The VIPP Report: Derby Soundstage 2020 announces concert lineup with T.I. and Megan Thee Stallion co-headlining KY Derby weekend

 

WE’RE AT THE POST WITH THE STALLION AND THE KING OF THE SOUTH PERFORMING AT DERBY SOUNDSTAGE 2020

When hip hop meets Derby two of its hottest stars T.I. and Megan Thee Stallion will be in concert

(Louisville, KY) The Twins Spires at Churchill Downs are always a main attraction when travelling to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby, but this year another duo will also be demanding the attention of Derby-goers. Multi-Grammy award winner T.I. and rising hip-hop superstar Megan Thee Stallion will gallop their way to the Bluegrass State to co-headline Derby Soundstage 2020.  The concert will be held on Thursday, April 30th in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center located at 937 Phillips Lane at 8:00 p.m.

T.I. is an actor and entrepreneur known for his southern rap and ‘Trap Music’ with masterful lyrics. He has a lengthy catalog, which includes Billboard #1 hits like ‘Whatever You Like,’ ‘My Love,’ and ‘Live Your Life,’ just to name a few.

Megan Thee Stallion has skyrocketed to stardom amid the 2019 releases of her first full-length mixed-tape ‘Fever’ and hit song ‘Hot Girl Summer.’ These projects earned her a 2019 BET Hip Hop Award and an MTV Video Music Award. Megan has stamped her reputation as a hit-maker with songs like ‘Simone Says,’ ‘Diamonds,’ and ‘Realer.’

Derby Soundstage is produced by The Livsuite. Tickets start at $50 and go on sale Friday, March 6th at 10am at ticketmaster.com.

To obtain media credentials you must be an accredited media outlet and will need to fill-out a form to enter the concert and be staged in the media section.  To receive consideration contact info@vippcommunications.com

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The VIPP Report: The Stamina Foundation Throws Their “Rose” Into the Kentucky Derby Gala Field

With an over-the-top couture fashion show led by a Project Runway designer and entertainment by a Grammy Award nominated artist the Grandstand Gala is a sure bet

(Louisville, KY) The Stamina Foundation is happy to announce their inaugural Grandstand Gala during Kentucky Derby weekend in Louisville, KY.  As racing fans begin to arrive in the city, they will find out that this event on Thursday, April 30th will set the tone for style influencers trying to make a fashion statement during the Run for the Roses.  The Grandstand Gala will take place at the Kentucky International Convention Center, (KICC) Ballroom at 7:00 p.m. located at 221 S. 4th Street.

The lavish Derby event will have a red-carpet entrance as partygoers enjoy a runway style show featuring Project Runway’s Season 17 and Louisville native Frankie Lewis’, Frankie Lew Demi-Couture Collection.  The designer will debut her summer collection with one of a kind pieces. We will give you an exclusive look periodically showing you the designer working and creating right up until the models hit the runway Derby week.

Frankie Lew Is a demi couture fashion house that specializes in artistic clothing for every occasion. Guests should feel free to be bold and make a statement. Unconventional materials are our favorite because they destroy the limits of fashion and expression. Join us in a night of wearable art and fashion freedom.

Dr. Ashley Anderson, co-founder of the Grandstand Gala understands that the world not only watches the “Run for Roses” but for its unique and bold style. She says “The Kentucky Derby is known across the world for its fashion! This event pays homage to that by tapping Project Runway Designer and Louisville’s own, Frankie Lewis to provide inspiration for attendee attire and by putting designs from artists, designers and boutiques on display in a live fashion exhibition.  We couldn’t be more excited about this event.”

Grammy Award nominated artist Raheem DeVaughn will be the Grandstand Gala’s featured entertainer.  The R&B and Neo Soul artist known as “Radio Raheem” and “The Love King” continues to make great music with hits like “Woman”, “Just Right”, “You”, “Ridiculous” and his latest hit the “Love Reunion” is his seventh studio album entitled by the same name.

The singer/songwriter will take Derby fans through a love experience as we countdown Kentucky Derby 146.  DJ Reggie Reg will provide entertainment throughout the evening.

During the gala, NBA champion and Louisville native Derek Anderson and his wife, entrepreneur and community leader Dr. Ashley Anderson will present this year’s Grandstand Gala 2020 award honorees.  The AOK Inspiration Award will be presented to Allan Houston, former NBA all-star.  The AOK Commitment to the Community Award will be presented to Nicole Hayden, founder of Friends of Nicole 50/50 Mentoring Collaborative, Inc.

Houston, a Louisville native played in the NBA for 12 seasons in which he played for the New York Knicks nine of those seasons. He also won a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.  The two-time NBA all-star shooting guard retired and currently serves as special assistant to the general manager for the Knicks and the general manager of the Westchester Knicks, the Knicks’ G League team.  He’s not being honored for his accomplishments on the court but what he’s done off the court as a humanitarian through the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation and the Allan Houston Mentoring Initiative.  Houston is married to Tamara Houston and they have seven children.

Hayden, a Louisville native and Miss Plus America 2014 works tirelessly to educate the community with the resources and information needed to build confidence and leadership skills essential for transitioning youth through their educational journey.  The Founder & President of Friends of Nicole 50/50 Mentoring Collaborative Inc. gives her opportunities to be a role model.  Her #IOWNCONFIDENCE campaign motivates and inspires not only locally but nationally.

Derek Anderson, co-founder of the Grandstand Gala says “We’re so excited to bring a new event to our city.  The Grandstand Gala will offer the unique opportunity to celebrate Derby week and support the local fashion scene while supporting the mission and programming of the Stamina Foundation within the community.”

Tickets are $150 for individual tickets and they can be purchased on Eventbrite.  To reserve a table and/or to be a sponsor contact DrA@AshleyDAnderson.com.

Proceeds from the inaugural Grandstand Gala held on Thursday, April 30th at the KICC benefit the programs of the Stamina Foundation.  The foundation is a 501©3 organization with the mission to empower youth and young adults with the resources and life skills they need to follow their dreams.

The Stamina Foundation will pursue this mission with educational programming and events throughout the year, but the first major project will be the development of the Stamina Academy. The purpose of the Stamina Academy is to teach life 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.

Youth today are greatly influenced by their peers and social media. Without proper guidance or a positive infrastructure, they tend to go down a bad road, which results in negative, long-term life consequences. Stamina will teach youth to identify and pursue their passions and to focus on being great instead of trying to fit in. For additional information go to http://www.staminafd.com.

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The VIPP Report: TheSlice: Spice, Style & Soul is just days away as the city prepares for Kentucky Derby 145

ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL DERBY FESTIVAL EVENTS HELD IN WEST LOUISVILLE WILL CELEBRATE DERBY BOHEMIAN STYLE

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(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. At KCAAH and Griot Attraction Management & Events LLC (GAME) presents TheSlice: Spice, Style & Soul on Saturday, April 27th from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  We are delighted to announce that the James E. Pepper Distillery of Lexington, KY is our 2019 Presenting sponsor.

It’s a Salute to the Afro Bohemian Life from arts and culture, music, fashion to language.

The event has a great reputation for great food by bringing talented area chefs and caterers and their favorite dishes all under one roof.  And, new this year TheSlice will offer a cash bar to guests who would like to have more than complimentary wine.

This year, TheSlice will use their newly renovated buildings on campus to host various genres of music so guests will have an opportunity to enjoy the flavor of the evening.

Tickets are $70 in advance and $80 the day of the event.  The attire is upscale and after-five is suggested. As well as Bohemian meets Derby with bold and beautiful colors and styles.  The Ultimate Show Band will be the Main Stage Entertainment along with DJ Maverick.  There will also be a fashion show, so guests can see the latest Derby styles before Derby 145.

TheSlice: Spice, Style & Soul is an official Kentucky Derby Festival event.  Guests must be 21 years of age and up.

If you would like to setup an interview and/or a cooking demonstration contact VIPP Communications at  info at vippcommunications dot com.  

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The VIPP Report: DB Bourbon Candy will share their delectable treats with horse race fans at Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby weekend in Louisville

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(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Derby is all about horses, fashion, bourbon and food.  When you mix bourbon, chocolate and cheesecake you have a real celebration.  DB Bourbon Candy adds another feather to their Derby hat after closing a major deal just before Churchill Downs begins their season.  DB Bourbon Candy and Aubrey’s Concessions have teamed up to give you the perfect treat for Oaks and Derby.

For the first time DB Bourbon Candy will be serving Bourbon Cheesecake’s inside Resized_20180321_204200Churchill Downs using Old Forester Bourbon.  The cheesecakes are topped with caramel nuts and a fleur de lis chocolate discs. By incorporating the Old Forester, which is the official bourbon for Churchill Downs gives a winning combination as racing fans from all over the world attend the greatest two minutes in sports.

