In the rolling hills of Westlake where castles are as bountiful as fireworks on the 4th of July, Laura and Doug Wheat opened their home Thursday night for a Summer Soiree. Originally, it was just going to be a thank-you-get-together for the Cancer Support Community North Texas‘ Young Leadership Board and the people who had donated to the cancer support community in the pat.
But one quickly learns that Westlake Mayor Laura and Doug never do anything without a “extra-special” ingredient. On this occasion it was American Idol finalist Tim Halperin.
Laura’s good bud/TCU official Ann Louden knew TCU grad Tim had been active in supporting various cancer support. He had participated in Breast Cancer Awareness Month (“Frogs for the Cure”) and had written and performed in a music video for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. So, thanks to Laura, Tim was on hand to perform a few songs.
However, he did far more. With killer dimples, he charmed one and all including Gwen Anderson and her daughter Chandler. In addition to helping cancer efforts, the 24-year-old is still under contract to the American Idol organization until September. But in the meantime he’s had a lot of things going on with his career and made friends in high places. What friends? Try Clear Channel’s morning-drive, main-man Kidd Kraddick, whose syndicated show has more than 2 million listeners. The popular DJ has created a contest, “Idol Got It Wrong,” where Tim comes on the day after Idol and sings a song that was sung on the show the night before. Listeners vote on who performed it better — Tim or the Idol performer.
But that’s not all. Working with Dallas producer Jordan Critz, Tim will be releasing a CD with 12 tracks this fall. In addition he did “The Last Song,” a music video funded by his fans that is on YouTube.
Needless to say, Tim was a heck of a lot better than a thank you note from the Wheats.