A few weeks ago I found out that Jennette McCurdy (the actress who plays Sam Puckett on "iCarly") would be in Nashville on Halloween. Ironically, she was performing (she is also a rising country music star who was recently signed with Capitol Records Nashville) for a huge Family Event held by the T.J. Martell, a foundation that funds cancer, leukemia and AIDS research. I decided that I would make it my mission to find a way for Ronin to spend some time with her. After making a lot of pleas on Facebook and several phone calls, turns out we didn't even need a hook up. I entered and had several other people enter a contest that was also being held for a Baskin Robbins ice cream party with Jennette the day of the event. (You can read an article about the event and why Jennette wanted to be involved here.) Long story short, the morning of the event I received a call that Ronin was the runner up for the contest and they hadn't heard from the actual winner so yay! We had already purchased tickets for me and Ronin so we were going regardless. I managed to put the word out and get together 15 people to attend the party. When we arrived at Belmont University's Curb Event Center we waited at the check in table for the rest of our guests to arrive. In the meantime, the guys from Baskin Robbins brought us the checklists for the kids' ice cream sundaes. Each child got to choose their ice cream flavor and toppings because every child received a custom made sundae. After everyone arrived, we were all escorted to the "suite" which I guess was the equivalent of sitting in the box at a sporting event. Despite the vertigo, it was super fun. The little room was very nice and tidy and we had a great view of the stage from where we were sitting. Not super toddler friendly though ;). After the kids received their ice cream, they brought Jennette in to meet with us. She signed autographs and chatted with everyone. Baskin Robbins had made her a special cookies and cream cake and a sundae (none of which she could eat because she was about to sing, duh!). She was super sweet. Tawnie had insisted that she bring some Ridiculous Chocolate to give to Jennette and she was very nice about it though I have to wonder if she ended up with it before she left. She even told us about how when she was younger she was always coming up with business ideas and one of them was to make and sell chocolate. I told her about Hunter and Ronin and emphasized that despite the fact that they were being very shy, they are both huge fans. I'm pretty sure that I was the biggest most excited goober of all though. Not because I was excited to be meeting a celebrity but because I truly adore her and was honored to be able to hang out with her, if only for a few minutes. After Jennette left, the kids enjoyed the rest of the event and then we had a great seat to watch Jennette's performance. I didn't ask her to pose with the kids because I felt guilty... guess I regret that a little now. Oh well, right?
At some point neither Jennette nor I could take it anymore and we had to break out dancing to "Cha Cha Slide". Luckily my husband had enough sense to video the "performance" on his phone. ;)
And then I recorded her performing "Not that Far Away", one of her recently released tunes. I think the song is super sweet. You can listen to a better version and watch the music video here.
In the room there were several posters that Jennette had signed and not all of the posters were taken by the other guests so I grabbed them all and I have one left that I want to give away to a reader! If you would like this signed Jennette McCurdy poster please leave a comment. I'll let Ronin decide who gets it. Make sure you leave a way for me to contact you via email (if we don't know each other). I ain't got time to be huntin' ya down!
*Jennette's mom, Debbie, is dealing with cancer for the second time right now. Please keep this family in your prayers. I know what it's like to watch your mom fight cancer and it totally sucks. I can't imagine how hard it is for Jennette to be trying to juggle an acting career, a singing career, and family life right now.