05 Oct Three Lucky Essay Winners Get “in Formation” With Beyoncé
What better way is there to empower young ladies than to expose them to harnessing the power of their minds? Then, to reward their effort with an all-expense Bey-cation on top of all this? To Jason “The Best Jason In The World” Ridgel, this is just another tangible example of why his mantra of, “Relationship, Access, and Exposure,” works.
Three very lucky young ladies wrote winning essays to get “in formation” with Beyoncé, in Nashville, on Sunday, Oct. 2! Metro Nashville Public Schools students were invited to write an essay for Beyoncé’s May 5 show at Nissan Stadium. Once the show was postponed to October, Ridgel assured the ladies—Angelique Watson, Reshae Musgrave, and Zaria Johnson—and their families that he would keep his word. And boy did he!
On Saturday, the girls were treated to shopping at Opry Mills Mall, where they each received a$100 gift card to purchase an outfit of their choice to wear to the concert. Then, on Sunday, the girls were picked up in a white Rolls Royce Ghost supplied by Music City Dream Cars, treated to dinner at BrickTops Restaurant and whisked away to enjoy the main event—a Beyoncé experience the ladies are sure to remember for years to come.
Through the essay contest, Ridgel wanted to make an immediate impact with his unique brand of philanthropy and service — he calls it “funlanthropy.” He believes that philanthropy doesn’t have to only consist of chicken dinners and pledge drives. Instead, it can also be as exciting as creating an amazing experience for three bright ladies.
“So many excellent essays poured in, but these young women stood out,” said Ridgel, a medical industry executive who recently transplanted back to Nashville.
The contest was just one of the ways Ridgel focuses his charitable efforts on helping others live their best lives. The winning essays were chosen by a group of Nashville-area educators, led by MNPS educator Chandra Clariette. Clariette and Ridgel attended Tennessee State University together. Ridgel also enlisted support from colleagues like Alphonso Harvey, owner of Music City Med.