You think you know your friends! But when they go and do things like this, you start to think of them differently - in a good way.
A couple of months ago, 19-year-old Jacob Inman (who you may have read about in Saturday's Lodi Living) had this idea, and month by month he, alongside his family, began to act on it.
Jacob is a multi-talented guy who specializes in acting, singing and anything else he enjoys, which is why his idea to put on a concert wasn't that big of a deal. That is until he unveiled his reasoning for the concert. "It'll be a benefit for Hurricane Katrina," he told me back in December. Wow, what a concept, and quite an unselfish one at that.
Remember Hurricane Katrina? That massive weather cell that tore up the gulf coast and put hundreds of thousands out of jobs and homes?
Well as the media moves on so often does the public.
On the American Red Cross Internet home page remains the plea for donations and support for the areas still devastated by the '05 hurricanes.
Even after all these months, after all the billions of dollars, the cities and states affected need more help, and rightfully so.
Being one of the most creative people I know, Jacob has never ceased to amaze me in anything he has taken on, this relief concert being no different.
I met Jacob, an Oklahoman through and through, nearly seven years ago when his family began attending my church. The guy was a hit right out of the gate, leaving the youth group in a roar of laughter with his witty and quick sense of humor. It was at that time I knew there was something different about this newbie.
He has that special something that very few people on this planet have, and when I think of what to call that something, I'll let you know.
It wasn't too long after being told about the event that his home started to become a storage closet for the concerts theme: Fat Sunday, "A Mardi Gras celebration."
Jacob's mother, Cindi, has been Jacob's creative backing for the event. Each time I drop by their home I see what new creation she has come up with either through decoration or publicity, Cindi has proven time and time again how much she not only supports her son, but also how much she cares for others.
Jacob's father, Paul, and brother, Josh, have also been a rather large support in the Jacob Inman production.
Alongside Jacob will be Lodi youth and friends, such as Adrienne Reynolds, Megan O'Dell and Robert Tan, just to name a few.
The event, in partnership with the Lodi Arts Commission and Town and Country Properties, has already proven to be a huge success, even before the doors open.
As of Monday night, the concert was very close to selling out.
The theme of the benefit isn't the only thing southern style; the food will be as well. Southern tasty and southern good hors d'oeuvres will be on hand prepared by Just for Friends Catering.
This concert will feature a collection of jazz and blues classics to get you back to your southern roots, with proceeds going to the American Red Cross.
So do you wanna go? It's this Sunday night and tickets are only $7, available at the Hutchins Street Square box office; you can call them at 333-5550. If you can't make it but would still like to donate, I encourage you to call 333-5511.
Hutchins Street Square is the site, Kirst Hall is the place and 6:30 p.m. is the time.
So come, enjoy the food, music and atmosphere as a little taste of the South is brought to livable, lovable, Lodi.
You think you know your friends, and then you learn from them.
If there's one thing I've learned from Jacob, it's that you can't dream big enough, especially if it is for the benefit of others.
First published: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 6:05:24 AM