Fulfilling a dream
HOUGHTON – On Oct. 22, Lindy Beauchamp, thanks to the generosity of a few people coming together at the same time, was finally able to see the rock band Bon Jovi, which has been a favorite of hers for a long time.
“All my life,” she said.
Well, at least since the 41-year-old Houghton resident was 15- years-old.
She became aware of the New Jersey-based rock band in the 1980s, Beauchamp said, by listening to a program on MTV called Night Tracks.
“Everything they had seemed to be a hit,” she said of the band’s music.
Beauchamp, who has been a hairdresser for 19 years, said conversations she had with a couple of her regular customers at the JC Penney Salon lead to her being able to see Bon Jovi at the Resch Center in Green Bay.
A few years ago, Beauchamp almost got to see the band at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., but the concert sold out before she was able to buy tickets.
“I didn’t get to go to that one,” she said.
Beauchamp is particularly close to some of her clients and during a conversation in September in the salon with one of those, she mentioned how much she liked Bon Jovi.
“We were talking about making our dreams come true,” she said.
One of Beauchamp’s dreams was to see the group in concert, but she didn’t think she’d ever have a chance to do that, mostly for financial reasons.
Wheels started turning after she learned the group would be fairly close by.
“Oh, my gosh,” Beauchamp said to her friend. “I just found out Bon Jovi’s coming to Green Bay, and wouldn’t that just be awesome if I could go?”
During the conversation with her client about bucket lists, Beauchamp said since the Bon Jovi concert coming to Green Bay in October was only four driving hours away, she wished she was financially able to go.
That client is a local business owner, Beauchamp said. When she was finished working on the person’s hair and she was cashing out with the customer’s credit card, the person gave her a rather surprising tip.
“(She) told me to put a $150 tip on the card, and was like, ‘What?'” Beauchamp said. “She said, Yeah. You’re going to that Bon Jovi concert.”
Beauchamp said she didn’t know what to say to the person who gave her the big tip.
“I was just shocked,” she said. “She said, ‘Have a good time,’ and left. I didn’t get to say thank you or anything.”
Although she was very grateful for the money for the ticket, Beauchamp said she still didn’t think she would be able to go to the concert because she didn’t have the money for gasoline and a motel stay.
However, that concern vanished with her next client. That person was someone she’s known all her life, and she was also a Bon Jovi fan.
“I told her I had the money for the ticket, but I don’t have anybody to go with,” Beauchamp said. “She said I’d go with you.”
Beauchamp continued coloring her friend’s hair and didn’t think too much more about whether or not she was going to get to see Bon Jovi. The friend went into the restroom while the color was setting.
“She came back about five or so minutes later and she hands me a check for a hundred fifty bucks,” she said. “I was like, ‘Are you kidding?’ She said now you have somebody to go with.”
Despite having just received $300 in about an hour, Beauchamp said there were still details to be worked out before she could go to the concert, including finding someone to care for her children.
In the middle of September, she purchased the tickets for the concert through a ticket agent, but she still wasn’t certain she would be going.
“I just don’t think I’m going to be able to do this,” she said.
Beauchamp said because of the seeming impossibility of covering all the variables for a trip to Green Bay, she decided to put the tickets for sale online.
Another friend saw the tickets for sale online then sent a message to Beauchamp asking why she wasn’t going.
“I said, ‘It’s either (paying) my bills or go to this concert,'” she said.
That friend gave Beauchamp $100 to cover the cost of trip expenses.
“She said, ‘I don’t want it back. I’ll be very offended if you give it back to me,'” Beauchamp said.
Another client read about her situation on Facebook, Beauchamp said.
“She said, ‘Don’t sell your ticket just yet,'” Beauchamp said.
That person also gave her $100 so she could go to the concert, Beauchamp said.
Beauchamp said she was overwhelmed by the generosity of the people who helped her fulfill her life long dream to go to a Bon Jovi concert.
“I didn’t expect it at all,” she said. “These people coming out of nowhere.”
She’s lived in the Houghton area all her life, Beauchamp said, and she knows how generous people can be.
“There’s so much community support,” she said.
The money from her friends and clients was more than enough for her and friend Shannon Picotte to go to the concert, get a motel room, and buy gasoline and food.
“It was enough for me to have fun with,” she said. “It was nice.”
Beauchamp said she and Picotte got to the concert two hours early but the show was worth the wait.
“It was awesome,” she said. “It’s something I’ll never forget.”