The VIPP Report: The time is now to bridge communities as Louisville is named host site

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September 28, 2016

(Louisville, KY) Our country is experiencing a lot of unrest when it comes to violence in our communities. The Bridge Forum seeks solutions and best practices from top law enforcement professionals and will meet in Louisville, KY for their next scheduled forum. It will be held on Friday, October 28th at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Louisville, 311 South 4th Street from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Registration will begin at 7:30 am and the forum will start at 9:00 am for this invitation only event.

The Bridge Forum will be hosted by President Dr. Kevin W. Cosby of Simmons College, President/CEO David W. Tandy of the Kentucky Diversity Chamber of Commerce and Alan “AP” Powell of the Checkered Flag Run Foundation whose mission is “Investing in Education to Ensure Every Student & veteran Gets to Cross the Finish Line.”

Powell, one of the creators of The Bridge Forum is a Westend Louisville native and entrepreneur. He’s also the founder of the Checkered Flag Run Foundation which is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. He along with his executive team wanted to create a think tank to discuss best practices in community engagement which will be used as a foundation for increased understanding and improve relationships between law enforcement agencies and the communities they are supposed to protect and serve.

The Bridge Forum has become a model implemented by several cities where members of law enforcement, military, educators, political, business, civic and community leaders can come together and have open dialogue about the problems facing their inner-cities and the strain between law enforcement and the people that live in those communities. Powell says, “After having a conversation with childhood friend, Troy L. Gray, CFRF Board Member and Executive Director of PEAK Community Supports Inc. in Louisville, KY; I knew I had to bring this conversation back to the city I grew up in. To see my hometown make national news for violence was so disheartening. I knew I had to tap into my resources and take a stance by bridging the gap between community and law enforcement.”

Lamont Robinson, VP Supplier Diversity for Nielsen looks forward to working with the Bridge Forum. “I am excited to represent Nielsen at this very important event. It is the quintessential community experience connecting local elected officials with the stakeholders they represent and serve. My main focus is on the community and the small businesses that strengthen them. I come from an underserved community run by the same small businesses you can find in any disadvantaged community nationwide. Our small businesses can’t be successful if we destroy them in our anger; and my purpose is to educate people on the link between these very vital entities and to the economic growth of underserved communities whether local or national. As the voice of the people, at Nielsen we measure what consumers watch, buy and listen to; and through understanding these measurements it gives us the tools necessary to effectively communicate across a multitude of playing fields.”

Forum will consist of breakout sessions that seek solutions through six key topics:

  • Media Relations: The relationship between police, community and media.
  • Conflict Management: The time that an incident may occur through conflict.
  • Crisis Management: How to handle the community’s reaction to negative events.
  • Community Engagement: Responsibilities taken on by the community.
  • Community Relations: Police professionalism towards the community.
  • Multicultural Awareness: The racial biases between police and community.

As a result of the breakout sessions a book will be published. It will be used by colleges and universities to create community engagement and a course curriculum.

The Bridge Forum Louisville have confirmed the following for Friday, October 28th:

  • Moderated by Johnny C. Taylor Jr., American Lawyer, Author, Public Speaker, President & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund
  • Master of Ceremonies, David W. Tandy, President & CEO, Kentucky Diversity Chamber of Commerce, The 7th and 10th President of the Louisville Metro Council & Current 4th District Councilman & Attorney, Bingham, Greenebaum & Doll, LLP.
  • Chief of Police Steve Conrad, Louisville, KY
  • Cedric L. Alexander, Past President of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Director of Public Safety for DeKalb County, Georgia and CNN Law Enforcement Analyst
  • Chief of Police Regina J. Price, Darby-Township, Delaware County, PA
  • Chief of Police Cecil E. Smith, Sanford, FL
  • Assistant Chief of Police Mattie M. Provost, Houston, TX
  • Deputy Chief of Police U. Renee’ Hall, Detroit, MI

Our upcoming Expected Event Date & Location

  • Friday, October 28th, 2016 @ 7:30 am – 4:00 pm – The Bridge Forum – Hyatt Regency Louisville Downtown, 311 South 4th Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202 (Media invited to attend forum with approved media credential request)

Registration starts at 7:30 am

Forum begins at 9:00 am

If you would like to setup a studio and/or phone interview or obtain media credentials for the October 28th forum please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at 502-582-7716 or by email sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

To learn more about The Bridge Forum Louisville and its history go to http://www.thebridgeforum.com.

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The VIPP Report: West Louisville Performing Arts Academy open enrollment period is now underway

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Update: 9/28/16:  Enrollment extended to October 13, 2016

(Louisville, KY) The West Louisville Performing Arts Academy (WLPAA) d.b.a. West Louisville Boys and West Louisville Girls Choirs, (WLBC/WLGC) are holding its annual Open Enrollment for new students, boys and girls, ages 8 to 18. Auditions will be held at the Artspace, 323 West Broadway, 4th floor next door to the Brown Theater. Open Enrollment ends September 30, 2016.

