Bearded children blowing duck calls could be seen running around Germain Arena on Sunday, May 18th. While this would scare anyone, it was a normal sight for those 4,000 fans that were attending the Salvation Army's fundraiser entitled, “ The Call: Faith, Family & Facial Hair.” This event was to raise funds for the Salvation Army and also to entertain the audience with music and appearances by The Robertson family, the stars of A&E's show “Duck Dynasty.”
Willie Robertson, the CEO of Duck Commander, and his brother Jase walked onto the stage just after 7pm to a roaring crowd. Along with the brothers, family members also accompanied them on stage.
During their talk with the crowd, the family spoke about how, despite being on television, they were just like any other family; they bickered and made fun of each other, but at the end of the day they were always there as a support system. This could be seen when later on Jase and Willie were left on stage and were sharing stories. Jase explained that when they went to New York to talk to executives about the show, a man mistaken Willie for a homeless person and put a nickel in Willie's coffee. Jase finished the story saying, “ The funny thing is that the man thought that Willie looked more pathetic than me! Willie was so angry! Not because the man thought he was homeless, but because he had to buy another $4 coffee!”
The show continued and it was undeniable that the audience had a strong connection with the Robertsons. As the Robertson's proclaimed that they were proud of their faith, many “Amen's” could be heard coming from the crowd. The Robertsons first talking segment was finished off when Jase's daughter Mia, who was born with a cleft palate and received corrective surgery, sang “This Little Light of Mine.” The audience once again showed their support for the Robertsons by pulling out their phones and swayed them to the beat of the song. All in all the night was filled with many uplifting and funny stories from the Robertsons and a little bit of Uncle Si running through the crowd because he needed to get his ice tea.
Mary Castro, FGCU Journalism Intern reporting for Clear Channel Media