(Louisville, KY) The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, (MKOTP) will take place on Saturday, May 26 th and Sunday, May 27 th at the Kentucky Center in downtown Louisville located at 501 W. Main Street. The official preliminary of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Organization will bring 22 contestants from across the Commonwealth. Contestants are scheduled to arrive in Louisville on Thursday. On Friday, they will participate in the interview portion of the pageant followed by tours of Churchill and the Kentucky Derby Museum. Then that night, they will enjoy a Louisville Bats Game.

On Saturday, May 26th is the beginning of the stage competition. At 12:00 pm, is the preliminary competition which will be conducted in front of an audience. Followed by a second round of preliminaries at 8:00 pm. On Sunday, May 27 th at 2:00 pm, the finalist will be announced and one young lady will be announced as this year’s Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen. Each contestant will be judged on talent, a private interview, lifestyle and fitness in sportswear, evening wear and on-stage question.

Last year’s winner and current title holder Frankfort, KY native Abigail “Abby” Quammen will be attending the University of Alabama on a full tuition scholarship just for competing at the national pageant. The program is empowering young women, through pageantry to develop leadership skills, confidence and achieve their biggest goals in life. MKYOT is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time.

Dr. Ashley D. Anderson, Executive Director for the pageant and President of the Miss Kentucky board says “The Miss America Scholarship Organization has long been a household name for the glamour of the crown and the celebrity of the women who have worn it; but we are so much more! The Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization is a celebration of the talent, scholastic achievement and commitment to service of Kentucky’s finest young women. This organization is about empowering young women, through pageantry, to develop the leadership skills, confidence and network to achieve their biggest goals in life. It is our mission to provide scholarship opportunities for the young women of Kentucky to advance their education at little cost to themselves and their families. This organization is so much more than a crown…it is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time”!

After crowning, there’s an awards reception at the downtown Marriott where we will award approximately $10k in additional scholarships.

Tickets for the Miss Outstanding’s Teen Pageant are $30.00 for Saturday events, $35.00 for Sunday. If you would like to attend all three open sessions the package is $80.25. They can be purchased at the Kentucky Center box office or by calling 502-584-7777.

To set up an interview, please call Sherlene Shanklin, at or by calling 502-295-0435.

For additional information on the pageant please visit


The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant is an official preliminary of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Organization. This program is empowering young women through pageantry to develop leadership skills, confidence and achieve their biggest goals in life. MKYOT is
changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time!


200 teams and 20 courts will play under one roof at the “Battle of the Greatest” in Louisville, KY

(Louisville, KY) rolls out the red carpet for the future stars of basketball.  It’s the “Battle of the Greatest” tournament held in Louisville, KY May 26 th through the 28 th at the Kentucky Expo Center, 911 Phillips Lane.  The tournament is for boys and girls in grades 4 th through 11 th .   Nationally ranked players and teams will travel to Louisville to participate under one roof with 20 courts.

Recruiters and teams will all have their eye on Team Breakdown based out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  All nine players have been offered Division 1 offers to play basketball at the collegiate level.  Son of University of Kentucky and NBA star Jamal Mashburn Jr. plays on this squad and will be in Louisville for the tournament.

Coach Kenny Gillion says “Mashburn has offers from Louisville, Harvard and Florida State University” just to name a few of the schools recruiting the point guard.  Gillion goes on to say that he’s proud of his whole team with the opportunity to further their education through basketball.  This is a family affair because Gillion’s wife Diana is in charge of the Showtime Ballers.  They will also play in the
Louisville tournament.

Richard Ballard, Toney Frank and several other Louisville entrepreneurs joined the team to bring the tournament to Louisville.  They put the event at one location and packed it with activities that they whole family can enjoy.  There will be an inflatable zone for basketball’s youngest fans.  There will be a Paw Patrol and PJ Mask Day along with contests, giveaways, and selfies with your favorite character.

Ballard says “To give the games a faster pace and high impact we have rallied together the city’s top DJ’s to play during the games.” Ballard also added that “There will be some special guests attending some of the games and we are excited that they are coming out to support us”.

Frank goes on to say “You will know you are in basketball country when arrive.  Some of the best players were developed in this city and we want to create a platform for the next generation to receive that same opportunity.”

If you are a sneaker head, the Battle of the Greatest, Big Country and KY Kick Fest presents a Sneaker Showcase on Sunday, May 27 th from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  You can buy, sell and/or trade.  We need to limit each person to four pair to carry in.  

If you would like to purchase a table call 859-913-1070.  Admission is $10 which includes admission into the tournament.

We will provide a list of the teams and their start times when the tournament entries are finalized.  For updates on the Battle of the Greatest follow us on Twitter for real-time updates @theathleticfirm.
If you would like to sign up your team.  The registration fee is $400.  Click this link provided to sign up.

If you would like to do a preview story on the Battle of the Greatest, contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by emailing us at  

For media credentials to cover the tournament contact us at

Who will leave the GREATEST?


