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!