Articles by JackieBentley

Festival Spins for a New Queen in Louisville KY

Louisville, Ky. -With the traditional spin of a wheel Briana Lathon of Louisville was named the 2015 Kentucky Derby Festival Queen at the 57th annual Fillies Derby Ball in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House Hotel. Briana is a senior at Centre College majoring in politics. She is a New Horizon scholar, has studied abroad in France and Ghana and plans to attend law school upon graduating. This year’s Derby Festival Princesses anxiously awaited the traditional spin-of-the-wheel, performed by Fillies President-elect Linda Miller. The other members of the court include: Kathryn (Katy) Ashby of Hanson, KY, a junior at…


Louisville Metro Council Passes Ordinance to regulate Pop Up Parties

Louisville, Ky., – They are parties that happen in abandoned warehouses, empty storefronts and occasionally in a building that was subleased from an unsuspecting owner.  There is little to no trained security and the structure is not always safe.  That will soon change. By a vote of 25 to ) with one abstention, the Louisville Metro Council has passed a new ordinance that will crack down on so called Pop up Parties that will now require licensing and trained security to keep party goers safe. “This ordinance changes what has become a major concern for LMPD officers and the people…


Thunder Over Louisville Set Up Working Around Rising Ohio River

Louisville, Ky. – The Kentucky Derby Festival is moving into the final days of set up for their Opening Ceremonies: Thunder Over Louisville set for Saturday. Crews and vendors have been loading-in and setting up since Monday and are running on schedule for Saturday, despite the rising Ohio River. As has happened in past years, the water line will set the crowd line. “With weather in the Ohio Valley, it would be unusual for us not to be talking about some flooding,” said Mike Berry, KDF President and CEO. “With 26 years of producing this event, we have learned to…


Louisville Mayor, Volunteers Set To Launch Annual Week Of Service

Louisville, Ky. – Volunteers will help distribute toys and other items to needy children. Abandoned homes will be rebuilt for deserving families. Elementary students will hold a read-a-thon to fight child abuse and volunteers will build “Little Libraries” to place in West Louisville neighborhoods. Those and hundreds of other projects and work will happen during the fourth annual Give A Day week of community service, April 18-26, which begins the day of Thunder Over Louisville and helps launch the 2015 Kentucky Derby Festival. Volunteers can still sign up for projects. Mayor Greg Fischer’s goal for the week is to break…


City Girl Gone Gardening: Poor Potato Plight

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley Louisville, Ky. – Despite this past weekend’s absolutely gorgeous weather, the recent deluges have left days of frustration in their wake for those of us who do like to get a jump start on their gardening. April rains can be a Godsend, or a vexation. Take my Poor Potatoes, as I am now calling them.   This is Planting Day on March 23rd, which is already a no-no according to my backdoor neighbor. My former country girl neighbor told me years ago to get potatoes in the ground before St. Patrick’s Day. It didn’t happen. The…


Hermitage Farm’s First Grand Gala Brings Big List Of Celebrities Derby Eve

Louisville, Ky. – Add another big party to the Derby Eve festivities. Hermitage Farm of Goshen is throwing its first-ever Grand Gala. Hosted by Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown, the owners of 21c Museum Hotels, and Junior and Doris Bridgeman, will be held on Friday, May 1, on the grounds of the Hermitage Farm. The festivities are set to begin at 6 p.m. with live performances by Jamie Foxx, Ne-Yo, and DJ Cassidy. Other celebrities slated to show up are Darius Rucker, Martin Lawrence, Nick Lachey, Vanessa Minnillo Lachey, Andy Cohen, David Arquette, Dean Norris, Angela Bassett, Star Jones, Russell Wilson, Tate Taylor, Kathryn Stockett, and Chadwick Boseman. According to Hermitage Grand Gala’s…


Kentucky Derby Festival To Posthumously Honor Louisville’s Jim King

Louisville, Ky. – Each year, the Kentucky Derby Festival presents the Fifth Third Bank Silver Horseshoe Award to an individual or organization for their outstanding service to the community.  This year’s award will be given to honor the late Jim King.  The award will be presented at the 59th annual They’re Off! Luncheon on Friday, April 17, at the Galt House East Hotel. Accepting the award will be Jim’s wife, Debbie King. As part of the award, the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation – the Derby Festival’s charitable arm – will also present a $5,000 check to the Leukemia & Lymphoma…


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Finalists Announced for GLI’s EnterpriseCorp and Junior Achievement Pitch Competition

Louisville, Ky.– Greater Louisville Inc’s EnterpriseCorp, the Louisville office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, and Junior Achievement (JA) are pleased to announce the finalists for the JA Company Program Pitch Competition and Showcase. Louisville’s own, JK McKnight, founder of Forecastle, will serve as the keynote speaker. “This program is a great opportunity for students to learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and want to take their startups to the next level,” said Lisa Bajorinas, Director Kentucky Innovation Network at GLI EnterpriseCorp. “And it provides young entrepreneurs with exposure to the regional startup and business communities.” The finalists are: ·         Koala-ity Teeth from…


2015 Mint Julep Cup Unveiled

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Got a grand to spare? Woodford Reserve has unveiled its 2015 Mint Julep Cup for the Kentucky Derby. The $1,000 Victory Cups were fashioned from the creativity of designer Billy Reid and mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer, and handcrafted at Louisville-based From the Vault. “I was inspired by a book I had found many years ago while researching the Kentucky Derby,” Reid said. “The Derby is an event steeped in heritage and tradition, and I’m honored to have been invited to design something as iconic as the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup for a brand as unparalleled as Woodford Reserve.” There are…


LMPD Launches New Pedestrian Safety Video

Louisville, Ky. – The Louisville Metro Police Department is launching a new campaign to prevent another deadly year for pedestrians. Thanks to a recent grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, LMPD’s first result is a new YouTube video video aimed at making both pedestrians and drivers more aware of their surroundings. (See video below).   In 2014, 429 people were struck by a vehicle and of those, 18 died. Sgt. William Patterson, the video’s host, said that translates to roughly one person getting hit every day of the year. The video opens with a distracted driver striking a…