Its Derby Hats Off to Education

(Louisville, KY) Before the world witnesses the Kentucky Derby winner getting their garland of roses, all eyes will be on the 33 high school seniors receiving their pink roses of congratulatory and nearly $63,000 in scholarships as they prepare for college in the Fall. Hortense B. Perry Foundation, Eta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Louisville, Kentucky will host their 38 th Annual Scholarship Derby Brunch on Saturday, May 5 th at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center located at 9700 Bluegrass Parkway starting at 10:00 am.

Some 1,100 people attend the brunch dressed in their Kentucky Derby attire as they enjoy a delicious brunch, a fashion show, and fantastic entertainment by singer Sheryl Rouse. There will be nearly 20 vendors in attendance. Some of the fashion show items are compliments of Paula’s Boutique Clothes, Hats & Jewelry and In Bloom Again Hats.

Even though this is a day of fun, the sorority members consider it a serious matter when it comes to education and academic excellence. So, over 1000 in attendance will celebrate the announcement of a total of $62,500 in scholarships will be awarded to 33 high school seniors. Forty-thousand dollars in scholarships, from the Hortense Perry Foundation and Henrietta Johnson Trust, will be awarded to 20 young ladies; $10,000 awarded to seven young ladies attending historically black colleges/universities; and awarded to 10,000 young ladies and gentlemen who participated in the sorority’s signature program, ASCEND, which is an after school educational enrichment program designed to support high school students to be successful, graduate, continue their education, and graduate from a college/university.

In just six years, they have awarded more than $305,000. It’s designed to assist future leaders in their academic journey on their collegiate road to success.

The proceeds from the Derby Brunch have afforded Eta Omega the opportunity to help send students onto higher education. For additional information and/or if you would like to be a donor please contact Christie McCravy 502.494.1146 or Carla Tyree Curry 502.641.4801.

Please post and/or announce our 38th Annual Scholarship Derby Brunch. If you would like to setup an interview, please contact Sherlene Shanklin at

To learn more about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.-Eta Omega Chapter of Louisville, KY please visit our website at


The Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is credited with being the first chapter of our international organization to be established in the metropolitan Louisville area in 1922. The chapter’s commitment to education and the advancement of individuals is pivotal
to its foundational belief of service to all mankind.

A Legacy of Sisterhood and Service



(Louisville, KY) Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson learned that hunger doesn’t take a day off. He had the
opportunity to talk to the team of “Blessings in a Backpack” and they shared with him the staggering
number of elementary children that need assistance when it comes to food, particularly on weekends
within Jefferson County.

They serve 4,700 children at 43 schools in the Louisville Metro Area. That’s impressive but that’s only 7% of the 64,000 who qualify.

Superchef is ready to take on the challenge and he will be calling on the community to help. It takes
approximately $100 to feed one child during a 38-week school year which does not include the summer break.

Darnell says “Can you imagine sitting at home on the weekend and not having enough food and you are counting down the time until you can get breakfast on Monday morning? It’s hard and sad to imagine. I know we as a community can make a difference in the lives of these children and I’m willing to lead the way. We are not going to have a start date because these children needed food yesterday.”

To setup an interview with Darnell “Super Chef” Ferguson or if you would like to know how you can help with his challenge to help us feed one school at time, please contact us at please contact VIPP
Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at


Super Chefs located at 1702 Bardstown Road. To reserve your lunch delivery service, you can call 502-409-8103 or by going to


(Louisville, KY) Louisville Central Community Center, (LCCC) in collaboration with VIPP Communications announces their inaugural Kentucky Derby event. On Friday, May 4 th from 10 am to 2 pm at Old Walnut Street, 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, it’s the Oaks Day Derby Brunch. This year’s theme: Songs in the Key of Life, a Stevie Wonder Tribute starring R&B/Soul artist
J. Holiday.

The Derby Brunch hosted by Sherlene Shanklin is from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. Some of Louisville’s top artists will open for Holiday. Ade’, Sheryl Rouse and Junior J will perform some of Wonder’s greatest hits. The Youth Repertory Theater Troupe will showcase their talents after LCCC’s leadership and performing arts department prepared a curriculum giving the youth a history and music lesson on the humble beginnings of Stevie Wonder. The youth studied the multi-Grammy Award winning
artist and his long span career in the entertainment industry.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. You can purchase them at Doors open at 10 a.m. and guests are asked to wear their Oaks Day attire including your fascinator and/or hat to the brunch. There’s will be vendors with your last-minute items needed for Derby. If you would like to reserve a booth contact Erica Bledsaw, Oaks Day Coordinator at or by calling LCCC at (502) 583-8821 ext. 130. Proceeds benefit LCCC youth programs.

The Louisville Central Community Centers is a 501c(3), private, non-profit community-based organizations. We offer a variety of programs and services in support of children and families. Early childhood, education, youth development, arts education and other after school programs, employment services and job training for adults, money management, and homeownership
are just some of the services provided.

We would like to thank the following who made our inaugural event successful: JIGGA MCC Ent., Erica Denise, VIPP Communications, Passport Health Plan, Manhattan on Broadway and WoodForest National Bank.

