The VIPP Report: Metro Disability Coalition will hold a news conference about their treatment when it comes to TARC 3

The Metro Disability Coalition (MDC) is calling a press conference for Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 3:00 pm to call attention to the horrible situation facing disabled bus riders, and drivers, on Transit Authority of River City (TARC 3) paratransit.   It will be held in front of TARC headquarters,  1000 West Broadway.

Passengers are not adequately distanced, in a time of coronavirus, as suggested by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), our state and city governments.  Not all drivers wear masks, as required.

 “Reasonable accommodation” means safe public ridership for disabled riders, drivers, and other personnel.

 We have made countless attempts to get TARC to correct this, to no avail.  This press conference will include representatives of the disabled, organized labor and civil rights groups.

 These issues are of grave concern to the disabled community—they are life and death matters.

 TARC 3 needs to provide the disabled community assurances that drivers will be masked and that there will be social distancing—particularly important for the visually and cognitively disabled.

For more information, call Marcellus Mayes, president of MDC:  778-8922 or Antonio Wickliffe:  ajwickliffe@aol.com .

The VIPP Report: Metro Disability Coalition announces their Breaking Barriers Spotlight Award honorees

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       METRO DISABILITY COALITION THANK THEIR UNSUNG HEROES AT AN AWARDS CEREMONY

(Louisville, KY) The Metro Disability Coalition invites you to attend their 21st Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards on Monday, March 16th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Rudd Heart & Lung Center located at 201 Abraham Flexner Way.

There will be a reception prior to the ceremony for special guests, honorees and those participating in the program.   This year’s theme is Working Toward a Fully Accessible Community for All Disabled Individuals.

MDCThe awards ceremony will honor community unsung heroes and community leaders in their various fields from service workers, educators to youth who go above and beyond the call of duty to assist those in need. Several Jefferson County Public Schools, (JCPS) students and faculty will be honored.

Here’s a list of this year’s Breaking Barriers Spotlight Award honorees:

Ms. BJ Levis

Lifetime Achievement Award

Nina Mosely

Merit Award

Dia Erpenbeck

Cedric Jones

Jenny Tyree

Sonora Crosby

Jodi Grajek

Cheikh El Moustapha

Certificate of Merit

United Auto Workers Ramp Building Program

Community Honoree

Breaking Barriers Spotlight Student & Teacher Awards recipients: 

Students

Ava Baker

Goldsmith Elementary

Makenzie Harman

Georia Chaffie Tapp

Gabrielle Runyon

duPont Manual High School

Teachers

Pamela St. John

ECE Teacher

Lincoln Elementary

Performing Arts School

Eileen Foote

Implementation Coach

Crosby Middle School

Christina Delk

Itinerant Teacher

Marion C. Moore High School

Our guest speaker will be Rev. Corrie Shull, Senior Pastor of the Burnett Avenue Baptist Church.  He also serves as the sixth district board member for the Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education.  Under his leadership at Burnett Ave, the congregation has experienced tremendous growth through the addition of hundreds of families into church membership, creating relevant ministries, implementing twenty-first century technology and embracing new and dynamic ways of engaging people from all walks of life for the purpose of life transformation.

A proponent of education, Rev. Shull holds degrees from Fisk University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and works as an adjunct professor for Louisville area colleges.

Some our special guests will be Michelle Dillard, Assistant Superintendent, JCPS; Metro Council President David James and Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton-Smith.

We would like to thank the following that support the Metro Disability Coalition not only for this event but support us throughout the year: University of Louisville Health, Bates Memorial Disability Ministry.

Bridgehaven, The Center for Accessible Living, Council on Developmental Disabilities, Dayspring, God’s Gatekeepers St Stephen Youth Ushers, Independence Seekers, Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare. KIPDA, Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission. NAMI, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Superior Van & Mobility.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marcellus Mayes by calling 502-774-8993 or Ronel McCombs at 502-836-1245

If you would like to setup an interview with a member of the Metro Disability Coalition for the 21st Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards held on Monday, March 16th at the Rudd Heart & Lung Center please contact VIPP Communications at  info@vippcommunications.com.

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The Metro Disability Coalition is an organization of individuals and agencies in Louisville, KY who advocate for those with disabilities to have a better quality of life.  The 501c (3) organization was established in 2001.

Metro Disability Coalition Board Members

Marcellus Mayes, Bobbie James, Cheryl Medley, Ronel McCombs, Chuck Rogers, Beverly Peterson, Elaine Weisbard, Ira Grupper, Ronnie White, Teddy Young, Antonio Wickliffe, Manetta Lemkheitir, Charlie Sims, Grace Smith, Bill Wright and Goldina Lofton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The VIPP Report: Now Let’s Get Fit Foundation heads to West Louisville and Portland to celebrate health and wellness

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Now Let’s Get Fit Foundation teams with Rajon Rondo Foundation, Kroger and Norton’s for Health and Wellness Day and Back to School Giveaways

 Louisville (August 1, 2019) It’s the “Countdown to Classes” as many families shift gears to prepare their school-age children for the upcoming school year.  The Now Let’s Get Fit Foundation has teamed with Kroger, and the Rajon Rondo Foundation for the Back to School giveaways Health and Wellness Day.

There will be two days will of fun, fitness inspired activities and free school supplies.  We invite the Portland community to participate in the kick off scheduled for Saturday August 10th with Norton’s Unity Jam at Molly Leonard Portland Community Center located at 640 North 27th Street, Louisville. The Unity Jam is from 10-3p will consist of over 22 vendors and will giveaway over 1,000 free back packs and school supplies.

Then we head to West Louisville on Sunday August 11thWe will be at Kroger at 2710 W. Broadway, Louisville from 3-6p. The event will giveaway over 200 backpacks and school supplies and include Zumba, boot camp, health screenings, dental consultation, kids bounce house, coloring stations and much more.

The Let’s Get Fit Foundation has a mission to combat obesity and instill Health and Wellness through Fitness and Nutrition. Each event is family friendly, Free to the public and includes fitness classes, nutrition stations, health screenings (for obesity related illness), kid zone activities and giveaways. along with other current and former local athletes in attendance and participating.

“Our mission is to not only give back to but to leave a lasting impact by providing resources and community outreach. Being able to help families with back to school supplies while also providing them with a free day of health and wellness that they can apply to their lives moving forward is the least we can do. Just a few weeks ago we mourned the sudden loss of a friend and a mentor in the program Jared Lorenzen.  We want to honor him by continuing with the mission by motivating youth to have a balanced lifestyle.” -Anthony Holt, President of Now Lets Get Fit Foundation.

Sponsors for the event are Kroger, Optup, Powerade Zero, Core Power, Rajon Rondo Foundation, The Little Clinic, and Kare Mobile. The tour will extend to other locations in Louisville, Lexington and surrounding areas the remainder of 2019.

To learn more follow us at https://www.facebook.com/NowLetsGetFit/ or visit our website at www.nowletsgetfit.org.  To be a sponsor and/or volunteer contact Anthony Holt @aholt@nowletsgetfit.com or call 323.365.3371.

If you would like to setup an interview, contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Former UK and NFL player Jared Lorenzen teams up with Rajon Rondo Foundation, Kroger and Now Let’s Get Fit Foundation for Health and Wellness Tour

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Louisville/Lexington (May 7, 2019) Former NFL Quarterback and University of Kentucky Hall of Famer, Jared Lorenzen has teamed with the Now Let’s Get Fit Foundation, Kroger and the Rajon Rondo Foundation for the 2019 Kentucky Health and Wellness Tour.

The tour will kick off Saturday May 18 at Kroger locations in Louisville at 12501 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville Middletown store.

The next day Sunday May 19 will be in Lexington Kroger at 3101 Richmond Rd location.

Both events are from noon-4:00 pm.

Let’s Get Fit Foundation’s mission is to combat obesity and instill Health and Wellness through Fitness and Nutrition. Each event is family friendly, Free to the public and includes fitness classes, nutrition stations, health screenings (for obesity related illness), kid zone activities and giveaways. Jared Lorenzen along with other former local athletes will be in attendance and participating.

“I want to show everyone that it’s never too early or too late to start the journey towards health. I want people to know that if I can do it then you can do it. My goal is to use the tour to put a face to obesity. Each event is a platform that everyone can join, have fun, feel safe to express themselves, get the inspiration and answers on health and wellness they need to make the change in their life.”  Jared Lorenzen.

Prior to Jared’s journey he had reached 500 lbs.  In the last year, he has lost 100 lbs. and counting.  Jared understood that he had to admit that there was an issue and then he got busy to get it.  We invite you to meet Jared and fitness professionals that can show you techniques that can help you and your entire family get fit.

Sponsors for the event are Kroger, Optup, Powerade Zero, Core Power, Rajon Rondo Foundation, The Little Clinic and Planet Mogul. The tour will extend to other locations in Louisville, Lexington and surrounding areas the remainder of 2019.

To learn more follow https://www.facebook.com/TheJaredLorenzenProject/ visit and sign up for Fitness Classes at http://www.nowletsgetfit.eventbrite.com or contact Anthony Holt @aholt@nowletsgetfit.com or call 323.365.3371

If you would like to setup an interview with Jared Lorenzen and/or other team members, please contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com or by phone at 502-295-0435.

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The VIPP Report: Fab Fit Friday features hip hop with cardio

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Your workout will get you on beat with up tempo music and dance moves

 (Louisville, Ky) You have a little more than 100 days into your New Year’s Day resolution.  Are you meeting your goals?  Kick it up a notch and turn up the hits with the Stamina Foundation’s Fit Fab Friday.  A team of fitness and wellness experts will take you through various exercises/routines and give you eating, fitness and supplement advice as well as plenty of moral support and encouragement.

Fab Fit Friday will take place this month on March 29th from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Louisville, 1325 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy 40222.

There will be a mini-boot camp starting at 7:00 p.m. followed by Piloxing with B Fitness at 7:30 p.m. with Krystal Kettler.  At 8:15 p.m. its Snatched Fitness Hip Hop with Cardio.  Regardless of your fitness level you will love the regime and you can work at your preferred pace.

There will be vendors on site. So, please be prepared to support in between classes.  We invite you to come out and take control of your resolution by keeping the momentum.  Team Stamina is assisting you with mind, body and spirit by getting you fit and fab in 2019.

To be a part of Fab Fit Friday at the Holiday Inn Louisville on Friday, March 29th.  Tickets are only $15.00.  To register, go to eventbrite.com and search Fab Fit Friday.

The Stamina Foundation would like to thank our sponsors and their generous support to keep the event’s expenses to a minimum while participates can garner the maximum experience.  A special thank you to: The Holiday Inn Louisville, B Fitness, Snatched Fitness, One & Only and Piloxing.

To setup an interview, please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.  We also request that you include our event on your community calendars and announcements.

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The VIPP Report: Bumble, An International Social Media Platform to Honor #FirstMovers in Kentucky Through #BlackWomenBuilt Event

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On Saturday, March 16th, eight African American women from Kentucky will be honored by Bumble through Bumble Bizz and Freedom of Priss (FOP) at Flavour lounge at a private dinner. Dinner will be followed by a celebration open to the public that will start at 9 pm. These women are being celebrated for being business owners or leaders in their fields, which include fashion, media, marketing, psychology, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Founders of Freedom of Priss, LaPrecious Brewer and Joelle Robinson want to acknowledge these business heroes and shed light on the impact that they have made in their communities. FOP will also use their unique stories to serve as empowering examples for younger minority women through a series of social media campaigns that will be ongoing.

Among the women being honored are Aryea Kolubah, fashion designer who recently had her gown featured on HBO and Vogue, Sherlene Shanklin, multimedia editor for WHAS11 and owner of VIPP Communications and Braea Tilford, former Miss Kentucky USA and founder of Grow Lead Inspire; a conference that enriches young women. Councilwoman Jessica Green will also be in attendance to honor these women for their myriad accomplishments. (Full list of honorees below.)

Bumble is a social app that lets women make the “first move” in dating, friendships and their careers. Bumble was founded by Whitney Wolfe Herd (co-founder of Tinder) to challenge the antiquated rules of dating. Now Bumble empowers users to connect with confidence whether dating, networking or meeting friends online. Bumble Bizz and Bumble BFF are components of Bumble.

The Freedom of Priss is a platform created by LaPrecious Brewer and Joelle Robinson that enriches and empowers women to be their most authentic and bold self, to achieve their ideal of success in relationships, careers and in the community.  For years, society has placed great emphasis on HIStory and there is no finer time than the present to invite women from diverse backgrounds to share her story.  This platform seeks to energize women to move into their purpose while gaining knowledge and insight from one another through personal discussions on the highs and lows of being our true selves and achieving our goals. FOP will begin hosting a series of events, printed materials and online content to foster a sisterhood of authentic women and help them to achieve their personal goals that they seek to meet.

  1. Aryea Kolubah – Founder of Aryea Kolubah & Co.
  2. Braea Tilford – Founder of Grow, Lead, Inspire and Miss KY USA 2018
  3. Chelsea Ellis – Owner of MAF Café and president of Jim Reynolds Asphalt.
  4. Faith Fountain – Ms. Ashland County (Kentucky United States Organization) and addiction/prevention educator
  5. Jade Spaulding – Ms. Downtown Louisville (Kentucky United States Organization) Home of the Innocents resident counselor and founder of the Home of the Innocents Pageant
  6. Nicole Dean – Life Coach, public speaker and founder of YMCA Woman Up Teen Outreach Program
  7. Samiyyah Sledge – Doctoral candidate at a prominent institution
  8. Sherlene Shanklin – Owner of VIPP Communications and multimedia editor for WHAS11

 

 

The VIPP Report: Metro Disability Coalition celebrates 20 years in Louisville

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By honoring those who “Break Barriers” in their annual celebration

(Louisville, KY) The Metro Disability Coalition invites you to attend their 20th Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards on Monday, March 18th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Our Lady of Sorrows, 770 Eastern Parkway in the bingo hall facility.  There will be a reception prior to the ceremony at 5:00 pm for special guests, honorees and those participating in the program.

The awards ceremony will honor community unsung heroes and community leaders in their various fields from service workers, educators to youth who go above and beyond the call of duty to assist those in need. Several Jefferson County Public Schools, (JCPS) students and faculty will be honored.

Here’s a list of our recipients: 

Elementary Student: D’Angelina McMillan – Engelhard Elementary

Elementary Educator: Mary “Katie” Telek – Heuser Hearing & Language Academy

Middle School Student: Amosi Bilombele – Newcomer Academy

Middle School Educator: Krista Riley – Western Middle School for the Arts

High School Student: Ella Robinson – duPont Manual High School

High School Educator: Lauren Niemann – Fern Creek High School

Merit Award – Donna Fox

Our Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be Ms. Grace Smith.

The Metro Disability Coalition is an organization of individuals and agencies in Louisville, KY who advocate for those with disabilities to have a better quality of life.  The 501c (3) organization was established in 2001.

Our guest speaker this year is Ms. Pamala Bryant.   In 2007, while attending New York University, Pamala was diagnosed with SLE-Systemic Lupus Erythematosis.  The illness caused her body to attack her lungs, joints and heart.  In spite of multiple procedures and surgeries, she was able to graduate.  Currently, she works in higher education.  She loves to help students successfully by admitted into college.  When she’s not working or acting in local plays she’s volunteering with various organizations in the community.  Bryant says she’s excited for the opportunity to encourage others living with a disability.”

In 2018, former University of Louisville football standout and entrepreneur Herb Henry was the keynote speaker and in 2017, Marques Maybin, ESPN Louisville radio show host and former University of Louisville basketball star inspired the guests.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marcellus Mayes by calling 502-774-8993 or Ronel McCombs at 502-836-1245

If you would like to setup an interview with a member of the Metro Disability Coalition for the 20th Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards held on Monday, March 18th at the Our Lady of Sorrows-Bingo Hall please contact VIPP Communications at 502-582-7716 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Metro Disability Coalition celebrate 20 years in Louisville

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By honoring those who “Break Barriers” in their annual celebration

 (Louisville, KY) The Metro Disability Coalition invites you to attend their 20th Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards on Monday, March 18th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Our Lady of Sorrows, 770 Eastern Parkway in the bingo hall facility.  There will be a reception prior to the ceremony at 5:30 pm for special guests, honorees and those participating in the program.

The awards ceremony will honor community unsung heroes and community leaders in their various fields from service workers, educators to youth who go above and beyond the call of duty to assist those in need. Several Jefferson County Public Schools, (JCPS) students and faculty will be honored.

A Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will also be announced during the program.

The Metro Disability Coalition is an organization of individuals and agencies in Louisville, KY who advocate for those with disabilities to have a better quality of life.  The 501c (3) organization was established in 2001.

In 2018, former University of Louisville football standout and entrepreneur Herb Henry was the keynote speaker and in 2017, Marques Maybin, ESPN Louisville radio show host and former University of Louisville basketball star inspired the guests.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marcellus Mayes by calling 502-774-8993 or Ronel McCombs at 502-836-1245

If you would like to setup an interview with a member of the Metro Disability Coalition for the 20th Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards held on Monday, March 18th at the Our Lady of Sorrows-Bingo Hall please contact VIPP Communications at  info at vippcommunications dot com.

 

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VIPP Special Report: How 10-year-old Seven Bridges death is now bringing awareness to so many who don’t understand the consequences that bullying brings

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The heartbreak a community is feeling because a child dies a tragic death because he was suffering in silence

Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Affiliate in Louisville, KY (Original story posted: January 22, 2019/Updated: January 23, 2019)

Shanklin, an assignment editor with more than 25 years in the broadcast field for the station took the mother’s call in September 2018 while heading into work.  In a rare and raw account which is hardly done she reflects on when she took both calls about Seven Bridges.   

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The story of Seven Bridges is making headlines not only in Louisville but nationwide after the 10-year-old committed suicide on Saturday for alleged bullying. I have to use alleged because this will likely be determined in the court of law.

I spoke to the mother Tami Charles Saturday evening after returning from out of town. I had received numerous texts wanting to know what happened to Charles’ son. I had no idea because I was traveling and could not be distracted due to extremely heavy rain.

When I got back to Louisville, I reached out to her because I knew the backstory. I didn’t expect for her to answer my text message for weeks but later that evening she responded. We texted a couple of times and then my phone rang it was Charles. She told me what happened all we could do was cry together over the phone. I got off wondering, “What else could I have done?” “What can I do now?” “Why didn’t someone say something?”

50739415_1000508566810691_3647677009657593856_nTo hear the hurt but strength of a mother on the same day she lost her child made my heart drop into my stomach. What do you say? It’s not about getting the story. I didn’t move into this community. I grew up in this community. I know the names, the faces, the unsung heroes, and the sacrifices many do day in and day out and never get a day of media coverage. I chose to stay to help and support those who needed a voice but all I could do was listen to this mother.  What could I say to comfort a grieving mother who knew something was going on but couldn’t stop it?

I walked and cried and cried and walked, all night until my family had to ask if there was anything they could do. They know I keep my work close to the vest and private and I never include them to keep my journalistic integrity. Frankly, if I told them some things, they could not erase the image from their minds. Some stories develop while others do not, but I still assist and work for an answer with as many as I can even on my off days.

My main job is to get the story out of people. Whether they are yelling at me because of their situation, their frustration and/or confusion on how to express what they are thinking and/or feeling. My task is to translate their thoughts and get to the core of the situation.

A mentor taught me a long time ago that you need to listen to the details they are in there just listen. Then, ask follow up questions to make sure I’m understanding them correctly. If I can’t understand the story, I can’t get our team to understand the importance.

With this burden on my heart and mind, I did reach out to the reporter that helped with the story in September 2018. We talked about it. We agreed not to talk to Charles about doing an interview. There was no rush since we were the only ones who did the initial story on Seven. When she along with her husband were ready they would let us know.

Then when Charles mentioned that insurance would not pay for her son’s funeral we decided that we needed to do something. That’s when we asked them to do the interview.

Reporter Heather Fountaine and I also said we wanted her to talk to anyone who could help her get the needed funds to bury her only child. Actually, her miracle child because Charles thought she was not able to have children, but she was blessed to have Seven.

Because Seven’s death was a suicide we did not think she would get a lot of coverage. Fountaine and I had to move faster than any of us wanted too, but thinking we spoke to the family during the trying time we needed to see it through and worked all weekend on our days off.

Let me take you back to September 2018 when the mother was trying to help her child when no one else thought it was anything until the untimely death of Seven on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Charles reached out to me in September and explained to me what her child was going through and as a mother she needed to find a way to help her son. They loved the school but felt like the process might have been broken when it came to the notification process.

What the mother didn’t know that I was having a bad day, running late for work and was literally stuck in traffic at 2:30 p.m. in the middle of the day. But when I saw Charles’ name on my caller ID I knew I needed to answer. She said she was having a problem and wanted to get the word out. I explained to her that I was in traffic and as soon as I got to work I would begin looking into it. As soon as we hung up, I went to work. I called my newsroom and asked them to pull the video, so we could review it as soon as I walked in and asked others to listen as well, so we could make a decision. (Our evening meetings are at 3:00 pm, so if i wanted them to try and get all of the elements before the end of business we didn’t have much time or I would have to hold the story for consideration the next day.)

In Charles’ video, which has 38,000 views and more than 1,100 shares. She expressed sincere concern for her child’s well-being. Charles alleged her son was choked and verbally abused racially and no action was taken nor was she told of the incident even though her child was elementary school age. She used the words bullied. She also said several times that they loved the school, but it needed to change its procedure of alerting parents when situations like this occur. I went into the meeting and explained the situation and that the mother wanted to address the procedure and the time frame in which a parent is notified so that the child does not continue to go through a situation alone but with a support team.

The Kentucky Dept of Education defines “bullying” as any unwanted verbal, physical, or social behavior among students that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and is repeated or has the potential to be repeated: 1. That occurs on school premises, on school-sponsored transportation, or at a school-sponsored event; or 2. That disrupts the education process.

This incident met the criteria. We sat down with Charles and her 10-year-old son Seven Bridges. The reporter was very sensitive to the situation but asked the hard questions and the mother and child answered freely.

When the team came back to the station, they were so surprised of the maturity of the fifth grader and his level of forgiveness.

In our September 2018 interview Bridges said, “I know that I can get it out of my mind, and tomorrow is like a better day, so I can still make friends with him.”

Charles also in that interview said she would like to see the school’s administration held accountable and more racial sensitivity training within the school system.

The school system said in September 2018 that the incident was under official investigation.

Presently, the district is opening a full investigation. The parents of Seven Bridges say they will file a lawsuit.

Now, the grieving parents have to find a way to bury their child. Again, they have insurance but when a person commits suicide it is not covered under the policy.  So, they have started a Go Fund Me page entitled: Rest in Paradise Seven Bridges if you would like to donate, go to https://www.gofundme.com/rest-in-paradise-seven-bridges.

The community is rallying around the family be using the words “Seven Strong” – this is to bring awareness of bullying of any kind so that no other family has to go through this traumatic situation because unfortunately Seven was suffering in silence.

There’s a phrase that’s commonly used: “If I can just save one person, then I did my job.”

I will never use that phrase again because the one person I thought I helped I could not save but I hope my efforts and Seven’s memory will not go in vain.

If you know someone who may not be able to talk to you. Have them talk to someone. Give them this number 800-273-8255. Let’s not let anyone suffer in silence.

If you have a story idea, send it to me at The411@whas11.com.

Sherlene Shanklin, an multi-Emmy nominated, two-time 2018 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Winner for Sports Writing & For Best Use of Social Media and multiple AP Awards currently works for WHAS11 Television. She created a segment The411 and is a regular contributor to whas11.com.  You can hear her on Thursdays at 11:30 am on WLOU/104.7FM as well as WHAS11 Noon Show at 12:50 pm, Fridays at 4:25 pm and Saturday mornings on Good Morning Kentuckiana at 6:25 am and 9:25 am.  You can also read her stories on this site The VIPP Report.  Sherlene’s podcast Giving You The Vibe, (GUTV) will begin in the first quarter of 2019.  