To find DB Bourbon Candy inside Churchill Downs in four locations on the grounds. They will be at the Lobster stands the one in the paddock, one in upper garden terrace, one down by the celebrity red carpet exit and one on gray floor.

Robyn Stuart, owner of DB Bourbon Candy, LLC says “This is a special moment for me and my company.  Being a Kentucky native and to have my product at the greatest racetrack in the world on their two biggest days shows that hard work and dedication is paying off.  I kept my blinders on and refused to let anyone say that I dream to big.  Look at us now.  We’ve made it to the “Twin Spires”. It’s a honor to work with Aubrey’s Concessions and I can’t wait for you to stop by and taste this unbelievable Kentucky Derby treat.”

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

DB Bourbon Candy, LLC can be found in various locations throughout Kentucky in Kentucky-Derby-2019-logoLiquor Barn, the Kroger Company and the Muhammad Ali International Airport.  You can always visit their site at http://www.dbbourboncandy.com.

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

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The VIPP Report: Countdown to Derby 145 in Louisville, KY

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Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin:  WHAS11 Television, an ABC Affiliate Louisville

Down the Stretch: It’s the countdown to Derby 145 held on the first Saturday in May.  There will be plenty of events to attend but the question everyone seems to ask me “What celebrity will travel to Louisville to be apart of the celebration?”  So, I create a list along with their confirmed event.  If you’re having a Kentucky Derby event and you have a special guest attending, please send it to me so I can announce.

Here’s some of the celebrities heading to the Bluegrass State.

Usher Raymond-  Trifecta Gala (performing)

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds– Urban League Gala (performing)

Tank– Darrell Griffith Foundation “Experience”

After 7- Annual Derby Gala 100 Black Men of Louisville

Joe Torry– Annual Derby Gala 100 Black Men of Louisville

Angel McCoughtry– Skills Camp for youth

Asia Durr-Skills Camp for Youth

Steve Harvey-Trifecta Gala

NeNe Leakes– Trifecta Gala

Cynthia Bailey– Trifecta Gala

Warren Moon-Unbridled Eve

Jamon Brown-Unbridled Eve

Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson– Unbridled Eve

Bryson Tiller-Trifecta Gala

Johnny Gill-Barnstable Brown Gala

Randall Cobb-Barnstable Brown Gala

Percy “Master P” Miller-Barnstable Brown Gala

Romeo Miller-Barnstable Brown Gala

Trey Songz-Barnstable Brown Gala

Boyz II Men-Barnstable Brown Gala

David Alan Grier-Barnstable Brown Gala

Von Miller– Barnstable Brown Gala

DeVante Adams-Barnstable Brown Gala

Opening night of Churchill Downs is Saturday, April 27th.  Thurby is held on Thursday, May 2nd. Kentucky Oaks is on Friday, May 3rd and the Kentucky Derby is on Saturday, May 4th all held in Louisville, Ky under the “Twin Spires”.

If you have a story idea, and/or would like to announce your guest(s) for your Kentucky Derby event send it to me at The411@whas11.com.  Follow me on social for real-time updates Twitter: @sherlenemediapr, Instagram: @sherlenemediapro and FB: SherleneShanklin.

 

 

 

The VIPP Report: “DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH” is more than just a song its the motto of Kentucky Derby fans experiencing all things derby

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NOW, AN OAKS DAY BRUNCH WILL DO A TRIBUTE TO THE MEGASTAR THAT MADE THE SONG SO FAMOUS

(Louisville, KY) Louisville Central Community Center, (LCCC) in collaboration with VIPP Communications announces their second annual Kentucky Derby event.  On Friday, May 3rd at 11 am at Old Walnut Street, 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, it’s the Oaks Day Derby Brunch. This year’s tribute will take you through the music catalog of Gary, Indiana native and pop megastar Michael Jackson.

The Derby Brunch hosted by Sherlene Shanklin is from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.  Some of Louisville’s top artists will perform some of the King of Pop’s 13 singles that hit number one on the charts.  Sheryl Rouse, Jason Clayborn and Jon-John Johnson will perform some of Jackson’s memorable and greatest hits.  The Youth Repertory Theater Troupe will showcase their talents after LCCC’s leadership and performing arts department prepared a curriculum giving the youth a history and music lesson on the humble beginnings of Jackson in Indiana living in a two-bedroom home with seven brothers and sisters at the time along with his parents practicing night and day to make the Jackson 5 a household name. Motown Records signed the group and the rest was history for Michael and his family.

Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.  You can purchase them at louisvilletickets.com.  Doors open at 10 a.m. and guests are asked to wear their Oaks Day attire including your fascinator and/or hat to the brunch.  There’s will be vendors with your last-minute items needed for Oaks and Derby.  If you would like to reserve a booth contact Erica Bledsaw, Oaks Day Coordinator at Erica.bledsaw@lcccnews.org or by calling LCCC at (502) 583-8821 ext. 130.  Proceeds benefit LCCC youth programs.

Last year in our inaugural event music icon and Motown legend Stevie Wonder was highlighted along with J. Holiday as our featured music guest.

The Louisville Central Community Centers is a 501c(3), private, non-profit community-based organizations.  We offer a variety of programs and services in support of children and families.  Early childhood, education, youth development, arts education and other after school programs, employment services and job training for adults, money management, and homeownership are just some of the services provided

We would like to thank the following for their support for this year’s event: Erica Denise, VIPP Communications, Manhattan on Broadway and WoodForest National Bank.

If you would like to be a sponsor, request media credentials and/or request interviews, please contact us at please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Being nominated for Most Admired Woman by Today’s Woman Magazine

 

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By Sherlene M. Shanklin

When I was contacted by Today’s Woman Magazine I had mixed emotions. – shocked to even be nominated even though no one knows anything about me.

People have no idea that I’ve worked in the media for almost 27 years.

When teachers told my graduating class that we would likely have to start at a smaller market to get your experience and then work your way back to your hometown.  I beat those odds and jumped straight to my hometown of Louisville.  I was hired part-time as an associate director. Working crazy hours, weekends and holidays.  All while I worked in a new healthcare division full time and attending graduate school obtaining two master’s degrees.

I’ve worked in just about every position behind the scenes.  Receiving several award nominations for floor directing and my camera work for some of the biggest news events in Louisville.  I had the opportunity to first produce/coordinate the very first forum where community leaders said some 20 years ago that Louisville was ready for a professional team.  Many of the same believers in that idea are still believing in the vision today and its moving in the right direction.  I believe there will be a farm team that’s affiliated with an NBA team who will make Louisville their home first. Those players, when developed, will be called up to team.

After proving I could produce I went from production to the newsroom where I had the opportunity to write and produce some of the biggest stories of our lifetime like 9-11. Then I was recruited away in 2003 to WHAS11.  I started off as a producer but later moved to the assignment desk.

I had an opportunity to start one of the first webcasts in the area about entertainment and community news that you did not see on the air.  I took the challenge upon myself to help promote people and events.  My original concept was to find national figures throughout the world that had Kentucky ties.  That helped me create that niche in the market and The411 with Sherlene Shanklin was born.

In 2018, the Society of Professional Journalists announced my story about the NBA as their Best Sports Writing piece of the Year.  I also won Best Use of Social Media for Louisville’s own Bryson Tiller announcing his national tour and pop-up concert series.  In 2017, I was nominated for an Emmy Award for the coverage of Muhammad Ali’s memorial coverage.

411After, first using web-based and social media platforms to promote my stories. I had the opportunity to go on air.  There was only a few stories out there at the time but now the table has turned and dozens of stories are developed with the emphasis on “did you know that person is from Kentucky?”

Now, you can watch The411 on Thursdays at 12:50 p.m., Fridays at 4:20 p.m. and Saturday mornings during Good Morning Kentuckiana Weekend.

You can hear me on 104.7/WLOU on Miss Krystal Goodner’s show on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. and of course you can read my stories on www.whas11.com and www.thevippreport.com.

Can you believe it all started from an idea and now it has flourished into its own standalone brand.  My primary job at WHAS11, an ABC Affiliate is the assignment desk.  In a nutshell I’m reading and/or listening to all of the story ideas, news tips and helping develop the story.

Even if the story doesn’t make air I still try and assist as many people as I can with their problems.

So, no I’m not new to the area.  Some people consider me as the go-to in the community when they need assistance.  Even if I can’t assist, I try to lead then in the right direction to get assistance.  Once I think we can do the story.  I consult with the reporter I believe has the sources and passion to get the story done.

vippnewlogoWhile working around the clock in the media.  It gave me other opportunities to help people.  Once the demand was so real I started VIPP Communications.  It’s a one-stop public relations, branding, marketing, special events and video production firm.

