Lets Get it Started!!! I promised you the fun part of my Labor Day Weekend in Minot, North Dakota! Josh Duhamel is married to Fergie and together they organized a benefit concert for the Minot flood victims. Groups like the Black Eyed Peas play in HUGE concert venues all over the world – they don’t come to small towns like Minot, ND – but how great that they did. Josh pulled this concert together in only 5 weeks – tickets were $100 each and the website gave the option for people to buy tickets for flood victims. The concert broke all attendance records for this venue – even beat KISS! Josh really is a hometown hero for all he has done for Minot.
Before the concert, we were lucky enough to have VIP tickets for the pre-party. Wait, make that VIPeas!
And I got to meet Josh and yes, he is even taller, nicer and
the most gorgeous creature on earth better looking in person! (Do you think the kids and hubby would mind if I make this our Christmas card this year?!?!)
Inside the VIPeas was food from Josh’s Minot Restaurant, 10 North Main, drinks, live music and an auction of Fergie’s clothes and shoes and an autographed guitar that was played during the concert that sold for almost $5,000! Fergie’s clothes are tiny and she wears a size 7 shoe.
Before the concert, the jumbotrons were showing photos of the flood damage and victims. Then the face of the cutest little blonde girl came on the screen and in her sweet little toddler voice said “I just want to go home”. Followed by a big sigh. We all had tears in our eyes and chill bumps on our arms. Remembering we were there for much more than a concert.
Josh came out and started the show and introduced the BEPs. He said he didn’t do much other than call his wife (loud crazy cheers from the crowd) and asked her to do a concert. So she called the Peas and within 5 seconds it was decided. They made the concert very personal and even had a song written for North Dakota. Fergie did a solo from her album “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and she looked beautiful. Many outfit changes and a different hairstyle with each outfit. The concert was awesome – my only complaint was they didn’t play longer.
My mom has spent a good part of the summer sewing blankets. She is famous for her blankets with her grandkids but this was a whole ‘nother kind of project. She sewed 160 blankets with a custom designed “Minot” tag inside and with some of her friends, delivered them to 160 relief workers set up on cots in a group of campers. These folks have come from around the country to help and I know their living conditions are less than lavish. With winter setting in, I know how much they will love these blankets. Thanks, mom!!!