Goodwin said Richie gave the Joliet group several mentions during the concert and one more during the Wednesday night concert, which they learned from others who attended it.
During the event, Goodwin said she and her friends met a few other people from Joliet, although they had not attended school with Richie. But they were extremely interested in the JEHS alumni, their connection to Richie and the amazing opportunity they had to reconnect with him that night.
Some of those people even took their pictures, Goodwin said.
They treated us like celebrities," she said.