The VIPP Report: Working out under the twin spires at Churchill Downs its Fab Fit Friday

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With Queen Teddy & area fitness experts as they show you their weight loss techniques

(Louisville, Ky) It’s time to kick your fitness into gear!  The Stamina Foundation presents Fab Fit Friday on Friday, January 25th at Churchill Downs from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Multiple fitness and wellness experts take you through a series of classes to assist with weight loss and/or to spice up your normal routine.  

 The queen of dance, Queen Teddy will travel to Louisville to do a 90-minute Dance Fitness Class.  One of her mottos is “If you believe you can, you WILL”.  Queen Teddy has been sharing her weight loss journey with 230 thousand followers on Instagram and now you get a chance to experience how she did it.  

 There will also be a mini fitness and wellness classes hosted by Nika from N-Spire Fitness, Savoy Fitness and Erin Quinlan from Ben & Zen Yoga and Snatched Fitness.  

 We invite you to come out and jumpstart your fitness routine in a supportive, motivational and inspirational atmosphere where we can help you stay and/or get fit and fab in 2019.  

 While you cool down and/or wait for your class to begin.  There will be vendors on site for you to support.  

img_39301(1)To be a part of Fab Fit Friday at Churchill Downs on Friday, January 25th tickets are $30.00.  To register, go to http://www.ashleydanderson.com/events. 

The event is made possible due to the generous supporter of Churchill Downs, Republic Bank, N-Spire Fitness, Savoy Fitness, Ben & Zen Yoga, Snatched Fitness, Queen Teddy and the Stamina Foundation.   

To setup an interview, please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.  We also request that you include our event on your community calendars and announcements.    

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The VIPP Report: The Dance Queen comes to Louisville to get you fab & fit under the twin spires

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Queen Teddy and area fitness experts show you how to lose weight the proper way

(Louisville, KY) It’s time to kick your fitness into gear!  The Stamina Foundation presents Fab Fit Friday on Friday, January 25th at Churchill Downs from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Multiple fitness and wellness experts take you through a series of classes to assist with weight loss and/or to spice up your normal routine.

The queen of dance, Queen Teddy will travel to Louisville to do a 90-minute Dance Fitness Class.  One of her mottos is “If you believe you can, you WILL”.  Queen Teddy has been sharing her weight loss journey with 230 thousand followers on Instagram and now you get a chance to experience how she did it.

There will also be a mini fitness and wellness classes hosted by Nika from N-Spire Fitness, Savoy Fitness and Erin Quinlan from Ben & Zen Yoga and Snatched Fitness.

We invite you to come out and jump start your fitness routine in a supportive, motivational and inspirational atmosphere where we can help you stay and/or get fit and fab in 2019.

While you cool down and/or wait for your class to begin.  There will be vendors on site for you to support.

To be a part of Fab Fit Friday at Churchill Downs on Friday, January 25th tickets are $30.00.  To register, go to www.ashleydanderson.com/events.

The event is made possible due to the generous supporter of Churchill Downs, N-Spire Fitness, Savoy Fitness, Ben & Zen Yoga, Snatched Fitness, Queen Teddy and the Stamina Foundation.

To setup an interview, please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at info at vippcommunications dot com.  We also request that you include our event on your community calendars and announcements.

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The VIPP Report: Aspire Basketball Academy announces inaugural scholarship and awards gala

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A NIGHT OF INSPIRATION RECOGNIZES THREE PASSIONATE LEADERS WHO’VE DEDICATED THEIR LIVES TO DEVELOP YOUTH IN THE COMMUNITY

(Louisville, KY) Aspire Basketball Academy continues to motivate and inspire youth in the community to reach their ultimate potential.  The academy takes a timeout to acknowledge the unsung MVPs in our community that work tirelessly on the court and in life to assist youth by keeping them inbounds and on track for success.

It’s A Night of Inspiration Scholarship and Awards Gala on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Majestic, 1535 Lytle Street.  The inaugural event is to inspire, develop and cultivate future community leaders with the core academic and leadership skills to prepare them for life beyond their time at Aspire Academy.  This year’s host for the gala will be Perrin Johnson.

The evening will honor some local legends that have dedicated their lives to helping youth. This year’s honorees will be Tony Williams, Daniel Ross and Bob Redman; their passion, success stories and accomplishments will be recognized.  You will also get to meet international and local students in the program and the Aspire staff who directly mentor the student athletes. Also, the scholarship and awards gala will highlight the importance of education and youth sports as it relates to the development of children in our community.

The evening will be filled with inspirational stories, great food, drinks, and live entertainment. The proceeds will go directly to the program to support the students, education, transportation, and lodging. All of these things are essential to ensure the student’s success.

Aspire Basketball Academy provides three types of programs which includes the Junior Wizards, a developmental youth grassroots program, Aspire Academy, a national high school program and the Aspire Academy College Prep which is designed for post graduate activities while in the program.

You still have time to be a sponsor, purchase a table and/or to make a donation to A Night of Inspiration by contacting Jamie Warfield at info@jamiewarfieldconsulting.com or Tim Barnett at tbarnett.aspireacademy@gmail.com. Individual tickets are $50 which includes appetizers, drinks, dessert, and dancing.

To setup an interview with Aspire Academy’s leadership team, Roger McClendon, Luke Hancock, Barnett and/or Warfield, contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.  Please include our announcement on your community calendars and announcements.                                                                       ###

The VIPP Report: Chef Darnell “Supercehef” Ferguson competes on Food Network Thanksgiving Challenge

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By Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications

I love to pass along good news and when I can and I have a good one.  Client Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson continues to make strides in the food industry locally and nationally.

We are only a few weeks away from Thanksgiving Day and the Food Network is launching a special show catered to that.  It’s called the Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge.  Five chefs will cook the ultimate Thanksgiving dishes. Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson will be one of those chefs.

The show will be hosted Chef Giada De Laurentiis. There will also be three judges and you will recognize their names.  They will be Alex Guarnaschelli, Christian Petroni and Carla Hall.

Superchef will have to think out of the box to win the first challenge.  According to the Food Network’s site the chefs will be given an ingredient used in the FIRST Thanksgiving.  Hmmmm I wonder what it will be?

The show is not just about turkey but the side dishes and desserts.  This will be a challenge that we HOPE he’s up too.

The winner of the Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge carves their name in the turkey day history books, bragging rights for a year and $25,000.

So, the premiere of The Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge is on Sunday, November 4th at 9:00 pm (EST) and 8:00 pm (C).  How far will Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson go?  You will have to watch and see. For showtime changes and/or to follow Darnell as he competes in the Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge. You can follow him on his social media platforms.

Darnell’s social platforms–IG: @superchef_23; Twitter @superchef_23 & FB: @darnell superchef ferguson

Food Network link to the Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge: https://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/ultimate-thanksgiving-challenge.

For appearances contact VIPP Communications at info at vippcommunications dot com.  

 

The VIPP Report: 2nd Annual Sports & Motivation Youth Camp Series will be a part of Summerfest this weekend in Chickasaw Park

(Louisville, KY) On Saturday, June 23rd in historic Chickasaw Park in West Louisville the community will gather for the 2nd Annual Sports & Motivation Youth Camp Series.  The camp begins at 9:00 am for youth ages 6 through 13.  They must be accompanied by an adult to participate.

Youth will have a chance to meet legends in the sports realm as well as community leaders who will share their wisdom and skills. Professional trainers and instructors will be on hand to give youth an opportunity to learn proper techniques.

Members of the Louisville Bats will be on hand inspiring youth, doing a baseball clinic and giving away home game tickets so youth can take in one of their games. Youth in attendance will also get to hear from members of the West End Golf Tee Program.  Wilbur Hackett Sr. and his son Wilbur Hackett Jr. will be in attendance talking about his historic journey as one of the first African American to play football in the SEC and the University of Kentucky.  Jerry Ellis will be on hand to talk about his career as well as his late brother former Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jerry Ellis.  During the camp Alice Houston and Shively Sporting Goods will be honored for their support to the camp and the community.

The Sports & Motivation Youth Camp Series is FREE but a parent and/or guardian needs to be present.  You can register by texting 502-919-0757 or 502-776-1240.  There will also be onsite registration.  For the adults in attendance, Walmart will provide a $10 gift card for bringing your child to the event.

This year’s event was made possible by the support of the following: WLOU.104.7fm, Summerfest, Black Sports Hall of Fame, Buffalo Foundation, Walmart, Ford, UAW, HJI, Harmon Construction, Dynamic Healthcare, Shively Sporting Goods, Minuteman Press, The Greatest Wash & Laundromat, Anabel’s Oriental Rugs and countless volunteers.

Please announce and/or post on your website and social media platforms.  To setup an interview contact VIPP Communications at mail@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Two-time Super Bowl Champ Deion Branch will host a free Skills & Drills Camp in Louisville

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(Louisville, KY) Former University of Louisville and two-time Super Bowl champ and SB XXXIX MVP Deion Branch announces the date of his upcoming 9th Annual Skills and Drills Camp in Louisville.  Save the date of Saturday, July 21st at the Baptist Health Performance Training Facility, 12101 Sycamore Station Place. Registration begins at 8:00 am and the camp is from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.   The camp is for youth ages 7 to 18.  The registration fee is waived thanks to the Deion Branch Foundation so the camp is FREE but you need to register online.  THE CAMP AND SPACE IS LIMITED SO SIGN UP ASAP.  Go to www.deionbranchfoundation.org to register.

Branch says “This year, I decided to change things up a little to help some youth in the community who’ve really wanted to participate but could not afford the registration fee. We will do some offensive and defensive drills and some NFL and college level conditioning to see what your child needs to work on if they want to play football. This camp gives them a chance to learn proper technique, health and wellness plus sportsmanship.”

The Deion Branch Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer support to children’s mental, physical, emotional wellbeing and for those who have been infected with meningitis.  The DBCF’s mission is to help with research and to find a cure to ease the struggle for children like 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.  For more information on the foundation go to http://www.deionbranchfoundation.org.

If you would like to be a sponsor and/or donate items for goodie bags, please contact William Hicks at 334-507-3632 or Sherlene Shanklin at 502-295-0435.  To register your child for the 9th Annual Skills & Drills Camp go to http://www.deionbranchfoundation.org and fill out the online registration form.

To setup an interview with Deion Branch about the camp held on Saturday, July 21st, please call Sherlene Shanklin, Branch’s publicist at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Former Cardinals and Wildcats tee it off to help youth wanting to excel in sports and in the classroom

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(Louisville, KY) Inside the Lines Training, Inc. (ITL) will host their inaugural Cards vs Cats Golf Scramble on Monday, July 2nd at the Nevel Meade Golf Course, 3123 Nevel Meade Drive, Prospect, KY.

The scramble will support programs to assist local youth athletes through education, leadership development and physical training. Their goal for the charity event is to raise $25K.

Registration begins at 7:30 am and the teams will tee-off at 9:00 am.  To participate in the golf scramble the registration fee is $100 per person or $300 for a team of four.  Space is limited so if you would like to play register by emailing Anthony Richardson at insidethelinestraining@gmail.com.

The following players have agreed to participate and/or send memorabilia for a silent auction presenting their teams.  For the Cards it will be:  Michael Bush, Tony Williams, Jamon Brown, Earl Heyman and Mario Urrutia.

The Cats who’ve agreed to participate are: Keenan Burton, Garry Williams, Alex Poythress, and John Wall (memorabilia).  Additional names will be released in the coming weeks prior to the scramble.

Others also confirmed to participate is Mohamed Sanu and Ben Simmons (memorabilia).

Inside the Lines Training Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich student athletes with tools to excel academically, while enhancing characteristics of leadership, responsibility and work ethic.  They seek to establish these principles while creating a strong athletic foundation through sports specific training.

To learn more about Inside the Lines Training and the Cards vs Cats Golf Scramble go to www.itltraining.org.

We would love to have you cover our scramble.  To set up an interview, please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com or by calling 502-295-0435.

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The VIPP Report: Basketball tournament moves to the hometown of the greatest of all time

 

200 teams and 20 courts will play under one roof at the “Battle of the Greatest” in Louisville, KY

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(Louisville, KY) Ohiobasketball.com rolls out the red carpet for the future stars of basketball.  It’s the “Battle of the Greatest” tournament held in Louisville, KY May 26th through the 28th at the Kentucky Expo Center, 911 Phillips Lane.  The tournament is for boys and girls in grades 4th through 11th.   Nationally ranked players and teams will travel to Louisville to participate under one roof with 20 courts.