Then The VIPP Report was created so I could have a platform to talk about clients.  Then through supply and demand everyone wanted to know where I vippstylemakeastatementpurchased my jewelry, so I created VIPP Style an online accessory store.

So, to be nominated as “Most Admired” by the magazine is simply humbling.  I’ve worked so hard for so long that I didn’t think anyone was noticing.  I’ve chosen not one but multiple fields that are highly competitive.  When no one wanted to help me, I created and developed what others would not give me a chance to do.  To now receiving calls for assistance simply brings me to tears.  This was not an overnight, an instant potato career. I’ve been moving mountains my entire adulthood and making ways out of no way.

I still have a lot more to accomplish because I’m never satisfied but to know others are watching and acknowledging that I’m on their radar lets me know that a real breakthrough is just around the corner.  This is a little bit about me and what I do.  I will be sharing more in the future about my journey, who I work with and why I refuse to lose.

If you have time between now and March 22nd at noon, please vote for me in the #media category for Today’s Woman Most Admired for WHAS11 Television.

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The VIPP Report: Holiday message

Season’s Greetings,

As we approach Christmas 2018, we at VIPP Communications would like to say thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with you. We understand and appreciate how important business relationships are and we thank you for your confidence in our talented staff to bring your vision to life.  We take pride in successfully executing your goals and/or projects. 

We have a wonderful team of professionals that handle your projects as if it were their own. 

Thank you for your continued support as you begin to plan for 2019.  Consider our full service public relations,marketing, branding, booking and video production firm.

Again, we appreciate your business and thank you for choosing VIPP Communications, VIPP Style Accessories, The VIPP Report & SherleneShanklin.com. 

We look forward to working with you in the coming year. Secure your date(s) with our VIPP Communications booking agent.  Check out our new site for a complete list of services by visiting http://vippcommunications.com

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate contacting our office at info@vippcommunications.com

Happy Holidays to you and Merry Christmas!

Sherlene M.Shanklin, CEO/Sr.Partner 

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The VIPP Report: Busy year for three artists that performed in Louisville during Derby weekend

 

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Lil Wayne performing in Louisville, KY at Derby Soundstage 2018 Courtesy Sherlene Shanklin

CHECKING IN TO SEE WHAT THEY ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON SINCE PERFORMING AT DERBY SOUNDSTAGE 2018

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Special post by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, an ABC affiliate, Louisville

It’s time to check in and see how the artists are doing that performed at this year’s Derby Soundstage 2018 in Louisville, KY. On Thursday, May 3rd at Broadbent Arena hosted by Liv Suite.  The had a dynamic trio of 2 Chainz, K. Michelle and Lil Wayne.  Three unique chart topping sounds all under one roof.  Let’s see what they have been up too since their Kentucky Derby show.

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Derby Soundstage 2018 with 2 Chainz in Louisville Courtesy Sherlene Shanklin

It’s definitely been a busy summer for rap artist 2 Chainz.  Just days after the concert in Louisville, he attended the Met Gala and while on the Red Carpet he took to his knee to let the world know that he would marry his wife Kesha all over again by proposing. They have been married since 2013 and have three children.  His new smash hit Bigger Than You features Drake and Quavo.  2 Chainz will be in London on July 14th and his next U.S. concert will be on July 22nd in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Michelle was in great spirits when she was in Louisville.  She thanked the fans for their support while she was out recovering from two blood transfusions and several surgeries due to the removal of silicone injections.  As she continues to recover, the R& B artist’s album Kimberly: The People I Used To Know continues to do well and her fans are excited to

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Derby Soundstage 2018 with K. Michelle in Louisville, KY Courtesy Sherlene Shanklin

see her on Love and Hip Hop.  She’s teasing on her Instagram page that we need to watch on July 23rd.  I’m sure she’s getting a cast member all worked up and upset.  We’ll have to wait and see.

And Lil Wayne closed the Louisville show and fans loved the live elements in his show by the drummer. This artist’s drive is in “Trukfit” mode.  He’s working on a Fall release date for has a new album, Tha Carter V and he even signed two players to his Young Money Sports Management.  One of his artist’s Drake released an album last week that has a song regarding the Louisville basketball scandal plus Drake used a couple of songs on

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Lil Wayne in Louisville for Derby Soundstage 2018 Courtesy Sherlene Shanklin

his album from Louisville native, the late Stephen “Static Major” Garrett. Wayne will perform in his hometown of New Orleans on Saturday, August 25th.

If you have a story idea, send to me at The411@whas11.com.  You can follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr and Instagram @Sherlenemediapro for the latest in community and entertainment news.

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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: Sheila E. in concert on the Louisville Waterfront

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(Louisville, KY) Tonight, Sheila E. will be a part of the Kentucky Derby Festival Waterfront Jam.

The world-renowned drummer and percussionist known for hits like “Glamourous Life” and “A Love Bizarre” has performed with some of the greatest artists of our time from Prince, Marvin Gaye, Ringo Starr to Beyonce, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie.

Sheila E. will take the stage around 9:00 pm.  Looking at her social media pages, she just finished doing her soundcheck in Louisville. So, she’s here and ready to go!

Over the next week some 30 local and regional bands and seven national acts are scheduled to perform.  Admission to all concerts is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin.

For a complete list of concerts go to https://discover.kdf.org

If you have a story idea, send it to thevippreport@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Its like hitting the “trifecta” when attending Junior Bridgeman’s Derby Gala

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Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Louisville

(Louisville, KY)  Down the Stretch with Sherlene Shanklin:  The celebrity guest list for events surrounding Kentucky Derby 144 continues to grow as we are now on the fast track to the finish.

It’s always exciting to see who will attend the galas.  I now have the list for the Trifecta Gala. They have previously announced Music legend Stevie Wonder as the entertainment and the host for the evening is night talk show legend Arsenio Hall.   It will be held on Friday, May 4th in the Omni Hotel in downtown Louisville at 7:00 p.m.  Their proceeds benefit the West End School and the University of Louisville Autism Center at Kosair Charities.

Here’s a few names that will walk the Trifecta Gala red carpet:

-Actor, comedian and star of ABC’s Blackish Anthony Anderson

-Actor, writer, director and the star of the new Avengers: Infinity War Don Cheadle

-NFL Hall of famer and Super Bowl champion Orlando Pace

-Attorney and television personality Star Jones

-Super music producer and Kentucky native Finis White

-Kentucky basketball assistant coach, former NBA player and former Louisville star Kenny Payne

-Louisville native known as Dr. Dunkenstein for the Utah Jazz and Louisville basketball Darrell Griffith  

Many of these guests will also attend the Celebrity After-Party hosted by Diddy at the Louisville Palace from 11:00 pm to 4:00 am.

To learn more about both events and ticket availability go to www.trifectagala.com.

If you have a Kentucky Derby event send it to me at The411@whas11.com.  You can follow me on Twitter @sherlenemediapr and Instagram @Sherlenemediapro.

Sherlene Shanklin also created The VIPP Report to highlight events, community affairs, entertainment, sports and client news.  It also highlights the Emmy-nominated and Regional Murrow Award winner for being on the WHAS11 team for Best Newscast in the Rick Pitino and University of Louisville suspension/investigation.  For projects and speaking engagements.  Follow her on Facebook @SherleneShanklinmediaprpro, Twitter @Sherlenemediapr and Instagram @Sherlenemediapro.  

 

 

 

 

 

The VIPP Report: AKA’s annual Derby brunch sets the tone of Derby day by giving high school seniors a sure bet by awarding scholarships

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Its Derby Hats Off to Education

(Louisville, KY) Before the world witnesses the Kentucky Derby winner getting their garland of roses, all eyes will be on the 33 high school seniors receiving their pink roses of congratulatory and nearly $63,000 in scholarships as they prepare for college in the Fall.  Hortense B. Perry Foundation, Eta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Louisville, Kentucky will host their 38th Annual Scholarship Derby Brunch on Saturday, May 5th at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center located at 9700 Bluegrass Parkway starting at 10:00 am.

Some 1,100 people attend the brunch dressed in their Kentucky Derby attire as they enjoy a delicious brunch, a fashion show, and fantastic entertainment by singer Sheryl Rouse.  There will be nearly 20 vendors in attendance.  Some of the fashion show items are compliments of Paula’s Boutique Clothes, Hats & Jewelry and In Bloom Again Hats.

Even though this is a day of fun, the sorority members consider it a serious matter when it comes to education and academic excellence.  So, over 1000 in attendance will celebrate the announcement of a total of $62,500 in scholarships will be awarded to 33 high school seniors. Forty-thousand dollars in scholarships, from the Hortense Perry Foundation and Henrietta Johnson Trust, will be awarded to 20 young ladies; $10,000 awarded to seven young ladies attending historically black colleges/universities; and awarded to 10,000 young ladies and gentlemen  who participated in the sorority’s signature program, ASCEND, which is an after school educational enrichment program designed to support high school students to be successful, graduate, continue their education, and graduate from a college/university.