Members of the Boys & Girls Choirs rehearse twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The WLPAA is more about just singing.  They offer college scholarships, After School Tutorials, private Acoustic Guitar lessons and performance opportunities locally and statewide.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in the West Louisville Boys or West Louisville Girls Choirs contact:

McDaniel Bluitt   Boys Choir Director 502-376-7840

Mamie Bluitt       Girls Choir Director 502-418-7236 or

E-mail:   wlbc_wlgc@yahoo.com to schedule your audition time.

If you would like to set up an interview with McDaniel Bluitt, Founder/Director of the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy contact us at info@vippcommunications.com. If you are unable to do an interview, we request that you post the information for us.

For additional information go to http://www.westlouisvilleperformingarts.org.

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History

West Louisville Boys Choir began in November 1990. The choir is directed by McDaniel Bluitt, a retired vocal music teacher with twenty nine (29) years of experience. He received his B. M. ED. from the University Of Louisville School Of Music and a Masters in Counseling from Western Kentucky University. The Boys Choir has performed throughout the commonwealth, for mayors, governors other national dignitaries. The Boys Choir’s first European Tour established international prominence in Paris, France and London, England. They received a superior rating during their first international music competition in the Bahamas. They were also awarded first place in the Music Festival at Sea.

The West Louisville Girls Choir made its debut in November 2002. The choir is directed by Mrs. Mamie Bluitt who received her B.M.ED. from the University of Louisville School of Music. The Girls Choir is also a performing choir.   Some of its more notable performances are: Governor Patton’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Frankfort, Kentucky, ECHO, Women for Women Conference and at Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Their first Southwestern Tour to Texas was held in 2010.

 

 

The VIPP Report: Summer Olympics maybe over for the athletes but the eLearn Olympic scholars prepare for medal ceremony and celebration

 

elearn-LOGO-REVISEDLouisville Central Community Centers (LCCC) will host their Summer eLearn Olympics celebration at 11am on Saturday, September 24, 2016 to recognize nearly 80 medalists and their supporters. Our scholars will be presented with gold, silver or bronze medals and other prizes for their achievements using Study Island, a technology-based system that supports the local school district’s Every 1 Learns initiative. Schools and community organizations who support student achievement will also be recognized. Currently, there’s 1,300 participants in the eLearn Olympics program.

eLearn Olympics was created in 2013 by LCCC as an initiative to celebrate academic achievements of students grades K-12. LCCC’s President, Kevin Fields says “It’s exciting that at this of year everyone is in the Olympic spirit. We cheered on all of the Team USA but we kept a close eye on 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist Angel McCoughtry. The former University of Louisville star and WNBA all-star is a great supporter of the program and visits our youth when she’s in Louisville to motivate the eLearn Olympic team.”

In eLearn Olympics, students win prizes and gain public distinction for completing online, skill-building lessons in Study Island. This program is geared toward helping students achieve proficiency in their common-core academic skill areas that are part of Kentucky Department of Education curriculum standards. eLearn Olympics offers annual recognition for participation and achievement in extracurricular academic programs.

A complete list of our event’s honorees is attached. JCPS Diversity Coordinator Delquan Dorsey, JCPS Board Member Diane Porter, Gheens Foundation CEO Barry Allen and representatives of the Angel McCoughtry Dream Foundation will join LCCC in honoring these students and their families. The public is invited to attend the celebration on Saturday, September 24, from 11:00-12:00 am at Old Walnut Street, 1300 W Muhammad Ali Blvd (40203), in the Atrium Room.

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About Louisville Central Community Centers

LCCC is headquartered in Louisville, KY, at 13th Street and West Muhammad Ali Boulevard, in the Russell neighborhood. LCCC is a 501c(3), private, non-profit community-based organization that is governed by an independent, volunteer Board of Directors. LCCC offers a variety of programs and services in support of children and families. Early childhood education, youth development, arts education and other after school programs, employment services and job training for adults, money management and home ownership are just some of the services provided. Sam Watkins, Jr. is the president and CEO of LCCC.

About eLearn Olympics

Founded by LCCC with support from the Gheens Foundation, JCPS and other sponsors, eLearn Olympics is a set of academic competition events that incentivize and reward student achievement in areas of reading, mathematics, science & social studies. Now with over 1400 enrolled members, eLearn Olympic sparks a spirit of pride among students, parents, schools and community-based learning places by providing opportunities for educational competition, academic skill development and public recognition. Students can earn public distinction as gold, silver or bronze medalists in a variety of academic performance categories. For more information visit http://www.elearnolympics.com or call (502) 583-8821.

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The VIPP Report: Kentucky based DB Bourbon Candy gets “Presidential” status as they head to Washington to serve V.I.P. guests at the Congressional Black Caucus

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(Louisville, KY) It’s the moment when you realize that the highest government official in the United States of America will be attending the V.I.P. reception you are sponsoring and your product and state pride begins to kick in.  DB Bourbon Candy, LLC headquartered in Frankfort, Kentucky along with Four Roses Bourbon will travel to the District of Columbia to be sponsors of the V.I.P. Reception at the 45th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner where President Barack Obama will serve as the keynote speaker.

