A Special Musical Evening

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Steve and Kati attended the first annual Harmony Helps at UCLA’s Royce Hall – a benefit for veterans and homeless families. It was a unique evening of music and comedy featuring The LA Lawyers Philharmonic which is made up of everyone from law students to retired lawyers and judges. NBC weatherman Fritz Coleman was the MC for the night.


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Scott Hoying, from Pentatonix, made a surprise appearance. He covered a couple songs with his guitarist including Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself.

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It was great to see so many people come together wanting to make a difference by helping organizations like GrowGood, Westwood Transitional Village and The Salvation Army.

Steve and Kati had a chance to chat with Emmy award winning actor Ed Asner (Carl Fredrickson in Up! and Santa in Elf). He was very interested and encouraging about Utalk. Said he was looking forward to hearing and seeing more of the show around.

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They also chatted with Amanda Martin – Ms. California 2016. She’s busy making a difference as a state ambassador for special causes like Best Friends Animal Society and the LA Fire Department Foundation.


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Most of the evening’s music focused on excerpts from Broadway musicals including South Pacific, Guys and Dolls and Carmen. Sixteen-year-old Golda Berkman was featured on a song from Madame Butterfly and another from the Sound of Music.


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The Honorable Arthur Gilbert soloed on a song called The Typewriter – and literally played an old manual Royal typewriter with the Philharmonic backing him up.

 

So what are you doing to make a difference? You don’t have to go very far to find people on your campus, in your neighborhood or at work that could use some help. Go MAD!

 

UTALK at NIGHT TO SHINE

Steve and Kati covered Night to Shine – an unforgettable prom experience for people with special needs. Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, Night to Shine has become an international event. This year’s prom on February 12thwas hosted by 200 churches and celebrated in 48 states, 8 foreign countries with an estimated 30,000 special guests.
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Each prom includes things like a red carpet entrance with “paparazzi,” limousine rides, hair and makeup beauty stations, shoe shines, dance floor, karaoke, dinner and lots more. Every special guest is assigned a “buddy” who escorts them at the prom. At the end of the evening each special needs participant is crowned a King or a Queen as they celebrate the value of life and God’s love.

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Steve and Kati covered one of the southern California locations at Crossroads Church. They had a chance to talk with many of the special guests, “buddy” escorts, volunteers as well as some parents and even grandparents. It was an amazing time to celebrate some very special people.

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For more information on the Night to Shine go to: timtebowfoundation.org.