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.

To obtain media credentials and/or to setup interviews contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com. ***Stay tuned for special guest announcements. ***

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The VIPP Report: It’s the countdown into the new year benefiting area youth

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The Stamina Foundation rings in 2020 with a clear vision for the year ahead

(Louisville, KY) The Stamina Foundation presents their inaugural New Year’s Eve Soiree hosted by Louisville native former NCAA & NBA Champion Derek Anderson and his wife Dr. Ashley Anderson at the Hyatt Regency Louisville at 9:00 p.m.

It will be an evening filled with great entertainment by The Unlimited Show Band featuring Sheryl Rouse and DJ Reggie Regg.  There will be a special performance by Hannah Drake that you don’t want to miss.  The emcee for the evening will be Oremeyi Kareem.

It’s a party with a purpose benefiting the Stamina Foundation Food Insecurity Endowment that will be used to support initiatives in the community combating hunger among our youth. General admission tickets are $75, and VIP is $125.  You can purchase them on Eventbrite.com.

Please post our announcement on your NYE event calendars and announce on your shows.  If you have any questions and/or would like to setup an interview, contact booking@vippcommunications.com.

The Stamina Foundation New Year’s Eve Soiree was made possible due to the support of the following community leaders who tirelessly give back to organizations who are trying to make a difference through compassion.  A special thank you to: Papa John’s, Pride Realty, Nail Talk, Citizens Union Bank, Republic Bank, LGE and KU Foundation, WellCare, Norton Healthcare, AFM Threads, VOME’, Simply Thai and Heine Brothers.  To be a sponsor and/or purchase a table contact us at AOK@staminafd.com.

To learn more about the Stamina Foundation visit www/staminafd.com.

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The VIPP Report: Chris Tucker announces Kentucky comedy show

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Twenty-twenty is shaping up to be a big year for entertainment coming to the Bluegrass.  Comedian/actor Chris Tucker announces his return to Louisville.  The Rush Hour and Friday star has attended the Kentucky Derby and other events while in Louisville. He even took the stage to sing with the late Teena Marie at the Grand Gala, a Kentucky Derby Event but this time he will take the stage to do stand up.  Save the date of Friday, March 6th at the Louisville Palace.

Tickets are already on sale and they start at $39.50.  Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. Fans will not be allowed to take photos and/or record portions of the show.  Tucker and his team just want you to sit back and just take in the comedy experience.

 

The VIPP Report: JB Smoove performs at the Kentucky Center

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(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center presents multi-talented comedian/actor Jerry “JB Smoove” Brooks.  The author of The Book of Leon: Philosophy of a Fool, based on his character Leon where he’s loved by so many fans who watch the HBO comedy series “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.  He actually got his start by appearing on Def Comedy Jam in 1995.  He’s appeared on countless shows and programs from Saturday Night Live, ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat to the Real Husbands of Hollywood.

He will be at the Kentucky Center on Friday, October 25th in Bomhard Theater.  His stand up act is for mature adults due to the language and theme of the show.

Tickets are $38.50 and they are still available at the time of this report.

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The VIPP Report: KCAAH will host a family fun day to commemorate Juneteenth

Juneteenth Family Fun Day will take place this weekend just before Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.

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The Juneteenth Family Fun Day is where community is invited to come and explore the solar system in UofL’s Rauch Portable Planetarium, participate in puppet-making workshop with puppet master Troy Johnson, and Nana Yaa Asantewaa will perform her “Weaving Webs of Wisdom” in her storytelling circle. This year, they will feature Maker13 and the Maker Mobile.  There will also be other fun things for children to enjoy from face painting, snapping it up at the photo booth, Planet Mogul to a bouncy for youth to enjoy.  In addition, you can get your competitive spirit on with cards, checkers, chess, cornhole and more!

The Juneteenth Family Fun Day is FREE and open to the public.

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd in West Louisville.

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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: “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: Wilson, LaBelle & Debarge scheduled to perform at the KFC Yum! Center

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Spring into love with an Evening of Soul with R & B superstars Charlie Wilson and Patti LaBelle along with special guest El DeBarge.

The trio will perform at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday, April 6th. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the concert will begin at 7:00 pm.

The last time, I attended a concert of Wilson his stage performance was second to none. The high energy show moved with dancers and a band for over 50 minutes.

You would expect to pay a lot of money to see these artists are definitely getting a deal with it only costing you between $42 and $125 dollars.

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The VIPP Report: Dance Theatre of Harlem will perform at the Kentucky Center

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For more than 50 years the Dance Theatre of Harlem, (DTH) have been entertaining audiences all over the U.S.  The 17-member dance ensemble is dedicated to transforming lives thought the power of arts and the vision of inclusion and access for all.  DHT is in Louisville on tonight, (November 9) at 8:00 pm at the Kentucky Center in Whitney Hall.

