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Celebrity Fundraiser to Benefit State Adoption Program; Thursday’s Child Night with the Stars is Aug.26

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 13, 2010  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2010) – Several Kentucky celebrities from the genres of sports, music and media will help raise funds and awareness of adoption at a celebration later this month.

Thursday’s Child Night with the Stars will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 1375 S. Broadway in Lexington. The fundraiser is sponsored by the Davis H. Elliot Company, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Thursday’s Child, a nonprofit group that helps promote adoption. 

Guests can meet and mingle with these celebrities scheduled to attend the event:

─ Rodger Bingham – “Kentucky Joe” from the reality television series “Survivor”
─ J.D. Crowe – legendary bluegrass musician
─ Jean Cruguet – Triple Crown Winner
─ Lee Cruse – WLEX-TV field anchor and comedian
─ Jason Epperson – television and movie director
─ Joe Federspiel – former football player with the University of Kentucky and the NFL’s New Orleans Saints
─ Ryan Lemond – WKYT-TV sports
─ Kyle Macy – former University of Kentucky basketball star and former NBA player
─ Marty Moore – former football player with the University of Kentucky and the NFL’s New England Patriots
─ Jack Pattie – WVLK-AM radio personality and event emcee
             ─ Mary Jo Perino – WLEX-TV sports anchor
─ Gen. Donald Storm – former Adjutant General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Tickets will only be sold in advance and are $50 each or $320 for a table of eight.

For ticket information, contact Tim Hodge at (859) 245-6834 or Virginia Sturgeon at (859) 489-9024. All contributions are tax deductible, and Thursday's Child will furnish you with written confirmation of your donation to the organization. For each ticket purchased, a portion of the cost is tax deductible.

Also at the event, the 2010-2011 Art from the Heart Traveling Photo Gallery will be unveiled. The gallery features portraits of children in SNAP who are available for adoption. This year’s gallery is sponsored by Thursday’s Child. The following professional photographers have donated their time and talent to this year’s gallery and will be honored at the event:

─ Eddie Boden, Eddie Boden Photography, Georgetown
─ Robert Burge, Robert Burge Photography (a premier Art from the Heart Photographer), Louisville
─ Winnie Greer, Greer Photography (a premier Art from the Heart Photographer), Lexington
─ Kelly Hobbs, Stanton
─ Mark Landis, Mark Landis Photography, Nicholasville
─ Mary Beth Touchstone, Forever Yours Photography, Danville

Thursday’s Child supports the CHFS Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP) and sponsors several activities for Kentucky’s foster children, including field trips, therapeutic horseback riding, summer camp, holiday parties and athletic opportunities. They also help provide these children with items like senior class pictures and letter jackets.

Thursday’s Child also coordinates adoption recruitment events and works diligently to find forever families for Kentucky's waiting children.

Of the more than 7,000 Kentucky children in state out-of-home care, almost 1,800 children have the goal of adoption. More than 360 of these children are awaiting adoption and have no identified adoptive family.  Nationally, there are 463,000 children in the foster care system and 123,000 of those children are awaiting adoption.

More than 800 children in the state foster care system are waiting for adoptive homes.

For more information about adoption and foster care, call SNAP at (800) 928-4303. Log on to the SNAP home page at

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Last Updated 8/13/2010