The VIPP Report: The return of the event that gives you a little spice, style and soul



With the Kentucky Derby right around the corner, the city is preparing to host racing fans with hospitality, food and some of the best drinks from the mint julep to a good bourbon on the rocks and now you can get all of these things plus much more with the return of TheSlice-Spice, Style & Soul on Saturday, April 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

We had to move the event from the parking lot of St. Augustine Catholic Church at 13th and Broadway to the Center for African American Heritage, 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd to accommodate vendors, sponsors and the number of guests that attend the annual event. This year’s theme is “A Salute to a More Compassionate Louisville”. Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy music provided by The Unlimited Band.

There will be plenty of food from chefs all over the city and for the first time a wine tasting.

Tickets are $60.00 in advance and $70.00 day of event. You can also purchase a table for eight (8) for $600.00. You can purchase them at St. Augustine Church@(502) 584-4602; Better Days Records in The Lyles Mall, JAM BUSTERS at 4906 Popular Level Road in Newburg or at the Kentucky Derby Festival offices in Old Louisville or Online via The Slice Event Site at:

Hosea Mitchell, The Slice Charities of Louisville President & CEO says “We’ve missed you and we are excited to announce that this year’s event is definitely bigger and better. We will have entertainment and some special guests throughout the evening. This signature annual fundraiser of The Slice Charities of Louisville, Inc. which makes grant awards and donations to assists social services organizations and education throughout West Louisville and Portland.”

To keep with our theme as a compassionate city, Ms. Asia Ford will be one of our special guests.   She captured the hearts of not only our city but the world when a photo was taken of her trying to complete the marathon and a police officer came to her aide and assisted her to the finish line.   She’s actually competing the morning of the 25th at the KDF miniMarathon and then will attend our event that evening.

If you would like to setup an interview with Hosea Mitchell please contact VIPP Communications at 502-582-7716 or by email at

TheSlice-Spice, Style & Soul started in April 2002 as a modest festival featuring fantastic food and live jazz, blues and R & B music in a unique and elegant atmosphere to welcome in the Derby season in West Louisville. Today, the annual signature fundraiser of The Slice Charities of Louisville, Inc. is touted as one of Metro Louisville’s most outstanding official Kentucky Derby Festival Events.


 The Slice Charities of Louisville, Inc. is an independent, inner-city focused, public charity that raises funds and makes grant awards to support the ever increasingly crucial “safety net” that today exist only because of the compassionate efforts of the nonprofit social service organizations serving West Louisville and Portland which provide: emergency food, prescription drugs, housing and utility assistance, and after-school programs.

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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 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

To setup an interview, contact VIPP Communications at info at vippcommunications dot com.  You can also follow us on Twitter @vippcomm.

The VIPP Report: The White House releases that President Barack Obama will be in Louisville later this week

Sherlene Shanklin with President Barack Obama

Sherlene Shanklin with President Barack Obama

By Sherlene Shanklin

Later this week, President Barack Obama will be in Louisville, KY.  At this time, White House officials are not releasing very many details.  I do know that the President will visit Indatus, a Louisville based technology company on Thursday, April 2, 2015.  The business is located on E. Main Street, which is just down the street from the KFC Yum Center and Whiskey Row, a new business development designed to promote Kentucky’s bourbon and other related products.

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