At 10:05 PM on Sunday October 1, 2017, the news of the shooting massacre in Las Vegas rocked the world. The day after the shooting, quite a few of the shows in Las Vegas closed, for many different reasons. I was informed that my show was not going to close, and I was required to show up and perform, despite the tragedy that just unfolded in our city the day before.
I really wanted to help the victims of the shooting, so I announced on social media that I was donating the proceeds from Monday’s after show souvenir sales, and part of Monday’s ticket sales to the GoFundMe page set up to help the victims families of the shooting.
After I made the donation, I posted a screen shot from GoFundMe showing I made my contribution, in hopes of encouraging others to contribute as well. Soon after I received a private message on Facebook from my dear friend Marianne.
Good morning Gerry, I am glad you and your family are safe given the craziness your city has had. I just wanted to share a little story with you. As you know I work with people with developmental and cognitive disabilities. Well the client I worked with last night was feeling sad about all of it and so she would not obsess about it I brought up some good stories of people coming together to help. One story was about you donating the proceeds of your show. She was intrigued by that and I offered to show her some videos of you performing. Can I just say, in her words, You blew her mind! At first I thought maybe she wouldn’t understand all of it however she did. She just loved you! In fact she talked about you all night even when I took her to a social group she was telling them about you! Well you certainly took her mind off the sad stories which I feared she was beginning to focus on too much and could trigger her anxiety issues. I just wanted to share with you, You have a new fan!!!!. Be well my friend!
I asked her permission to share her message with everyone. I love helping others with my skills and abilities, and to see how small acts of kindness and love could have a ripple effect is heart warming. Do yourself a favor, and give some thought how you can selflessly touch someones life today. Then sit back and watch how your love can spread, like the big ripples in a calm lake, after you tossed a small pebble into it.