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LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation Announces Charitable Raffles During Kentucky Derby Week

DERBY FANS ACROSS THE NATION INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN RAFFLES TO SUPPORT THOROUGHBRED AFTERCARE AND OTHER CHARITABLE INITIATIVES LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation today announced the opening of three separate 50/50 Charitable Raffle drawings that will be held during Kentucky Derby week, one drawing on each Thurby, Oaks and Derby days. For each raffle, participants will have the chance to win half of that day’s raffle sales, with the other half of the day’s raffle proceeds going toward the Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation in support of its charitable initiatives, including Thoroughbred aftercare, arts and educational…


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Here’s another round-up of LouisvilleKY’s Kentucky Derby Festival’s latest news

FUTURE CAT, CARDS AND HOOSIERS STAND OUT AT BASKETBALL CLASSIC Louisville, KY. –  A crowd of 4,812 was on hand Saturday night at Freedom Hall as Team Lightning defeated Team Thunder 122-109 in the 44th Annual Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (University of Kentucky) was named Team Lightning MVP. WKU signee Taveion Hollingsworth was named MVP of Team Thunder. Xavier signee Naji Marshall was named the “Fan Favorite” in online voting by fans and spectators at the game. This year’s game featured top rated recruits from the nation’s top college basketball programs, including University of Louisville signees…


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LouisvilleKY’s Annual Give A Day Week of Service starts Saturday

Several projects still in need of volunteers through the week, April 15-23                                                                                            LOUISVILLE (April 13, 2017) – As part of an annual extravaganza of compassion and service, thousands of Louisvillians will be volunteering in ways large and small during the Mayor’s annual Week of Service, which runs Saturday through April 23. One of the week’s largest projects will be the Brightside & Passport Health Plan Spring Community Wide Cleanup on Saturday. Already, more than 16,000 people are committed to making Louisville a greener and cleaner community, by picking up litter and debris from neighborhoods, greenspaces and roadways. And there…


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Harry Connick Jr to visit LouisvilleKY for the singing of the National Anthem at Derby

    LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 12, 2017 – Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced that multi-platinum recording artist Harry Connick, Jr. will sing our national anthem at the 143rd Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 6, 2017.   The multiple Grammy and Emmy award-winning entertainer and host and executive producer of his own nationally syndicated entertainment show HARRY, will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” live for more than 160,000 fans at the Kentucky Derby. The performance will take place in the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle just after 5:00 p.m. EDT and be broadcast live as part of NBC’s Kentucky…


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LouisvilleKYMusic Industry Now Has Derby Week Red Carpet Event

Louisville, KY., – Louisville will see it’s first Derby week red carpet event just for music industry professionals aboard the Belle of Louisville from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 2nd, 2017 thanks to Eastwood Records, Genius Loves Company, Redbull, Rose Blade Creative Gardens and Elektra.Tech. The Louisville Muse Cruise is an annual invitation only event for the Louisville music industry to become more connected in order to create stronger industry in Kentucky. Some proceeds will benefit musicians through a partnership with  local non-profit Musician’s Emergency Resource Foundation. Although the event is focused on the Kentucky industry,  there have been some…


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Kentucky Derby Festival is kicking into high gear in LouisvilleKY

Here’s a roundup of the latest news from the Kentucky Derby Festival: More information can also be found at kdf.org.   Task competition to determine winner of the 2017 Great Steamboat Race   Louisville, KY.   – The jousting has begun for the 2017 Great Steamboat Race set for Wednesday, May 3, on the Ohio River. Representatives of the Kentucky Derby Festival, the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati also participated in a Four Roses Bourbon tasting to determine which single-barrel bourbons would be served aboard each vessel during the race. The Four Roses barrel coded HW 48-4J was…


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LouisvilleKY’s Mayor announces contest for free tickets to historic performance

Citizens urged to share life-changing experiences with music ahead of Michael Tilson Thomas concert on Saturday Louisville, Ky., – Mayor Greg Fischer today announced a contest to celebrate the Louisville Orchestra’s historic performance this week with guest conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Tilson Thomas, also known as MTT, is the celebrated music director of the San Francisco Symphony. He will be among the most prominent guest conductors for the Louisville Orchestra since a mid-century visit by Shostakovich and Stravinsky, according to Louisville Orchestra music director Teddy Abrams. More about the concert, including ticket information, can be found at https://louisvilleorchestra.org. As part…


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LouisvilleKY’s oldest KDF event has announced its parade line-up

  Louisville, KY.  – The line-up is set for the 2017 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade.  Floats and inflatable units participating in this year’s parade drew for positions at a special event Monday night at the Ice House. “Louisville on the Move” will be the theme for the Derby Festival’s oldest event, which will feature approximately 100 units marching down Broadway on Thursday, May 4th.   “This year’s theme is twofold with both a health focus, as well as a nod to how the city continues to grow and progress,” said Mike Berry, KDF President & CEO. “There are many different ways to…


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Inaugural Culinary Kickoff is off to the races in LouisvilleKY

  All-Star Celebrity Chefs Come Together to Raise Funds for the Muhammad Ali Center Thursday, May 4, 2017 Featuring celebrity chefs Todd English (PBS’ Food Trip with Todd English), Beau MacMillan (Food Network), Damaris Phillips (Food Network) and elite vintners, followed by a special live performance honoring Muhammad Ali.   Louisville, KY, – The Inaugural Culinary Kickoff will be held at the Muhammad Ali Center at 144 North Sixth Street in Louisville on Thursday, May 4th from 6pm – 2am. Celebrity chefs Todd English, Beau MacMillan, Damaris Phillips, will prepare a four-course meal for an intimate group of food and wine enthusiasts. Wine…


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LouisvilleKY construction means minor changes for KDF Marathon and mini

Race Expo Temporarily Moves to Kentucky Exposition Center March 30, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – The Kentucky Derby Festival is re-routing a small portion of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon presented by Walmart and Humana due to the renovation of the Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). The races are set for Saturday, April 29. The courses for both the miniMarathon and Marathon will be diverted one block to Second Street. This will affect the half marathon between mile 12 and 13; and the full marathon at mile 25. Marathon runners will also notice small changes between mile 13 and 14,…