If you have never seen them perform, it’s a variety of generational art of expression from treasured classics, neo-classical works to ballet and African-American culture.

It’s not only an anniversary for the Dance Theatre of Harlem but the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts 35th anniversary.

Tickets start at $25 and they can be purchased at the Kentucky Center box office, www.kentuckycenter.org and/or by calling 502-502-584-7777.

 

The VIPP Report: Miss Kentucky Katie Bouchard’s Appearance/Travel Schedule

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For the week of October 26, 2018

Wednesday, October 31st

Fall Institute Conference hosted by the Family Resource and Youth Services Coalition of Kentucky @11:00 am, Galt House Hotel, 140 N. 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Thursday, November 1st

Colony Elementary School, 3656 Somerset Rd, @9:00 am, London, KY 40741

Hazel Green Elementary, 2515 Highway 1394, @11:00 am, East Bernstadt, KY 40729

Wyan-Pine Elementary School, 2330 Keavy Road, @1:00 pm, London, KY 40744

 Friday, November 2nd-Saturday, November 3rd

Breeders’ Cup World Championship, Churchill Downs, 700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208

Katie participated in the Miss America Competition on Saturday, September 9th, from historic Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.  Now, she travels throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky speaking to schools, organizations and events empowering and motivating everyone she comes into contact.

The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) (4), is one of the most recognizable household names in America working to empower young women through education and service. The Miss America Organization is comprised of 51 licensed state organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Miss America candidates contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $17 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007. The Miss America Foundation, a 501(c) (3), provides academic, community service, and other scholarships to young women.

If you would like to set up a media interview with Miss Kentucky Katie Bouchard please contact VIPP Communications for availability by calling 502.295.0435 or email us at  info@vippcommunications.com.

For appearances and speaking engagements please send your request to bookmissky@gmail.com.

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The VIPP Report: Tekashi 6ix9ine will headline inaugural rap fest in Louisville

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(Louisville, KY) The music scene continues to grow in the Louisville bringing in all types of genres.  Now, a rap music fest is coming to give you a diverse platform and several types of rap from southern to east coast rap.  DRIPFEST will be held on Friday, October 19th at Diamond Concert Hall, 630 Barret Ave.

This year’s headliner will be Tekashi 6ix9ine.  The artist known for his unconventional appearance but contagious lyrics and explosive stage performance that you normally see at a rock music concert.  Known for his 2018 hit “FeFe” featuring Nicki Manaj and Murda Beatz which debuted number #3 in the Hot 100. In 2017, his hit “GUMMO” also landed in the HOT 100 ranking. In April, he also released “Gotti” and created a music video in the Dominican Republic and donated money to people in need.

Also, performing at DRIPFEST on October 19th will be artists Dusty Leigh, BSimm, INDY Cut and BBlasian.

To support area entrepreneurs, we will have a food trucks for you to purchase their specialty foods at an economical price.  Gates open at 6:30 pm. The show will begin at 8:00 pm. General admission tickets are $60 and VIP tickets are $75 with a special meet and greet. You can purchase tickets at Eventbrite.com or stop by Michael JS in Mall St. Matthews, 5000 Shelbyville Road; HairLaFlair Boutique, 1859 Berry Blvd; DBA Couture, 5017 Poplar Level Road; Lil Pat’s Barbershop, 821 North Wilson Road in Radcliff, KY; Better Days Records East, 1765 Bardstown Road and Better Days Records West, 2600 W. Broadway #104.

Be sure to tune into 98.9 FM and 93.1 FM to win tickets to DRIPFEST 2018 at Diamond Concert Hall on Friday, October 19th.

For additional information and/or to be a vendor, call 502-315 -9443.

Please announce and/or post on your media platforms.  If you would like to setup an interview with the organizers of DRIPFEST or local artists performing contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Hideaway Festival Comes to Louisville this Sunday

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Giving the whole family something to do under one roof

You are invited to the first ever technology, arts and music festival in Louisville.  This year’s event will be held in the Germantown neighborhood on Sunday, October 7th starting at 2:30pm at the Art Sanctuary located at 1433 South Shelby Street.

The Hideaway Fest is a day filled with a mix of music, comedy, interactive art and groundbreaking technology programs. From 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. there will be opportunities to network along with a panel discussion of technology influencers of Louisville which includes Paige Battcher from Kistmet Ideas, Raechele Gray from 1804, Clay Cook from Clay Cook Photography, Jabril Goodner from Art World among others.

Followed by performances from the likes of Apalatin, Stanliv, Vonda, Picasso Cleezy, Dom B & Rommel from 3:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. with additional names added daily. As you listen to the artists and explore Louisville’s best food trucks, live paintings, multiple art exhibits and vendors all at one location.

Tickets are $15 for early bird admission $35 for VIP which includes express lines to food vendors and access to other VIP sanctioned areas.  You can purchase advance tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hideaway-fest-tickets-49544442762.

A portion of all the proceeds will go toward the Americana Community Centers Youth programming to fund their resources for creative technology such as computers, cameras, iPads and, software.

Americana provides comprehensive programs to immigrants, refugees, and low-income individuals in Louisville. These programs enable people to overcome the challenges of integrating into a new community and of living below the poverty line. Learn more about the Americana Community Center at americanacc.org.

Please post and/or announce the inaugural Hideway Festival held on Sunday, October 7th.  If you would like to setup an interview contact VIPP Communications by email at info@vippcommunications.com.  

 

 

 

 

 

The VIPP Report: Kin Killin’ Kin Artist James Pate Visits Louisville

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(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is exhibiting James Pate’s KKK Series Kin Killin’ Kin Traveling Art Exhibition September 14 – November 12, 2018. The artist James Pate will give a gallery talk during the opening reception on Friday, September 21, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Pate will discuss what motivated him to create Kin Killin’ Kin featuring scenes of young African-American men donned in Ku Klux Klan hoods committing acts of violence, creating an overt comparison between gang violence and the terrorism of the KKK. Pate says, “the numbers of Blacks killed by other Blacks since reconstruction far exceeds those lynched by “Whites”. Sadly, this pattern continued year after year, up to the present day”. The Center for Disease Control cites homicide as the leading cause of death for Black males between the age of 15 and 34.

Pate’s Kin Killin’ Kin is designed to shock and stop the viewer. Pate says “mainly, I want kids to pause and reflect”.

To close out the exhibition, a Youth Voices Against Violence Forum will held at the Heritage Center on Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. During this forum, District 15 Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will facilitate a panel of youth from our community who will discuss the themes of gun violence and other forms of violence occurring in our society today. This panel of youth will examine the themes of gun violence within the context of public health, bystander action, healing through arts, and mobilizing for change through community dialogues.

Kin Killin’ Kin curator Willis Bing Davis says, “art holds the power to promote change”. For Davis, that’s partly because art is a language that everyone understands. “It is the universal connection of the art,” he said. “Art is one of the things that touches all of us.” Art is also a liberating language, he says. “Sometimes the art can say something that we can’t say in words.”

The Heritage Center views this exhibition as a powerful tool to promote community dialogue and community action by delving deeper into the themes of the exhibit, highlighting current efforts in violence prevention in Metro Louisville and cultivating the youth voice in the community. The Heritage Center recognizes the increase in gun violence and its impact on the communities it serves and presents Kin Killin’ Kin for the community to take action.

If you would like to setup an interview and/or tour the exhibit, contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email info@vippcommunications.com.  We hope you are able to post on your calendars so your viewers and/or listeners get an opportunity to see the exhibit while in Louisville.

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The VIPP Report: Area promoters unite to create the Louisville 502 Shutdown

SOME OF THE HOTTEST PROMOTERS IN LOUISVILLE HIT A HOME RUN BY TEAMING UP TO CREATE A WEEKEND TO SHOW UNITY AND THEIR POSITIVE INFLUENCE IN THE COMMUNITY

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(Louisville, KY) The entertainment scene in Louisville is growing by leaps and bounds from concerts, celebrities after-parties, galas, Kentucky Derby to community events.  With the growth in 2018, comes a sense of pride from entertainment promoters to outdo themselves every time to give their strong support system of followers and guests a unique experience.

Imagine if all the promoters would come together to create and show a united front because they are the trendsetters in the community and they have the influence to set the standard.  So, on September 15th and 16th ten Louisville-based promoters will team up for the “Louisville 502 Shutdown”. This is a major collaboration of Big Don MJ, The Gentlemen of Dream Team, Keys2KY, BHen Entertainment, Elite Society, Southside Entertainment, DJ Equip, FAO, Lil Wayne and JRock Entertainment, and B. Smith Entertainment. 

The weekend kicks off at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd for their Louisville 502 Shutdown Day Party.  Each promoter’s fanbase will start at KCAAH with three rooms to party from 5:00 pm to 10 :00 pm.

The DJ schedule is just as impressive.  Promoters has assembled a dynamic roster of party starters.  You can see them around the city in their particular club and/or major event.  Many have garnered regional and national attention for their skills and five of them will work the day party to get the weekend started.  DJ Samosa, DJ Butter, DJ Lil Jerry, DJ Kaos, and Rockstar Renegade will party until the sun goes down.  Then your 502 Shutdown experience moves.  Two different venues but both guaranteed to have you dancing late into the night.

