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Bank on fun at KET’s 29th annual Summer Celebration


Bank on fun at KET’s 29th annual Summer Celebration

For Release: 04/26/17 11:25 AM

In the enterprising spirit of Monopoly®, KET invites guests to enjoy an evening of fun and games at the 29th annual Summer Celebration. “Bank on KET, with honorary chair Luther Deaton, chairman, president and CEO of Central Bank, is Friday, June 9, from 7 pm to midnight at Donamire Farm in Lexington, home of hosts Don and Mira Ball.

“Summer Celebration is always a fun evening for our generous sponsors, volunteers and friends – all in support of KET’s programs and services,” said Shae Hopkins, KET’s executive director and CEO.

Some 1,100 friends of KET are expected to Pass Go and invest in KET this year.  Previous Summer Celebrations have raised nearly $4.5 million to help advance the mission of KET.

Tickets are $150 per person or $1,500 for a reserved table for eight with unique benefits. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (800) 866-0366.

In addition to food and dancing to the Jimmy Church Band, the evening will also feature a silent auction with more than 300 treasures, including University of Kentucky lower arena basketball tickets; an African safari; Disney World tickets; a Valhalla golf package; a food truck party for 80 guests; jewelry and much more. Bids can be made in person at the event or online at using the HANDBID app.

“Top Investors” include: Alliance Coal; Alltech; Baptist Health Lexington; Brotherton Brown Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Brown-Forman; Central Bank; Columbia Gas of Kentucky, Inc; Hardscuffle, Inc.; Hilliard Lyons; Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens; R.J. Corman Railroad Group; and US Bank.

“Blue Chip” sponsors include:  Ball Homes; Bank of the Bluegrass Wealth Management; Blue & Co.; Cumberland Valley National Bank; ExecuTrain; Frost Brown Todd; John & Donna Hall; Harp Enterprises; Harrod Concrete & Stone Co.; Keeneland; Kentucky League of Cities; Langley Properties Company; LG&E and KU Energy, LLC; McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC; Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky; Turner Development; UBS, David Demarest; and UK HealthCare.

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 and at


Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications