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KET’s 31st annual Summer Celebration is “Out of This World”


KET’s 31st annual Summer Celebration is “Out of This World”

For Release: 04/30/19 9:58 AM

KET celebrates a half century of service to Kentucky at its 31st annual Summer Celebration – where the event’s “Out of This World” theme will mark 50 years since the 1969 moon landing and also the launch of KET as a “space-age communication device.”

Led by honorary chairs David Adkisson, president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and his wife, Bonnie, the event is Friday, June 7 at Donamire Farm in Lexington.

“For more than 30 years, our generous sponsors, committee volunteers, and friends have made it possible to support KET’s programs and services while enjoying a night of fellowship and fun,” said Shae Hopkins, KET’s executive director and CEO.

Tickets are $150 per person or $1,500 for a reserved table for eight. The event, which begins at 7 p.m., includes a buffet and open bar. Information and reservations are available at (800) 866-0366 or online at Tickets will also be available at the door.

The evening includes music by The Jimmy Church Band and over 300 items in the silent auction, including UK basketball lower arena season tickets; Pappy Van Winkle; an African safari; and other sports, vacation, jewelry, dining, fashion and entertainment packages.

Even non-attendees can bid on the auction items by browsing online at beginning June 3.

Host sponsors include: Alliance Coal, LLC; Alltech; Brotherton Brown Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Brown-Forman; Columbia Gas of Kentucky, Inc.; Friends of Coal; Hardscuffle, Inc.; Hilliard Lyons, A Baird Company; Kentucky Chamber of Commerce; and LG&E and KU Energy, LLC. Sponsorships are still available.

As KET’s signature fundraising event, Summer Celebration attracts some 1,200 guests annually from across the state. Proceeds advance KET’s mission to educate, enlighten and inspire.

KET is Kentucky’s largest classroom, where learning comes to life for more than one million people each week via television, online and mobile. Learn more about Kentucky’s preeminent public media organization at, on Twitter @KET and at


Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications