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Commitment to Giving: Bill Gates

On Sunday I posted on Facebook about how amazed I was by the event I just got to be a part of, how people were asking why they’d never heard of me, and ultimately how to book me for their events.  Yes, it was all because of a charity gig I did in Vancouver over 15 months ago, which has led to many, many opportunities, and continues to pay me back in spades.  Charity pays in very interesting ways. The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Family, their son Kyle, have had me perform for some of their most exclusive events and private parties over the past year, one of which I posted about HERE; 80th Birthday, 50th Anniversary, YPO in Canada, and now for their friends in Palm Springs, CA and an exclusive club they belong to that has members you don’t get to meet every day. It’s hard to explain
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Commitment to Greatness: John Brazier Hewlett

    On May 13, 1952, a child was born.  It was Mother’s Day in beautiful Salt Lake City, UT and this was a celebration.  The 4th child and 2nd son of Lester and Peggy Hewlett was about to take the world by storm, with a healthy dose of charisma, extreme motivation to conquer any task, and a dream to reach his ultimate potential. John Brazier Hewlett is my Dad, and I am very proud of this man and grateful he is beating the family hereditary odds and still around at the ripe old age of 63 (yes, that age is still young, but in our family among the men, it’s generally considered the end of the road). The stories got as big as the fish through the years, but we never wanted to stop listening.  As kids we would hear of his adventures as a youth: shooting baskets until
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Commitment To Joy: Ernie Johnson

If you know anyone with cancer and what they go through, you can understand why someone would GIVE up a great honor in order to honor another. In Keith Olbermann’s words, “A unicorn appeared at the Emmy’s the other night in the form of Ernie Johnson.”  No way to say it better, because what just happened actually never happens in real life. Earlier this year, ESPN legend, Stuart Scott, passed away at 49 years young to cancer, and was memorialized  on the Emmy broadcast early in the night.  Scott was an Emmy nominated host that night following his passing, along with Olbermann, Ernie Johnson, and others, so it was something of a letdown to the audience once Johnson received the winning vote for his 3rd Emmy. However, Ernie Johnson is as good as a person gets.  Having suffered through cancer himself he was quick to recognize the importance of dedicating
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Thank You

Our event for Ashlee was incredible.  We SOLD-OUT the 1,100 seat venue of the Grand Theater in SLC, UT, received over 100 emails and texts from people who wanted to get in but couldn’t at the last minute, sold every single basket and auction item at very high prices, and more importantly flooded Ashlee with support, love, and hope.  She was overwhelmed with gratitude and filled with joy to know so many people care about her. Thank you to those who supported this cause, this event, and for coming to the show with your families.  We had a wonderful time. If you didn’t have a chance to attend, and would still be interested in donating to Ashlee, the information is below.  I have also included a link to Audy & Ashlee’s Blog so you can read their thoughts on the evening as well. http://32andcancer.blogspot.com/ DONATE: Anything For A Friend 
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Ashlee Smoot – Anything For a Friend

My cousin’s wife, Ashlee, is as beautiful and incredible as any woman you’d expect to meet.  Along with her hubby, Audy, they mountain climb, bike, and take their kids all over the world as travelers and people that truly enjoy life.  As fate can sometimes be so cruel, their days filled with joy and adventure were stopped dead in their tracks when Ashlee was diagnosed at age 32 with Stage IV colon cancer.  3 young kids, everything ahead of them, this kind of thing is just as wrong as it gets.  You may be interested in reading about their journey HERE. However, Ashlee is no quitter.  She does her rounds of chemo, and somehow is back on her bike racing along as if nothing’s wrong with her.  She is determined to beat this.  She has every reason, all she has to do is look at the little ones and she
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Commitment to Joy: Paul Brewer

“What a wonderful introduction!  Thank you so much!  Of all the intros I’ve had, that’s the most recent…It’s nice to see you are back to wearing men’s clothing again.” – Paul Brewer Leave it to Paul Brewer to fill a room with a laugh a minute, or more like every 5 seconds, when he takes the stage at the corporate event, a life celebration, or giving young people at a school the most memorable assembly they’ve ever seen. Growing up in Utah the two best places to go as a kid were the famous Lagoon Amusement Park (still around and doing better than ever) and The 49th Street Galleria (long gone for fun and instead now an education facility…which may be fun for someone, but not me).  Lagoon was summer fun, 49th Street Galleria was winter indoors adventure.  For years, the resident Magician was Paul Brewer.  In fact, he came to
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Commitment to Winning: Tony Ingle

  “I Don’t Mind Hitting Bottom, I Just Hate Dragging” is the title of Tony Ingle’s book.  The sense of humor this man has is something out of a Will Rogers meets Andy Griffith playbook.  He has had more ups and downs than the scale in my weight room, and yet somehow continues smiling, cracking jokes, and winning at work and more importantly, life. Tony Ingle is the greatest story of repeated struggle/triumph, difficulty/overcoming, most people have never heard.  If you’ve read my book, or followed my blog, you know he is the person who set me on the path to becoming an entertainer after seeing my dedication to basketball and suggesting I focus on making people laugh.  It was a tough lesson for me, but I’m grateful I listened, as he introduced me to the right people to help make things happen in my life. If you want a
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Commitment to Goal Setting: Heidi Totten

  Over the past few years I’ve watched on Facebook as a few of my friends have taken trips to Africa, India, and other service adventures in order to serve the people of the world.  I don’t imagine these trips feel like a vacation, as building huts, digging toilets, giving haircuts, and all else doesn’t seem as simple as a week at the beach.  I mean, I prefer a Westin heavenly bed any day to sleeping on the floor and having bugs in my sheets, but I could always stay at a motel off the interstate in California and have the same type of experience. Yet watching my friends do these trips inspires me.  It so much inspired one of my friends that she said to me one day, “Just so you know, I’ll be gone most of the month of March, I just decided I’m doing this and going to
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Joy of Commitment: Friendship

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhFpZkJGwWM – Watch Video of Troubadours In my high school days, asking a girl out was pretty much the most frightening thing I could consider doing. Try out for a basketball team I might not make?  No problem. Run for President of the Student Body even though I had the worst grades in my entire class?  Let’s go for it. Rip my shirt off on stage at a religious event just to get a laugh, regardless of lack of six pack, tan, and public shaming?  Easy. But ask a girl out?  No way.  Scared me to death. Enter my friend, Quinn Dietlein, who had no fear of the ladies, in fact they flocked to him and I stood in awe.  That’s when he suggested we put a little doo-wop group together and sing a song to ask a girl out, make it fun, silly, non-threatening.  What a concept!  Me with my
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JH in Concert

Welcome to March!  Did you watch the Superbowl? It’s amazing how huge productions can bring out emotions of joy, sorrow, elation, and even a sense of community. I spent much of the Superbowl holding a really cute baby, and decided that I could make a career out of having people drop off their babies for me to hold. I think that would be a great commitment to daily joy. March is a month where flowers start to bloom and birds start to chirp and we get all excited about Spring just in time for an April snow shower to hit. We’ve had a very mild Winter here in Utah, but I just have a feeling that we still have a day or two of sledding in our future. That being said, I have some fun things for you while we slide into Spring that I want to share with you.
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