Bret Michaels IS something to believe in!

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I have been very fortunate in my role as Junior Officer in Command at Celebrate Virginia Live to meet some wonderful artists. I have enjoyed sharing their stories on my blog and how they have used their success to pay it forward.

Last night was one of the first times I actually became emotional when meeting an artist. When I met Bret Michaels I felt my eyes fill with water and a lump form in my throat. We have both been through similar things medically and just sharing that bond and talking about friends and family with diabetes overwhelmed me. I think if he had time we would have talked for hours. He gives big hugs that just make you feel comforted.

My mom summed it up and said, “He is truly genuine”. I had to ask her what that means. She explained that it means you believe in the message you are spreading and really care about the impact you are making and the people you are touching.

Every winter my Children’s Hospital /Children’s Miracle Network of Richmond holds a Radio-A-Thon. Last year Darius Rucker and The Band Perry gave me items to donate to the silent auction. I was thrilled when Bret Michaels signed a “Chance Dog” for this year’s event. Bret said he was touched I was thinking of others.

I know a lot of people think I am “lucky” because I attend all these concerts and stand on stage with the radio stations, but for me it is about bringing the community together. It’s about giving back and being thankful for all I have been through. I can bring awareness. I have a VOICE that needs to be HEARD!

That is why Project 324 is important to me. Project 324 is about bringing the arts and the community together. Giving kids a chance to live a dream by getting on stage and singing the National Anthem, or a local band getting a venue to showcase their music. Project 324 is about paying it forward. Giving those in our community a chance to use their talents to make a difference in the world. Helping a filmmaker finish that film, providing a scholarship for a child to take music lessons, sponsoring a sports team, or inviting local charities to spread their messages. Every person who comes out to a show is part of making a difference.

Rocking out an RV with Bret is still on my “Bucket List”, but I am not lucky I am blessed that I am part of a family at CVL that allows me to help pay if forward and promote the spirit of giving back to our community through Project 324. You are never too young to make a difference.

Love,

Megs

“How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment; we can start now, start slowly changing the world!” – Anne Frank (diary entry, 1944)

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Dream Big…

I was excited to find out Scotty McCreery and I have a few things in common. He is from North Carolina; I have been to North Carolina. He toured with The Band Perry and I toured their tour bus. He sang on stage with Tim McGraw and I danced on stage with Tim McGraw. His dreams came true on American Idol, and I live a dream every weekend getting on stage at Celebrate Virginia Live.

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Seriously though…what I love about Scotty is we both are tenacious. Success at anything does not happen over night. You need to work hard. Scotty wanted to sing. He joined a vocal ensemble and performed at local events. He became the youngest winner of American Idol and has a Guinness World Records Book entry for being the youngest male to enter the U.S. album charts as number one.

I am not a quitter. I might have obstacles that prevent me from doing some things, but I find away to adapt and overcome. I have a tendency to wear down my doctors and eventually they allow me to try things with modifications.

I have lots of dreams. I want to be an actress, model, singer, talk show host, CIA Agent, and veterinarian. The most important thing is to be determined and dedicated. Follow those dreams.

For the last couple of weeks we have showcased a child singer each week at CVL to perform the National Anthem. This is one of the hardest songs to sing live. These kids have a dream. They want to be performing on stage one day professionally. Through Project 324 we give them an opportunity to experience singing on stage in front of a crowd. Hopefully that moment will drive the passion for them to keep working towards their dreams. You never know they could someday be the next “American Idol”.

Never let go of your dreams, even if they don’t come easy. Work hard and be determined. It will be worth it in the end.

I can’t wait to welcome Scotty McCreery this weekend to Celebrate Virginia Live Pancho Villa Pavillion. I hope we get a chance to talk. Maybe he will allow me to take him for a spin on the golf cart. I have only run over a few toes. I am doing much better now. I should challenge him to a bull ride.

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I hope you will join me this weekend. We always have a great time. Tickets are available online and at Legends. Oh! and by the way…Legends makes a killer pasta primavera.

Love,

Megs

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Darius Rucker Rocked the ‘Burg!

