When Trent Bauer went to a recent screening of Ellen, he thought he was just going to watch his favorite comedian in the flesh.
What he didn’t know is his best friend Stephanie Knauer, also in attendance, had written Ellen to sing her friends’ praises:
I want to tell you about the most selfless and special person I know and his name is Trent Bauer. He’s your biggest fan. He spent his entire college career fighting for gay rights and was even nominated for Homecoming King because of all the good that he does.
Trent has a heart of gold. He’s the definition of a true angel. Ellen, thank you for inspiring Trent to be the guy that he is. Love, Steph.”
So Ellen surprises Trent by inviting him up to the stage and asking about his role at the University.
“So I am the LGBT Student Coordinator, which is a position that I wrote to the president and asked them to create. As a student of the LGBT community, I felt that there was an under-served lack of resources.
So I wrote to them and asked if I could do some research to develop a centre on campus. And we’re in the process of doing that, so I’m really excited.”
“I want to do something for you,” Ellen said, “because you’re a good guy.”
“We love what you do for the community. And you’re struggling to pay for college, so we want to be able to help you continue all the good you’re doing. So we’re going to give you $10,000.”
That’s when Trent completely loses it.