Of Whiffenpoofs and Finding Your Voice

As many of you know, this past Sunday I hosted my annual get together with Yale’s Whiffenpoofs. It’s always a memorable event because they’re a great group of guys and the camaraderie – and maybe a little wine – flows freely.

In addition to the brilliant Whiffenpoofs, we were also serenaded by Carlie & Donni, Fat Cat and Malcolm Concept. The evening was spontaneous, lively, warm, and despite being 80 strong, intimate. All under a crystal clear Southern California night sky.

But this year was a little different, a little more special, a little more magical. This year, Louie, who started as our intern but has become an indispensable part of my team, was there. For background, I met Louie about a year and a half ago, at a youth event.  He was so quiet and shy, timid as a mouse, but something about Louie just struck a chord in me and I suggested he come intern with my foundation.

In the ensuing months, I’ve seen that timid boy grow into a confident, and even opinionated, young man. Someone comfortable in himself and open to tackling whatever challenges life throws at him. So it was with a lot of emotion, and, okay, maybe a little surprise, that we watched him get up and join the amazing Jeff Marx on “You Have More Friends Than You Know.” I couldn’t be prouder of him.

So, clearly, it was a wonderful evening. If you want a taste of just how magical the night was, you can watch the video below or browse through our slide show.


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