On Saturday, April 27th, the 23rd annual William Shatner Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show took place at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, California. Wells Fargo also sponsored the event and this year Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, also known around Nashville as “Benefit,” was on hand for the evening’s entertainment. This special event benefits over 40 different charities that help children with disabilities and our nations veterans.
The evening kicked off with a press conference where William Shatner had the opportunity to share the great things the Hollywood Charity Horse Show has been able to accomplish throughout the years. Joining him was his wife, Elizabeth Shatner, world-class equine extremist Tommy Turvey, Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron and Vince Gill. William Shatner was very thankful to Vince for giving his time and support saying,
“Vince Gill has been so kind to come all the way from Nashville this morning to entertain us and we are very thankful.”
Elizabeth Shatner spoke about what great things can be accomplished when everyone comes together and works toward a common goal. She has been helping her husband with this project for the last 13 years and is passionate about the cause. After everyone was done speaking, Vince, with his quick wit, quipped,
“I am here because I am a recovering trekky, this is part of my therapy…I had to come face to face with Mr. Kirk.”
This of course gave everyone a good laugh. From there the festivities of the night were well under way. There was a silent auction, and an exciting arena show with Tommy Turvey. He dazzled the audience with his unbelievable skills on his horses and had kids and adults alike in awe of his talents. Later in the evening guests came in to a beautifully set up space where they had a delightful meal from Stonefire Grill while Mr. Shatner made his way around the room thanking his guests for attending. There was also a live auction where people bid on things such as a trip to Ireland, one of a kind artwork and behind the scenes tours at Dancing With the Stars.
The night ended on a high note as Vince Gill took the stage to share some of his many hits. He started off by saying what a great night he had getting to know William Shatner and how he was happy to be a part of something that supports kids and veterans. It was just Vince and his guitar and he quickly showed people why he has won those 20 Grammy Awards Mr. Shatner had mentioned while introducing him.
He sang, “Whenever You Come Around,” “The Key” and had the crowd in stitches with his humorous “It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips Goodnight (That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long).” If you have ever seen Vince live you know about his superb story telling and humor. In true Vince fashion he had the crowd cracking up as he impersonated his father and told stories about when he was young. As always, Vince’s pure tenor voice was pitch perfect and he put on an amazing show. He ended the set by mentioning the passing of country legend George Jones. Vince spoke about the icon with a heavy heart. George was a dear friend of his, and was the one who affectionately gave Vince the nickname “Sweet Pea.” He then shared a lighthearted and classic story about George riding around on a John Deere lawnmower. This incident inspired a line in the song “One More Last Chance,” which is what Vince chose to close out the show with. The crowd eagerly jumped to their feet giving Vince a much-deserved standing ovation.
The night was definitely something special to be a part of. It is always great to see people using their celebrity status to do good for others. Hats off to William Shatner for putting this on every year and to Vince Gill who is always willing to lend his talents for a good cause.
For more information about the Hollywood Charity Horse Show please visit www.horseshow.org
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