When I peruse the local newspaper I often cringe at the "high society" do-gooders. Many of the Orange County rich attend charity balls and events. To an outsider, such as myself, it often seems the primary purpose of these events is not to help others, but for the rich to pat themselves on the back. The goal is often just to "be seen" at big charity events.
Having their picture displayed in the newspaper as a do-gooder becomes a competitive thing among the rich. It makes me a little nauseous to see the women in their $3,000 gowns attending a "ball" for the poor. I realize a portion of the money raised does eventually find its way to charitable causes.
A portion. Eventually.
I was brought up by "salt of the earth" parents. To me, helping others is something you do without fanfare or public recognition. In fact, I pretty much have the attitude if anyone knows you are doing it, it doesn't count. There's a line in the sand about caring about others for their sake, or doing it to pat yourself on the back. It's my own personal hang-up, I guess. It's an area of my life I'm very private about.
The Orange County Register had an article last Monday, however, about a Money Town family helping others. I was very touched by what these people are doing with their wealth and I want to share their story with you. Although the newspaper did write an article about it, I honestly believe these people are being wonderful human beings without concern about "getting credit" for it.
Gary and Julie Crisp (Money Town residents) hosted about 175 Marines from nearby Camp Pendleton for a Super Bowl party last weekend. Some of these Marines are about to be deployed to Afghanistan. According to the Register, the party included live music, specialty cigars with a Marine logo, and massages for the Marines.
First of all, can you imagine having a home big enough to comfortably host 175 Marines? The Register quoted Lance Cpl. Mike Kirkland saying he was overwhelmed. "I'm from a little town in Utah, and you don't see a house this big there," he said.
This is the third year that The Crisps have hosted this bash. They said they've been very blessed and wanted to give the Marines a party they would remember while at war. I think they were successful.
The Super Bowl was broadcast for the Marines on eight (8!) flat screen televisions. The Marines went through 1,800 beers, 150 massages, 14,000 cokes, 1,000 pounds of ice, 200 hot dogs, hamburgers and steaks, and 500 specialty cigars.
In addition, NFL and USC football players were present to sign autographs. The Crisps also gave away five electric guitars and five basses. Each Marine will also receive a photo album and DVD with pictures from the ten hour party.
Ten hours with 175 Marines in their house. Think about that folks. The party began at 10:30 a.m.
One Marine was quoted (while in the Crisp's jacuzzi) saying, "If we weren't here we would just be sitting in some guy's room with the biggest television."
Cpl. Anna Owens said, "It is really special. We volunteer our time and our family for the war, and we feel like we are appreciated."
Mr. and Mrs. Crisp … you did good!
All information regarding the Crisp party was taken from the Annie Burris article in the February 2nd edition of the Orange County Register.