NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 4:21 PM
“I’m personally inviting all of these guys (and a date!) to a show on tour next year, it’s on me,” Taylor Swift tweeted last year. “Nailed it, bros!”
Altruistic frat brothers in Kentucky just made a bunch of kids’ “Wildest Dreams” come true — with a little help from Taylor Swift.
Members of Transylvania University’s Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, whose viral “Shake It Off” rendition in 2014 nabbed them each two free tickets to a future Swift show, donated their plus-ones to a local Big Brothers Big Sisters group.
That meant about 19 lucky Littles — each accompanied by either their Big Brother or Sister or a family member — experienced Swift’s Tuesday night Lexington show in all its spectacle. The Grammy-winning singer even invited the frat members and their plus-ones backstage after the show.
“They were freaking out; they were crying. They were so excited to meet her,” fraternity brother Barton Lynch told the Daily News on Thursday. “She couldn’t have been nicer or done a better thing for us.”
Swift hugged each child, learned his or her name and then took a group photo, according to Glenn Means, development coordinator for the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Bluegrass chapter.
“These are kids that are from low-income families,” Means told The News. “It was just such a heartwarming experience for them because they never thought this would be possible.”
Delta Sigma Phi members contacted the mentoring nonprofit in August to offer up their tickets. The kids, ranging in age from 6 to 17, were drawn randomly from a pool of about 300 hopefuls, Means said.
“To just hoard all of (the tickets) … I think it would be a shame to not give it to someone in need,” Lynch said. “We thought this was the perfect organization.”
The frat’s lip-dub performance of Swift’s hit “Shake It Off,” filmed to raise donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, caught the singer’s attention last September.
“They were freaking out; they were crying. They were so excited to meet her,” fraternity brother Barton Lynch told the Daily News.
“I’m personally inviting all of these guys (and a date!) to a show on tour next year, it’s on me. Nailed it, bros!” she tweeted.
The “bros” were duly impressed by Swift’s Tuesday show.
“The concert itself was so incredible,” Lynch said. “The lights, the lasers, the smoke — it was so cool.”
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