I am sure we have all heard the news that has been going around for months about Marines asking celebrities to the 2011 Marine Corps ball. I think this is an amazing idea. At first I was like, 'Way to put celebrities on the spot.' But you know what, people serving our country deserve way more than a night on the town with a celebrity, so if that makes them happy then I am thrilled they went for it and got their wish!
So, Justin Timberlake was one of those celebrities that received a personal invite to the Marine Corps ball, which he ended up attending this past Saturday with his date, Corporal Kelsey De Santis. He was a perfect gentleman, and made sure she had a night she would never forget.
Kelsey asking Justin via webcam
^ Kelsey on the night of the ball
This is an excerpt from Justin's blog:
She seemed to me to be so humble and honest... Very cool. She also simultaneously seemed like she was nervous about the whole evening and if I was going to enjoy myself. "Are you ok?" she asked 2 or 3 times. "I hope you are having fun. I know you will once my crew of friends get here to the table." I have to tell you, it's not every day that I meet a 23 year old girl and she's more worried about if I'm having fun or if I'm comfortable! It hit me all of a sudden that these were the type of people that look after us and our freedom... Humble, concerned for others before themselves... This was the type of person our Marine Corps was building. I was really blown away.
He then goes on to explain how moved he was to be surrounded by who he considers (and so do I) his heroes. I thought it was not only wonderful that he agreed to do this, but that he also wrote a blog post on what a wonderful night he had. He said so many nice things about both Kelsey and the people serving our country. I always knew I liked Justin Timberlake, but he went above and beyond for this and I found a new respect for him because of that.
Justin & Kelly
What a wonderful thing to see. I hope you were as moved by this as I was.
It's always nice to know that celebrities are people too and some of them have such warm hearts.