WOW! It has been a busy weekend. I really needed yesterday to rest after a spectacular Friday night with Darius Rucker and to prepare for Daughtry tonight.

Friday was blazing hot when I arrived at Celebrate Virginia Live. I volunteered to take the first shift in the dunk tank. The water felt amazing and I was begging for people to dunk me. The first person to succeed was my brother. I think he actually enjoyed dunking his little sister. After the dunk tank it was time to promote the CVL Project 324 T-Shirts onstage with my friends from Thunder 104.5. All proceeds will support underfunded music and performing arts programs in our local community. You never know you just might help put a future artist on stage someday.

The highlight of my evening was meeting Darius and talking about my work with Children’s Hospital of Richmond. He is such a sweet family man. When he arrived in Fredericksburg it was “Family Day”. He was out visiting our local establishments with his family. I had fun backstage twirling glow sticks with his kids as we listened to his awesome performance.

It was great to hear Darius sing songs from his days playing with “Hootie and the Blow Fish”. He spent a lot of time walking back and forth on stage making sure to say hi to everyone who came out to spend the evening with him. When the crowd starts singing along you cannot believe how loud it sounds from the stage. The two songs that brought down the house where “Hold My Hand” and when he performed “Purple Rain” by Prince. While I didn’t get to hear my favorite song, “If I Had Wings”, it was another night I will not forget.

Thursday night I met fans that traveled from Ohio and New York to spend the weekend at Celebrate Virginia Live. I started asking people if they were local. I was happy to hear people are traveling from DC, Northern Virginia, Western Virginia, Virginia Beach and North Carolina to see our concerts. They can’t believe we have such big names coming to Fredericksburg. They love the location, price of tickets, and accessibility.

We only have two concerts left in the series. Work has already started in preparation for next year. Make sure you list your recommendation on the Celebrate Virginia Live Facebook site.

I will see you at the show~

Megs

ZZ Top This!

Hey Everyone! Have you enjoyed the Celebrate Virginia Live concert series so far? It has been a wild ride and I don’t mean just the turns I have taken riding the bull.

I have enjoyed everyone who has performed the first part of the season:

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd and Willie Nelson had songs I didn’t even know I knew. Now I walk around singing, “Mamma’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and hold up my iPhone lighter app to “Free Bird”.
  • Seeing my friends The Band Perry again made my summer. They are full of life and energy and just make everyone in the crowd feel like family. It was great that so many of my friends and neighbors, including my teacher came out for the show. I have loved meeting everyone that stops by to say hi to the Round Up Crew.
  • I have heard my parents play ZZ Top and 3 Doors Down and on their iPods, but seeing them live was amazing. I must say those beards are pretty cool up close. I had fun bringing my dad and brother to the show and they were really impressed with Gretchen Wilson’s ability to rock out.
  • Colt Ford and Lauren Alaina really know how to put on a great show. I had fun Tweeting with Colt encouraging him to Ride the Bull. Watching Lauren rise from American Idol to touring proves Dreams Really Do Come True.

I love having all these artists playing in our back yard. Nothing beats my 10-minute ride to Job.com Pavilion, great food (Love my Beach Fries, Frozen Ice and pizza), and friendly environment. I am having the best time representing Project 324. All the money raised when you ride the bull or throw a ball at the dunk tank is helping to keep the performing arts in our community. I dream of being on stage someday, and that is why having access to classes to learn your trade is important. A lot of work goes into making the shows a success. Almost everyone you see working the concerts is a volunteer. Volunteering is important. You shouldn’t wait till you are older to make a difference. Have a voice and make a difference in the lives around you.

The next half of the concert series is going to be exciting. I hope everyone will spread the word and join me at Celebrate Virginia Live this month. I can’t believe we are going to see Justin Moore, Josh Thompson, Bruce Hornsby, Darius Rucker, Daughtry, and my dad’s favorite Foreigner. Make sure you stop by the Thunder 104.5 tent and spin the prize wheel and then head on over and take a ride on the bull and dunk a Round Up Crew member. We love taking photos with the fans, because music means memories. Come make a memory with us.

All the Best ~

Megs