In just six years, they have awarded more than $305,000. It’s designed to assist future leaders in their academic journey on their collegiate road to success.

The proceeds from the Derby Brunch have afforded Eta Omega the opportunity to help send students onto higher education.  For additional information and/or if you would like to be a donor please contact Christie McCravy 502.494.1146 or Carla Tyree Curry 502.641.4801.

Please post and/or announce our 38th Annual Scholarship Derby Brunch.  If you would like to setup an interview, please contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

To learn more about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.-Eta Omega Chapter of Louisville, KY please visit our website at https://akaetaomega.com/.

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The Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is credited with being the first chapter of our international organization to be established in the metropolitan Louisville area in 1922.  The chapter’s commitment to education and the advancement of individuals is pivotal to its foundational belief of service to all mankind.

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The VIPP Report: VIPP Style Accessories will host a Pre-Derby Pop Up Shop

 

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(Louisville, KY) TheVIPPReport: On Sunday, April 29th VIPP Style Accessories will do a pop up shop to help Louisville and surrounding areas get ready for Kentucky Derby Weekend.

It all takes place at Virtue, 103 W. Oak Street from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  They will be jewelry, statement pieces, lashes, Oaks & Derby hat vendors as well as a massage therapist.  Helping those wind down before the big wind up for the 1st Saturday in May.

Come out and Sip, Shop and Support!

If you would like to be a vendor space is limited.  Contact them at booking at vippstyle dot com.

If you have a Kentucky Derby event send it to us at thevippreport at vippcomunications dot com.

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The VIPP Report: Oaks Day is the start of a Kentucky “Holiday” and LCCC welcomes the artist with the same name to kickoff the celebration

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(Louisville, KY) Louisville Central Community Center, (LCCC) in collaboration with VIPP Communications announces their inaugural Kentucky Derby event.  On Friday, May 4th from 10 am to 2 pm at Old Walnut Street, 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, it’s the Oaks Day Derby Brunch. This year’s theme: Songs in the Key of Life, a Stevie Wonder Tribute starring R & B/Soul artist J. Holiday.

The Derby Brunch hosted by Sherlene Shanklin is from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.  Some of Louisville’s top artists will open for Holiday.  Ade’, Sheryl Rouse and Junior J will perform some of Wonder’s greatest hits.  The Youth Repertory Theater Troupe will showcase their talents after LCCC’s leadership and performing arts department prepared a curriculum giving the youth a history and music lesson on the humble beginnings of Stevie Wonder.  The youth studied the multi-Grammy Award winning artist and his long span career in the entertainment industry.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door.  You can purchase them at louisvilletickets.com.  Doors open at 10 a.m. and guests are asked to wear their Oaks Day attire including your fascinator and/or hat to the brunch.  There’s will be vendors with your last-minute items needed for Derby.  If you would like to reserve a booth contact Erica Bledsaw, Oaks Day Coordinator at Erica.bledsaw@lcccnews.org or by calling LCCC at (502) 583-8821 ext. 130.  Proceeds benefit LCCC youth programs.

The Louisville Central Community Centers is a 501c(3), private, non-profit community-based organizations.  We offer a variety of programs and services in support of children and families.  Early childhood, education, youth development, arts education and other after school programs, employment services and job training for adults, money management, and homeownership are just some of the services provided

We would like to thank the following who made our inaugural event successful: JIGGA MCC Ent., Erica Denise, VIPP Communications, Passport Health Plan, Manhattan on Broadway and WoodForest National Bank.

If you would like to be a sponsor, request media credentials and/or request interviews, please contact us at please contact VIPP Communications at  info at vippcommunications dot com.

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The VIPP Report: Superchefs will be highlighted in two national shows. Filming will take place this weekend

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The Travel Channel and The Cooking Channel will highlight the Louisville chef and his restaurant

(Louisville, KY) This weekend not one but two national outlets will be in Louisville shooting segments for their television programs. Superchefs owned by Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson will be highlighted in both shows.

The Cooking Channel will visit the 1702 Bardstown Road restaurant sometime over the weekend of April 21st.  Their focus will be on great breakfasts.

The Travel Channel will also venue the poplar eatery to highlight their menu.

We are not allowed to release any additional information at this time but we wanted to release that the two highly rated programs will be in the City of Louisville in the coming week.  When we can release additional information such as air date and video clips we will be happy to share with your media outlet.

Also, this week we will release information on two appearances on The Food Network.  Stay tuned for details.

Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson says “I’ve been travelling and have been given some unbelievable opportunities for myself personally, my restaurant and some of the causes near and dear to my heart.  I believe everything happens for a reason.  Some to teach you a lesson while others to help uplift others.  My ultimate goal is to be successful not only monetary but to be a blessing to others through service.  These opportunities give me a chance to get in front of culinary students to talk about my journey and helping them with internships, jobs and a place to work on their culinary skills.  This also gives me a chance to highlight organizations that help children make sure they have food in their stomachs so they can be productive in the classroom. I’m honored to be a part of anything that will help me and my community.”

If you would like to have Superchef speak at your next event and/or setup an interview, please direct all requests to  VIPP Communications at mail@vippcommunications.com so we can handle your inquiry accordingly.

WHO:                    Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson and Superchefs

WHAT:                  Filming with two national shows this weekend

WHEN:                  Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd

WHY:                    Highlighting his menu and Kentucky cuisine

WHERE:               1701 Bardstown Road, Louisville

For additional information go to go to http://eatsuperchefs.com/ and/or www.iamsuperchef.com

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The VIPP Report: Makeup artist prepares for Derby and already receiving calls to cater to celebrities during their stay in Louisville

 

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(Louisville, KY) When it comes to the Kentucky Derby it’s all about the horses, cuisine and style.  When we it comes to fashion it doesn’t stop with the hat, handbags, outfit, jewelry and shoes. It’s all about having makeup that compliments you.  Cosmetic stylist Andrea of Beats By Drea is working around the clock to prepare for racing fans is gearing up for the list of celebrities already inquiring her services to be their freelance artist when they arrive in the city.

Beats By Drea offers makeup classes, pamper parties, wedding parties, style shows, private celebrity appointments to FX makeup. Andrea’s passion is film FX makeup. After advice she received from a family member that she can have the best of both worlds in the makeup industry.  So, she calls it “Gore and Glam”.  Since that day in 2012, she’s been working on both crafts in her La Vie Est studio located at 2210 Goldsmith Lane.

If you would like to have a professional makeup artist take care of you and/or any of your clientele, please contact her by setting up a time to discuss availability at beatsbydrea425@gmail.com.  Follow her on her social media platforms: Instagram @beatsbydrea425 and Facebook @Beatsbydrea.

If you would like to setup an interview and/or have her bring models to your studio and show what’s trending in the makeup industry contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

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*Note-The photo above is Andrea and R&B artist Dreezy taken March 31st in Louisville backstage at Kentucky Center. Andrea was called to prepare Dreezy for the concert that evening.  

The VIPP Report: Hip hop and media mogul Diddy will do Derby & host a celebrity after party Oaks night in Louisville, KY

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The original Bad Boy for Life Sean Combs aka Diddy does Derby? This is not his first visit to the Bluegrass but it will be the media mogul will do his first public party.  It’s The Trifecta Celebrity After Party hosted by Diddy at the Louisville Palace, right in the heart of downtown Louisville on Fourth Street.  The event will take place on Oaks Night, Friday, May 4th.  It will start as soon as former NBA star turned entrepreneur Junior Bridgeman’s Trifecta Gala held at the Omni Hotel begins to wrap up.

diddy-tixNow with Diddy, the “trifecta” is now complete when it comes to the originators in the entertainment industry for Bridgeman’s gala.  The artist performing at the gala is none other than Stevie Wonder,.  The multi-Grammy Award artist was discovered for his musical talent while singing and playing the harmonica as a young man visually impaired but he clearly gives his fans a vivid picture of imagination and creativity like his hit song “Ribbon in the Skies”.

Another originator who will emcee the event is comedian Arsenio Hall.  He elevated late night talk shows helping young actors and artists catapulted their careers but his show was a platform for some of the biggest stars in entertainment from Prince, Eddie Murphy, George Lopez to Paula Abdul just a name a few of the many guests on his show.

The Trifecta Gala will be held on Friday, May 4th in Louisville at the Omni Hotel.  It begins at 7:00 pm.

After the gala, its Diddy for the Celebrity After-Party at the Louisville Palace.  The party begins at 11:00 pm and ends at 4:00 am.  There will be two options based on how close you want to get to the celebrities.  There’s a VIP area.  You can party in those areas.  There’s also a first level admission that gets you into the party but no access to the level where you can see the Derby guests up close.

