By Staci Wuokko, CBS Radio Chicago
Last week US99.5 ran an article on Sophia Victoria, a Dierks Bentley fan who was pleading for help via social media. Sophia attended Dierks’ Sounds of Summer tour on July 9 in Virginia Beach and had an incredible moment when the singer approached her and held her hand for a moment during the show. Needless to say, she wishes she had a photo of the moment.
However, Sophia has cerebral palsy, which causes her to shake. And when Dierks grabbed her in the audience, she wasn’t able to take a photo (she also suffers from memory loss, another reason why she really wanted a photo).
US99 is really grateful that one person who read our article was Eugene Frenkel.
Frenkel is a South Florida entrepreneur and philanthropist who was planning a birthday surprise for his wife, a big Dierks Bentley fan. That surprise was an acoustic performance and lunch with, Dierks Bentley himself. Mr. Frenkel told us, via email, that “I was able to accomplish this by supporting Dierks and his Miles and Music charity event benefitting Vanderbilt children’s hospital, which is in line with the vision of our family foundation, The Finker-Frenkel Legacy Foundation.
The thing is, Frenkel isn’t a big country music fan, so naturally, he did some research on the singer. And guess whose article he found online while he was doing his research: “I came across your piece, and the story about how [Sophia] was not able to capture a very special moment in her life. I believe that since I couldn’t help Sophia find this picture, we could make a new one!” And so he started working on recreating Sophia’s big moment.
Read the full story and see the amazing video now on US99.