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October 21, 2011

Shocked At A Jeff Foxworthy Show

October 21, 2011 | By | 25 Comments">25 Comments

Last night I attended a charity benefit for Rocketown in Nashville. A non-profit facility that was a dream of Michael W Smith‘s. It’s a place where youth from all over can hang out and build relationships with each other, as well Rocketown staff. A place where they could get involved in after school programs and Bible studies.

The charity was an auction to raise money so they could keep the doors open for the youth, as well as send 140 kids to camp. Items auctioned off included many signed guitars by musicians, including Carrie Underwood, signed footballs by Titan’s players, and other really cool items. The top prize was a 57 Ford Thunderbird given by Michael himself.

If all that wasn’t enough, Jeff Foxworthy was the headliner of the evening. And let me say, I laughed so hard I snorted a few times. Other people at my table had the pleasure of laughing at me snorting. I laughed the hardest when he talked about how seniors are like pharmacists. He said, I was at my mother-in-law’s house and realized I was having sinus issues. That’s when she asked if I wanted to stop the draining or not feel my head?

She then pulled out a bag that looked like it was full of Skittles, gave me the green pill and said take one of these. I woke up two days later in the back yard talking to Elvis. That’s when she yelled at me GET UP YOU BABY! I TAKE FOUR OF THOSE AND DRIVE TO THE GROCERY! Later he talked about how people with bad breath are always the close talkers. Jeff said, you offer them gum or a mint, and they always turn it down by saying something like – oh I’m ok, I don’t like the taste of those. Well you just keep chewing on that cat poop then.

While it was great to be able to laugh for a little while, the thing that I loved the most was discovering just how much work Jeff does with the homeless shelter in Atlanta. For over a decade he has been helping out every week as well as leading a Bible study. That just blew me away.

His job is making people laugh, but his heart is helping others. It’s incredible to know that someone of his status, who could give lavishly from his wealth and leave it at that, spends every week at a homeless shelter showing people Jesus with jeans on. That makes me proud of Jeff Foxworthy.

Not only did he warm the muscles in my cheeks, he also warmed my heart. I went to charity auction to be a blessing, and I walked away blessed. I gave from what I had, but left a richer man!

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  • http://twitter.com/ColetteMarx Colette Marx (@ColetteMarx)

    That was such a great story Chris! Thanks so much for sharing! I just love hearing stories about awesome people helping humanity like that! BTW….Were you able to meet him??

    • http://Chrislocurto.com Chris LoCurto

      Unfortunately no. :-(

  • http://ericspeir.com/ Eric Speir

    It’s good to hear of guys like this giving back just because they want to. I was at the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta a few weeks ago and he was there as a guest. I thought he was going to do some comedy but instead he talked about the Atlanta Mission and how he was involved in it. It garnered even more respect from many of us in the crowd because he could just write a check but he gives his time as well. Great stuff!

    • http://Chrislocurto.com Chris LoCurto

      Amen!

  • http://twitter.com/mahez007 Uma Maheswaran S (@mahez007)

    True! People like Jeff are a rare specie today. It’s good to hear that he not only makes other laugh but also intentional at helping others. God Bless America and such great people like him.

    • http://Chrislocurto.com Chris LoCurto

      Amen.

  • Anonymous

    Truly refreshing…

  • http://gravatar.com/lgthaxton Louise Thaxton

    What refreshing news on Jeff Foxworthy! I’m at a business conference in Palm Desert, CA – and Tim Sanders (author of “Today We Are Rich”) just finished speaking in the morning session – WOW – don’t know if you have read his book, but he gave a powerful presentation on how we are only truly RICH when we give away to others – when we make contributions into others lives – and it was more important to be rich spirtually – than financially.

    • http://Chrislocurto.com Chris LoCurto

      He couldn’t be more right!

    • http://joelfortner.wordpress.com Joel Fortner

      Gonna have to read that book. I can’t enough of that message!

      • http://gravatar.com/lgthaxton Louise Thaxton

        Joel – you will love it – and a message you don’t hear much in the business world.

  • http://www.cabinart.net Jana Botkin

    I usually have no clue who celebrities in popular culture are, but I do know about Jeff Foxworthy! This makes me like him even more – thank you for showing us his whole self. What an inspiring guy!

    • http://Chrislocurto.com Chris LoCurto

      My pleasure!!

  • Anonymous

    A few years ago he spoke at an event at AFLAC. The speaking fee was $25,000. He gave the speaking fee right back to a children’s hospital that they support.

  • http://bridgesburning.wordpress.com Bridgesburning Chris King

    I love that gent’s humor and am inspired to hear he is genuine!

    • http://Chrislocurto.com Chris LoCurto

      That he is.

  • Anonymous

    A true one percenter (1%-er)!

  • Tom Brichacek

    GREAT WAY TO START THE MORNING! I’m not sure I’m laughing more at Jeff or the thought of your table laughing at you… :)

    • http://Chrislocurto.com Chris LoCurto

      HAHAHA….it was quit amusing!

  • http://joelfortner.wordpress.com Joel Fortner

    Great post to end the work week on. When I read the headline, I started wondering what horrid thing Jeff Foxworthy said that shocked you because I know if would have to be up there! Glad you were shocked in another way though. Thanks for sharing!

    • http://Chrislocurto.com Chris LoCurto

      My pleasure.

  • Chris

    Great comedian. Apparently just as great a heart.

    And Jeff has the ability to be funny without crossing the line.

    • http://Chrislocurto.com Chris LoCurto

      Absolutely! Not one bad word or indecent joke.