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Winner Experience: Ringo Starr

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“They say it’s your birthday
It’s my birthday too, yeah
They say it’s your birthday
We’re gonna have a good time
I’m glad it’s your birthday
Happy birthday to you”

So many Beatles fans love those song lyrics, but our lucky winner Tobe got to LIVE them when she joined Ringo Starr at his star-studded birthday brunch. Every year, Ringo requests that friends and fans take a moment to hold up a peace sign and say “peace and love” at 12pm on his birthday—and this year, Tobe and her husband got to do so alongside him. Read on to find out what else happened on that special day:

What was it like when you first got there?
We went to Studio A, where a brunch buffet was set up, and the studio was decorated with lots of pictures and posters of Ringo and the Beatles. We met everyone and ate and mingled with people in the record business. Then we made our way out to the front of the Capitol Records building, where Joe Walsh made a speech and Ringo shared his “peace and love” sign. Ringo then talked about the purpose behind sharing “peace and love” at noon.

That sounds exciting! What happened after?
They had everybody chant “peace and love,” and Ringo gave out white bracelets to everyone. Then we all went back to Studio A to have birthday cake and take pictures with Ringo.

What was it like meeting Ringo?
Meeting Ringo was awesome. He was very charming and sweet and he was a really good sport. As a mom who lives in the country, I don’t really get to experience this kind of stuff. It was completely different from my life!

What did you talk to Ringo about?
I shook his hand and said thank you. I guess I went on the wrong side of him, because he said he’s English and ladies are always supposed to be on the right. After that, I said it’s a pleasure meeting him and he thanked me.

What was the highlight of the experience?
Definitely taking pictures with Ringo and seeing Studio A decorated with pictures of the Beatles.

Thanks for spreading the peace and love, Tobe! And thank you so much to everyone for supporting the David Lynch Foundation and their incredible work to reduce the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among at-risk populations.

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