1st Annual Benefit Concert | Featuring Seal
On Wednesday, May 17, 2006, more than 500 of Matt’s friends, family, and colleagues came together to honor his memory and celebrate his life. In every way, it was one of the most remarkable evenings. Several board members of Matt’s Promise had been thinking for months that an event would allow us to shed light on our mission and keep Matt’s memory alive. This event surpassed its goal in every aspect. It was a thrill to honor Tim Armstrong of Google, who gave so much of his love and attention to Matt when he was ill. Tim was a wonderful mentor to Matt, who not only taught him the “ropes” but also gave Matt hope and encouraged strength.A high point of the evening was having Seal, Britain’s most popular soul vocalist of the decade, who performed his fusion of soul, folk, pop, and rock that has brought him success on both sides of the Atlantic. His wife, model Heidi Klum, was also present and, together with Seal, they brought a lot of excitement to the evening.
Besides the fun, we raised an astounding $600,000 to help stamp out devastating illnesses that cut short the lives of young people. This is the greatest achievement of all. Matt had the ability to bring out the best in everyone he knew and met. His legacy continues as this event brought out the very best in all of us. We came together not only to celebrate Matt and keep his memory alive, but to fight the very disease that took him away from us.