Tonight The United Center wasn't The Bulls home it was Oprah Winfreys. The venue was organized and transformed into a tribute to a woman who came from little and made many lives very big.
The lineup was beyond impressive, but to me it was Oprah's philanthropy that provided the magic. The celebrities all traveled to pay homage to Oprah and repeatedly tell her although she doesn't have her own children, she mothered many.
The guests included:
Rosie O'Donnell (sang with Nate Berkus, Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz)
More than any of those big names, I take away the 425 Moorhead graduates parading on stage with candles that would not have graduated college if Oprah hadn't funded their education.
I'll take away the 25 new libraries that are being built in Oprah's name and the 25,000 oak trees planted to provide a better life for our children, the next generation.
Oprah's staff is to be commended for assembling an elaborate, detailed two shows all of which were a genuine surprise to the star. It was clear she was honestly touched and humbled by the tribute.
We didn't get a car, a vacation or a pony, but the audience calmly exited with a memory of a night that will definitely never be forgotten.