If you would like to be a sponsor, request media credentials and/or request interviews, please contact us at please contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at



(Louisville, KY) Louisville entrepreneur and owner of Superchef makes a return appearance on the Food Network. Superchef will be a part of a show celebrating Mother’s Day. Darnell and his mother will compete against other chefs and their mothers. The episode is scheduled for May 13 th .
Darnell says “I took my mom to battle against past winners and we are a dynamic duo. In the kitchen with one of my biggest motivators was a real experience as I honor her on Mother’s Day. You will enjoy seeing us work together.”

Then on Sunday, May 20th show, Darnell will appear on along with other chefs will shop for the ingredients needed to create a unique/fun dish by Guy Fieri and then a panel of judges will decide who did the best with what they had available.

Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson says “It’s always fun to appear on Guy’s Grocery Games. I take the challenges very seriously but I enjoy the creative side of the show. It challenges me and I take many of the tasks and tricks of the trade given and I apply them in my own Louisville restaurant.”

Grocery Games is taped in Santa Rosa, California in a 15,000-foot warehouse stocked with some 20,000 items as if you were inside a grocery store. The show is aired on Sundays 8p (ET) and 7p (CT).
Ferguson is the owner of Superchef located at 1702 Bardstown Road in Louisville, KY. The entrepreneur, author of “Knowing is half the fight…Cooking is an advocate for children who do not have enough food to survive. He’s currently working with “Blessings in a Backpack” as well as other non-profit organizations that help children get food so they can concentrate in the classroom.
To learn more about Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson go to and/or

If you would like to setup an interview, cooking segment and/or speaking engagement with Darnell “Super Chef” Ferguson, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at


(Louisville, KY) After the Run for the Roses and the Kentucky Derby celebrates the winner of the first leg of the triple crown. The celebration is far from over for the 144th Kentucky Derby. The party heads to the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) for The Run for the Roses and Rose’ hosted by none other than model, actress and talk show host Amber Rose.

The Season 23 Dancing with the Stars contestant will keep the party moving along with R&B singer-songwriter, dancer and actor Lloyd. His latest project is “Tru” based on experiences in life over the past few years. Lloyd is known for hits like “BedRock”, “You”, “Lay it Down” and “Cupid” just to name a few of hits.

This event will not be short on entertainment. There will be three rooms of entertainment. The heavy hitter DJ EFeezy will return to Louisville to DJ the experience. He’s recently made an appearance on the latest VH1 Love and Hip-Hop Miami, which is the latest reality show in franchise. Louisville’s own dj of the year DJ Lil Jerry will open for EFeezy. We are also happy to announce that Louisville’s DJ Slikk will spin in one of the specialty rooms within KCAAH.

When you walk into KCAAH it will be transformed, giving Kentucky Derby fans a luxury experience while in the Bluegrass. From the VIP Champagne Room sponsored by Hip-hop mogul Rick Ross’ label Luc Belaire Rare Rose’ with the distinguishable black bottle.

Amber Rose is known for taking some of the best selfies as well as Lloyd. The two combined have 17 million followers so we want all of our guests to have the selfie experience. There will be a “Selfie Room” to capture your greatest Derby moments throughout the evening sponsored by Samsung.

The Run for the Roses and Rose’ will be held on Saturday, May 5 th at KCAAH is hosted by Anthony Easley, Bryan Henry, Kevin Mason and Marlon Whitfield.

Doors open at 11 p.m. with a red-carpet entrance. So, come dress to impress. There’s an Ultra VIP admission for $175, VIP Admission is only $110 and General admission is $65. You can purchase them at the following locations: Better Days, West Hairlaflare, LA Vie Est Studios and Dba Couture. You can also purchase them online at

A portion of the proceeds will go to programs at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. For additional information go to

If you would like to be a sponsor, request media credentials and/or request interviews, please contact us at please contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at 



(Louisville, KY) Kentucky Derby weekend draws a lot of stars to Louisville to enjoy not only the greatest two minutes in sports at the iconic home of the twin spires but the events surrounding the horse race.

Derby Soundstage 2018 one of the biggest Derby events happening, will take place Thursday, May 3rd
in Broadbent Arena.

Derby Soundstage 2018 will be hosted by DJ Envy, and will include performances from Lil Wayne, 2
Chainz, K. Michelle. Cardi B was previously slated to perform, but has been removed from the lineup due to booking and scheduling conflicts with her Spring/Summer Festival Tour.

Derby Soundstage 2018 welcomes to the Derby City, Lil Wayne as the headliner. Everything the rapper,
songwriter, record executive and entrepreneur touches turns platinum. The New Orleans native is the
CEO of Young Money Entertainment. With artists like Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Christina Milian on the
roster, Wayne is no stranger to selling out venues across the U.S. and Louisville will be no different.
He will share the stage that night with an artist that won a Grammy with him in 2017 for Best Rap
Performance for “No Problem”. The Atlanta, Georgia rap star 2 Chainz will also be a part of the show.
The rapper, executive, and song writer currently released “Pretty Girls Love Trap Music”, which is certified platinum.

Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz have released a multi-platinum joint album entitled “Collegrove”.
R & B sensation and reality show star K. Michelle will open the show. The Memphis native currently has a new album “The People I Used to Know” with hits like “Birthday” and “No Not You”.