Happy birthday to J.P. Davis

| August 3, 2011
J.P. Davis, with his parents, Bob and Peggy Davis.

J.P. Davis, with his parents, Bob and Peggy Davis.

Even in the extreme heat of July, cocktails on the patio is still a chic way to celebrate a birthday, especially if the birthday boy is widely known as the life of the party.

Friends of J.P. Davis flooded into the large patio at Avalon on Bardstown Road last week to hang out and help him celebrate his 29th birthday. J.P., director of strategic initiatives at the University of Louisville, has a strong reputation as both a very loyal friend and go-to guy.

Aside from his day job working primarily for the U of L Foundation, J.P. is extremely involved in a long list of philanthropic causes unrelated to work. Closest to his heart is The March of Dimes, for which he began volunteering at age 11 with his mom, Peggy, on numerous fundraisers in their hometown of Ashland, Ky.

After graduating from U of L and pursuing many successful career moves – he worked at The White House in Staff Secretary Harriet Miers’ office and then took a position in London to work for Parliament Member Philip Davies – he returned to Louisville in 2007 to work for Owsley Brown Frazier as his senior personal executive and then moved on to his current position as professional fundraiser for U of L. J.P. has made countless friends and gained the respect of his colleagues since moving back to Louisville.

Whatever accomplishments J.P. has already fulfilled in his young life, one thing is for sure: He is one of the most genuine and sincere people in Louisville, and by the look of the turnout at his impromptu birthday celebration, I’m certainly not the only friend who thinks so.

Tammy Goodwin and a friend.

Tammy Goodwin and a friend.

Bombay Sapphire Bazaar

Speaking of patio soirees, The Marketplace at Theatre Square entertains patrons in grand fashion on the enormous outdoor lounge and party space during the summer and fall months. Most recently, the multi-functional restaurant and nightclub held the Bombay Sapphire Bazaar, an interactive and internationally-flavored event featuring specialty cocktails made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, complemented by a tasty internationally inspired menu.

Besides great eats and a relaxing atmosphere, guests were treated to beautiful henna tattoos by professional artists, interactive tastings to explore the complexities of the featured gin and live music by DJ Syimone.

For more info on future patio parties, visit www.theatersquaremarketplace.com

On the hot list …

The Voice Tribune’s Third Thursday After-Work Party: Of course, everyone’s asking the location of the next party. We are excited to be hosting the Aug. 18 Third Thursday at Porcini. Watch for more exciting details.

Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to end Alzheimer’s 2011: Thousands of people will unite as teams or individuals at Waterfront Park (The Great Lawn) on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 8:30 a.m. Local celebrity champions Coyote Calhoun and Joe Arnold invite Voice-Tribune readers to join in the movement to provide care, support and research efforts for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. To start or join a team, visit www.alz.org/walk or call 502.541.5266.

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Shari Baughman
In addition to her duties as a society columnist and photographer, Shari Baughman handles business and community relations for The Voice-Tribune.

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