Some will head to The Hideout at 934 Baxter Ave while others will go to Cole’s Place at Kentucky Street for their official after-parties. DJ Knitti, DJ Lil Jerry, and Hype man Face will be at Cole’s and DJ Cam and DJ Znyce will be at The Hideout.

To conclude their grand slam weekend, on Sunday, September 16th at MVP Sports Bar, 5011 Poplar Level Road. DJ Phats, DJ Lil Jerry, Rockstar Renegade and DJ Eb will wrap up the collaboration as you enjoy their music, food and watch a few games.

The inaugural weekend is guaranteed to fill that void that party lovers have been missing.  Ten promoters teaming up to give you’re the ultimate party experience.  You can purchase tickets at various locations: Wing Station, 2119 Crums Lane; Better Days West, 2600 West Broadway; Hair La Flair, 1859 Berry Blvd; Michael JS, St. Matthews Mall; DBA Couture, 5017 Poplar Level Road and/or got to Eventbrite.com.  For additional information call the Louisville 502 Shutdown hotline at 502-472-2069 or by email at 502shutdown@gmail.com.

Please consider announcing and/or posting our weekend of events.  If you would like to setup an interview, contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcomunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: The Soul of Russell Arts & Cultural Festival will be held at the Heritage Center in the heart of the Russell Neighborhood

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(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) in collaboration with the Kentucky Music Heritage Foundation presents the Soul of Russell Arts & Cultural Festival August 24th & 25th.  The Soul of Russell Arts and Cultural Festival will be two amazing nights celebrating the blues and jazz tradition in Kentucky at the Heritage Center in Louisville.

On Friday, August 24th, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm local blues and jazz artists will perform Saluting Past Blues and Jazz Giants from Kentucky, showcasing artists: Tanita Gaines, Karan Chavis, Carla Reisert and the Midwest Creole Ensemble, will perform music remembering Mary Anne Fisher, Helen Humes, Sara Martin, Barrington “Boogie” Martin, William “Roach” Cochram, and special tribute to Bluesman Steve Ferguson.

On Saturday, August 25th from 1:00 pm to 4:00pm, the festival will take you back in history with Kentucky Music from 1840s through the 1920s.  At 1:00 pm it’s Gallery Talk: Doug Van Buren About the Exhibition by the Kentucky Music Heritage Foundation currently on display at KCAAH.  This conversation is scheduled to conclude around 2:15 pm (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes).

From 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm its From Jug Band to Blues and Jazz.  Michael L. Jones and Keith S. Clements will facilitate a presentation and discussion about the rich history of Jug Band Music the origin of Blues and Jazz in Kentucky. These two presentations are free and open to the public.

Also, on Saturday evening, August 25th from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm it’s the Soulful Sounds of Derby Town.  The evening will showcase some of Louisville’s rich talent featuring Robbie Bartlett, Marjorie Marshall, Paula Yarbrough, Ron Lewis “Mr. Wonderful” and The Villeffect Band.

This year’s mistress of ceremony for both evenings will be The Glamour Girl of Comedy Kimberly Vaughn.  The Heritage Center is located in the heart of the Russell Neighborhood at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and/or $35 for both nights

 If you would like to setup an interview and/or covering this year’s Soul of Russell Arts & Cultural Festival contact VIPP Communications at 502-582-7216 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

For additional information visit the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage at http://www.kcaah.org  Follow us on our social media platforms: Twitter @kygriot/FB @kygriot.

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The VIPP Report: VIPP Style Accessories will host a Sip, Shop & Support

 

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VIPP Style Accessories will host their monthly Sip, Shop & Support on Sunday, August 19th at Virtue located at 103 W. Oak Street from 2 pm to 5 pm.  Admission is FREE!  We are just asking you to come out and support the vendors/businesses.

This is an opportunity for local entrepreneurs get a chance to showcase their service and/or product and network with other businesses.

There will be vendors from statement pieces, beauty, health, romance, fashion clothing to locally owned company that actually makes their own cremes, bath soaps.

Here’s some of the vendors that’s confirmed their participation:

  • We 2 Sistas
  • TJ Next Level Apparels
  • Advance Pure Romance with Whitney
  • Danita Beals Independent Consultant/Paparazzi Jewelry
  • Angel’s Massage
  • Eboney Rice Bridges Mary Kay Consultant
  • VIPP Style Accessories

Virtue is a sponsor for the event.  If you would like to be a sponsor to market your business contact VIPP Style Accessories at booking at vippstyle dot com.

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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.

