I love my job. A lot of people aren’t able to say those words, so I do not take that for granted. As Senior Sales Manager for Studio Movie Grill Private Events, each day I am exposed to new people and new experiences, but I have to share my favorite experience yet.
On November 17th, I was lucky enough to be part of the LONE SURVIVOR premiere fundraiser event in Houston, Texas, at our City Centre location. If you’re not familiar with LONE SURVIVOR, I will give you a brief overview. Marcus Luttrell wrote the book…the movie, to be released on December 25th, is based on his book and experiences as a Navy SEAL. The story follows the failed mission of SEAL Team 10, Operation Red Wings, and is truly an account of courage and heroism. Luttrell, since returning from serving in Afghanistan, started a foundation called the Lone Survivor Foundation. The fundraiser hosted at SMG City Centre was held to support this foundation and Luttrell’s efforts to give back to our men and women in service.
This event was so important that director and producer Peter Berg was in attendance. He and Marcus went into each theater following the film screening to thank everyone for coming and supporting the film and Marcus’ foundation. Many of the Navy SEALs involved in saving Marcus and the widows of those that did not survive were in attendance along with some major Houston celebrities. It was quite a day!
Shaking Marcus Luttrell’s hand was truly an honor. Here is this man who has sacrificed so much for his country, has lost friends in combat, has seen horrors we will never see, and he is standing in front of me. He has more courage in his pinky finger than I could ever hope to possess. I am inspired. This is why I love my job. Not only am I allowed to do what I love to do, but I am inspired. SMG donated over $7,000 to the Lone Survivor Foundation and helped to raise thousands more. This isn’t work, this is a privilege, and I am so grateful for that privilege.