer Title Co., Sterling Savings Bank, United Country Walla Walla, Walla Walla General Hospital, Walla Walla Title Co., Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Watts Construction & Real Estate, Williams Home Team and Windermere Real Estate.

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Hank Worden, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Walla Walla, qualified for the firm's 2012 Financial Advisor Leaders Conference.

The conference recognizes financial advisors who are among the leaders in the financial services firm. The conference also provides training to help them serve more individual investors in their communities, according to an announcement.

Worden was one of 570 financial advisors who qualified out of the firm's more than 11,000 financial advisors.

The 2012 conference was held in May at the firm's headquarters in St. Louis, Mo.

"Qualifying for this conference shows a tremendous amount of discipline, commitment and work ethic," said Alan Kindsvater, an Edward Jones partner, in a prepared statement.

Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work.

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