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The VIPP Report: 2013 University of Louisville Men’s Basketball Team reunites for their 5 year anniversary

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(Louisville, KY) They dominated the headlines as the underdog team with the hearts of champions. Eliminating team after team to reach the pinnacle in college basketball with a record of 31 wins and only six loses.  Now, the members of the Cardinal team will gather for their five-year reunion and the team wants to celebrate with you, their fans.

On Friday, June 29th, it’s Rise Above with the 2013 Basketball Championship 5th Year Reunion Celebration at Fourth Street Live, 400 S. 4th in downtown Louisville.  Doors open at 5:30 pm and the celebration will begin at 6:00 pm.  The evening will be filled with activities, giveaways and a meet and greet with the team.  Fans will get a special treat because you will get to relive the 2013 championship game with the team.  As you watch the game, you will get to ask players and staff in attendance what were they thinking and how surreal it was to win that championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on April 8, 2013.

Here’s the names of the University of Louisville 2013 team: Gorgui Dieng, Peyton Siva, Russ Smith, Luke Hancock, Kevin Ware, Montrezl Harrell, Mangok Mathiang, Logan Bauman, Tim Henderson, Wayne Blackshear, Chane Behanan, Zach Price, Michael Baffour, Mike Marra and Stephan Van Treese.  All of the players will be in attendance at the celebration except for Dieng who had prior obligations in his hometown of Senegal.

Tickets start at $20 for general admission.  Children 12 years old and under get in free with a paid adult admission.  You can purchase them at ticketfly.com.  You can also purchase them at the gate as you enter Fourth Street Live.

You still have an opportunity to be a sponsor and show your support by contacting Roger McClendon at riseabovereunion@gmail.com.

To setup an in-studio or phone interview and/or to confirm your attendance at the celebration contact Sherlene Shanklin, interviewrequest@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: 2013 University of Louisville Men’s Basketball team will reunite to celebrate their unforgettable season

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 (Louisville, KY) They dominated the headlines as the underdog team with the hearts of champions. Eliminating team after team to reach the pinnacle in college basketball with a record of 31 wins and only six loses.  Now, the members of the Cardinal team will gather for their five-year reunion and the team wants to celebrate with you, their fans.

On Friday, June 29th, it’s Rise Above with the 2013 Basketball Championship 5th Year Reunion Celebration at Fourth Street Live, 400 S. 4th in downtown Louisville.  Doors open at 5:30 pm and the celebration will begin at 6:00 pm.  Throughout the evening there will be special guests and giveaways which includes a meet and greet with the team.

The following players are scheduled to appear: Gorgui Dieng, Peyton Siva, Russ Smith, Luke Hancock, Kevin Ware, Montrezl Harrell and the rest of the 2013 National Champions Louisville Cardinals.

Tickets start at $20 for general admission.  Children 12 years old and under get in free with a paid adult admission.  You can purchase them at ticketfly.com.

You still have an opportunity to be a sponsor and show your support by contacting Roger McClendon at riseabovereunion@gmail.com.

To setup an in-studio or phone interview and/or to confirm your attendance at the celebration contact Sherlene Shanklin, interviewrequest@vippcommunications.com.

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

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

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

The Deion Branch Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer support to children’s mental, physical, emotional wellbeing and for those who have been infected with meningitis.  The DBCF’s mission is to help with research and to find a cure to ease the struggle for children like Deion’s son. The foundation goal is to assist by providing programs and initiatives aimed at improving their quality of life. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  For more information on the foundation go to http://www.deionbranchfoundation.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The VIPP Report: Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant crowns Miss Wayne County Area

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MISS KENTUCKY’S OUTSTANDING TEEN PAGEANT CROWNS MISS WAYNE COUNTY AREA TO REPRESENT KENTUCKY IN THE MISS AMERICA’S OUTSTANDING TEEN PAGEANT

(Louisville, KY) Tonight, it’s the changing of the arms. A new queen is announced for the Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, (MKOTP) held at the Kentucky Center in downtown Louisville.

Twenty-two contestants representing the bluegrass being judged on talent, a private interview, lifestyle and fitness in sportswear, evening wear and on-stage question.

Tonight, Miss Wayne County Area Joanna Clark was crowned the winner.  She will now go to the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando, Florida to represent Kentucky at the end of July.

Here’s the official standing: 1st Runner-up Savannah Cooper; 2nd Runner-up Reagan Earlywine; 3rd Runner-up Haven Wolfe and 4th Runner-up Claire Yates.

Dr. Ashley D. Anderson, Executive Director for the pageant and President of the Miss Kentucky board says “The judges had a very difficult time this year.  There was so many talented ladies and all very deserving.  Joanna Clark will represent Kentucky very well in the upcoming pageant.  I hope everyone will rally around her as she prepares to compete in Orlando.  The pageant is so much more than people know.  This pageant empower young ladies to be the best they can be.  We help develop leadership skills and confidence.”

The Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization is a celebration of the talent, scholastic achievement and commitment to service of Kentucky’s finest young women. This Organization is so much more than a crown…it is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time!

After crowning, Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Joanna Clark and the 21 other contestants attended an awards reception at the downtown Marriott where we will award approximately $10k in additional scholarships.

To set up an interview, please call Sherlene Shanklin, at sshanklin at vippcommunications dot com.

For additional information on the pageant please visit www.misskentucky.org.

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 The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant is an official preliminary of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Organization.  This program is empowering young women through pageantry to develop leadership skills, confidence and achieve their biggest goals in life. MKYOT is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time!

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The VIPP Report: The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant will be held in Louisville

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(Louisville, KY) The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, (MKOTP) will take place on Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th at the Kentucky Center in downtown Louisville located at 501 W. Main Street.  The official preliminary of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Organization will bring 22 contestants from across the Commonwealth.  Contestants are scheduled to arrive in Louisville on Thursday.  On Friday, they will participate in the interview portion of the pageant followed by tours of Churchill and the Kentucky Derby Museum.  Then that night, they will enjoy a Louisville Bats Game.

On Saturday, May 26th is the beginning of the stage competition.  At 12:00 pm, is the preliminary competition which will be conducted in front of an audience.  Followed by a second round of preliminaries at 8:00 pm. On Sunday, May 27th at 2:00 pm, the finalist will be announced and one young lady will be announced as this year’s Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen.

Each contestant will be judged on talent, a private interview, lifestyle and fitness in sportswear, evening wear and on-stage question.

Last year’s winner and current title holder Frankfort, KY native Abigail “Abby” Quammen will be attending the University of Alabama on a full tuition scholarship just for competing at the national pageant.  The program is empowering young women, through pageantry to develop leadership skills, confidence and achieve their biggest goals in life. MKYOT is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time

Dr. Ashley D. Anderson, Executive Director for the pageant and President of the Miss Kentucky board says “The Miss America Scholarship Organization has long been a household name for the glamour of the crown and the celebrity of the women who have worn it; but we are so much more! The Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization is a celebration of the talent, scholastic achievement and commitment to service of Kentucky’s finest young women. This organization is about empowering young women, through pageantry, to develop the leadership skills, confidence and network to achieve their biggest goals in life. It is our mission to provide scholarship opportunities for the young women of Kentucky to advance their education at little cost to themselves and their families. This Organization is so much more than a crown…it is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time”!

After crowning, there’s an awards reception at the downtown Marriott where we will award approximately $10k in additional scholarships.

Tickets for the Miss Outstanding’s Teen Pageant are $30.00 for Saturday events, $35.00 for Sunday.  If you would like to attend all three open sessions the package is $80.25. They can be purchased at the Kentucky Center box office or by calling 502-584-7777.

To set up an interview, please call Sherlene Shanklin, at sshanklin at vippcommunications.com.

For additional information on the pageant please visit www.misskentucky.org.

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The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant is an official preliminary of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Organization.  This program is empowering young women through pageantry to develop leadership skills, confidence and achieve their biggest goals in life. MKYOT is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time!

 

The VIPP Report: Comedian Eddie Griffin announces date of Louisville show

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The actor/comedian will be in Louisville at the Brown Theatre on Saturday, July 21st.  In February, Showtime premiered his fifth stand-up special, Eddie Griffin: Undeniable and now fans can see him live on stage.

In 1990, Griffin took a dare to get up in front of an audience in a comedy club and do three minutes of stand up. Needless to say some 45 minutes later the choreographer for the Kansas City Chiefs half-time shows hung up his dance shoes and headed to Los Angeles with a one-way ticket to pursue his gift to make people laugh. Some 28 years later, Griffin continues to make people laugh on television and venues across the country.

Tickets for Eddie Griffin’s Louisville show at the Brown Theatre start at $45.  They go on sale at 10:00 am on Friday, May 18th.

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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

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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: 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: 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: Annual Hope Awards Showcase Members of the West Louisville Boys and Girls Choirs

 

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(Louisville, KY) The West Louisville Performing Arts Academy (WLPAA) d.b.a. West Louisville Boys and West Louisville Girls Choirs, (WLBC/WLGC) announces their 18th Annual Hope Awards Dinner Concert on Saturday, December 9th at the University Club on the University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus.  The dinner concert will begin at 6:00 p.m.