To proceeds will benefit the Bridgeman Charitable Foundations.  To purchase tickets both events you need to go to their website www.trifectagala.com.

So if you have a Kentucky Derby event send it to me at The411@whas11.com.  My Down the Stretch with Sherlene Shanklin calendar of events and activities will be launched this weekend and you can submit your events.  If you have a celebrity guest, contact me so I can announce it.

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The VIPP Report: Roses are for the winners and Amber Rose is a sure bet when she comes to Louisville to host the biggest after-party on Derby night

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(Louisville, KY) After the Run for the Roses and the Kentucky Derby celebrates the winner of the first leg of the triple crown. The celebration is far from over for the 144th Kentucky Derby. The party heads to the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) for The Run for the Roses and Rose’ hosted by none other than model, actress and talk show host Amber Rose.

The Season 23 Dancing with the Stars contestant will keep the party moving along with R&B singer-songwriter, dancer and actor Lloyd. His latest project is “Tru” based on experiences in life over the past few years. Lloyd is known for hits like “BedRock”, “You”, “Lay it Down” and “Cupid” just to name a few of hits.

This event will not be short on entertainment. There will be three rooms of entertainment. The heavy hitter DJ EFeezy will return to Louisville to DJ the experience. He’s recently made an appearance on the latest VH1 Love and Hip-Hop Miami, which is the latest reality show in franchise. Louisville’s own dj of the year DJ Lil Jerry will open for EFeezy. We are also happy to announce that Louisville’s DJ Slikk will spin in one of the specialty rooms within KCAAH.

When you walk into KCAAH it will be transformed, giving Kentucky Derby fans a luxury experience while in the Bluegrass. From the VIP Champagne Room sponsored by Hip-hop mogul Rick Ross’ label Luc Belaire Rare Rose’ with the distinguishable black bottle.

Amber Rose is known for taking some of the best selfies as well as Lloyd. The two combined have 17 million followers so we want all of our guests to have the selfie experience. There will be a “Selfie Room” to capture your greatest Derby moments throughout the evening sponsored by Samsung.

The Run for the Roses and Rose’ will be held on Saturday, May 5th at KCAAH is hosted by Anthony Easley, Bryan Henry, Kevin Mason and Marlon Whitfield.

Doors open at 11 p.m. with a red-carpet entrance. So, come dress to impress. There’s an Ultra VIP admission for $175, VIP Admission is only $110 and General admission is $65. You can purchase them at the following locations: Better Days, West Hairlaflare, LA Vie Est Studios and Dba Couture. You can also purchase them online at runfortheroses2018.eventbrite.com.

A portion of the proceeds will go to programs at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. For additional information go to www.Thederby2018.com.

If you would like to be a sponsor, request media credentials and/or request interviews, please contact us at please contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Hip-Hop/Rap Superstar Lil Wayne will travel to Louisville during Kentucky Derby week to headline Derby Soundstage 2018

 

(Louisville, KY) Kentucky Derby weekend draws a lot of stars to Louisville to enjoy not only the greatest two minutes in sports at the iconic home of the twin spires but the events surrounding the horse race.  Derby Soundstage 2018 one of the biggest Derby events happening, will take place Thursday, May 3rd in Broadbent Arena.

Derby Soundstage 2018 will be hosted by DJ Envy, and will include performances from Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, K. Michelle. Cardi B was previously slated to perform, but has been removed from the lineup due to booking and scheduling conflicts with her Spring/Summer Festival Tour.

Derby Soundstage 2018 welcomes to the Derby City, Lil Wayne as the headliner.  Everything the rapper, songwriter, record executive and entrepreneur touches turns platinum.  The New Orleans native is the CEO of Young Money Entertainment.  With artists like Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Christina Milian on the roster, Wayne is no stranger to selling out venues across the U.S. and Louisville will be no different.

He will share the stage that night with an artist that won a Grammy with him in 2017 for Best Rap Performance for “No Problem”.  The Atlanta, Georgia rap star 2 Chainz will also be a part of the show. The rapper, executive, and song writer currently released “Pretty Girls Love Trap Music”, which is certified platinum.

Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz have released a multi-platinum joint album entitled “Collegrove”.

R & B sensation and reality show star K. Michelle will open the show.  The Memphis native currently has a new album “The People I Used to Know” with hits like “Birthday” and “No Not You”.

The concert will be hosted by a member of the World’s Most Dangerous Morning Show, The Breakfast Club. DJ Envy will serve as the host and DJ of the concert. Envy is the co-host of the nationally syndicated four and half hour morning show along with Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God.

So, it’s Derby Soundstage 2018 featuring Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz and K. Michelle hosted by DJ Envy on Thursday, May 3rd in Broadbent Arena in Louisville, Kentucky.

Tickets are on sale and they start at $70.  You can purchase them through ticketmaster.com.  Doors open at 6:00 pm and the show will begin at 7:00 pm. Refunds will be offered for those who no longer wish to attend the concert due to the change in the lineup.

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The VIPP Report: The Breakfast Club’s DJ Envy will host Derby Soundstage 2018 in Louisville

By Sherlene Shanklin

With the Kentucky Derby just 86 days away, organizers are working hard behind the scenes planning some of the biggest events, galas and parties around the greatest two minutes in sports. I announced that Grammy Award winning hip-hop/rap artist Lil Wayne will be in concert along with Grammy-nominated newcomer Cardi B and R&B sensation K. Michelle will be in concert on Thursday, May 3rd at Broadbent Arena for Derby Soundstage 2018.

All three artists performing have new material from Lil Wayne with Dedication 6, Cardi B with the remix of Finesse featuring Bruno Mars and K. Michelle with her album “The People I Used to Know”.

So, its Lil Wayne. Cardi B and K. Michelle in concert hosted by DJ Envy on Thursday, May 3rd in Broadbent Area. Tickets are on sale and they start at $70. The show will begin at 7:00 pm.

Now, if you have a story idea, send it to me at thevippreport@vippcommunications.com.  You can follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr @thevippreport or @vippcomm.

Sherlene Shanklin is a veteran in the broadcast industry.  With almost 30 years in the field,  the multi-EMMY nominated multi-media content editor and The411 with Sherlene Shanklin entertainment/community affairs producer works for WHAS11 Television, an ABC Affiliate located in Louisville, KY.  

 

The VIPP Report: It’s a Triple Crown lineup during Kentucky Derby events

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(Louisville, KY) Down the Stretch we come…We are just 119 days and counting away from the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby and there’s already a race to get events on the calendar.  We’ll I have my first announcement and it’s a good one for rap and hip-hop fans. Let’s add a concert to the many events you can enjoy while experiencing the greatest two minutes in sports.  I have a feeling a few of our guests will arrive in town a little earlier for this show.

This artist released Dedication 6 on Christmas Day….now I can announce Lil Wayne will be in Louisville for a concert on Thursday, May 3rd.  The Grammy Award winning hip hop star is no stranger to Louisville.. He won a Grammy with late artist/producer and Louisville native Stephen “Static Major” Garrett for Lollipop.  Wayne was in Louisville in April of 2017 and performed before a sold out audience.  He decided not to come alone.

He’s bringing a young artist that’s making her name known in the hip hop game. You’ve seen her on Love and Hip Hop New York and now she has this smash hit, Bodak Yellow, which is excelling her music career. Cardi  B will join Lil Wayne in Broadbent Arena.  She recently worked with Bruno Mars on the remix of his hit song Finesse.

And let me add just one more artist to the lineup. R and B singer K. Michelle will also travel to Louisville to be a part of the show after releasing her latest album “The People I Used to Know”.  If you look at your calendar that’s the same day as the Pegasus Parade…the official kickoff to Derby weekend.

So, its Lil Wayne. Cardi B and K. Michelle in concert on Thursday, May 3rd in Broadbent Area.  Tickets for this Derby concert will sellout.  They officially go on sale Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15th.  As I get additional information on this concert and other Kentucky Derby events I will pass them along.

Now, if you have a story idea, send it to me at The411@whas11.com.  You can follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr for the latest in community and entertainment news.

You can also follow my column The VIPP Report. @thevippreport @vippcomm.

Sherlene Shanklin is a media veteran with more than 25 years of experience.  The EMMY nominated journalist currently works for WHAS11 Television, ABC Affiliate in Louisville, KY.  She also owns a PR firm, VIPP Communications and an accessory business VIPP Style (IG: vipp_style).    