If you love sneakers, the Battle of the Greatest, Big Country and KY Kick Fest presents a Sneaker Showcase on Sunday, May 27th from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  You can buy, sell and/or trade.  We need to limit each person to four pair to carry in.  If you would like to purchase a table call 859-913-1070.  Admission is $10 which includes admission into the tournament.

For updates on the Battle of the Greatest follow us on Twitter for real-time updatMemes @theathleticfirm.

If you would like to sign up your team.  The registration fee is $400.  Click this link provided to sign up.  https://form.jotform.com/72870671560157.

If you would like to do a preview story on the Battle of the Greatest, contact VIPP Communications by emailing us at info@vippcommunications.com.  For media credentials to cover the tournament contact us at info@vippcommunications.com

Who will leave the GREATEST?      http://battleofthegreatest.com/

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The VIPP Report: VIPP Communications, one of the top PR firms in the Midwest explains why they are considered media pros in business

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Welcome to VIPP Communications.  We are your one-stop Public Relations, Marketing, Branding and Event Management firm.

Our company was founded in 1998, after an overwhelming demand for our freelance services. We cater to every realm of business from professional athletes, entertainers to community and business leaders in their industry.

VIPP stand for “Visualizing into People’s Personality” and it’s pronounced V-I-P because our clients always get the V.I.P. treatment when we work on their project.  Our dedication, experience, hard work and innovation is why clients enjoy our services.

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Sherlene Shanklin started this firm with giving back in mind.  VIPP helps groups needing assistance with planning and receiving media coverage.  Many had no idea where to begin and Shanklin came in and helped develop a plan which many today still use her services and techniques she taught them.

The symbol we use is a circle meaning that that its never ending, continuous, and everlasting.  We are what you call a timeless team of communication professionals working to shape your business to have longevity and prosperity. vippstyle

If you would like to speak to one of the members of “Team VIPP” contact us at mail at vippcommunications dot com.

Follow us on Twitter @VIPPComm and Instagram @VIPPCommunications

 

 

 

The VIPP Report: AAU tournament lands in Louisville where basketball is king

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200 teams and 20 courts will play under one roof at the “Battle of the Greatest”

(Louisville, KY) Ohiobasketball.com rolls out the red carpet for the future stars of basketball.  It’s the “Battle of the Greatest” Amateur Athletic Union, (AAU) tournament held in Louisville, KY May 26th through the 28th at the Kentucky Expo Center, 911 Phillips Lane.  The tournament is for boys and girls in grades 4th through 11th.   Nationally ranked players and teams will travel to Louisville to participate under one roof with 20 courts.

Recruiters and teams will all have their eye on Team Breakdown based out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  All nine players have been offered Division 1 offers to play basketball at the collegiate level.  Son of University of Kentucky and NBA star Jamal Mashburn Jr. plays on this squad and will be in Louisville for the tournament.

Coach Kenny Gillion says “Mashburn has offers from Louisville, Harvard and Florida State University” just to name a few of the schools recruiting the point guard.  Gillion goes on to say that he’s proud of his whole team with the opportunity to further their education through basketball.  This is a family affair because Gillion’s wife Diana is in charge of the Showtime Ballers.  They will also play in the Louisville tournament.

Richard Ballard, Toney Frank and a group of Louisville entrepreneurs joined the team to bring the tournament to Louisville.  They put the event at one location and packed it with activities that they whole family can enjoy.  There will be an inflatable zone for basketball’s youngest fans.  There will be a Paw Patrol and PJ Mask Day along with contests, giveaways, and selfies with your favorite character.

Frank says “To give the games a faster pace and high impact we have rallied together the city’s top DJ’s to play during the games.” Ballard also added that “There will be some special guests attending some of the games and we are excited that they are coming out to support us”.

Frank goes on to say “You will know you are in basketball country when arrive.  Some of the best players were developed in this city and we want to create a platform for the next generation to receive that same opportunity.”

If you are a sneaker head, the Battle of the Greatest, Big Country and KY Kick Fest presents a Sneaker Showcase on Sunday, May 27th from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  You can buy, sell and/or trade.  We need to limit each person to four pair to carry in.  If you would like to purchase a table call 859-913-1070.  Admission is $10 which includes admission into the tournament.

We will provide a list of the teams and their start times when the tournament entries are finalized.  For updates on the Battle of the Greatest follow us on Twitter for real-time updates @theathleticfirm.

If you would like to sign up your team.  The registration fee is $400.  Click this link provided to sign up.  https://form.jotform.com/72870671560157.

If you would like to do a preview story on the Battle of the Greatest, contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by emailing us at info@vippcommunications.com.  For media credentials to cover the tournament contact us at info@vippcommunications.com

Who will leave the GREATEST?      http://battleofthegreatest.com/

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The VIPP Report: Two more restaurants in Louisville have employees diagnosed with Hepatitis A virus

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Special from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Louisville

I just received notification that two more restaurants in Louisville have employees diagnosed with the Hepatitis A virus.  Domino’s  and Old Chicago’s Pizza.  Here’s some information from the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness:

An employee of Domino’s Pizza at 10000 Brownsboro Rd. and an employee of Old Chicago Pizza and Tap Room at 9013 Taylorsville Rd. have been diagnosed with acute hepatitis A.

Customers who ate at this Domino’s from April 15, 2018 to April 28, 2018 and customers who ate at this Old Chicago from April 21, 2018 to May 5, 2018 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus.  While the risk of contracting hepatitis A from eating at either of these restaurants is low, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is issuing this advisory out of an abundance of caution. The hepatitis A outbreak remains centered among the homeless and those who use drugs.

When a food service worker is diagnosed with hepatitis A, he or she is immediately excluded from work and not allowed to return without release from his or her medical provider.  Additionally, all employees at the establishment are vaccinated and disinfection and sanitation practices are followed. Domino’s scored 100 and 98-A on its last two health inspections. Old Chicago scored 96-A and 95-A on its last two health inspections.

Symptoms of hepatitis A are fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). People can become ill 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus. Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention.

Hepatitis A is usually transmitted by putting something in your mouth such as an object, food or drink, which has been in contact with the feces of an infected person. In November, the Kentucky Department for Public Health declared a statewide hepatitis A outbreak. Since the outbreak began there have been 327 cases diagnosed in Louisville and nearly 27,000 vaccinated.

To date, some 5,000 local food service employees have been vaccinated against hepatitis A.”

The best ways to prevent hepatitis A infection are to get vaccinated and to practice good handwashing. “Washing your hands thoroughly and often with warm water and soap, especially before preparing meals or eating, after using the bathroom or changing a diaper is a proven way to prevent the spread of diseases,” Dr. Caloia added. “Hand sanitizer is not as effective as hand washing against hepatitis A.”

For more information about hepatitis A visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/health-wellness/hepatitis or call 211. Old Chicago Pizza and Tap Room customers with questions may also call the restaurant’s tollfree hotline at 1-844-944-0444.

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The VIPP Report: Both Indiana and Kentucky announce a case of Hepatitis A

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We just received notification that someone has Hepatitis A virus in the Louisville, KY area.  Here’s the news release detailing the information.

“An employee of Bearno’s Pizza restaurant located at 9222 Westport Rd. has been diagnosed with acute Hepatitis A.  As a result, customers who ate at the restaurant from April 8 to April 22, 2018 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus.

Symptoms of hepatitis A are fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). People can become ill 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus. Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention.

Hepatitis A is usually transmitted by putting something in your mouth such as an object, food or drink, which has been in contact with the feces of an infected person. In November, the Kentucky Department for Public Health declared a statewide hepatitis A outbreak. Since the outbreak began there have been 294 cases diagnosed in Louisville and more than 16,000 vaccinated.

For more information about hepatitis A visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/health-wellness/hepatitis or call 211.”

The VIPP Report: Owner of Superchefs challenges community to feed a JCPS student

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CHEF DARNELL FERGUSON TAKING ON THE FOOD CHALLENGE ONE CITY AT A TIME

Darnell Superchef Ferguson(Louisville, KY) Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson learned that hunger doesn’t take a day off.  He had the opportunity to talk to the team of “Blessings in a Backpack” and they shared with him the staggering number of elementary children that need assistance when it comes to food, particularly on weekends within Jefferson County.

They serve 4,700 children at 43 schools in the Louisville Metro Area.  That’s impressive but that’s only 7% of the 64,000 who qualify.

Superchef is ready to take on the challenge and he will be calling on the community to help.  It takes approximately $100 to feed one child during a 38-week school year which does not include the summer break.

Darnell says “Can you imagine sitting at home on the weekend and not having enough food and you are counting down the time until you can get breakfast on Monday morning?  It’s hard and sad to imagine.  I know we as a community can make a difference in the lives of these children and I’m willing to lead the way.  We are not going to have a start date because these children needed food yesterday.”

To setup an interview with Darnell “Super Chef” Ferguson or if you would like to know how you can help with his challenge to help us feed one school at time, please contact us at please contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

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Super Chefs located at 1702 Bardstown Road.  To reserve your lunch delivery service, you can call 502-409-8103 or by going to www.eatsuperchefs.com/.

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The VIPP Report: A White Castle employee in Louisville is diagnosed with Hep A

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The number continues to grow when it comes to Hepatitis A cases in Louisville, Kentucky.  An employee of the White Castle restaurant located at 3701 Seventh St. Rd. in Louisville has been diagnosed with an acute case.  Customers who ate at the restaurant from April 6 to April 20, 2018 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus.

Here’s some of the symptoms: fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). People can become ill 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus. If you are experiencing symptoms you should seek medical attention.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health declared a statewide hepatitis A outbreak.  Since the outbreak began there have been 281 cases diagnosed in Louisville and more than 14,000 vaccinated.

White Castle will provide free hepatitis A vaccinations for their employees in the Louisville Metro area.

The cost of the hepatitis A vaccine has been reduced from $65 to $25.  Businesses with more than 20 employees can have a nurse come to their site to provide the immunizations.  Businesses with fewer than 20 employees may designate vaccine for their employees to be immunized at U of L’s walk-in clinic.

As of April 24th,  more than 50 local food service establishments have chosen to provide their employees the hepatitis A vaccine through this effort.

For more information about hepatitis A visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/health-wellness/hepatitis.

If you have a story idea, send it to thevippreport at vippcommunications dot com.  Follow us on Twitter @Thevippreport @vippcom & on Instagram @vippcommunications.

The VIPP Report: Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson will appear on two Food Network shows in May

Darnell Superchef Ferguson(Louisville, KY) Louisville entrepreneur and owner of Superchef makes a return appearance on the Food Network.  Superchef will be a part of a show celebrating Mother’s Day.  Darnell and his mother will compete against other chefs and their mothers.  The episode is scheduled for May 13th.

Darnell says “I took my mom to battle against past winners and we are a dynamic duo.  In the kitchen with one of my biggest motivators was a real experience as I honor her on Mother’s Day. You will enjoy seeing us work together.”

Then on Sunday, May 20th show, Darnell will appear on along with other chefs will shop for the ingredients needed to create a unique/fun dish by Guy Fieri and then a panel of judges will decide who did the best with what they had available.

Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson says “It’s always fun to appear on Guy’s Grocery Games. I take the challenges very seriously but I enjoy the creative side of the show.  It challenges me and I take many of the tasks and tricks of the trade given and I apply them in my own Louisville restaurant.”

Grocery Games is taped in Santa Rosa, California in a 15,000-foot warehouse stocked with some 20,000 items as if you were inside a grocery store.  The show is aired on Sundays 8p (ET) and 7p (CT).

Ferguson is the owner of Superchef located at 1702 Bardstown Road in Louisville, KY.  The entrepreneur, author of “Knowing is half the fight…Cooking is an advocate for children who do not have enough food to survive. He’s currently working with “Blessings in a Backpack” as well as other non-profit organizations that help children get food so they can concentrate in the classroom.

To learn more about Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson go to http://eatsuperchefs.com/ and/or www.iamsuperchef.com.

