The VIPP Report: Kentucky State Fair announces that the Queen of Soul will perform

Photograph of Aretha Franklin. Photographed in Detroit, MI April 7th, 2014

Photograph of Aretha Franklin. Photographed in Detroit, MI April 7th, 2014

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin will perform on the last day of the Kentucky State Fair in Freedom Hall on Sunday, August 30 at 8 p.m.  The R&B/Soul music legend is the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Fans will be able to hear classics like “Respect,” “Freeway of Love” and “A Natural Woman.” This is Franklin’s first public appearance in Louisville in ten years.

Tickets for An Evening with Aretha Franklin are $50 and $55 each and includes Kentucky State Fair gate admission. Tickets go on sale Monday, June 1 at 10 a.m.  Tickets can be purchased at the Kentucky Exposition Center and Kentucky International Convention Center Ticket Offices and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or purchase online at

The Kentucky State Fair is August 20-30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information about the Kentucky State Fair, visit

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The VIPP Report: WNBA Allstar Angel McCoughtry Will Play In The KFC Yum! Center



(Louisville, KY)  Current WNBA Atlanta Dream star, Olympic Gold Medalist and one of the top scorers in the University of Louisville basketball program returns to play as a professional in front of the fans who supported her collegiate career.

The WNBA franchise The Atlanta Dream will host the 2015 Atlanta Dream Classic on Saturday, May 23rd in Louisville, Ky at the KFC Yum! Center.  The preseason exhibition game will feature a doubleheader, which will match the Indiana Fever versus the Connecticut Sun at 5:00 p.m. before the Dream and Washington Mystics play at 7:00 p.m.

We are currently accepting interview and appearance requests for Angel from May 20th to May 23rd.   To schedule an interview please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at

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The VIPP Report: Miss Kentucky & Ohio River Valley Plus America Pageant this weekend


Several Louisville women  are competing for the  state crown and title in the  fifth annual Miss Kentucky & Ohio River Valley Plus America Pageant.  Five Louisville women will compete against women from other cities across Kentucky for the titles of Miss, Ms. or Mrs. Kentucky Plus America.  The successful queen will represent Kentucky at the National  Miss Plus America Pageant ,in July, in Atlanta Georgia. The Miss Plus America Pageant system is unlike the traditional  pageant concept. It celebrates the beauty of plus-size women, exclusively.   The physical and inner beauty of each contestant, is considered along with their commitment to their communities.

Each contestant will have the opportunity to  promote their  platforms.  Childhood Obesity is the platform for  Asia Ford, Ms. Southern Louisville Plus America.  Child Abuse is the platform for Trina Bonner, Miss Louisville Plus America.  Literacy and continuing education  is the platform for RaShann Martin, Miss West Louisville Plus America. Suicide Prevention is the platform for Sarah Wise, Mrs. Jefferson County Plus America. The platform for Rebecca Wilson, Ms. River City Plus America is Fibromyalgia .   Other women competing from other cities are  Mildred Veron, Ms. Madisonville Plus America whose  platform is Domestic Violence and  Kendra Boles, Mrs. Frankfort Plus America  is promoting  a project called Girls With Pearls, promoting self-esteem  in young girls.   Cynthia Elliott, Director for Miss Kentucky-Ohio River Valley Plus America Pageant says, ” All of these women are phenomenal and deserving of the crown. It will be a tough decision for the judges. This year,  a new  title of ” The Phenomenal Woman will be awarded to a contestant or non-contestant who has made a  significant difference in the lives of others.”  The pageant will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Hilton Cincinnati Hotel, 7373 Turfway Road, Florence Kentucky at 7:00 pm.  This year’s pageant is combined with the Ohio Plus America pageant. Women from each state will be crowned.  One woman will receive the elite title of Miss Ohio River Valley Plus America. Tickets can be purchased online at or from any of the contestants.

For more information concerning these outstanding woman, private interviews or public appearances,  and pageant details, please email Cynthia Elliott at or visit the Miss Kentucky Plus America on Facebook and

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