The VIPP Report: Kentucky Derby Festival teams up with basketball star Derek Anderson for kids basketball camp

 

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(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Derby Festival is teaming up with former NBA and Kentucky Wildcat star, Derek Anderson, for a basketball camp that will help youth both on and off the court.  The Derby Festival Derek Anderson Acts of Kindness (AOK) Camp will be held in conjunction with this year’s Basketball Classic Presented by Papa John’s on Saturday, April 15th.  Anderson will lead the camp and be assisted by this year’s Basketball Classic All-Stars.  The camp is for youth 6th grade and up, but is limited to 50 participants.

Those interested in participating first need to submit a photo or video showing their AOK toward someone or a group in the community and send to AOKBasketballCamp@gmail.com. The submission needs to include name, age, grade, school, phone number, email and a description of the AOK. The deadline for submission is Saturday, March 25th. Those selected will be notified by March 31st.

Anderson, a NBA champion with the Miami Heat and NCAA champion with the Kentucky Wildcats says “The best way to help change in our community is by changing our character.  It’s time to SHOW our future leaders how to LEAD!”

Each participant will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag provided by Dick’s Sporting Goods, and two tickets to the Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s.

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.

To learn more about AOK go to staminafd.com.

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About Kentucky Derby Festival

The Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people annually. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

The VIPP Report: Local company Offical Chocolate for this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival

 

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DB BOURBON CANDY TEAMS UP WITH THE KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL

(Louisville, KY) Everyone is prepping for this year’s Derby festivities: athletes are training for the marathons, trainers are preparing their horses for the first Saturday in May, and DB Bourbon Candy is working with the Kentucky Derby Festival to make sure their events get a taste of a delicious treat. DB Bourbon has been named the Official Chocolate for the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival.

You will have a chance to taste their special edition candy at many KDF events this spring, including Festival Unveiled, Macy’s Spring Fashion Show, They’re Off! Luncheon, King Southern Bank BourbonVille and Celebrity Day at the Downs. DB Bourbon has also partnered with Old 502 Winery, the Official Wine of the Kentucky Derby Festival, to make truffles for the Kentucky Proud WineFest.

Robyn Stuart says “I’m excited to be the Official Chocolate for the Kentucky Derby Festival. It’s always good to be recognized for my star-studded events but there’s nothing sweeter than having the honor to represent my business on this worldwide stage on multiple platforms during lead up to the Kentucky Derby.”

Stuart goes on to say “We have created a special edition candy just for the Derby Festival, along with our traditional bourbon candy, and you can follow our social media platforms to see which events you can pick up a box.”

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

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

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

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

About Kentucky Derby Festival

The Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people annually. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

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The VIPP Report: Arts, Beats and Lyrics KY Derby event underway

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WHAT:  Art, Beats and Lyrics, the traveling art and music tour presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey will be making its debut during Derby weekend in Kentucky this year. What began as a local art show in Atlanta, has grown to be one of the world’s largest tours of its kind. For more than a decade, the multi-city tour has showcased of the best upcoming artists, along with seasoned veterans in art and music under one roof.

The Derby edition of Art, Beats and Lyrics will feature works of art that pay tribute to some of the first Derby winners. Visual masterpieces will be on display from curator and renowned artist, Dubelyoo along with KY-based artists Charles Rice, and Red Biddix, along with many other names recognized globally. The event will also include live music from special musical guests including Twista, DJ Wally Sparks and Rich Medina.

Guests must RSVP by visiting www.JackHoneyABL.com or texting LVLABL to 68405.

WHO:                          Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Art, Beats & Lyrics

WHEN:                        Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

 WHERE:                      Icehouse 226 E Washington St

If you have an event you would like VIPP Communications to promote and/or cover. Please contact our marketing/sales dept at info at VIPPCommunications dot com.

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The VIPP Report: Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick in Pre-Derby concert

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NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 1: Special guest rappers Slick Rick (left) and Doug E. Fresh performs on the “Best of Both Worlds” tour, November 1, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The tour was originally a collaboration featuring Jay-Z and R. Kelly, but Kelly was removed from the tour after an incident on Friday, October 29, 2004. R. Kelly filed a 75 million USD lawsuit on November 2, 2004 against Jay-Z for breach of contract accusing his fellow recording artist of threatening behaviour and sabotaging the tour out of spite and jealousy. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Special Derby Report by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television/ABC, Louisville

We are just days away from the 142nd Run for the Roses and the sure bet tonight in entertainment is Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick.  The hip-hop legends will be a part of the Kentucky Derby Festival waterfront Jam.  The concert is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m.

This is “The Show” you don’t want to miss with the original human beatbox.  When Rick the Ruler takes the stage and the “Children’s Story” begins to the play the crowd will definitely sing along.

Ricky “Slick Rick” Martin Lloyd Walters  just announced his “Victory Tour” after he became an American citizen.  The English-born rapper took the oath during a ceremony in April after a .  Once he announced his tour he says “I’m celebrating a new beginning”.

Rick’s official DJ is Louisville’s own Dwight “DJ Kaos” Chatman.  It’s always good to see him on the stage with the hip-hop legends.

Did I mention the cost for the show? All you need is a 2016 Pegasus pins.  You can purchase in retail outlets throughout for the city for only $5.  If you purchase the pin at the gate it’s $7.

If you have a Kentucky Derby event you still have time to send it to me for my “Down the Stretch” blog  at The411@whas11.com. You can follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr.

Email: TheVIPPReport@vippcommunications.com/Twitter: @thevippreport @vippcomm

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The VIPP Report: Celebrating the “Rebirth” of the Russell Renaissance

SliceA KENTUCKY DERBY EVENT THAT GIVES GUESTS A LITTLE SLICE-SPICE, STYLE & SOUL

(Louisville, KY) One of the most anticipated community events held in West Louisville as part of the Kentucky Derby festivities. In an exciting new community development partnership, The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) and The Slice Charities of Louisville, Inc., will host TheSlice@KCAAH, West Louisville’s official Kentucky Derby Festival Event.

It’s TheSlice-Spice, Style & Soul this Saturday, April 30, 2016. The event will begin at 6:00 pm in the Brown Forman Great Hall on the campus of the KCAAH located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. TheSlice@KCAAH runs until 9:00PM, and this year’s theme is “A Salute to the Russell Renaissance”. Our Honorary Chair is Barbara Sexton Smith, former Chief Executive Officer at Fund for the Arts.

The Historic Russell neighborhood will come alive with hundreds of people wearing beautiful bright colored dresses and some of the biggest hats you will see symbolizing that the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby is exactly one week away.

From our humble beginnings some 13 years ago with a couple of chefs making an unbelievable spread that had guests asking for more in April of 2002. Now fast-forward to 2016, the festival welcomes dozens of chefs, caterers and bakers with fantastic food and great live entertainment and wine tastings to welcome in the Derby season and tons of fellowship from old friends and you can meet a few new ones along the way.

TheSlice@KCAAH not only helps Derby fans get in a festive mood but the evening serves as a fundraiser. The net proceeds from the annual event provides support to social service and educational organizations throughout West Louisville and Portland.

If you would like to purchase a ticket for TheSlice-Spice, Style & Soul they can be purchased for $65.00 in advance-$75.00 day of the event, at Better Days Records in The Lyles Mall, JAM BUSTERS at 4906 Popular Level Road in Newburg, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, the Kentucky Derby Festival offices in Old Louisville or online http://www.thesliceoflouisville.org.

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The VIPP Report: The Life and Time of Jimmy Winkfield International Horseman

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A Natural from the Start: The Life and Time of Jimmy Winkfield, International Horseman

A Natural from the Start is an exhibition showcasing the rise and fall of African American jockeys in horse racing, primarily the Kentucky Derby. This exhibit explores the early years of horse racing in which African Americans dominated the sport, and how racism and segregation in the early 1900’s contributed to the decline of Black jockeys as they were vulnerable to hostility and injuries from White jockeys and owners at the time.

Did you know that Jimmy Winkfield, (Kentuckian, and Black jockey) was the last African American to date to win the Kentucky Derby? Did you know that Isaac Murphy was the winningest jockey of all time? In addition, was the 1st Jockey to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Or did you know that Willie Simms perfected a riding style that became the norm in Europe? This exhibition will feature these three jockeys, and a banner dedicated to other Black jockeys with notable dates and their impact on the sport of horse racing.

Exhibition: April 29, 2016 – January 19, 2017
Saturday, April 30, 2016 Opening During the Slice@KCAAH West Louisville’s only official Derby Festival Event For Ticket Information go to: http://www.thesliceoflouisville.org
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For additional information:
Contact: Ciera Shields, Exhibition & Programming Coordinator
502-583-4100 – ciera@kacch.org

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The VIPP Report: Celebrities begin to R.S.V.P for 50 Cent Derby Takeover in Louisville

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The Effen Vodka presents 50 Cent Derby Takeover is happy to announce that R & B recording artist producer and VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Hollywood star Ray J will be attending this year’s event. His fiancee’ and co-star on the reality show Princess will also be a guest. Ray J will be giving away the hottest new form of transportation ‘’Scoot-E- Bike’’.   The custom bike was designed for 50 Cent’s Pre-Derby Bash held on Friday, May 6th.