The dinner will be held on Saturday, September 19th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. at 6:00 p.m.

DB Bourbon Candy was asked to provide 600 boxes of their delicious Four Roses Bourbon filled candy for guests to enjoy.  Dignitaries from Congress, the Senate and the President and First Lady Michelle Obama will all be in attendance.

Robyn Stuart, DB Bourbon Candy CEO says “To be in a room full of history makers proud of their accomplishments only gives me a sense of pride that I made my dream into reality. From a family tradition created to celebrate a holiday to introducing people all over the world to a Kentucky favorite.  This is the ultimate invite to be asked to be a part of such a prestigious event where our country’s head of state will be in attendance.  This is a true example that I can achieve anything”.

Prior to Saturday’s event on Wednesday, September 14th, DB Bourbon Candy will provide 200 boxes for the 20th Annual Celebration of Leadership in Fine Arts honoring entertainment icons Cicely Tyson, Richard Roundtree and Dionne Warwick.  It takes place at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F. Street NW, Washington, D.C.

DB Bourbon Candy has participated in some of the biggest events across the U.S. from three invites to the Academy Awards, Emmys, Breeder’s Cup Taste of the World at Winstar, Chris Tucker Celebrity Golf Tournament, Barbara Streisand Fundraiser, Chris Everett Charity event, Soul Train Awards, Kentucky NFL Hall of Fame and many Kentucky Derby events like Barnstable-Brown Gala, Grand Gala and 100 Black Men of Louisville.

DB Bourbon Candy can be found in various locations throughout Kentucky in Liquor Barn and the Kroger Company. You can always visit their site at http://www.dbbourboncandy.com.

In 2002, Stuart started her business after the passing of her mother.   During the holidays, her mother would create the delicious treat as a family tradition. Robyn wanted to honor her mother in some way so she decided to start the business and make the original candy recipe apart of her business. With the support of Four Roses and Bourbon Country as well as the many events and activities she participates in everyone loves to see the wonderful creation that she produces.  From initially starting with candy the business has grown into developing other products such as chocolate covered fruit, cheesecakes to chocolate covered popcorn.

If you would like to setup an interview and/or invite DB Bourbon to your next event, please contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Birdgang Brand welcomes L.A. Ram & former U of L Cardinal Jamon Brown to the team

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(Louisville, KY) We are just hours away from the kickoff of the Louisville Cardinal football season and everyone is getting excited about the season and future that lies ahead for this ACC team. Birdgang Brand Clothing is happy to announce Jamon Brown as the newest partner of the elite brand of University of Louisville apparel and accessories.

With the ink now dry on the deal, Jamon officially becomes a partner in Birdgang, and also takes on the role of being the first professional athlete to be endorsed by the locally-owned clothing company, and certainly will not be the last.

Jamon is in his second year in the NFL and is the starting right guard for the Los Angeles Rams, where he regularly clears the line of scrimmage for 2015 Rookie of the Year, running back Todd Gurley.

Jamon was born and raised in Louisville, Ky. and is a client of Rich Sports Management, which worked with Birdgang Brand Clothing Partner and Chief Financial Officer, Danny Mosby to get the ground breaking deal done. He is also a Fern Creek High School and University of Louisville graduate.

Mosby credits the ability to get such an enormous deal done, to the overall humbleness that Jamon displays, as well as the strong image that he exudes in his daily life. “Jamon is an excellent young man, a hard worker, and one that we lost sleep over to secure this deal, because we couldn’t think of a better person of higher integrity that also matches the missions of our Brand. He was just the perfect fit.”

Jamon says “It’s a huge honor and opportunity to become a part of the Birdgang family! BIRDGANG has been a part of the first group of people to believe in me, and to have this opportunity means a lot! As we take the next step in our journey, I’m excited to build and grow together! #BirdgangFamily”

Birdgang will also look to create a specific division geared toward Jamon’s likeness, and will also aim to benefit the “Big and Tall” crowd, which unfortunately has frustrating challenges when it pertains to purchasing University of Louisville themed merchandise.

If you would like to setup an interview, (in-studio/phone) please contact VIPP Communications for availability.

Facebook: wearebirdgang Twitter: wearebirdgang

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Birdgang Brand Clothing is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky and is a high fashion sports apparel company centered around the University of Louisville Athletics. The clothing line is founded by two members of the rap group Nappy Roots, Brian “Buffalo Stille” Scott and Ronald “Ron Clutch” Wilson. Birdgang Brand Clothing is supported and approved by the University of Louisville, and is officially licensed by the Collegiate Licensing Company, (CLC). Birdgang Brand Clothing can be found at JD Becker, Fan Outfitters, Cardinal Authentic, Hall of Fame Café, Mall St. Matthews and participating Kroger stores. To learn more about the Birdgang Brand and find vendor information, visit www.wearebirdgang.com.

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