When Angela and Terry-Jo, two avid Taylor Hicks fans, entered for a chance to win a prize package that included tickets to the May 27th concert and accommodations at the Red Lion Inn Coos Bay, little did they know what was in store for them!
Angela was randomly selected as the winner of our Taylor Hicks Concert package last month. She is a busy mom who works long hours so we were thrilled to give her a much deserved night out with her favorite American Idol.
She made the trip from Roseburg, Oregon with her friend Jan to enjoy a one night stay at The Red Lion Inn Coos Bay, dinner at the Mill Casino, tickets to the show- and as a special surprise, backstage passes! The pair watched the sound check and and describes meeting Taylor Hicks as “one of the wonderful highlights of my life”.
“We felt like school girls again, all flustered and giggly, as each one of us got a turn to greet Taylor and take a picture.” says Angela. “And then Taylor took the stage..We were awestruck! I clapped, I whistled, I yelled out Taylors Name, I cheered!! Taylor and his band were exceptional!! SOUL PATROL RULES!!! I did not want the concert to end.” Angela says Taylor was very polite and gracious as he signed T-shirts, CDs and “was such a gentleman”!
When Terry-Jo left this comment on our blog, we knew we had to do something to help her celebrate a very special anniversary: May 27th marks my 3-year “cancer-versary” (3 years to the day of the completion of chemo & radiation treatments)! I cannot think of a better celebration than a stay in beautiful Coos Bay Oregon with the beatufiful soul, Taylor Hicks! I really appreciate your consideration.
We decided to contact Terry-Jo and invited her and a guest to come down and stay at the Red Lion Inn and enjoy a meal here at The Mill Casino along with tickets to the show on us.
Terry-Jo, thrilled to receive our email, made long drive from Seattle with her best friend. “It was the first road trip I have taken with her in over 20 years” she says.
After the long drive, the ladies managed to find time trying out their luck in the casino before the concert (which did not disappoint this long time fan)! Afterwards, she was able to meet Taylor Hicks in person! Here is what she had to say:
“He is one of the kindest celebrities I’ve met and makes sure you know how much he appreciates you…. He put on a stellar performance and I found myself, not surprisingly, smiling the entire time. He makes my heart happy! He engages the audience, including them in his performance and taking them on his ride. He stayed after and met the fans, signed autographs, took pictures, and visited with you while he was at it. It’s not ‘all business’ with Taylor Hicks, he seems to truly care.”
“I cannot begin to express to you how much I appreciate your kindness and generosity. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about the day I received your email saying that my story of being a 3-year cancer survivor touched you enough to offer me tickets to Taylor’s sold out show! I have to say, cancer sucks…..but, if it bought me a night with Taylor Hicks at the Mill Casino……..”
You are welcome Terry-Jo and Angela! Thanks for sharing your stories with us!