Last night, I had the pleasure of witnessing firsthand, with my dear friend Leslie, kids like Rachel Mason–along with her sister Maya–performing one of Taylor Swift’s songs “Blank Space” and their performance will blow you away. Every child performed with such passion, each with a resilient and unafraid spirit like I have never seen in my lifetime. It truly put life clearly in perspective for me; not to mention, the 6,000 guests who were in attendance last night. Watching each child perform with such passion, vigor, and heart will make you never not want to complain about anything.
Kudos to Christina Sajous who has been a volunteer for the Garden of Dreams for the last five years; she clearly loves participating and giving and showing limitless love and advice toward the kids. One word, she said, describes the kids’ spirits during rehearsal and performing on stage: #FEARLESS!!!
Hoda Kotb undoubtedly said that this foundation does it right; you know that the money that you are investing is definitely going to a worthy cause. They talk the talk and walk the walk. And once you do the event, you MUST come back and do it again and again. The one thing that we all have in common as human beings is that we all have basic needs, yet the following kids have overcome many obstacles, persevered and won at being fearless. A goal that some of us can only dream about; yet, they prevail and overcome with beautiful spirits and a smile that literally lights up the world from the stage of the iconic Radio City Music Hall.
Shawn Mendes, in the above video, performs with two young men: Jordan Matalon who sang “Stitches” “because he had many stitches after his surgery,” and James Ciannello who performed “Never Be Alone” ” because he always listens to this song on the way home from the hospital.”
CONGRATS to all the staffers, volunteers, and celebs who helped and participated in this momentous event last night at Radio City Music Hall.
The 2016 Garden of Dreams Talent Show Performers: Paul Deandre Manning, Amanda Sweeney, James Ciannello, Jordon Matalon, Stephen Durosaiye & Tavan Thomas, Stephanie Consiglo, Hannah Pienkowski, Rusk Ringers, Abbie Anderson, Young Prodigies, Ngawang Tseten & Ahmed Shareef, Aaron Miller, Caroline Watters, Kemoy Paul Hutchinson, Scott Adamchek, Emily Rose Bass, Brooke Chaco, Victoria Rodriguez & Chanela Vasquez, Rachel and Maya Mason, Malcolm Eubanks, Jonathan Regis, Lyrical L, Aminata Sangare, & Aaron K. Amankwah – CONGRATS & KUDOS for an AMAZING performance.