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“Bieber Fever” Hits Albany, and One Girl in Particular

12-year-old Jackie LeFevre lost her home in Schenectady to a fire last month.

Someone stole what was left of her belongings.

Then, her mother passed away.

But on Wednesday night, she was grinning from ear to ear.

Thanks to a friend and a whole group of strangers, Jackie found herself with a ticket to the hottest event for young girls in town.

Jackie is a huge Justin Bieber fan. She has posters, pictures, CDs…

But all that was gone in a fire on McClellan street in July that left two upstairs neighbors dead.

Later, Jackie’s family found that what the fire did not take, someone else did; A burglar stole what was left of their belongings.

Her family rallied, and was making plans for a new home when less than two weeks ago, her mother passed away.

Barbara King, Jackie’s Sunday School teacher, thought maybe a concert would lift her spirits. King said “She has been wanting tickets for months and my firm Tully Rinckey that got those donated, has a corporate box. But there were no more tickets. When we heard about the tragedy of losing her home not too long ago to the fire, and then her losing her mom, I just told them, you’ve just got to find a way to find tickets.”

And Tully Rinckey did…

Jackie said “I was really excited when I got up this morning. I was like, the Justin Bieber concert’s today! I’ve got to get ready. I’ve got to pick out outfits.”

We caught up with Jackie in Albany before the concert.

Jackie is beaming and cannot stop jumping up and down.

There was a lot of screaming from the enthusiastic crowd, and Jackie has what we call “Bieber Fever.”

It was a night full of excitement, for all the fans and one in particular…

King said “So much stress going on, so much upheaval in her life, yet to have a night out to do something that she enjoys, what more can you want? Did you see the smile on her face? She’s been hoping for a long time. The smile tonight is worth everything.”

This was Jackie’s first concert, and she thought she would probably be screaming through a lot of it.


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