The Oaks Night party is from 11 pm to 6 am at Club Liv Louisville located at 133 W. Liberty Street.

The Grammy Award winning rap artist, actor and entrepreneur also welcomes DJ E-Feezy, The Wolf of South Beach.

Young Buck, DJ Fresh, (Rich Homie Quan’s DJ) and DJ Slikk will be a part of what promoters are calling the “Main Event”.

This dress to impress event will do an Effen Vodka Toast at 3:30 am to bring in Derby weekend and to welcome celebrity guests and visitors into the city. A list of celebrity guest will be released in coming weeks.

There will be a “Taste Room” with some of Louisville’s top chefs. The Seafood Lady will be at the event from 12:30 am to 3:00 am. Instead of rushing to an area restaurant before they close.   Keys2KY and BHen Entertainment have thought of everything. Latricia Soul Food will cook breakfast for guests from 4:00 am to 6:00 am.

This is an event you have to put on your itinerary when you are looking for a great time in the “Ville”. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite or you can stop by Rebellious Kourture, 230 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd; Better Days West, 2600 W. Broadway; JT’s Variety Club, 8021 Preston Hwy; and Exclusive Wear, 630 E. Broadway.

If you would like to reserve a table contact 731-444-2480. Purchase tickets by going to 50centderby.eventbrite.com.

The event was made possible by Effen Vodka, Southern Wine and Spirits, Keys2KY and BHen Entertainment.

You still have time if you would like to be a sponsor by calling 502-614-0429.

To setup an interview and/or request media credentials for 50 Cent’s Derby Takeover contact VIPP Communications at 502-582-7716 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: R. Prophet presents the KY Derby Front Runner Celebration

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(Louisville, KY)  Once history is made on the track at Churchill Downs and the winner of the 142nd KY Derby received their garland of roses and takes a victory lap.  The celebration is just beginning.  Go back to your hotel, take a nap and be ready to party. Grammy-nominated artist R. Prophet presents the KY Derby Front Runner Celebration at Hard Rock at Fourth Street Live.  The party is from 10:00 pm to 2:30 am.  General is $25 per person and if you want to do it VIP style it will cost you just a little more at $50.  Donations will also be accepted for a prostate cancer research, a cause close to the multi-platinum artist heart.

Throughout the evening DJ Boom and DJ Tez will provide the music. There will be live entertainment including a performance by Prophet (formally of Nappy Roots).  He will perform live his two new singles “Twerk Contest” and “A Star” off his upcoming album The Voice!  Some of his friends while in Louisville will make an appearance so you don’t want to miss that!  Special invited celebrity guests will be announced in the coming days.

There’s potential opportunities for artists to showcase their talent.  For details call 502-582-7716.

Prophet says “I want to give guests visiting Louisville something new and fun to do while visiting our city.  Come out dress to impress and let’s toast to another great Derby and great music all in one place.  I wanted the location to be central so that it would be in walking distance for many guests and a short drive for those around the city. You need to stop by, you never know who will be there.”

If you would like to setup an interview with R. Prophet, please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Jack Honey’s Art, Beats & Lyrics comes to Louisville

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WHAT:   Art, Beats and Lyrics, the traveling art and music tour presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, is coming to Louisville. What began as a small art show in Atlanta, has grown to be one of the world’s largest tours of its kind. In its 11th year, the multi-city tour showcases some of today’s best upcoming artists, along with seasoned veterans in art and music under one roof.

Visual masterpieces will be on display from featured artists Dubelyoo, Kazilla and Diana Contreras, among many other notable names recognized globally. The event will also include appearances from national hip-hop artist Twista along with Rich Medina, DJ Wally Sparks, DJ Larmarrous and DJ Hi-Definition. Previous featured acts have included Kendrick Lamar, 8Ball and MJG, Pastor Troy and Master P. Additional details are available at www.JackHoneyABL.com.

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WHO:                          Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Art, Beats & Lyrics

WHEN:                        Saturday, May 7th  2016     8 p.m.

WHERE:                      The Icehouse 226 E Washington St.

MEDIA CONTACT:   VIPP Communications     Sshanklin@vippcommunications.com

MEDIA                        Visual artists, Dubelyoo, Kazilla and Diana Contreras are available for                                               media interviews upon request.

DETAILS:                   Be Fly. Drink Responsibly.  Visit us at wwwJackHoneyABL.com

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The VIPP Report: It’s the Derby Takeover Part Two featuring Lil Boosie & Kevin Gates

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Featuring Lil Boosie and Kevin Gates in concert

Kentucky Derby Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Louisville 

Down the Stretch with Sherlene Shanklin: There’s something to do for everyone when you come to the “Derby City” especially around the Running of the 142nd Kentucky Derby.  It appears that I will be busy announcing celebrities this year.  I’m getting a lot of calls and emails.  This event, I65 Nation is calling “Derby Takeover Part Two”.  It’s Lil Boosie and Kevin Gates in concert Friday, May 6th at the KY Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane. The Derby party and concert is from 10 pm to 3 am.

Tickets are available and general admission is $50.  If you are going to do Derby “VIP” style your ticket is $80 and if you want to be a part of the “All Access” club you can get backstage for the Meet & Greet for $200.  To purchase them go to BoosieAndGates.Com.

If you have a Kentucky Derby event, send it to me at The411@whas11.com.  You can follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr and Instagram at Sherlenemediapro.

Down the Stretch with Sherlene Shanklin is a blog that announces and post Kentucky Derby events.  Stay tuned for additional announcements.  I will announce them on WHAS11 Noon Show on Thursdays, WLOU/104.7FM at 11:30 am each Thursday, WHAS11 GMK Saturday mornings with Tabnie Dozier, whas11.com and on my social media pages.   

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The VIPP Report: The King of New York takes on Kentucky during Derby weekend

50centofficialTHE KING OF NEW YORK TAKES ON KENTUCKY WITH A BIG PRE-DERBY BASH

Oaks Night will be “Immortal” when Effen Vodka presents 50 Cent Derby Takeover Friday, May 6th.  Partygoers will need to get their rest because this event will go right into Derby morning.  11 pm to 6 am at Club Liv Louisville located at 133 W. Liberty Street.  Ticket specials available on Eventbrite. 

The Grammy Award winning rap artist, actor and entrepreneur also welcomes DJ E-Feezy, The Wolf of South Beach. 

Young Buck, DJ Fresh, (Rich Homie Quan’s DJ) and DJ Slikk will be a part of what promoters are calling the “Main Event”. 

This dress to impress event will do an Effen Vodka Toast at 3:30 am to bring in Derby weekend and to welcome celebrity guests and visitors into the city.  A list of celebrity guest will be released in coming weeks.  

There will be a “Taste Room” with some of Louisville’s top chefs.  The Seafood Lady will be at the event from 12:30 am to 3:00 am.  Instead of rushing to an area restaurant before they close.  Keys2KY and BHen Entertainment have thought of everything. Latricia Soul Food will cook breakfast for guests from 4:00 am to 6:00 am. 

This is an event you have to put on your itinerary when you are looking for a great time in the “Ville”.  Tickets are available online at Eventbrite or you can stop by Rebellious Kourture, 230 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd; Better Days West, 2600 W. Broadway; JT’s Variety Club, 8021 Preston Hwy; and Exclusive Wear, 630 E. Broadway.

If you would like to reserve a table contact 731-444-2480.  Purchase tickets by going to 50centderby.eventbrite.com.

The event was made possible by Effen Vodka, Southern Wine and Spirits, Keys2KY and BHen Entertainment. 

You still have time if you would like to be a sponsor by calling 502-614-0429.

To setup an interview and/or request media credential for 50 Cent’s Derby Takeover contact VIPP Communications at 502-582-7716 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com. 

The VIPP Report is owned by Sherlene Shanklin, Owner/President of VIPP Communications headquartered in Louisville, KY.  The home of the “Greatest” Muhammad Ali and the “Greatest” two minutes of all sports the “Kentucky Derby”. 

Email: TheVIPPReport@vippcommunications.com/ Twitter: @TheVIPPReport @VIPPComm @Sherlenemediapr

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The VIPP Report: R. Kelly announces his “The Buffet” tour

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By Sherlene Shanklin

Updated 5-2-16: R. Kelly postpones Louisville concert sighting production adjustments.  So, the new date is Saturday, September 10th at the KFC Yum! Center. 

