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Saddle up for the swankiest hoedown in town: KET’s 2012 Summer Celebration

For Release: 2012-05-07 11:23:00

Annual event to benefit KET programs and services

There’s something for everyone at the swankiest hoedown in town during KET’s 24th annual Summer Celebration taking place Friday, June 15, from 7 p.m. to midnight at Donamire Farm in Lexington. This year’s theme, “Rhinestone Rodeo,” will entice those who are a little bit country and those who are all ten-gallon hat to help support the programs and services of KET. Ann and Terry McBrayer of Lexington are this year’s honorary chairs, and Don and Mira Ball of Lexington are hosting the event.

Highlights of the event include: a chuck wagon feast by DaRae & Friends Catering of Lexington; a “gold rush” silent auction with more than 300 glittering items; and the blazing hot sounds of The Jimmy Church Band. Auction items include: University of Kentucky men’s basketball lower arena season tickets; jewelry; home furnishings; fine art; autographed memorabilia; sports packages; vacations to Africa, Lake Tahoe, and the island of St. Martin; and much more.

Platinum Sequined Sponsors are: Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.; Alltech; Brown-Forman Corporation; Hilliard Lyons; Ann and Terry McBrayer; and U.S. Bank. Silver Sequined Sponsors are: AT&T; Ball Homes; Bank of the Bluegrass Asset Management; Central Baptist Hospital; Columbia Gas of Kentucky, Inc.; John R. & Donna Hall; Hardscuffle, Inc.; Harp Enterprises; Harrod Concrete & Stone Company; Kentucky League of Cities; Kentucky Power; LG&E and KU Energy, LLC; Morgan Stanley Smith Barney/The Brotherton Brown Group; PNC Bank; Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky; Union College; and the University of Kentucky. This year’s jewelry sponsor is Farmer’s Jewelry.

“Our generous friends and more than 35 committee volunteers make it possible for Summer Celebration proceeds to benefit KET programming and related educational services,” said Michele Ripley, president of the Commonwealth Fund for KET. “A record 1,054 KET supporters attended last year’s event. To date, previous Summer Celebrations have raised nearly $3.2 million to advance the mission of KET.”

Tickets are $125 per person. Reserved tables for eight, with benefits, are $1,200. All but $40 per reservation is tax deductible. Information and reservations are available at (800) 866-0366 or online at

More information about KET programming and education services, as well as how to support KET, can be found at

Contact: Abby Malik



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