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Come along for the ride at KET’s 27th annual Summer Celebration


Come along for the ride at KET’s 27th annual Summer Celebration

For Release: 05/15/15 1:31 PM

Grab the wheel and your cool shades for KET’s 27th signature fundraising event, Summer Celebration. This year’s joyride, “Cruisin’ with KET, will be held Friday, June 5 from 7 pm to midnight at Donamire Farm in Lexington. President Wil James of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky and his wife, Michaelene, are the honorary chairs of the event, which is hosted by Don and Mira Ball.

Cool rides from classic to sporty, muscle cars to motorcycles will highlight the fun, along with hot-rod hospitality, tricked out dance moves to the Jimmy Church Band, even a drive-in movie.  For more kicks with KET, submit a digital photo of your first or favorite car at to be shared on social media and at the event.

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

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

“High Performance” Sponsors are: Ball Homes; Bank of the Bluegrass Wealth Management; Columbia Gas of Kentucky, Inc.; CSX Corporation; Cumberland Valley National Bank; ExecuTrain; John and Donna Hall; Harp Enterprises; Harrod Concrete & Stone Co.; Kentucky Eagle; Kentucky League of Cities; Lexus Store of Lexington; LG&E and KU Energy, LLC; McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland; PNC Bank; Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky; and Turner Development.

“Our generous sponsors, friends and some 25 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. “Driven by the support of some 1,200 attendees each year, KET can go the extra mile for education, health, arts and citizenship.”  To date, previous Summer Celebrations have raised more than $4 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 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