(Louisville, KY)  He was in Louisville a couple of months ago for an appearance but now he returns for a show.  Should I say this goes out to all of the “Mothers”! On Sunday, May 8th,  (Mother’s Day) it’s The Buffet Tour featuring R. Kelly at the KFC Yum! Center.  The tour is named after his new album “The Buffet” .

If you look at the calendar even closer, that’s Derby weekend too.

There will be additional information released in the coming days.

Below is the tour’s schedule.

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The VIPP Report: Muhammad Ali’s childhood home ready for tours

Special from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC, Louisville, KY

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Work is almost complete on the childhood home of Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali.  The Louisville native’s home located at 33rd and Grand Avenue has been restored to when the “Greatest” and his family lived in the West Louisville home.

The restoration is now complete and the only thing to do is move in the furniture says Rev. Charles Elliott, founder of Jesus and a Job.  They help restore the Clay home.  This will be all completed in time for the public dedication on Sunday, May 1st, which is just days prior to the Kentucky Derby.  Fans visiting Louisville will have another place to visit while in town.

I’m awaiting official notification on the cost of the tour but as soon as I get it I will file another report.

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The VIPP Report: Kentucky based DB Bourbon Candy goes “Hollywood”

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DB Bourbon Candy returns to the Academy Awards for the third year

DB Bourbon Candy must have found a four leaf clover because everything owner Robyn Stuart touches literally turns to gold.  While celebrating their new success of being in area Kroger Stores across Kentucky.  Stuart gets a call from the Oscar Gifting Lounge inviting back DB Bourbon Candy for a third year.  Stuart and her Bourbon Country team accepted the invitation and now they will prepare to head to back to Hollywood.

Academy Award nominees, guests and the who’s who of L.A. will get a chance to sample some of DB Bourbon Candy, Four Roses and then walk away with a special gift bag.

Stuart says “Everyone has been so supportive of my vision.  When I notified Four Roses they immediately jumped onboard and said they would help out anyway that they could.  The last five years of my life has been dedicated into making my candy a household name.  I feel like I ‘m on my way with the many opportunities I have been blessed with from Liquor Barn to Kroger and now the Oscars for a third time.  Everywhere I go I’m proud to say I’m from Kentucky where champions are made.  I’m definitely winning! I know my mother and grandmother would be so proud that what they did as a family tradition is now a model for DB Bourbon’s success.”

In the last week, DB Bourbon Candy delivered their first shipment of chocolates to the Kroger Company.  You can find them in participating stores.  You can also purchase them at your local Liquor Barn in various stores in Kentucky.  You can always visit their site at http://www.dbbourboncandy.com.

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

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

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The VIPP Report: Pre-Derby Event Introduces The Community To The Art of “Sippin Tea”

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What’s the first thing you think about when the words “Sippin Tea” are brought up in a conversation?  There are so many things that probably come to mind and most likely all of them are correct.

The Sippin Tea Company presents “Sippin Tea in Seersucker” on Thursday, April 16th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen at 350 W. Chestnut Street, part of Clay Commons in the South 4th Street district.

Come join the “Sippin Tea” team for an upscale casual event on the rooftop of 8UP overlooking the downtown Louisville as the city prepares for Thunder Over Louisville.  The pre-Derby event is the kickoff of two weeks of activities.

Guests will get to enjoy Sippin Southern Cocktails from Jefferson’s Bourbon & Midnight Moon with Sean Thibodeaux and sampling appetizers by Jacob Coronado.

Sippin Tea is a branded lifestyle focusing on the spirits, traditions, and apparel of Sophisticated Southern living. Our mission is to provide Lifestyle Events highlighted with a branded line of apparel and accessories that accentuate our Southern Heritage/Pride, but create a lifestyle that transcends demographic location.

The professional but casual setting will attract business leaders looking for new networking opportunities while enjoying the evening an intimate crowd atmosphere.

Bring plenty of business cards and wear your best seersucker because you will be eligible to win a Sippin Tea Gift basket.

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: Retirement Management Services, LLC, Empower Retirement and Mass Mutual 401k.

To learn more about the Sippin Tea Company go to www.sippinteacompany.com.  Follow us on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/sippinT and on Twitter @SippinTea1 to receive updates and win merchandise and tickets to events throughout Louisville.  To learn more about the venue go to www.8uplouisville.com.

The VIPP Report: 100 Black Men of Louisville announces Black Street featuring Teddy Riley as their Kentucky Derby gala entertainment

blackstreetteddyrileyofficialWe are just a few weeks away from the Kentucky Derby and events are beginning to roll in as the city prepares for the greatest two minutes in sports.  The 100 Black Men of Louisville Derby Scholarship Gala is one of the premiere pre-Derby events and I have confirmed that on Thursday, April 30th, the gala will have Grammy Award winning R&B, Soul & New Jack Swing group, Black Street featuring Teddy Riley.  The gala will be held at the Galt House East in the Grand Ballroom at 7:00 p.m.

Red Carpet begins at 6:15 p.m. along with the opening of the lounge area and bidding on the auction. At 7:00 p.m. the doors of the grand ballroom opens followed by the program and live performance for Black Street featuring Teddy Riley.  Guests will hear hits like “No Diggity” and “Before I Let You Go”.

Kevin Wigginton, President of 100 Black Men of Louisville says “We are excited about this year’s entertainment but I’m more excited that we as an organization can create such a great event that in turns goes right back into this community to assist our youth on some many levels. We are definitely partying with a purpose and that’s what it’s all about.   I hope everyone comes out and has a great time.”

Individual tickets are $200 and a table of 10 is $2,000. To purchase tickets and/or to be a sponsor, go to http://100bmol.org/ or by calling 502-457-9941.

The 100 Black Men of Louisville Derby Scholarship Gala was made possible due to the support of our program sponsors: Humana, General Electric (GE), PNC Bank, Norton’s & Net Grain.

Proceeds benefit the Mentoring, Education and Health & Wellness programs of 100 Black Men of Louisville.

To learn more about 100 Black Men of Louisville, Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization their programs, special events and how you can get involved go to 100bmol.org.

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The VIPP Report: With the Kentucky Derby right around the corner its an old school party on the waterfront with Rose Royce and Midnight Star

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On Tuesday, April 28th Rose Royce along with Midnight Star will party the night away as part of the Kentucky Derby Festival Waterfront Jam. 

Rose Royce have been playing hits like “Car Wash” and “Wishing on a Star” for over 25 years.  The Grammy Award winning R & B and soul group will be headline the outdoor concert. 
Kentucky knew about Midnight Star well before the world knew who they were.  They formed their group at Kentucky State University in Frankfort in 1976.  It will be like a homecoming for this band.  Fans will be partying to “No Parking on the Dance Floor” and “Do It” just to name a few od their many hits. 
 
Admission to all of the KDF Waterfront Jam concerts are free with a 2015 Pegasus Pin. 
 
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The VIPP Report: The Deion Branch Foundation prepares for the 2015 Kentucky Derby Marathon/miniMarathon

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It’s that time of the year again! The Deion Branch Foundation will be entering the 2015 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon on Saturday, April 25, 2015! For the fourth year, Team Branch will be running the Mini (13.1 miles) portion of the race.

Because of all of you,  last year we were able to raise a total of $10,725!  That’s $22,000 including the Branch Family donation match. We are excited to begin training and even more excited to see if we can reach our goal again this year.  In addition to raising funds for the foundation, we will also be donating multiple small grants to non-profit organizations in need, who share our mission of supporting children’s mental, physical and emotional well-being of children in our communities. In order to apply, applicants will need to send a letter on their organization’s letterhead that includes:

Introduction/Information on program.  Amount of money needed.  How the grant will benefit the children being serviced.

All letters can be mailed to the foundation and must be postmarked by April 1, 2015. Winners will be chosen at random and will be notified no later that April15, 2015. To keep this event special for us, Deion will still be pushing Deiondre the last mile (mile 12)! Upon completion of the event, the Branch Family will MATCH ALL funds raised. We ask that you please join us and consider making a donation in honor of Deiondre and the Deion Branch Foundation.

You can also help by spreading the word. Please feel free to share on your social media pages as well as with organizations who you think will benefit from our grants.  If you would like to volunteer or run/walk with Team Branch please send us an email at deionbranchfoundation@gmail.com.

Help us make a difference, one mile at a time!!!

To donate, please visit the following link:    http://www.active.com/donate/TeamBranch15 .

Send donations and grant letters to: Team Branch, P.O Box 568, Carmel, IN 46082.

Thanks for your continued generosity, love and support,

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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 inflicted with meningitis.  The DBCF’s mission is to help with research and to find a cure to ease the struggles for children like Deiondre, Deion’s son. The foundation goal is to assist by providing programs and initiatives aimed at improving their quality of life. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Branch is a client of VIPP Communications.  For interviews and/or appearances contact us at info@vippcommunications.com.