If you would like to setup an interview, cooking segment and/or speaking engagement with Darnell “Super Chef” Ferguson, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Louisville Health Department announce another Hepatitis A virus case at a local restaurant

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Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Louisville

(Louisville, KY)  Tonight, just after 9:00 pm the Louisville Metro Health Department released the following information in regards to a new Hepatitis A virus case.

Here’s what they are releasing:  “An employee at the Applebee’s restaurant located at 4717 Dixie Highway has been diagnosed with acute hepatitis A. As a result, customers who ate at the restaurant from March 23 to April 12, 2018 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus.”

It takes about 15 to 50 days after a person is exposed it the virus. People normally has symptoms of fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). If you are experiencing any of their symptoms Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention.

Hepatitis A is usually transmitted by putting something in your mouth such as an object, food or drink, which has been in contact with the feces of an infected person.

The Department of Public Health and Wellness recommends anyone working in the hospitality industry, particularly those who serve or prepare food and beverages, protect themselves and others by getting the hepatitis A vaccine. The independent business owners of the Applebee’s restaurants in the state of Kentucky as well as surrounding markets in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee will provide free Hepatitis A vaccinations to their employees.

For more information about hepatitis A visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/health-wellness/hepatitis or CDC.gov.

If you have a story idea, send it to Sherlene Shanklin at the411@whas11.com.  You can follow me on Twitter @sherlenemediapr and Instagram @Sherlenemediapro.

 

 

The VIPP Report: Two more people working in the food industry diagnosed with Hepatitis A in Louisville

The Louisville Metro Health Department just released that two additional businesses have an employee working in local food service establishments have been diagnosed with Hepatitis A.

Here’s the information they just released:

  • An employee of the Kroger store at 520 N 35th St. Customers who shopped at the store from March 2-19 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus.
  • An employee of Sarino restaurant at 1030 Goss Ave. Customers who ate at the restaurant from February 24 through March 15 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus.

Symptoms of hepatitis A are fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). People can become ill 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus. Customers experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention.

Hepatitis A is usually transmitted by putting something in your mouth such as an object, food or drink, which has been in contact with the feces of an infected person. In November, the Kentucky Department for Public Health declared a statewide hepatitis A outbreak. To date there have been 159 cases diagnosed in Louisville.

“The best ways to prevent hepatitis A infection are to get vaccinated and to practice good hand washing,” said Dr. Lori Caloia, medical director. “Washing your hands thoroughly and often with warm water and soap, especially before preparing meals or eating, after using the bathroom or changing a diaper is a proven way to prevent the spread of diseases. Hand sanitizer is not effective against hepatitis A.”

“We are vaccinating employees at both locations to protect them and prevent the further spread of the disease,” added Dr. Caloia. “And Kroger is donating 100 doses of the vaccine to assist with curtailing the outbreak. We encourage other businesses to either donate vaccine or immunize their employees against hepatitis A,” said Dr. Caloia.

“As we approach a very fun and busy spring season in Louisville,” Caloia added, “we are encouraging all food service establishments to be vigilant in emphasizing good hygiene and sanitation practices. We also encourage food service workers to get vaccinated.”

People who wish to get the hepatitis A vaccine should see their doctor or primary care provider. The vaccine is also available at Kroger Little Clinics and pharmacies, as well as Walgreens, Rite Aid and the University of Louisville Pharmacy, 550 S. Jackson St. The hepatitis A vaccination is covered by most insurance plans.

Food service establishments wishing to provide hepatitis A vaccine for their employees can contact Dr. Ruth Carrico at the University of Louisville Global Health Center at 502-852-1324. You can pay for and designate vaccine for your employees at their walk-in clinic, or, if you have 20 or more employees, the clinic nurses can come to your site.

For more information on hepatitis A visit https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/afaq.htm.

The VIPP Report: Metro Disability Coalition continues to “Break Barriers” in the community

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In their annual celebration they will recognize supporters & “shine” a spotlight on some unsung heroes

 (Louisville, KY) The Metro Disability Coalition invites you to attend their 18th Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards on Monday, March 19th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Rudd Heart and Lung Center, 201 Abraham Flexner Way. There will be a reception at 5:00 pm to meet honorees and special guests.

The awards ceremony will honor community service workers, educators and youth who go above and beyond the call of duty to assist those in need. The Jefferson County Public Schools, (JCPS) student and teacher award winners are:

Elementary School Student: Paul Clark       Elementary School Teacher: Ms. Deanna LeFan

Middle School Student: Zackary Estridge    Middle School Teacher: Ms. Joan Allen

High School Student: Katherine Teston        High School Teacher: Ms. Melanie Guillerman

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Billy Wright and the Merit Award will be presented to Josiah Johnson.

There will also be a presentation for Certificate of Merit and Image Award Certificate winners.

The Certificate of Merit winners are:  Linda Irvin, Ed Price, Michael White

Image Award Certificate winners are:  Eric French, Vitalis Lanshima, Tracey Thompson

This year’s keynote speaker will be Herb Henry.  The owner of Competitors Edge Enterprise, a sports apparel company and current member of the Louisville Spokes & Spires, a local wheelchair basketball team.  The former University of Louisville football player was shot twice in 1992 at the age of 18 at a party. One bullet hit near his lung and the other near his spine, paralyzing Henry.  It took Henry many years to adjust and find his next calling.  He put the football down and picked up a basketball and started to play wheelchair basketball.  Motivating himself to move forward while inspiring many who still wanted to compete and had that competitor’s edge.

The Metro Disability Coalition is an organization of individuals and agencies in Louisville, KY who advocate for those with disabilities to have a better quality of life.  The 501c (3) organization was established in 2001.

In 2017, at the 17th annual awards ceremony Marques Maybin, ESPN Louisville radio show host and former University of Louisville basketball star was their keynote speaker.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marcellus Mayes by calling 502-774-8993 or Ronel McCombs at 502-836-1245

If you would like to setup an interview with a member of the Metro Disability Coalition and/or our keynote speaker for the 18th Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards held on Monday, March 19th at the Rudd Heart and Lung Center please contact VIPP Communications at 502-582-7716 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

The VIPP Report: LA Rams Right Guard Jamon Brown tees off in Louisville for a golf scramble benefiting the Coalition for the Homeless

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(Louisville, KY) NFL star and Louisville native Jamon Brown, announces that he will create several signature events during his off-season, to support his hometown through his non-profit J.Brown Foundation. First on the calendar, is the inaugural Jamon Brown Foundation Celebrity Golf Scramble, in partnership with the Coalition for the Homeless.

The scramble will take place Monday, April 9th at Lake Forest Country Club. Registration will begin at 10:30 am sharp, and at 11:00 am Mayor Greg Fischer will kick-off the event with a welcome. Shortly after, those in attendance will have the unique opportunity to meet and greet former U of L and UK Legends, and other notable celebrities. There will be a 1:00 pm shotgun start.

We are receiving local and national Celebrity confirmations daily, and are happy to announce the following special guests joining Brown in attendance: Hall of Fame and former UofL Head Coach Denny Crum; 2000 Super Bowl Champion and former UofL star quarterback Chris Redman; 2013 NCAA Champions Russ Smith and Luke Hancock; UK basketball legend Jack “Goose” Givens; and NFL Super Bowl Champion and UK football star Jared Lorenzen, to name a few. Additional names will be released in the coming weeks.

One of the highlights of this event, is that celebrity guests will be auctioned off to golf with the highest bidding team! Those that are interested, will have an opportunity to golf with their favorite sports legend.

Jamon Brown says “Anytime that I can get home and help my community that’s what I’m going to do. When you look at the statistics of homelessness in Louisville, many are my age or a little younger, and it causes me to stop and think that we all could be in that situation. So, if I can help just one person get back on track, we have accomplished our goal.”

Brown attended Fern Creek High School in Louisville, KY. He received a scholarship to the University of Louisville, and played football from 2011 to the 2014 season, under Coaches Charlie Strong and Bobby Petrino respectively. He was an offensive line starter on the 2013 Sugar Bowl Champion Team. Brown was then picked in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft by the St. Louis and now Los Angeles Rams. This past season, he started all 16 games as their right guard, helping to lead the way for 2017 NFL Offensive MVP, Todd Gurley.

To Register your team of four ($600), or to register individually ($150), please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jamon-brown-celebrity-golf-scramble-tickets-43621584333.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Danny Mosby at Danny.mosby@gmail.com or Sherlene Shanklin at info@vippcommuications.com. This event is planned and organized by Rising Tide Events, and is one that you do not want to miss! Expertise provided by Jason Kemelgor and MyLendingRate.com-a J Brown Foundation partner.

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About JBrown Foundation

Our mission is to impact the lives of those struggling with Poverty, Violence, and Youth Homelessness, and to improve upon the Education and Healthy Living issues that are typically prevalent in at risk areas, while influencing others to do the same. To donate go to JBrownFoundation.com.  Follow us on Facebook JBrown Foundation, Twitter: JB_The_GREAT_68 and Instagram: JB_The_GREAT_68. “Setting our Foundation one block at a time.”

About the Coalition for the Homeless

The Coalition for the Homeless, located at 1300 S. 4th Street, Suite 250, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to prevent and eliminate homelessness in Louisville. The Coalition has a three-pronged approach to this mission: advocacy, education, and coordination of their 30+ member agencies who provide a variety of services to the homeless throughout the city. For more information, visit http://www.louhomeless.org, call (502) 636-9550, or find The Coalition for the Homeless on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LouHomeless or on Twitter @louhomeless

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The VIPP Report: An associate at a Kroger Store in Louisville diagnosed with Hepatitis A virus

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By Sherlene Shanklin

Tonight, Kroger Stores released that one of their employees has the Hepatitis A virus.  The store in question is located at 4915 Dixie Hwy in Louisville? This is what i know.  An associate at that store has been diagnosed with the Hepatitis A virus. While infected, this associate worked at the store in February in the produce department. As a result, some customers who visited the store and shopped the produce section from February 4 to February 28 may be at risk of exposure to the Hepatitis A virus. 

Any produce purchased during that time from that Kroger should be discarded. Customers and others who may have consumed that produce should be familiar with the symptoms of Hepatitis A and seek medical attention, if needed. Kroger is cooperating fully with local and state health officials to identify associates and customers who may be at risk for infection.

Kroger released the following:

Kroger is committed to the health and well-being of all of our associates and customers.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis A is a self-limited disease that does not result in chronic infection. Most adults with hepatitis A have symptoms, including fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice, that usually resolve within 2 months of infection; most children less than 6 years of age do not have symptoms or have an unrecognized infection. Antibodies produced in response to hepatitis A infection last for life and protect against reinfection. The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is to get vaccinated.” Customers who may have been exposed are encouraged to visit www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav for more information.

I pulled up the CDC link for you and this is what you need to watch out for in regards to symptoms.

  • Hepatitis A can have an abrupt onset of symptoms that can include:
    • fever
    • fatigue
    • loss of appetite
    • nausea
    • abdominal discomfort
    • dark urine
    • yellowing of the skin and eyes
    • pale colored stools
    • and joint pain
  • People with hepatitis A virus infection may not have any signs or symptoms of the disease.
  • Older people are more likely to have symptoms than children.
  • About 70 percent of children younger than 6 who are infected have no symptoms.
  • In adults and older children, most infections are accompanied by symptoms and more than 70 percent of those cases include yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice).
  • Signs and symptoms usually last fewer than 2 months, although some people have prolonged or relapsing disease lasting as long as 6 months.  Relapsing disease is usually less severe.
  • There is no chronic form of hepatitis A.

Note-some of them sound like flu-like symptoms so watch them closely if you have them.

According to the CDC-A blood test is needed to diagnose Hepatitis A.  Talk to your doctor of someone from your local health department if you suspect that you have been exposed.

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The VIPP Report: Trayvon Martin’s mother will speak in Louisville for their Black Family Conference

Conference named in honor of Dr. Joseph McMillan

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By Sherlene Shanklin

February marks African American History Month. It’s a time to recognize those who worked tirelessly to break barriers when it was unacceptable and not well received to advance to achieve.

The Dr. Joseph McMillan National Conference on the Black Family in America will convene in Louisville on Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 to celebrate the achievements and to acknowledge, discuss and to put words into action that there are still disparities that people of color still need to overcome.