This year’s McDaniel Bluitt Hope Award recipient is Kentucky Senator for 33rd District Gerald A. Neal.  “He works tirelessly in the community.  Many see him on television but the things you don’t see that got the attention of my organization.  Sen. Neal has made several visits to talk to members of both choirs.  He was candid with them and helped them understand what it takes to be a leader in the community.  His knowledge was invaluable and he demonstrates all the characteristics to be this year’s honoree,” says McDaniel Bluitt, Boys Choir Director.

Senator Neal did highlight his honor but the accomplishments of the choirs by saying “I congratulate the students and leadership of the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy, members of the West Louisville Boys and Girls Choir for their dedication, educational obtainment, and for making a difference in the world. It is through the pursuit of excellence that they plan, prepare, and ultimately perform at a high level.”

We invite you to come out and support the youth but one of our greatest community leaders Sen. Neal.  Tickets for the 18th Annual Hope Awards are $100 for adults and $50 for students.  They can be purchased at 323 West Broadway, Artspace, 4th floor.  For more information, please contact McDaniel Bluitt at 502-376-7840

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

If you would like to set up an interview with Bluitt, Founder/Director of the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy and/or Sen. Gerald Neal contact us at info@vippcommunications.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The VIPP Report: Louisville native Bryson Tiller announces “Set It Off” tour

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By Sherlene Shanklin

His “Trap Soul” album took the music industry by storm.  Now, Louisville native and Grammy nominated artist Bryson Tiller announces his “Set It Off” tour and of course his hometown is on the list.

Fans will see Bryson on Saturday, September 16 at the KFC Yum! Center as part of his North American tour.  Metro Boomin and R&B singer H.E.R. will open the show.

His new album “True to Self” is already getting rave reviews and maybe ranked of No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. He surprised fans by releasing it on May 26th about a month earlier than its anticipated date.

I will monitor that ranking when it comes out this Sunday, June 4. This is only Bryson’s aka Pen Griffey’s second album.  The RCA artist has been singing and rapping since his high school days at Iroquois High and in 2014 his single “Don’t” became a hit thanks to the internet and his new found followers. Artists like Drake and Timbaland vibed on Tiller’s sound and that’s what got labels interested.

Now, he’s had hits like “Sorry Not Sorry”, “Exchange” and his current hit “Somethin Tells Me”.

Bryson is already collecting plenty of hardware for his trophy case. In 2016, he won Best new artist, Best R& B/Pop artist at the BET Awards. He also won Best New R & B artist at the iHeart Radio Music Awards this year.  His nominations have been adding up too from the Grammy Awards to the Billboard Music Awards.

The tour kicks off on June 23rd in Los Angeles in the Staple Center.

Tickets for the September 16th show in Louisville start at $39.50. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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The VIPP Report: Louisville leaders step up to help keep youth safe this summer

PRESS CONFERENCE ADVISORY

May 24, 2017

With the recent acts of violence in the community and today being the last day of school for Jefferson County Public School students, parents and guardians are scrambling to find events and activities for youth to attend.

On Thursday, May 25th at 10:00 am at Old Male High School, 911 S. Brook Street community and faith-based leaders will announce an event taking place this weekend. Leaders are buying up tickets to give to organizations and church groups to make sure youth have something safe to do on Memorial Day weekend.

The chaperoned event will be fun safe and will applaud the youth who are doing what their families, schools and community ask of them.

In conjunction with the announcement WLOU/104.7FM will do a marathon giveaway Thursday and Friday to make sure youth who want to attend that do not have the money will get to enjoy their first weekend on summer break.

Please join us for details of the event, the former University of Kentucky and University of Louisville players who’ve agreed to be a part of Saturday’s event and the community leaders who are stepping up to make sure our children have a place where they can be kids and not worry about their safety.

Representatives from WLOU, 104.7FM, church leaders and various community leaders will all be on hand for the media briefing to show their support. (Please see attached-All participating organizations involved in Saturday’s event)

If you have any questions, please contact Barry Tilford at 502-650-3660.
A full press release will be distributed at the conclusion of the announcement. For media inquiries please contact VIPP Communications at 502-582-7716 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

PRESS CONFERENCE DETAILS:  Thursday, May 25th 10:00 am Old Male High School, 911 S. Brook Street Contact: Barry Tilford, 502-650-3660

 

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: Former Louisville Cardinals return to host a series of events for “Cardinal Week”

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2013 NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPS RUSS SMITH, PEYTON SIVA, KEVIN WARE & LUKE HANCOCK WILL PARTICIPATE ALONG WITH FORMER CARD & CURRENT BOSTON CELTIC TERRY ROZIER

(Louisville KY) Tim Barnett Media presents Cardinal Week. The week is designed for loyal fans to come out and meet the former players and have a chance to interact with some of their local heroes while supporting them in their future endeavors.

