Persistence pays off
Two years ago, Emily Roach, 17, and Samantha Stallings, 18, started a campaign to get the Jonas Brothers to come to the Kentucky Derby.
So it’s not hard to imagine just how thrilled the two young women feel now that they know Nick and Kevin – two of the three brothers in the band – will land in Louisville next week to attend the Barnstable Brown Gala and Kentucky Derby.
The push to get the musical superstar siblings to Louisville began after Samantha started volunteering for Kosair Children’s Hospital and learned Miley Cyrus had visited the hospital during a stop in the River City. “(She) had made so many kids’ days, (we) thought, well, why not try and get the Jonas Brothers to the Derby and Barnstable Brown Gala because … the gala raises awareness for diabetes and (Nick Jonas) has diabetes, so this would be a great way to get them here,” Samantha said.
The gals created a Twitter account under the name “jbtokyderby” and began tweeting the singing sibs about the Run for the Roses and the famed Barnstable Brown Gala.
Samantha and Emily also sent messages to anyone (and everyone) they thought might be able to get a direct message to the celebs.
Whether or not their persistence had anything to do with Nick and Kevin’s acceptance of Tricia Barnstable Brown’s invitation is really beside the point, though Samantha and Emily would like to think they had something to do with the brothers’ upcoming trip.
“(We) are excited to see and meet the Jonas Brothers because when (we) were younger, (we) used to go to every concert. … Now we also want to meet them up close and personal because it looks like we might have caught their attention,” said Samantha, who’s also eager to meet another celebrity guest who will attend the Barnstable Brown fete. “I’m excited to see and meet Erin Andrews because I hope to one day become a sports reporter myself. Also, Erin Andrews has been a great role model for me to follow, as I am 6-foot-3 and know what it is like being tall for a girl.”
Artist Pat Gallagher has created a second painting inspired by breast cancer survivors to be hung at Churchill Downs.
“Synergy” will be on display to attendees beginning with this weekend’s Opening Night at the track. “It just jumped out at me again,” said Pat. “These women are walking together in the (Oaks Day) Survivors Parade and they give strength and power to each other.”
Learn more about the 2011 Survivors Parade presented by Kroger at www.kentuckyderby.com.
Heyman Talent has partnered with Factor Women Model Management of Chicago to host a Model Search on Friday, April 29, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Derby Festival Superfest at the Kroger’s Fest-A-Ville on the Waterfront Pa-Ville-Ion.
Ladies who are 13 and older and between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-11.5 and men who are 16 and up and measure between 5-foot-11 and 6-foot-2 are invited to meet with professional modeling agents to be considered for representation.
Aspiring catwalkers are asked to bring a great attitude and two non-professional photos to be left with an agent.
One winner will receive a two-year modeling contract, a photo shoot in Chicago and a grand prize package. The first 50 hopefuls will receive a gift bag of swag.
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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.