The conference will be held at the Louisville Central Community Center, (LCCC). This year’s theme, “Elevating the Health and Safety of the Black Family and Community”.  The mother of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton will be the keynote speaker for the brunch.  Trayvon’s case sparked national conversation and protests with the concerns of racism, gun violence, stereotyping to profiling.

In February of 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon was walking back from a convenience store in Sanford, Florida after purchasing candy and something to drink.  He encountered George Zimmerman.  He said that he killed the teen in self-defense after a scuffle. Zimmerman saw Martin in the neighborhood and did not recognize him so he called police.

According to Zimmerman, the neighborhood had several robberies and he thought Martin was a suspect.  After, contacting police he got into an altercation with the teen and shot Trayvon in the chest.

Initially, Zimmerman was not charged because police said there was no evidence but due to the national media coverage Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter but later acquitted by a jury in 2013.

Trayvon Martin would have been 23 years old today, (Feb. 5th).

For additional information on the Dr. Joseph McMillan National Conference on the Black Family in America call 502-852-6656 or by email at efc@louisville.edu.  Also, here’s a link to their Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/45th-dr-mcmillan-national-conference-on-the-black-family-in-america-tickets-39782139450.

Promo video for the conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_j8EjXC2Aw&app=desktop

If you have a story idea, send it to thevippreport@vippcommunications.com.  Follow us on Twitter @thevippreport @vippcomm.

 

 

The VIPP Report: Ring in the New Year in a “SUPER” Way

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Let your “last supper” of the year be at Superchefs

(Louisville, KY) We’re in countdown mode to see 2017 to come an end.  As part of Superchef’s New Year’s Eve Celebration we invite you to Superchef’s Final Dinner Service. You get to enjoy a five-course meal, “Chef’s Whim”, alcohol pairings and then a champagne toast at midnight for $100 per person.

The celebration begins at 9:00 pm and ends shortly after the ball drops at 12:30 am. You can come alone or bring a date.  We guarantee you will have a good time and end your year with great food, fellowship and fun atmosphere.

If you are interested in attending the “Last Supper”, please call and make reservations because seating is limited and you don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to eat a variety of delectable dishes from one of the industry’s top chefs, Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson and his dynamic team.

Darnell says “I’m really excited about our final dinner service.  It signifies the ending of one endeavor but it’s also represents the beginning of something new.  We all need a fresh start, so why not bring in 2018 around friends while enjoying the “Super Chef” experience.”

The author of “Knowing is half the fight…Cooking is the other” will share with his guests what’s ahead for the restaurant and opportunities that will give him more visibility not only in Louisville but nationally.

Super Chefs located at 1702 Bardstown Road in the heart of the Highlands.  To reserve your seat you can call 502-409-8103 or by going to www.eatsuperchefs.com/.

We would love the opportunity to have Darnell “Super Chef” Ferguson on your show.  He can discuss the “Last Supper”, Superchef’s new lunch delivery service and/or his book while preparing one of his famous dishes in studio or by doing a live shot from his kitchen please contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Superchefs add a new service and it caters to their busy customers

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(Louisville, KY) Have you ever got so busy that you didn’t have time to stop for lunch? You are not alone. Also, many have good intentions of eating leftovers but once you get them to work you just can’t bring yourself to eat them.  So, after many requests and inquiries, Darnell “SuperChef” Ferguson has decided to add a lunch delivery service.  All you have to do is call in your order and/or go to their website to place your order.  While you continue to work, Superchefs will prepare your order from their specialized menu created by Superchef and bring it to your office.

The food will be made fresh daily with a protein, starch and vegetable. There’s also a dietary menu with no sodium, sugar, carbs or gluten free.  As well as offering vegetarian meals.   You don’t have to stand in line nor sit in a drive thru to eat fast food.  The lunch delivery service is affordable and there’s no delivery fee.

Just think about it.  For five-days you can eat a healthy meal for only $60.  For that price, there’s a minimum of three days.  If a group of 15 choses this healthy alternative their cost is only $50 with a minimum of three days. Darnell “SuperChef” Ferguson also says “You will never eat the same thing more than twice a month.  This is an enhanced version of food prep service. We make it daily. Let me help you stick to your resolutions when it comes to eating healthier and dietary/weight loss goals. It’s like having your own private chef.”

Super Chefs located at 1702 Bardstown Road.  To reserve your lunch delivery service, you can call 502-409-8103 or by going to www.eatsuperchefs.com/.

To setup an interview with Darnell “Super Chef” Ferguson please contact VIPP Communications by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

VIPP Communications is your one-stop public relations, marketing, branding, audio/video production firm located in Louisville,KY.  To learn more about our services and/or to book Superchef contact us at booking@vippcommunications.com.

The VIPP Report: Holiday Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market

THE FLEUR DE FLEA VINTAGE AND HANDMADE HOLIDAY MARKET PARTNERS UP WITH THE KENTUCKY CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE ON DECEMBER 9TH WITH OVER 100 LOCAL VENDORS NESTLED AMNONGST SOME OF LOUISVILLE’S GREATEST HISTORY

(Louisville, KY) Tis the Season to be Jolly and Shop local!  We are in countdown mode for Christmas and many have not purchased one gift and now you’re thinking to yourself “How will I get it all done in time?”  We have the perfect one-stop shop with over 100 vendors under one roof.  It’s the Holiday Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market on Saturday, December 9th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

The Holiday Fleur de Flea will have vendors from all over Kentucky and Southern Indiana selling everything from handmade items, vintage holiday, collectibles, repurposed, to recycled plus so much more.  There will be gift ideas for even the hardest to shop for loved one.

There will also be plenty of food for you to enjoy. Food trucks will be on site plus a holiday bar with festive drinks.  If you’ve never visited KCAAH, this is a wonderful time to learn more about their history and see their displays along with shopping.  There’s also plenty of parking in the rear of the venue for your convenience.

Admission for the Holiday Fleur de Flea is only $3.00.  In turn, the proceeds will go to KCAAH’s new January 2018 exhibit “Imagine Peace Now.”  Artists from all over the world constructed this exhibit by taking nearly 80 guns off the streets used in violence and recycled them into art.  KCAAH will release additional information about the exhibit in the coming weeks.

Avoid the malls and shop local to support area business by attending the Holiday Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market on Saturday, December 9th at KCAAH from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  If you would like to set up an interview and/or to cover the event please contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.comVintagdeUrbanMarket

The VIPP Report: Bringing awareness and the services of the Metro Disability Coalition

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METRO DISABILITY COALITION CONTINUES TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS TO ASSIST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

The Metro Disability Coalition works tirelessly in the community to help move toward a fully accessible community for all disabled individuals.

From developing confidence to independence the Metro disability Coalition is an organization of individuals and agencies in Louisville, KY who assist those with disabilities a better quality of life.  The 501c(3) organization was established in 2001.

In March of each year, we host the Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards.  The ceremony gives us a chance to say thank you people for their commitment, recognize educators, healthcare, service, community and youth organizations for their desire to enrich the lives of gifted and talented students.

In 2017, at the 17th annual awards ceremony former University of Louisville basketball star Marques Maybin was our keynote speaker.  He played for the Cardinals from 1997 to 2001.  In 2003, he was in a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Clarksville, TN.  Maybin was paralyzed from the waist down.  He passionately spoke to the audience about his setback but also how he was able to achieve and get back to his day to day routine while adjusting to being in a wheelchair. Now, he’s one of the top on-air radio personalities for ESPN Louisville.

If you would like to support Metro Disability Coalition and/or be a sponsor for the 18th Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards please contact Marcellus Mayes by calling 502-774-8993 or Ronel McCombs at 502-836-1245.

If you would like to setup an interview, call VIPP Communications at 502-582-7716 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

 

 

The VIPP Report: Birdgang Brand Apparel announces former Cardinal and LA Ram Jamon Brown to their Louisville Legends Series

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(Louisville, KY) The University of Louisville Football Team started their season with a win against former UofL star Jeff Brohm’s scrappy Purdue Boilermaker team. Consequently, we are now just days away from the kick off of the National Football League (NFL) season as well!  This time of year, and the excitement behind both football seasons, make it the perfect time for Louisville-based Birdgang Brand Clothing, to add to its “Louisville Legends” Series. This specific line of clothing, which Birdgang introduced with Super Bowl 39 MVP Deion Branch as its initial athlete, was created out of respect and love for former UofL greats, their contribution to the University, as well as for the fans of these particular past players. Added to this very prestigious list, is Louisville’s “Home Grown” Jamon Brown!

Jamon starred at Louisville’s Fern Creek High School, The University of Louisville, and is now the starting right guard for the Los Angeles Rams, clearing the way on the line of scrimmage for 2015 NFL Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley. “SACRIFICE” is the exclusive design that Jamon and Birdgang Brand brainstormed about, the one word that embodies the life and career of an offensive lineman! Or? Maybe it embodies the life of an at home mom, or an awesome front line employee that gets little recognition? Or? Maybe it embodies the life of our military men and women, that give their lives freely on a daily basis! Or? Maybe our first responders to situations like Hurricane Harvey-the men and women that run into disastrous situations, while others look or run away. Or? Maybe it’s our at-risk youth, of which Jamon is very active through his JBrown Foundation, and teaching them that SACRIFICE breeds success. Whichever it is, this design fits the mold of anyone that has given their time and energy, seeking very little in return.

“The sacrifice shirt really speaks for itself,” says Jamon. “Being an offensive lineman, you’re constantly making sacrifices! You are consistently the least recognized but are a part of the bigger goal, and take on some of the biggest responsibilities, in the process of building success. This design takes you into the perspective of an offensive lineman, and others making sacrifices! For me, it’s just the selfless attitude that I have, and I think many lineman like myself have as well. So, the words and phrases of this shirt, puts you in the shoes of an individual that puts the TEAM, before themselves. The ultimate Sacrifice!”

The exclusive “Sacrifice” Design will go on sale this Friday for a limited time only and is in high demand, as a portion of the proceeds will benefit The JBrown Foundation. The Foundation has a focus on our “At Risk” Youth in Louisville and abroad, and helping them to realize their fullest potential, with an end-goal of influencing them, and others to be givers. The link below is equipped with the pricing details of the shirt. There’s also a direct path (toward the middle of the page once the link is opened), to the JBrown Foundation for those that want to donate directly, and stay abreast with the happenings of the Foundation.  If you would like to purchase the “Sacrifice” design we’ve provided the following link: https://birdgangpledge.ignitecx.com/sacrifice.

To setup an interview with Jamon Brown and/or members of Birdgang Brand Clothing please contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.  To learn more about Birdgang Brand visit www.wearebirdgang.com.

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Please note-This Saturday, (September 9th) Birdgang Brand/Cardinal Phone Repair will be having its first “Game Watch Party” at their new store this Saturday, Kicking off at 1030am with Cornhole and other tailgating activities before the Noon game time vs UNC. 2948 Yorkshire Blvd at the Intersection of Taylorsville Rd and Breckinridge Lane in Hikes Point. Jamon Brown “Sacrifice” shirts can be Pre-ordered at the Game Watch Party as well. Event sponsored by The JBrown Foundation.

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The VIPP Report: Hit stage play “My War Wounds”announces encore performance

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: STAGE PLAY BRINGS AWARENESS TO TWO MAJOR HEALTH ISSUES AND THE EFFECTS IT HAS ON PATIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS

Lexington, KY— In the hit stage play, My War Wounds, playwright and visionary, Leslie Pryor highlights the warning signs, symptoms and struggles of individuals with brain tumors, as well as the struggles and symptoms of a disease many families know all too well—breast cancer. After so much open dialogue the stage play became a resource tool for some 1200 people.

There will be an encore presentation of My War Wounds on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center, 300 E Third St, Lexington KY 40508. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.  We are excited to announce that comedian Laronda Clay will be our show’s host and saxophonist Benny J will perform during the evening. There will be vendors, plenty of food, a photographer to capture special moments, door prizes and plenty of information about breast cancer for organizations on location in case our guests have any questions.

Headaches, nausea, blurred or double vision, dizziness, trouble walking all could be something minor or symptoms to something so much bigger. So, when 13-year-old Alijah Owens started experiencing migraines and falling down at school without warning, he knew something was wrong. Soon, his eyes turned red and glossy, his face became disfigured and his hearing declined.

