Perla at the entrance to the reception
I was a little bummed Sara only sang 1 song but we were going to the VIP Reception afterward and would hear more of her music in just a bit. And she did not disappoint. THIS GIRL SANG HER FACE OFF!! I felt like I had gone to heaven and my partner was moved to tears. You know, I never quite understood what Roberta Flack meant when she sang "Killing me Softly with his song"
until Sara Ramirez did it. She had the room in the palm of her hand the entire time. It was beautiful. Even when she forgot the words to one of her songs, and she laughed about it, we were all still right there with her.
I don't remember the names of all the songs she sang, but when she sang "God Bless the Child", I lost it. She had me stunned. I kept looking at my partner, like "are we seriously here?" and "is she really singing that song?". It is one of my all time favorites. It was unbelievable. A few other folks sang as well including one of the board members from the foundation named Darcy Becker. He sang Dusty Springfield's "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself"
. I was really moved by his performance. He was so wonderful to us the whole time we had been on the island too.
Darcy Becker's touching performance.
I was really impressed by the support and mutual admiration between all of the folks in the room. When Darcy finished his performance, Sara was immediately on her feet with her arms around his neck in a HUGE hug. Sara is really blessed to have such a wonderful group of people surrounding her and I'm sure they'd say the same thing about having her in their life.
Again, Sara closed out the night and then we all mingled a bit with more of the folks in the room. Our new friend, Joe, was really good friends with Al and told us more Al and Sara stories and her singing to Al. He asked if I wanted to talk to Sara. Of course, I did. So he took us over.
Us and Joe
So Joe took us over to Sara and she was like "hello again". I responded "hi again" with a huge grin. She got up and hugged us. Then she stated again that she couldn't believe we flew all that way. She said, "it's expensive" and thanked us again for being a part of it. She also commented that we looked great. I was trying so hard to play it cool, but I was out-of-my-mind happy right then. My partner, who is another beautiful Latina and fluent in Spanish, told her (in Spanish) how much she was loved the performance and that it made her cry. Sara actually apologized for making her cry! And I got to listen to them converse in Spanish. Trust me, it was much hotter than the "my father is taking me home" Spanish rant on the show! Perla later told me she spoke to her in Spanish on purpose because she knew I loved to hear Sara speak in Spanish. I didn't think she noticed how many times I replayed that youtube clip of Callie's Spanish rant. But I'm glad she did. We talked a bit more with Sara and took another picture before we got ready to leave the event.
Our last picture with Sara
Over all, this was such an amazing and surreal experience. All day today, I caught myself smiling as I remembered the time we spent in the Pines. The Benefit was excellent and such a touching tribute to Al and the Gay Liberation Movement. The love and admiration was so palpable and we were honored to have been a part of it all. Getting to meet and chat with Sara was the icing on the cake!
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Sara closed out the benefit with her song. The VIP Reception was held at Crayton Robey's home and it was breathtaking. I'd never been in a home that beautiful in my life.