A month before his show in North Little Rock, representatives for singer Bruno Mars reached out to North Little Rock police officer Tommy Norman with a request.
Mars, a five-time Grammy winner, wanted to meet Norman, the veteran officer whose social media posts about his work in the community have turned him into a viral star.
Mars gave Norman 25 floor seats to the Verizon Arena show, which Norman then distributed to children in the community. And on Sunday, the night of the show, the superstar singer hosted the whole group backstage, giving each child a gift bag of goodies, popcorn and an autographed hat. And he wasn’t done: Mars also donated $10,000 in Foot Locker gift cards that Norman will use to buy shoes for disadvantaged children in the community over the next several months, Norman said.
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