Initially, doctors misdiagnosed it as an allergy or vertigo but unfortunately Alijah had a massive brain tumor.  Parents at this point, normally have more questions than answers when they get the diagnosis.  For Alijah and his family, it resulted in more than 30 hours of surgery, months of therapy and having to learn to walk all over again. He was literally in a fight—a war—for his life.

According to the American Brain Tumor Association, brain tumors are the most common form of tumors among children under the age of 25 and represent 20% of all childhood cancers.  Many have no idea of these statistics until after the diagnosis is given.

My War Wounds, is a true testament of never knowing what a person is dealing with when they are not at school, church and/or work.  Many suffer in silence and have no outlet to relieve their stress and anxiety which many times can be misdirected.  This inspirational story of courage and fear, love and hate is sure to take audience members on an emotional roller coaster they’ll never forget. When a mother, who is facing her own share of health challenges, is confronted with a life-threatening sickness of her daughter, will she keep the faith or let her family be ripped to shreds?

A portion of the proceeds will support the American Cancer Society; General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. VIP tickets $35 with preferred seating in advance. Group rates for 15 or more people. To purchase tickets, visit Lexingtonlyric.com online.  Processing fees not included.  For more information or media interviews, email LesliePryorProductions@gmail.com or call 502.414.4104.

The encore presentation was made possible due to the support of the Arts Council of Louisville and House of Prayer Church.

To setup an interview with Ms. Leslie Pryor and cast members please contact Sherlene Shanklin at 502-295-0435 or by emailing sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

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 Established in 2012, Leslie Pryor Productions was formed as a result of a layoff and a prayer. As a faith-based company, Leslie Pryor Productions believes in giving back to the community at large while educating and entertaining through life-changing productions. Productions to date include, Struggles I Have Been Through, Twists and Turns of Faith and the hit stage play, My War Wounds.

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The VIPP Report: The “Showdown” takes place on the basketball court bringing “All Stars” to the hardwood to support area youth and Hurricane Harvey victims

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(Louisville, KY) It’s all about the bragging rights in the All-Star Showdown 2017 on Sunday, September 3rd at Old Male High School Gym, 911 S. Brook Street (corner of Brook and Breckenridge). Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for youth 12 and under.

At 3:00 p.m. there will be a championship league game.  So, the East End Team of Louisville, Lou-Ville Champs will go up against the Buffalo All Star Pro Team from Lexington coached by 1978 NCAA Champion and Kentucky Wildcat James Lee.  It’s the battle for bragging rights.  During halftime fans, will get to enjoy a dunk contest.  You need to be in attendance to see the unbelievable dunks that will be attempted.

You will get your money’s worth with this event.  A second game has been added.  It’s the All-Star Game featuring former NBA & NCAA champion for the Kentucky Wildcats Derek Anderson, former Louisville Cardinals stars BJ Flynn, Nate Johnson and Alvin Sims will participate in the game. We’ve also confirmed that two Louisville Metro Police Officers Joplin Johnson and Thomas Coleman will play in this game. Louisville native and NBA star D’Angelo Russell graciously sponsored the official All Star Showdown Nike uniforms for the 5pm game.

Two former University of Louisville athletes Tony Williams and Mario Urrutia along with their dynamic teams created this concept to give back to the youth in the community.  Williams played 10 years in the European professional basketball league and works tirelessly to assist the youth in the community.  After playing for the Cardinals, Urrutia played in the NFL and currently helps other youth seeking the same success by developing them at the Super Student Athletes, LIFE Center. They provide guidance both on and off the football field.    Throughout the day, you will see youth be showcased in various ways so they can be exposed to positive figures in the community.

You will also get to see Kentucky State University’s Marching Band. They will travel from Frankfort to be a part of the game. There will be a step show during the HBCU halftime explosion.

This event is for the sharp shooters because there will be a Montgomery Chevrolet 3 Point Contest. Former Harlem Globetrotter, Dirt Bowl legend and Louisville native Gerald Gray will participate in Beat the Pro Challenge.

There will even be a $1,000 Lawyer for the City Half Court Long Shot Challenge sponsored by Attorney Brandon Lawrence.

This family friendly event will not only recognize the youth in the community but due to Hurricane Harvey, organizers felt the need to assist with aid by holding a moment of silence at the start of the game and introducing Derek Anderson’s AOK Foundation for hurricane relief fund and explain how you can help throughout the event.  Organizers have family and friends affected and want to let them know they care.

The response has been overwhelming when it comes to giving back.  We would like to thank some 30 sponsors that made this event which include Denny & Susan Crum, Bias Tilford Jr., Beargrass Missionary Church & Iron Sharpens Men’s Church Group, UPS Store St. Matthews Woodlawn Plaza, Derby Oil-Man, Lawrence “Red” Herring, Parkland Laundry, Media-Pros, Wade Houston and Frank Minnifield and family.

All four of the urban radio outlets in the area have agreed to be a part of the event by hosting different hours throughout the day.  B96, 93.1 The Beat, WLOU/104.7 and 107.9 The Beat in Lexington will all broadcast from the event.  There will be on-site interviews with KySports.TV. They will also live stream the games. To keep the activities moving Mario Martin of “The Mario Show” will be the emcee for the day.

Members of the Aspire Academy, which features some of the top high school prospects in the country will be in attendance. Hoops for Christ Philip Morrison will do a dribble dance routine with youth on the court.  With all this fun, you will get hungry so we have the 502 Café food truck serving food just outside the door.

If you would like to setup an interview with Tony Williams and Mario Urrutia please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

Crews will be setting up on Friday and Sunday if you would like to do a preview story.  We also invite you to do live shots during our games.  There will be plenty of things going on and we will have coordinators, supporters and players made available to you.

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The VIPP Report: 5th Annual African Heritage Festival kicks off in Louisville on August 25th

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A Celebration of Unity, Art, Culture, & History Across the African Diaspora

The 5th Annual African Heritage Festival will be held in various locations around the city of Louisville Friday, August 25th through Sunday August 27th.  The event celebrates unity, culture, art and history across the African Diaspora.

The festival is hosted by Bridge Kids International, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (KCAAH), the Kentucky Old School Sports Association (KOSSA), HoneyTree Publishing, and Moments to Remember.

The African Heritage Festival is organized by a dynamic team representing a variety of countries and backgrounds. The whole city is invited to this unifying event that will be fun, educational, and certainly full of flavor. Last year’s festival drew approximately 2000 participants, and with this year’s new additions, we only anticipate that the celebration will continue to grow.

Opening Ceremony — Friday, August 25th – Kentucky Center for African American Heritage:

Opening Ceremony will kick off the weekend with a reception and program honoring African heritage, culture, history and art.

Festival Day — Saturday, August 26th

The African Heritage Festival will be a joyous event for the whole family with great food, music, dance, sports, theater, fashion, cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, resources for healthy living and so much more. What a great way to honor African, African-American and Caribbean cultures in Louisville and add to the revitalization efforts in the historic Russell neighborhood. All activities are free and open to the public. Some highlights include:

  • 8:00am: Soccer Tournament Begins – Champions Park, 2050 River Road soccer tournament held at Champions Park, organized by KOSSA, featuring 10 teams from at least 5 states with players representing 20 countries of origin
  • 10:00am:  Parade Begins – a parade of marching bands, dance teams, bicycle groups, community organizations and more down Muhammad Ali Blvd. starting at 9th Street and ending at 18th Street where the festival will take place in front of the KCAAH
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: the widely beloved Books & Breakfast!
  • 11:00am: Festival activities begin and will feature live entertainment, “Under the Story Tree” storytelling fest, and other children’s activities. Food, merchandise and informational vendors from across the city and the surrounding region will be in attendance.
  • 12:00pm: Basketball tournament begins – a street basketball tournament presented by KOSSA and the organizers of the Dirt Bowl
  • 12:00pm – 5:00pm: A how-to fair with community members teaching useful and fun things
  • 7:00pm: Festival ends

 Sunday, August 27th – Invoke… Called by the Ancestors (performance begins 2:30 pm)

This year, we are excited to announce that a third day will be incorporated into the festival! Please come out on Sunday, August 27th for “Invoke … Called by the Ancestors” performed by Sankofa Dance Theater. The Baltimore based dance company presents world-class, authentic African art in the form of dance, music, and folkways for national and international audiences. Sankofa Dance Theater’s work is rooted in healing and bringing intercultural understanding to the global village while staying true to the definition of the word “Sankofa” — which means to learn from the past in an effort to build for the future. The show will begin promptly at 2:30pm and will feature a special appearance by spoken word artists Hannah Drake and Tytianna Wells smith –performing A Mother’s Tears. Tickets for Sunday’s are available on Eventbrite and at Better Days Records West (Lyles Mall). Proceeds will go towards the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. We would like to thank The Brown Forman Foundation, The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureaus, and Metro Louisville for sponsoring this event, and their dedication to making world renowned talent accessible to the larger community.

The African Heritage Festival was founded in 2013 when Bridge Kids International approached KCAAH about hosting the event at the Center as a way to build relationships among and celebrate Louisville’s African Diaspora. In four years, the event has grown from a mostly indoor event to a street festival and has more than doubled in size. Bridge Kids continues to coordinate the overall planning, but the African Heritage Festival has truly become the pride of all of the presenting organizations, planning committee, participants and volunteers.

Bridge Kids International is a Louisville, KY based global non-profit organization helping young people of Africa and the African Diaspora, aged 13-25, unleash their social entrepreneurial spirits to solve economic development, education, environmental, girls’ rights, and health challenges and build sustainable communities.  Bridge Kids operates from a belief that the interaction between culture, community, and connection leads to healing, restoration, and the evolution of individuals and communities.  BKI is rooted in African heritage culture, works to build communities that nurture young people, and seeks to strengthen relationships across Africa and the African Diaspora. Bridge Kids currently operates in 6 countries – Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal and the USA.

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage’s (KCAAH) mission is to enhance the public’s knowledge about the history, heritage and cultural contributions of African Americans in Kentucky. In addition to its commitment to preserving the traditions and accomplishments of the past, the Center is a vital, contemporary institution, providing space for cultural programs, exhibitions and performances of all types. KCAAH’s brand is “One More River to Cross,” a history examined through Kentucky stories about African American history from its African origins through the Freedom Struggle against slavery and Jim Crow laws, to the modern Civil and Human Rights Movements in the 20th century.

 

 

 

 

The VIPP Report: Entrepreneur & Television personality adds author to his title with the release of his new book

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“KNOWING IS HALF THE FIGHT…COOKING IS THE OTHER.”


(Louisville, KY) Have you even seen the Louisville entrepreneur and owner of one of the most notable restaurants in Louisville do anything on a small scale?  Your answer is likely “no” because he does everything in a big way or should we say “supersized”?  Darnell “Super Chef” Ferguson releases his new book entitled “Knowing is half the fight…Cooking is the other”.  It’s the brainchild of Super Chef when he was in culinary school.  Fast-forward several years later with a successful business and frequent appearances on several national cooking shows this was the perfect time to finish the project.

Ferguson says “When you read my book, it will give you healthy cooking tips, smart serving sizes to assist with portion control and mental food tips.  When customers come into my restaurant they always stop me and ask general questions about food, preparation and dieting so I put many of the answers in the book.  Knowing is half the fight. I hope when you read it that you will have several “I didn’t know that moments.”

You can pick up an autographed copy of the book at Super Chefs located at 1702 Bardstown Road.  You can also purchase your books online at http://eatsuperchefs.com/ and/or www.iamsuperchef.com.

If you would like to setup an interview and/or a cooking segment with Darnell “Super Chef” Ferguson, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com

 

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The VIPP Report: Darnell “SuperChef” Ferguson host first book signing on one year anniversary of his new restaurant

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ENTREPRENEUR & TELEVISION PERSONALITY ADDS AUTHOR TO HIS TITLE WITH THE RELEASE OF HIS NEW BOOK “KNOWING IS HALF THE FIGHT…COOKING IS THE OTHER.”

(Louisville, KY) Have you even seen the Louisville entrepreneur and owner of one of the most notable restaurants in Louisville do anything on a small scale?  Your answer is likely “no” because he does everything in a big way or should we say “supersized”?  Darnell “Super Chef” Ferguson releases his new book on the one year anniversary of the opening of his restaurant Super Chefs. On Saturday, July 15th, Darnell and his Super Chef team will celebrate overcoming obstacles from fire to flood but their faith is what got them to see this day.

