A Little Help From My Friends….

Last month I got to spend four hours with some of the biggest names in music. Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, P-Diddy, FreeSol, Lady Antebellum, Salt-N-Pepa, Selena Gomez, T-Pain, and Sir Elton John put on a truly amazing show at the annual Justin Timberlake & Friends Concert in Las Vegas.

T-Pain bounced around the stage (“with the energy of a 10-year-old” or so says Justin) while he rocked his chart topping hits. P Diddy dropped his late 90′s hit “Mo Money, Mo Problems” with his new ladies of Dirty Money, Dawn and Kalenna. Lady Antebellum (who I adore) didn’t quite fit in the mix of artists but they stood their ground and played some of their best hits like “Run to You,” “American Honey,” and “Need You Now.” For all the non-country fans in the crowd they snuck in Phil Collin’s “In the Air Tonight” and nailed it.  Salt N’ Pepa livened up the crowd with their energy, past hits, and overall sexual prescence while Justin got the ladies going with an accapella version of “Ain’t No Sunshine” and acoustic “Cry me a River.”

The four-hour concert (yes, four whole rockin’ hours) ended with bang as Sir Elton John took the stage with his signature red piano. I didn’t find out Elton was going to be there until 2 a.m. the night before the concert and I was absolutely ecstatic. I didn’t think twice about calling my sister (at 3 a.m. her time) to let her know. But back to Elton…the concert was ridiculously entertaining as it was but then to go and end it with a legend? You have out done yourself, Justin! Sir Elton played over half a dozen songs including “Rocket Man”, “Benny & the Jets”, “Tiny Dancer”, and “Levon” in his stunning hot pink and black suit. I still cannot believe I got to see him! To see all my pictures from the concert, visit my web album.

Think that’s pretty amazing? I haven’t even gotten to the best part yet. The ENTIRE concert was a benefit for the Shriner’s. Justin Timberlake and his friends raised and donated a million dollars to Shriner’s Childrens Hospital that night. Now there’s a guy who knows how to get “a little help from his friends” to support a truly great cause. 

A few thoughts to ponder…..

Do you have a cause you are passionate about? Ask yourself if you can spare a little extra time or money to donate to a good cause. Ask your friends and family for support too. My friend Kristen recently said (about supporting family in need):

“When I was a broke college student, I couldn’t wait for the day when I could donate to worthy causes when I started making my own money. I know now how fast the money goes, but every little bit helps this family and I can go without eating out for one day.”

And this is why I love her. We could ALL use a little more of this attitude, especially with the holidays quickly approaching. Challenge yourself to pay it forward…even if it means donating a can of soup to your local food bank, volunteering your time at an animal shelter, paying the toll for the car behind you, reading to children over your lunch break, or attending Justin’s annual concert next fall!

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