As we launch into 2018, let us give gratitude for all of the positive ways events connect us to our world and bring people together for the good of humanity.
When I reflect on 2017 and the meaningful events that I had the opportunity to produce, there is one that stands out above the others. Over the years I have worked with many non-profit organizations to help them raise money for their cause, but I’ve never had the chance to work on something that hit so close to home.
Two years ago, one of my son’s best friends had an accident that would forever change his life. While going down a slide into a pool, he broke his neck and is now a quadriplegic. This past December, I had the rare opportunity to work with my son to produce a fund-raiser for Alex, which was one of the most rewarding events ever.
It was an amazing night of giving, friendship and music, and I’m so appreciative for all of the people who helped make this event such a success. It took a village (and beyond) to pull this together. Working side-by-side with my son Chris, whose band Freaks of the Sea brought everyone together for an unforgettable evening, was one of the most rewarding experiences of the year for me, and I’m grateful for this.