The extremely long drive was completely worth it. This past Thursday, October 4th, I had a great night that I will never forget. I was invited to be a special guest at the 2018 Autism Speaks Into The Blue Gala located at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It was an amazing night spent with amazing people! I felt so honored to be able to come and support this cause in addition to this year’s main honoree, Jeff Apploff. I have so many experiences to share with you all!
I was honored to be asked to interview many different celebrities at the gala. Some of these people included Dave Grohl (lead singer of Foo Fighters), Jeannie Mai (co host of The Real), Jerrod Blandino (CEO of Too Faced), and Miss J (runway coach of America’s Next Top Model). Other celebrities that attended included P!nk (singer-songwriter) and Corinne Foxx (model and actress; daughter of Jamie Foxx). I was nervous since I had never interviewed anyone before, much less celebrities! After the first interview, my nerves settled down and I really began to enjoy myself.
Another amazing experience was the blue carpet, akin to The Oscar’s red carpet! I absolutely loved it! At first I was told that I would be going on after all of the A-list celebrities. That changed when a board member and I talked… she told me to go on right then and there! I was shocked but nevertheless overjoyed. I walked the carpet with a really good friend of mine. There were so many bright lights shining on me. People were calling my name from two different directions. I was worried that I was going to experience sensory overload, but I think I held my composure really well; you would never be able to tell by the pictures! Additionally, I was asked to give an interview while walking the carpet! This was a lot of fun and we had a great conversation about Autism.
There were so many other events throughout the evening. The inspiring speeches, fancy food, and private concert were a few of the many things that stood out to me. I was so overjoyed during the auction when I realized how much money was being raised for a great cause. This event was so important because it is one of the principal ways that Autism Speaks raises crucial funds to support the Autism community.
I am so honored to have been invited to attend this wonderful event. Thank you to everyone who came out to support this cause, especially the two amazing individuals who came with me! When I started this blog I never dreamt that it would lead to experiences like this. It was so fulfilling to help raise money and awareness about this amazing cause and I look forward to being able to do it again!