Earlier in the evening, Bill and his brothers had honored Brandon Long, a wounded veteran from our home town of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The Marine lost both his legs above the knee in an IED accident in Afghanistan. I met Brandon and he was beyond nice. The young hero is always smiling. The Murray event is so whimsical your cheeks hurt from the laughter.
Later in the evening, the tables cleared as the band started. The crowd hit the dance floor. I saw Brandon sitting by himself at a table watching everybody dance when, out of nowhere, appears Bill Murray. “Looks like you could use some company?” And just like that, Bill disappeared again. A minute later Bill returns with a beautiful girl and introduced her to Brandon. But Bill didn’t stop there, “I’ll be right back.”
Once again Bill vanished into the crowd and returned with another gorgeous woman… and another… and another… and another…. until Brandon was surrounded by beautiful girls. Bill took photos with everybody and cracked jokes, everybody enjoyed the moment. I spoke with Brandon afterwards, “It was already a great night. But that was amazing.”