Myrtle Beach teen steals spotlight at CCMF, gets sweet surprise from a big name artist
Mon, 08 Jun 2015 02:20:44 GMT —
A local organization partnered with the Carolina Country Music Fest and collected a check for $10,000 on Sunday.
Savannah's Playground is a charity that creates social interaction for children with all abilities through enabling playgrounds and programs designed to meet their special needs.
Savannah's Playground is named for Savannah Thompson. Thompson was a local celebrity in a sea of country stars in Myrtle Beach Sunday.
Thompson has supravalvular aortic stenosis. She was just four years old when she had her first heart surgery that left significant brain trauma. At 19 years old, her fighting spirit is what led her to the surprise of a lifetime: meeting Hunter Hayes.
Making her way to Hayes' tour bus, Thompson told ABC 15 News one very important question she had for him: whether he had a girlfriend. Hayes told her he did, and after Thompson's initial disappointment, he redeemed himself through song.
The two sang a duet version of one of Thompson's favorite songs "Tattoo," with Hayes playing on mandolin.
That wasn't the end of the surprises for Thompson. On the main stage, she accepted a check presented to Savannah's Playground and stole the spotlight on the final night of the Carolina Country Music Fest.