The VIPP Report: Giving back to the Kentucky community during the holidays


As the holiday season comes to a close, there were “Secret Santas” all over Kentucky and Indiana. I received messages about several people we went out of their way to make sure they assisted their community. Some grew up here while others attended college in the area. The one that received alot attention was the $13,000 gift from a local celebrity that helped pay for layaways at a Walmart. They did not want their name released. Several people come to mind but I will not speculate. I called someone and they told me “Sherlene remember angels fly low”. I didn’t push them after they made that statement.

Former U of L and NFL star Deion Branch made sure people who stayed at the Center for Women and Families had Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. He also donated money to help kickoff their gift card campaign. Branch and his family also travelled to Elizabethtown, KY to assist two families who lost everything in a house fire just before Christmas.

Louisville native C.J. Spillman with the San Francisco 49ers donated holiday baskets to people who needed a little assistance during the holidays. This is not the first time Spillman has helped families during the holidays. One year, his mother and sister attended a giveaway on his behalf because he was preparing for a game.

I’m sure there’s a lot of acts of kindness not announced but each and everything done was appreciated. I know these men just hope you “Pay It Forward”.
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Comedian Sommore comes to Louisville on Valentine’s Day


The VIPP Report:  Valentine’s night will be filled with laughter in Louisville.  “The Diva of Contemporary
Comedy” Sommore will be at the Kentucky Center.  It’s the Standing Ovation Tour featuring the “Queen
of Comedy”, Bill Bellamy and Mark Curry.  The show will be in Friday, February 14th at 7:00 p.m.

Sommore has appeared on Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam, Showtime at the Apollo,
and BET’s Live from L.A. She was also the first female host of BET’s Comicview.
For her national tour various comedians will accompany her like Tommy Davidson, Tony Rock, Curry and Bellamy.

Tickets start at $48.75.  You can purchase tickets at the Kentucky Center Box Office or online at

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Two-time NFL champion Deion Branch helps two families in Kentucky after a major fire

DSCN0344Super Bowl 39 MVP & former University of Louisville wide receiver Deion Branch heard about two families in Elizabethtown, Kentucky losing everything in a house fire.  After seeing the media reports, Branch and his family went to Elizabethtown on Saturday, December 14th to meet the two families. He wanted to help them get some necessities to get them through the holidays.

With the assistance of the Elizabethtown Red Cross, Branch met the families consisting of eleven (11) members and took them on a shopping spree at the area Target Store.  The families got an opportunity to pick up clothing, home essentials and toys for the children.  

Branch says “To see their faces when we told them to get what they needed were priceless.  To have my wife and children with me was a special moment.  We try to instill in our children to give back.  I was so proud to see my son and daughters helping the children pick out their gifts.  We’re happy that we can be a blessing to them but they were also a blessing to us.  They made us realize as long as we have each other that’s all that really matters.  Material things can be replaced.”   

 The Deion Branch Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer support to children’s mental, physical, emotional well-being and for those inflected with meningitis.  The DBCF’s mission is to help with research and to find a cure to ease the struggles for children like Deiondre, Deion’s son. The foundation goal is to assist by providing programs and initiatives aimed at improving their quality of life. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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TheVIPPReport: 2 Chainz announces Louisville concert in March 2014


TheVIPPReport:  Save the date of Tuesday, March 4th for 2 Chainz in concert.  Pusha T, and August Alsina will be his special guests. 

The Platimun selling artist is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rap Song category for the song F***in Problems with ASAP Rocky Drake & Kendrick Lamar.  The Grammy Awards will be held on January 26th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. 

The “2 Good To Be T.R.U. Tour”, is his largest solo tour to date as well as his first for 2014.  2 Chainz will tour in support of his critically acclaimed album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time. Pusha-T and August Alsina will support 2 Chainz by performing at the Louisville concert.

2 Chainz says , “The best way to describe my tour is to reference a quote from Nicco Machiavelli, The Prince, who once said ‘Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.’ 2 G.O.O.D. 2 Be T.R.U.”.

Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, December 18th at 12 Noon.  Tickets are $35.  You can purchase them at 

Again, 2 Chainz will be in Louisville at The Louisville Palace on Tuesday, March 4th.  The show will begin at 8:00 p.m.

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Thicker Than Water Reality Star Jewel Tankard Comes To Louisville


The VIPP Report: Bravo reality show star Jewel Tankard will be in Louisville later today for a holiday mixer.  The free event will be held at the Holiday Inn East on Hurstbourne Pkwy.  The mixer begins at 6:30 p.m.

I had the opportunity to ask Tankard a few questions prior to her Louisville visit.  The question a lot of people wanted to know is why did she decide to do a reality show?  Jewel says “We wanted to show people that they can fight for their family again, have a successful blended family and that there is no perfect family, so you just need to love your family right where they are.” 

Now since the show has aired several times, I asked Jewel did she regret doing the show and having her life an open book.  “Because I got so comfortable with being vulnerable and authentic, it was more so a mindset of that, it is what it is and I am okay with that. This entire experience brought us closer as a family and I wouldn’t change anything about that because family is very important to me.” 

I always wanted to know if the Bravo stars get an opportunity to see the show prior to their scheduled time and Jewel says yes they do.

The organizers for tonight’s event had to move rooms because the demand has been overwhelming.  They anticipate a great crowd and Jewel says  she’s thrilled to be here. “Extremely excited! I love people and I look forward to sharing with them and loving on them. I am very grateful for everyone’s support and I look forward to hearing from each of them.”

Jewel Tankard is a dynamic speaker and fans will hear her tonight and then at the conclusion of the event there will be a meet and greet.

This Christmas networking event will feature local singers performing, trip giveaways, nutritional samplings, a mini fashion show by Eboni Stephens Model & Video Agency (ESMV).  The entertainment for the evening will be provided by DJ Bruce Wayne, and the soulful sounds of Sheryl Rouse.

This Holiday Mixer is free to the community, with donations welcome at the door on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 6:30 pm.   Bring your business card and enjoy the start of this holiday season!