At 11:00 am Darnell will host a book launch & signing session of his book entitled “Knowing is half the fight…Cooking is the other”.  This was the brainchild of “Super Chef” when he was in culinary school.  Fast-forward several years later with a successful business and frequent appearances on several national cooking shows this was the perfect time to finish the project.

Ferguson says “When you read my book, it will give you healthy cooking tips, smart serving sizes to assist with portion control and mental food tips.  When customers come into my restaurant they always stop me and ask general questions about food, preparation and dieting so I put many of the answers in the book.  Knowing is half the fight. I hope when you read it that you will have several “I didn’t know that moments.”

We invite you to come taste great food including free appetizers and pick up an autographed copy of the book for $20.00. Breakfast and lunch is served 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Tuesday-Sunday and Dinner is from 5:00 pm to 10:00pm Thursday-Saturday.  Super Chefs located at 1702 Bardstown Road with street parking and convenient parking in the back of the restaurant for customers.

You can also purchase “Knowing is half the fight…Cooking is the other” online at http://eatsuperchefs.com/ and/or www.iamsuperchef.com.

If you would like to setup an interview with Darnell “Super Chef” Ferguson, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: 2-time Super Bowl champ Deion Branch will host Skills & Drills Camp

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FOOTBALL SEASON IS JUST A FEW WEEKS AWAY GET YOUR CHILD READY BY PARTICIPATING IN DEION BRANCH’S SKILLS AND DRILLS CAMP

(Louisville, KY) Former University of Louisville and two-time Super Bowl champ and SB XXXIX MVP Deion Branch returns to Louisville to host his 8th Annual Skills & Drills Football Camp. It will be on Saturday, July 8th at Baptist Health Performance, 12101 Sycamore Station Place.  Registration begins at 8:00 am and the camp is from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The camp is for youth ages 7 to 18.  The registration fee is only $50, which includes:  lunch, goodie bag, t-shirt and personal instruction from Branch and some of his U of L teammates and friends.

Branch says “The DB Foundation really enjoys this camp.  We get to watch young athletes develop their skills.  We’ve watched several players throughout their football season and they’ve excelled and we are excited to see them return to work on another part of their game.  If you’ve never brought your child to the camp, I encourage them to come. Former U of L players will take them through various drills. This camp gives them a chance to learn proper technique, health and wellness plus sportsmanship.”

The proceeds raised during the camp will benefit the Deion Branch Foundation. 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 who have been infected with meningitis.  The DBCF’s mission is to help with research and to find a cure to ease the struggle for children like 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.  For more information on the foundation go to http://www.deionbranchfoundation.org.

If you would like to be a sponsor and/or donate items for goodie bags, please contact William Hicks at 334-507-3632 or Sherlene Shanklin at 502-295-0435.  To register your child for the 8th Annual Skills & Drills Camp go to www.deionbranchfoundation.org and fill out the online registration form.  If you belong to a football league and multiple players would like to participate please have your coach call us so we can offer team discounts.

To setup an interview with Deion Branch about the camp held on Saturday, July 8th, please call Sherlene Shanklin, Branch’s publicist at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen is crowned in Louisville

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(LOUISVILLE, KY) The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant (MKYOT) was held in Louisville May 26-28 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.  On Saturday, May 28th, a panel of judges selected the young lady who will represent Kentucky in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant.

Miss Capital City’s Outstanding Teen, Abigail Quammen was crowned and now she will prepare to represent the Bluegrass. The 17 year- old senior attends Lexington Catholic High School.  She dazzled the judges and the audience with her rendition of “Astonishing”.

Dr. Ashley Anderson, Executive Director, MKYOT Program and her team of pageant professionals will work with Abigail to help prepare her for the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant held July 22nd-29th in Orlando, FL.

The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program celebrated their 20th anniversary of preparing Kentucky women to become strong leaders in their perspective communities. The program continues to exemplify the high standards of scholarship, style, service and success.

To celebrate the accomplishments of the program, 2017 Miss America Savvy Shields was the keynote speaker for the “Meet the Miss American” luncheon where Miss America 2000 and Kentucky native, Heather French Henry served as the emcee.

If you would like to setup an interview and/or schedule an appearance with Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Abigail Quammen or Dr. Anderson please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

About Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant  The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant is an official preliminary of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Organization.  This program is empowering young women through pageantry to develop leadership skills, confidence and achieve their biggest goals in life. MKYOT is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time! The pageant was held May 26th-28th in Louisville, KY at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.  For more information, visit http://www.misskentuckypageant.com.

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The VIPP Report: Super Hoop Basketball Classic Returns To Louisville

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Event will take place Memorial Day weekend

(Louisville, KY) It’s the return of the Super Hoop High School All-Star Seniors Classic.  In the state where players have the reputation of competitive high flying and raining three-pointers from all over the court.  The region’s top players will match up and to measure their skill set before heading to the respective collegiate teams.

On Saturday, May 27th, old school meets new school at Old Male High School located at 911 S. Brook Street.  Starting at 1:00 p.m. various championship veteran players will coach the future all-stars.

There will be a Doctors of Dunk Contest judged by of course some of the legendary sky walkers in this area.  It’s only right for them to judge the next group of stars entering their tight brotherhood of basketball dominance.  If that’s not enough entertainment.  Back by popular demand is the Celebrity All-Star Peace game.  Area celebrities, current and former professionals will lace them up “4 Peace”.

This is a family friendly event, so we did not forget about our young sports fans.  There will be a peewee contest. All peewee participants will receive two Louisville Bats 2017 season tickets.

This classic has seen some of the best when it comes to fundamentally sound players that’s have elevated their skills to winner NBA and NCAA championships. The urban style of the game is quick, streaky with plenty of flair.

The Super Hoop Classic is proud of its alumni like Miami Heat and University of Kentucky champion Derek Anderson,  Kentucky’s High School Sweet 16 Tournament 1997 MVP and a member of Eastern’s championship team Ashley Olinger;  former International league  player, NCAA coach and current high school assistant coach in South Carolina Cypheus Bunton; Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball , Kentucky Boys State Champion and Super Hoop Slam Dunk Champ Jermaine Brown, Dwayne Morton: NBA second round pick to Golden State in 1994, UofL ‘s all-time leader in three-point field goal percentage and Kentucky Mr. Basketball; Anthony Grundy: played in the NBA and Italian League, collegiately he played on North Carolina State and he was a Super Hoop three-point contest champ.  This is just a of the many success stories and we are excited to see the Class of 2017!

If that’s not enough entertainment.  Back by popular demand is the Celebrity All-Star 4

Peace game.  Local celebrities, current and former professionals will lace them up “4 Peace”.  Some past participants; Dr. Kevin Cosby, Scooter McCrary, Kareem Abdul Jr., the late Troy “Esclade” Jackson, Ukari Figgs, Vince Taylor and celebrity guests like Tela, Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Timberland and DJ Kid Capri.

This will be an entertaining and action-packed game with a NBA feel by having neo-soul, R & B and hip hop music playing during the game.

Throughout the game there will be entertainment from performances from all genres of music to spoken word and performances by some of the city’s hottest dance teams.

Legendary sports announcer and the voice of the Dirt Bowl Cornell Bradley will keep the action going with play by play commentary of the games as well as friendly picking on spectators in the stands.

We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the games, entertainment and activities.

Tickets are only $5.00 per person.  If you have additional information about the game, call Barry Tilford at 502-650-3660.

If you would like to setup an interview, please call VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

 

 

The VIPP Report: The Acts of Kindness Gala will honor community leaders and area youth

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(Louisville, KY) It’s the 2nd Annual Acts of Kindness (AOK) Gala.  It will be held on Saturday, July 15th at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center at 8:00 pm.

The gala is a part of the Stamina Foundation, founded by NBA and NCAA champion Derek Anderson.  The foundation was created to empower youth and young adults with the resources and the life skills they need to follow their dreams.  Our first major project is to open the Stamina Academy.  The purpose of the academy is to teach skills to youth both in and out of the school system with the goal of bringing this generation back to life’s basic skills; manners, being respectful to others, self-confidence, self-motivation, and self-education.  The Stamina Foundation is excited to announce that their foundation that demonstrates doing the right thing and volunteerism will honor community leaders and area students for a second year.

The purpose of the AOK Gala is to introduce guest to the academy and how to get those doors open. Also, during the evening you will get to enjoy inspirational stories of this year’s honorees.  Those names will be released the week of the gala.

Derek Anderson says “I want to help the next generation develop mental training which is a vital life skill component.  My goal is to create more leaders and less followers.  I want them to be able to have the will power to standup for what’s right.  In turn, it becomes infectious and others will follow suit. Let’s SHOW them how GREAT they can become and to let them know that “Everything will be AOK”.

The black tie optional event will be July 15th with a “Meet & Greet” at 7:00 pm and Dinner at 8:00 pm.  Single tickets are $150 and couple tickets are $250. To purchase tickets and/or donate go to www.staminafd.com.

If you would like to setup an interview (in-studio/by phone) with Derek Anderson Sr. please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Superchef adds television host to his resume with a live studio audience which will be filmed in Louisville

 

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(Louisville, KY) You’ve seen him on numerous national and cable cooking programs from Rachel Ray, Food Network, HLN, to the Cooking Channel as a guest.  Now, Darnell “SuperChef” Ferguson will host his own one hour television special.

SuperChefs Live will be filmed on Friday, May 19th from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Sullivan University with a live studio audience.  During the cooking show SuperChef will make a delectable pizza parfait.  He will also have Derek Anderson, NBA & NCAA champion, author and entrepreneur as one of his guest.  The culinary event with tastings of creative cooking demos, music and inspiration.

SuperChef says “I always wanted to have my own show.  This is a pilot show and it will launch several things for me including my new book “of “Knowing Is half the fight…Cooking is the other”.  I’m humbled each and every day by the support I’m receiving. Stay tuned for future announcements that I’m excited to share with you.”

We invite you to be a part of the studio audience, tickets are only $75 per person which includes cocktails, an autographed copy of Darnell “SuperChef” Ferguson’s book and seat in the auditorium for the live two hour taping.    Reserve your seat(s) by going to supercheflive@gmail.com and R.S.V.P. (Limited seats available).   Proceeds will benefit Children Shouldn’t Hunger initiative.

If you would like to setup an interview with Darnell “Super Chef” Ferguson, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

Super Chefs located at 1702 Bardstown Road.

Please visit the following sites for additional information:  http://eatsuperchefs.com/ and/or www.iamsuperchef.com.

Reserve your seat today by going to Superchefslive.eventbrite.com.

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The VIPP Report: Former U of L Cardinal Marques Maybin will talk about overcoming barriers at Metro Disabilities awards program

 

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BREAKING BARRIERS SPOTLIGHT AWARDS WILL RECOGNIZE LEADERS IN THE COMMUNITY THAT ASSIST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

The Metro Disability Coalition works tirelessly in the community to assist people with disabilities a better quality of life.  On Monday, March 20th from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Rudd Heart and Lung Center, 201 Abraham Flexner Way it’s the 17th annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards.  The awards ceremony will honor community service workers, educators and youth who go above and beyond the call of duty to assist those in need.

Refreshments will be served prior to the program so guests can network and obtain information from various organizations setup around the room.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Marques Maybin.  Marques is a successful radio sports personality in Louisville.  Prior to having his own show, he played with the University of Louisville’s men’s basketball team as their starting guard from 1997 to 2001.  In 2003, he was in a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Clarksville, TN that paralyzed him from the waist down.

Marcellus Mayes, President for Metro Disability Coalition says “It’s hard to believe we are in the 17th year of this celebration. The event is so special because we get the opportunity to recognize individuals for overcoming obstacles that they refused to call a disability. We will also get to salute and say thank you to those that helped with their independency.”

The Metro Disability Coalition is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised of individuals and agencies in the Louisville Metro area.  The purpose is to give a better quality of life for people with disabilities.

For additional information please contact Marcellus Mayes at 502-774-8993.  If you would like to setup an interview, please call Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.