John Jebaily wins trip to LA and tickets to iHeartRadio awards
John Jebaily, a listener of iHeartRadio, won a three-day vacation for two to Los Angeles with tickets to the iHeartRadio Music Awards on April 2. He took his daughter Julie with him on the trip, April 1-4. John is broker in charge with Jebaily Properties Inc., a founder/director with First Reliance Bank and serves as chairman of the City of Florence Parks Commission. He enjoys listening to iHeartRadio on his computer, especially the music of the ‘80s. Since Alaska is the only state he has not visited, he has been listening to a radio station in Anchorage via iHeartRadio.
“When I sit at my desk, I enjoy the music. I really enjoy listening to the weather out there, especially when comparing it to Florence,” he said. When he heard about a contest iHeartRadio was holding with free tickets to their music awards night, he entered. When he got home later that evening, he had a call saying he’d won. “When I looked at the list of talent playing at the event, I recognized names like Timberlake, Beiber, Taylor Swift, Megan Trainor, etc.
But, when they said Pitbull, The Weekend and Fetty Wap, I said ‘Julie….you are coming with me’. So, I brought my daughter Julie and we had a blast,” John said. “We arrived in Los Angeles on Friday, April 1. At the baggage claim, there was a man with a black tuxedo holding a sign that said ‘Jebaily.’ I was amazed, he had a stretch limousine for us. Since I had already reserved a rental car, I had him drive us to Hertz (about 3 miles away).
They put us up in the Hilton at Marina del Rey,” he continued. On Saturday, John and Julie had lunch with a cousin who lives in LA. That evening, they had a meal with another cousin. On Sunday, his friend Ray Parker Jr. (Ghostbusters) came to the hotel and joined them for lunch. “While I was eating lunch with Ray, I called my brother George. Knowing George is the backbone of the Pecan Festival, I put him on the phone with Ray.
If everything works out according to plan, we might be able to have Ray attend the Pecan Festival here in Florence the first weekend in November. That would be a big win for the community,” he said. The event was well organized and “amazing,” John commented. Transportation was provided to and from the Forum in Los Angeles where the event was held. They had good seats. The Forum holds 17,550 people. It seemed to be full, John noted.
“We watched as Timberlake made some announcements and others took the stage,” John continued. “Some songs I recognized, others I didn’t. I did recognize “Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE. John and Julie returned to Florence on Monday evening, April 4. “All in all, it was a good event and I had a wonderful time with my daughter Julie. Since she knew more about the groups than I did, I think she really enjoyed herself,” he concluded.