In September, $350,000 was raised to provide college scholarships for veterans and their spouses, at a two day affair in Lake Geneva Wisconsin.
Often the highlights for me are the in-betweens.
-Hearing a speech about our troupes and the challenges they face from a retired admiral/former chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
-Getting to know some of the sponsors, and attendees of the benefit.
-Meeting a scholarship recipient and his spouse.
-Performing a version of Red Skelton’s Pledge of allegiance after the Colors were presented.
And the kicker was that, after the event, I drove to Champaign Urbana, Illinois. There I had the pleasure of being an master-class-guest-something-or-other at The University of Illinois, for their Lyric Theatre Program, in cooperation with my friends and educators, Michael Tilley, Sarah Johnson and some talented singing students.