An amazing journey

| February 17, 2011

Angie PlaneHaiti was amazing; so were the people. That’s how I responded to a Voice-Tribune reader who caught me on the phone just before we both headed into separate meetings and asked me to sum up my recent trip to the devastated country in two sentences or less.

There’s so much more to say about the experience, of course, and I do in this week’s cover story, but in its simplest form, that’s the utter truth. So, too, are the individuals from our area who continue to aid the recovery and rebuilding efforts there in myriad ways. We’ll spotlight them in next week’s issue of The Voice-Tribune.

Owle Eye

buboJust before heading to Haiti, I received a package in the mail from Greg George, an out-of-town reader of The Voice-Tribune. Greg is in charge of global development for ALM Live, which manufactures a product called the OWLE Bubo (pronounced boo-bo). He sent me what is essentially a camera mount designed to turn an iPhone into a top-notch camera and camcorder via its design and added features at a fraction of the cost.

For much of the Haiti excursion, I used a high-definition video recorder WHAS11 had sent with me, but after burning through the batteries, I had no choice but to use my iPhone and brand-new Bubo. The addition of a wide-angle lens and ability to take super-close video and photographs, plus the external microphone and ergonomic, two-hand design made handling it much steadier than trying to film or shoot as I normally do.

I know I sound like a QVC host, but I can’t help it: I took the product to a third-world country and came back a Bubo fan. I now plan to hand it off to our designer/photographer Chris Humphreys for his expert review. I’ll let you know what he says. If you’re interested in checking out the Bubo yourself, go to

Eat “¢ Play “¢ Live

We hope you’ll join us this week for our monthly Third Thursday After-Work Party. The free event is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Center.,  We’ll have plenty of giveaways, drink specials from Brown-Forman and Ryan Cox “˜n’ Joey Wagner of Wedding Connection will provide the tunes. Come on out and Eat “¢ Play “¢ Live with The Voice-Tribune.

Hal Ronald McDonald House

Hal Hedley

Dazzling Date

Time to pull out your bling for this weekend’s McDazzle gala benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana. The annual event, presented by The Carriage House Companies, is the largest fundraiser for the charity, which provides a home away from home for families of seriously ill children.

Last week, Executive Director Hal Hedley took me on a tour of the downtown facility. “Unfortunately, having a sick child, you can’t plan on when that happens,” he said, which is why he and his staff are so thankful for the community support that continues to allow the facility to be there when unexpected illnesses strike kids and their families.

There are still a few tickets available ($175) for the soiree, which starts at 6 p.m. at the Louisville Marriott Downtown and includes cocktails and appetizers, dinner, live and silent auctions, along with dancing to popular local band This That & The Other. A lighter option – and I love that organizations are starting to offer less-expensive tickets like this to our area’s most fabulous fetes – is The Lounge at McDazzle, which begins at 8:30 p.m. Each $55 ticket includes eats, an open bar and dancing. For more information, contact Elizabeth D. Bowling at (502) 561-7659 or

Long-time auctioneer Shaun Logsdon of Statewide Auction Services and I will share the mic during Saturday’s gala. We hope to see you there.

Save the Date

Earlier this week, Breeders’ Cup released its official event logo for the 28th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The 2011 World Championships, consisting of 14 races and $26 million in purses over two days, will run at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4 and 5.
Tickets for this year’s event are scheduled to go on sale to the general public in early June, though you can register for a special pre-sale ticket opportunity at We can’t dish about it yet, but look for The Voice-Tribune to again partner with BC but in an even bigger way this time around.

Booty-Kicking Camp

I’ve finally kicked my workout regimen into high gear and jumped on the boot camp craze after my pals Gerome Stephens and Jacob Isaac convinced me to purchase a Groupon for four weeks of classes at ProFormance. Thus far? Oh, my aching everything – but I look forward to each subsequent butt-kicking from my instructors.

Our contributing fitness columnist Dr. Chris Mohr also offers one of the area’s most touted boot camps (contact him at, and I know there are others around, too. If you have a favorite, give me a shout. I’m gathering input for an upcoming story for The Voice-Tribune.

Contact Angie at (502) 551-2698,, or

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Angie Fenton
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.

Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.

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