A friend, Daryl Roberts of America the Beautiful documentary, sent me his newsletter today and with his permission, I'm reprinting his fundraiser on behalf of the amazing talent, Jesse Campbell from The Voice since I'm a big fan.
So, here's Daryl's reason for hosting the event, some pix and then link to where to buy tickets or donate if you're interested in supporting this single Dad achieve his dream:
This single dad, who at times has had to resort to sleeping in his car with his young daughter sleeping on his chest, electrified worldwide viewers of "The Voice" with vocals that possessed polish, range, and tone that had never been seen on a television talent show.
He was the fan favorite as well, and, by an extremely wide margin, received more fan votes than any other contestant. Jesse WAS "The Voice". He was on EVERY commercial. He was the face of the show.
As "The Voice" progressed into the quarterfinal rounds, contestant's advancement or elimination was supposed to be based solely on the votes and support of the public. A surprise announcement was made at the onset of the quarterfinal round, declaring that an "instant elimination", based solely on the discretion of the coach of the competing team, would occur at the end of the day's competition.
Jesse sang Beyonce's "Halo", a song picked by his coach Christina. He NAILED IT, and had the world in tears as pictures of he and his daughter scrolled in the background. Even Beyonce tweeted "I love Jesse Campbell's voice."
As Team Xtina gathered nervously on stage to face elimination, everyone wondered which of the other three contestants would be the one to fall. To the complete shock and horror of her fellow judges and the viewing public, Christina eliminated Jesse. The audience fell silent, the world erupted and the other judges looked at her in disbelief.
This nefarious and unprecedented rule change and elimination cost Jesse a chance at $100,000 and a fresh start for him and his daughter. The blogosphere, Twitter, and Facebook exploded with hundreds of thousands of shocked fans complaining and protesting in disbelief. They have demanded Jesse's return to the show, but so far, to no avail.
The night Jesse was eliminated from the show, tennis great Serena Williams Tweeted, "Omg Jessie Cambell was the best performance tonight are you serious??? WTH? #teamchristina yuck! I love you Jessie!!!!!" Jesse is too classy and humble to say so, but it is painfully obvious that he was wronged.
This didn't sit well with me, so on May 5, 2012, I am gathering friends, family, and complete strangers in a show of love and appreciation of a job well done. He has spent most of the last six (6) months sequestered and has not been able to make a living. The goal of our "We love you Jesse Campbell," fundraiser is to raise funds in order to ease his burden as he embarks toward his goal of securing a recording contract and taking care of his daughter.
There will be food and drinks, and Jesse will even sing a song or two. Join us for a night of fun and celebration, where we honor a strong, wonderful man and a great single dad.
To purchase a ticket to attend the fundraiser click here: JESSE CAMPBELL FUNDRAISER
Or if you can't attend the fundraiser, you can click the link above to donate $1, $5, $10 or any amount that you'd like to Jesse.