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ESPN’S Hanna Storm to visit Louisville to help kick off Derby Festival

Louisville, KY. – ESPN’s Hannah Storm, current anchor for SportsCenter, will be the featured speaker at the 63rd Annual They’re Off! Luncheon on Friday, April 12. The luncheon, first held in 1957, serves as the time-honored kick-off to each year’s Festival. It’s the second-oldest event on the Festival schedule. An award-winning journalist, producer, and director, Hannah Storm, is a pioneer in broadcasting, a published author, an advocate for children suffering from debilitating vascular birthmarks, and, most importantly, a mother. In 2018, Storm made broadcasting history when she became the play-by-play voice of Amazon Prime Video’s, Thursday Night Football 2018 season….


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Seth Davis to come to LouisvilleKY to kick off the Kentucky Derby Festival

March 23, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – Seth Davis will go from March Madness to April Madness, as he helps kick-off this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival. Davis, an award-winning writer, broadcaster and best-selling author, will be the featured speaker at the 61st Annual They’re Off! Luncheon on Friday, April 21. The luncheon, first held in 1957, serves as the time-honored kick-off to each year’s Festival. It’s the second-oldest event on the Festival schedule.   “Like Derby Festival, March Madness tops the list of favorite times of year in Louisville and we know our basketball town will welcome Seth Davis as he…


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…


ESPN’s “The Bilastrator” Set to Tip-Off Derby Festival in Louisville

Friday, March 6, 2015. Louisville, KY.   – The Kentucky Derby Festival’s 59th Annual They’re Off!® Luncheon is sure to be a slam dunk with ESPN’S Jay Bilas as the featured speaker. Bilas, an acclaimed broadcaster, attorney, author and athlete, will address approximately 1,500 Derby Festival supporters and patrons in attendance at the Festival’s annual kick-off luncheon.  The event will be held on Friday, April 17, at 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House East Hotel – site of the festive event since 1974. “This is our Game Day and we couldn’t think of a better person to…


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Champion Talks More Than Weather at They’re Off

I got lucky. At today’s They’re Off Luncheon at the Galt House, I got to sit next to Jack Guthrie, the former Derby Festival president who is a walking historian for the three-week Festival. During lunch, Guthrie told me how he got those ugly coat tradition started. Members of the Festival Board wear these tan and black sport coats, with a Pegasus on them, and have since the early 1970s, when Guthrie ran the event. They used to be even more hideous, when they were green. And then there was a story about how he started the Pegasus Pin tradition,…