Lady Antebellum Complete ‘7FOR7’ Fan Surprises [WATCH]
What do a music teacher, nursing student, 9-year-old girl, army wife, nurse and single mom, future bride and aspiring journalist have in common? They were all recipients of Lady Antebellum's 7FOR7 campaign, which kicked off Sept. 29 and wrapped up Oct. 5 in support of their fifth studio album '747.'
The trio's campaign sought to give seven surprises to seven fans in seven days, and it was a rockin' success to say the least. If you have been following the band's journey through the stops, you'll know that each one was incredibly special, heartwarming and inspirational.
The very first stop took place at the South Miami K-8 Center, and Lady A arrived in the Sunshine State to surprise one of their biggest Florida fans, Vivian Gonzalez -- a music teacher -- while she was on the job. They also gave her some tools to bring her teaching abilities to the next level.
“We’ve partnered with an amazing organization called Little Kids Rock, and they are going to be donating a lot of instruments and supplies for your classroom,” Hillary Scott told Gonzalez. And as the cherry on top of a delicious sundae, Gonzalez, her girls and her husband were invited to Lady A's album release show, courtesy of the trio.
Next up was fan Katharine Laventis, who was given the surprise of her lifetime on NBC's 'Today' show. At a very young age, the nursing student lost her parents and has been supporting herself as she goes through college to complete her nursing degree. Band member Dave Haywood got to tell the (very) shocked fan, “We wanted to help you today; we set up a scholarship in your name to help pay for part of your nursing school.” Cue the tears from both Scott and Laventis!
The third 7FOR7 stop took Lady A to an American Girl store in Manhattan to meet the youngest recipient, Kate Koval. At just nine years old, she's seen significant hardship: The sweet girl was taken in by her grandparents after her parents passed when she was a baby, and after her grandmother died, an aunt adopted her. Shortly after, they lost their home in Superstorm Sandy, so it was about time for Koval to experience a few surprises -- and Lady A made sure it happened. She received a year of groceries, a special American Girl doll and a trip to Walt Disney World.
From there, the trio went to Forte Meade, Md., to surprise Carrie Warfel, an army wife and mother of four who lives her life in extremely sacrificial ways. Not only did Warfelt get an indulgent day at a spa, she received a trip to the 2015 ACM Awards with her husband -- and her family was gifted with a brand new Polaris.
“We just want you to know how inspiring your story is and how you’re just an incredible mom and incredible friend," Scott told her.
Lady A also went to Music City to surprise nurse and single mother, Kelly Blackburn, who just happens to be a big fan of the country trio. So, what did they do? They put together a friend-filled lunch in downtown Nashville and gave her a wide assortment of amazing gifts: VIP tickets to Lady A's New Year's Eve show with a luxurious hotel stay, a CMA Mega Prize Pack, tickets to the 2015 CMA Music Festival and many other surprises.
With five stops down and two to go, Lady A went to Perry, Ga., to surprise Alexis Wonais, a newly engaged fan. Not only did they serenade the happy couple during lunch and give them VIP tickets to a show that night, they also announced something just up the bride-to-be's alley: a wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses, all paid for by the band, as well as a five-night honeymoon in Rivera Maya, Mexico.
Last but not least, Lady Antebellum gave Shelby Parker, a 22-year-old journalism major at CSU Bakersfield, a straight shot toward her dream of being an entertainment journalist in Nashville. She was taken to Country Weekly, given a mentorship with the editor-in-chief and granted a red-carpet interview (with a new laptop and camera) for the 'Best Of Me' premiere. (The film features Lady A's newly written song, 'I Did With You.')
All in all, the seven days were full of memories, happy tears and heartwarming stories. While it was only one week out of Scott, Haywood and Brian Kelley's lives, the seven recipients will remember the events that took place for the rest of their lives. And they'll have '747' to spark those memories again and again.