Cardinal fans will get to see members of the 2013 National Championship team. They won the hearts of the world as they rallied game after game during the NCAA tournament to become the national champs. You will have several opportunities during Cardinal Week to see Russ Smith, Peyton Siva, Kevin Ware and Luke Hancock. Also, a part of the Cardinal family, Terry Rozier he will return to Louisville after playing in the NBA with the Boston Celtics.

On Monday, June 20th, it’s the Russdiculous Golf Scramble at Hunting Creek Country Club, 6807 Foxcroft Road in Prospect, KY.   Registration begins at 10 am. Its $800 for a team of four (4). Golfers take to the course at 11:30 am. From 5:30 pm-6:30 pm teams will return to the clubhouse for cocktails and hor d’oeuvres.

Participants will have an opportunity to drive a Porsche for the weekend. All you have to do is enter the “Close to the hole” challenge courtesy of Blue Grass Motorsports. You also have a chance to have Siva and Hancock on your golf team.

There will be a silent auction with items that the players will pull from their personal items. If you have an item you would like to donate, go to www.russdiculousgolfscramble.com.

Former Cards are beginning to confirm their attendance. Stay tuned for more player announcements.

From young at heart to our young Cardinal fans it’s the Camp of Champions Basketball Camp. It will be hosted by Siva, Smith, Ware and Rozier.   The camp is June 21st-23rd at Louisville Collegiate School, 2427 Glenmary Ave.

The camp will be divided into two sessions. The first session ages 6-10 years of age will hold the session from 9 am-1 pm. The second session is for youth 11-16 years of age.   They will be in session from 2 pm to 6 pm. The camp is $215 and space is limited.

Former and current U of L players will stop by and support the camp. Tim Henderson and Luke Hancock will be the camp’s special guests.

You can register at www.kycampofchampions.com. The deadline is June 1st to sign up.

On Friday, June 24th, there will be a Meet & Greet at Bluegrass Motor Sports, 4730 Bowling Ave from 7 pm to 9 pm. All five will be in attendance and available for autographs. They are only $20 per autographed item.

On Saturday, June 25th we will have a meet in Greet in Glasgow, KY at Caverna HS. The time is 12p-3p. Each autographed item is $20.

Russ Smith says “We are excited to comeback to Louisville and giveback by doing these things in the community. It will be good to see and talk to Cardinal fans and reunite with my brothers Peyton, Terry, Kevin and Luke. Come out and have a goodtime with us during Cardinal Week.”

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor contact Mr. Tim Barnett at coachbarnettfba@gmail.com or call 502.807.7152. For media availability please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

If you can’t make it to any of the events but would like to support Smith’s efforts. You can make donations to his foundation at http://www.russdiculousgolfscramble.com.

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

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(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.

If you have a story idea, send it to thevippreport at VIPPCommunications dot com.  You can follow us on Twitter @thevippreport @vippcomm.

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

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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.   

If you have a story idea and/or would like to advertise with The VIPP Report contact us at TheVIPPReport at vippcommunications dot com.  You can follow us on Twitter @thevippreport @vippcomm.

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

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DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE THESLICE RETURNS BIGGER AND BETTER WITH A NEW LOCATION IN WEST LOUISVILLE

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: http://www.thesliceoflouisville.org.

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 sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

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.

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 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: Grace at The Race announces Kirk Franklin, Amy Grant & Tamela Mann in concert during Kentucky Derby weekend

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The VIPP Report:  Kirk Franklin and the Family will be in Louisville during Kentucky Derby weekend.  It’s the 2nd Annual Grace at The Race featuring Tamela Mann, Amy Grant and Franklin.  The concert will be held on Thursday, May 1st at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in downtown Louisville.  The fly jock Tom Joyner will be the emcee for the evening.

Grace at The Race is an annual Pre-Derby event that will honor three individuals from the corporate, sports and entertainment sectors for their commitment and contributions to community service and raises funds for local and national non-profit organizations that have a focus on at risk children.

“Grace at The Race” will be held on Thursday, May 1st at the Galt House for dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. followed by the concert.  If you would like to have dinner prior to the concert, there will be a “Grace at The Race” dinner which includes a concert ticket.  For both events tickets are $125.00 before March 1st and $150.00 after that date.  During the dinner local gospel artist Cynthia Williams will be featured.

If you would like to just attend the concert you purchase single tickets before March 1st for only $67.00, after March 1st, tickets are $77.00. For group sales call 502-417-1624.

For additional information on “Grace at The Race”, please visit http://www.graceattherace.com.

If you have a Kentucky Derby event you would like to promote contact our advertising dept. at TheVIPPReport@vippcommunications.com.  Follow us on Twitter @VIPPComm for real-time coverage.