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KET’s 26th annual Summer Celebration sizzles with salsa-themed dance party

For Release: 2014-05-07 11:19:00

UK coach Mark Stoops, Dancing with the Stars’ Lacey Schwimmer among special guests

KET’s 26th annual signature fundraising event, Summer Celebration, invites guests to kick up their dancing shoes and enjoy the cool vibe, rhythms and flavors of a Latin dance party. For “Sizzle & Salsa,” University of Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops and his wife, Chantel, are serving as honorary chairs. Don and Mira Ball of Lexington are hosting the event, which is Friday, June 6, from 7 p.m. to midnight at Donamire Farm.

Club KET is spicing things up with a bongo beat, Caribé café, music by the Jimmy Church Band and optional salsa dance lessons. In partnership with Arthur Murray, special guest Lacey Schwimmer, a professional ballroom dancer best known for her appearances on So You Think You Can Dance? (2007-2008) and Dancing with the Stars (2008-2011), will demonstrate her mirror ball moves.

Over 300 Tropicana auction treasures include University of Kentucky men’s basketball lower arena season tickets; an African safari; vacation accommodations in St. Maarten, Las Vegas and Disney World; catered dinners; jewelry; fine art; sports packages and much more.

“Gold Glitter” Sponsors are: Alliance Coal, LLC; Alltech; Brotherton Brown Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Brown-Forman; Hilliard Lyons; and US Bank.

“Silver Sequined” Sponsors are: Arthur Murray Dance Studio; Ball Homes; Bank of the Bluegrass Wealth Management; Columbia Gas of Kentucky, Inc.; ExecuTrain; John and Donna Hall; Hardscuffle; Harp Enterprises; Harrod Concrete & Stone Co.; Kentucky Eagle, Inc.; Kentucky League of Cities; Kentucky Community & Technical College System; LG&E and KU Energy, LLC; McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland; PNC Bank; Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky; University of Louisville; and University of Pikeville.

“Our generous sponsors, friends and some 30 committee volunteers make it possible for Summer Celebration proceeds to benefit KET programs and related educational services,” said Michele Ripley, president of the Commonwealth Fund for KET. “More than 1,200 KET supporters—a record number—attended last year’s event. To date, previous Summer Celebrations have raised more than $3.7 million to advance the mission of KET.”

Tickets are $150 per person. Reserved tables for eight, with benefits, are $1,500.

Information and reservations are available at (800) 866-0366 or online at KET.org/support.

KET is Kentucky’s largest classroom, serving more than one million people each week via television, online and mobile. Learn more about Kentucky’s preeminent public media organization on Twitter @KET and facebook.com/KET and at KET.org.

Contact: Abby Malik

 

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University of Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops and his wife, Chantel, are serving as honorary chairs of KET's 2014 Summer Celebration.

University of Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops and his wife, Chantel, are serving as honorary chairs of KET's 2014 Summer Celebration.

Summer Celebration 2014 special guest Lacey Schwimmer, a professional ballroom dancer best known for her appearances on So You Think You Can Dance? and Dancing with the Stars, will demonstrate her mirror ball moves.

Summer Celebration 2014 special guest Lacey Schwimmer, a professional ballroom dancer best known for her appearances on So You Think You Can Dance? and Dancing with the Stars, will demonstrate her mirror ball moves.

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