Sunday, April 27, 2008

Kermit the frog

We were fortunate enough to hear a performance of "Rainbow Connection" by none other than the man that wrote the song, Paul Williams himself. Paul Williams is recognised as one of America's most gifted and talented lyricists and composers. He has won Oscars, Grammys' and Golden Glob awards for some of his music. He is also included in the Music Hall of Fame. He has written music for Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, and many other talented musicians. This larger than life man is actually very tiny in real life. I would almost guess a little over 5 ft tall. He joked at the end of the song, "Next time could you get me some kids that are a little more excited about the song?". All I could think was, Ohhhhh pick me! I am a big kid and I loved that song when I was little. I turned to the lady sitting next to me and I told her, "I feel really old, I bet you most of those kids have never heard this song before." It was so much fun to listen to this live.

Surprise performance

Well I have tried several times to no avail to upload the video of our surprise performer. We had the pleasure of listening to three songs from Michael Bolton himself. I am not a huge fan by any means, but I grew up hearing his music on the radio. He put on a really great show. It was super fun to listen to him. I will try to upload the video one more time later tonight.

Drum roll please

This is the largest amount ever raised at the Reno JDRF Gala in all the years of this event. Unbelievable.

JDRF Auction

This was the final entertainment for the evening. "Rain" is a tribute band to the Beatles. Yes they all have mop tops. They were super fun to listen to. Dean even danced with me. Anyone who knows Dean will understand what a miracle this is. This was truly a most magical evening for such a wonderful cause.