Saturday, May 17, 2008

Jared's Charity Gala on May 5th Raises $65,000+

A record-breaking amount in excess of $65,000 was raised for the 6th annual fund-raiser for the Utah Valley Family Support and Treatment Center. Thanks to all of you who contributed and made this night such a success.

Jared and Nathan each sang several songs, then Merrill performed three songs. Collin Raye blew everyone away with his incredible voice. The highlight of his performance was The Beatles "Let It Be" with only a acoustic guitar. It was certainly a night to remember.

After dinner and show, there was a live auction to accompany the silent auction already in progress throughout the evening.

Cathy Harrison, who was kind enough to share photos from the event, tells us, “Jared, being the great business man that he is, doubled the items people were bidding on. For instance, they auctioned off Lasik eye surgery for $3,700. Towards the end of the bidding of that item, there were two people bidding, so Jared turned to the doctor, who was the one donating this, and asked if he would donate two surgeries. Of course the doctor, being very generous, couldn't say no, so they made $7,400 just on those two item. Jared did that with other items, too, and he auctioned off a weekend stay at the Marriott Hotel where the event was held without checking first with the Marriott. Lol! But you know Jared, he would definitely get it done.

“The evening ended with an intimate gathering of fans with Jared and Nathan. It was great because Jared poured his heart out about uplifting things. He really should be an inspirational speaker. He would put the best ones to shame! He did manage to inspire us all, as usual.

“After that, we called it a night. I believe it was around 1:00 A.M. when we all departed. What a fantastic memorable night. And the best part about it is how much we raised to benefit the children. That is what it is all about.”

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