Generosity. In June 2010 Lynne and Marc Benioff announced a $100 Million Gift to UCSF Children’s Hospital with the goal of not only seeing the new hospital built but significantly advancing children’s health worldwide. That’s pretty awesome. On December 8th, Neil Young headlined at The Concert for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. He did it for free – that’s also pretty awesome. He was introduced by Colin Powell who spoke about the importance of giving what you can to those less fortunate. Powell is a great speaker and very inspirational. He didn’t take a nickel to do this – he did it for free. That’s pretty awesome. Ron Conway hosted an after party with Will.I.Am, which was attended by MC Hammer and apl.de.ap from the Black Eyed Peas. The after party was on Ron’s nickel and the others didn’t charge a nickel – they did it for free – that’s pretty awesome.
It was all done to raise money for the Children’s Hospital, which is why they invited Paddy O’Brien, a 12 year-old cancer survivor and patient of UCSF, to join them on stage. You will see Paddy in the video. Colin Powell actually introduced Paddy in advance of Marc introducing Neil Young. The kid and bright, and now healthy again, thanks to UCSF.
Following a season of gratitude, please consider giving what you can to those in need.