Waiting tables for a great cause

| February 10, 2011
Susan Sweeney Crum and Denny Crum.

Coach Denny Crum and Susan Sweeney Crum will host the 43rd annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Celebrity Dinner Party this week.

Coach Denny Crum and Susan Sweeney Crum will host the 43rd annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Celebrity Dinner Party on Friday, Feb. 11, at the Mellwood Arts Center.

The event, presented by Humana Military Healthcare Services, begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. Then, a number of us will pull out our table-waiting skills and help the real waiters and waitresses serve dinner at 7 p.m.

My fellow servers currently include John Asher of Churchill Downs; former NBA ballers Roger Burkman and Mike Grosso; Mandy Connell and Tony Cruise of 84WHAS; legendary jockey Pat Day; writer Bill Doolittle; musicians Peter Searcy and Brigid Kaelin; my colleague at The Voice-Tribune, Shahrzad Javid; Kyle Shepherd of the Louisville Zoo; and Louisville native Mozziz “Coach Mo” DeWalt who was a fan favorite on season 8 of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”

Country crooner Olivia Henken and her band will perform, though the blonde beauty has offered to show up early and get in on the serving action.

As of press time, there were a few tickets remaining. For more information, call Katrina Hutchins at the CFF at (502) 454-8435.

Home From Haiti

Haiti

Despite the devastation, there is so much beauty in Haiti.

I recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Haiti with Agape Flights, which is based out of Florida, and Capt. Steve Koch of Louisville. I’m extremely grateful to those of you who have taken the time to reach out to me about the trip and even share tales of your own journeys to the impoverished country.

I look forward to sharing my experience with you, our readers, in next week’s issue of The Voice and on an upcoming segment on WHAS11.

Mayoral Match

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer with his wife, Dr. Alexandra Gerassimides and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray at Woodland Farm.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer with his wife, Dr. Alexandra Gerassimides and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray at Woodland Farm.

A couple of weeks ago, Mayor Greg Fischer attended a Louisville Lightning game and really made an impact on the professional indoor soccer team. General Manager David Horne is still struck by how the mayor was so willing to speak with everyone who expressed an interest in his time, though we really shouldn’t be surprised. People who know him have said he’s the real deal since well before he was elected.

One of my favorite discussions I’ve had about Fischer was with 21c Museum Hotel co-founder Steve Wilson who – along with his wife Laura Lee Brown – hosted our mayor, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and a number of other notables at Woodland Farm in late 2010. (The guest list: Mayor Fischer and his wife Dr. Alexandra Gerassimides; Gov. Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane; Ned and Nina Bonnie; Ron and Lynn Carmicle; Craig and Rachel Greenberg; John and Alston Kerr; Nana Lampton; Tim Peters and Lois Mateus; Hon. John Potter and his wife, Genie; Cathy Yarmuth; and Britt and Paula Brockman.)

21c Museum Hotel co-founder Steve Wilson.

21c Museum Hotel co-founder Steve Wilson.

The private dinner was an elegant, enjoyable one, but it was special, too: The guest list included a good mix of minds and the discussions were uplifting, Wilson said, particularly those that occurred between the two mayors who are committed to working together.

“Both men are creative. Both men are successful businessmen. They don’t mind thinking outside of the box. They’re inspired and invigorated by talking with each other. “¦ And they’re asking what can we do together to help the state of our economies,” said Wilson, who was obviously excited. “We have two amazing leaders in two major cities who are open to anything, and I think everyone is looking forward to what’s to come of that.”

Dinner at Woodland Farm.

Dinner at Woodland Farm.

In addition to leading their respective cities, the mayors are also good-humored sports fans.

“Jim and I have known each other for about five years. We both have desires to grow our cities, but in particular, we also want to work together to make sure Louisville and Lexington are complementing each other with our various activities,” Fischer said, before adding with a laugh: “I lost my first bet with Jim when the (University of Kentucky) Wildcats came in here” and beat the University of Louisville men’s basketball team on New Year’s Eve. “Unfortunately, during my first week (as mayor), I had a Wildcat sitting in my office as a result of (Louisville’s) loss. But I still win because I’m a Kentuckian as well.”

Contact Angie at (502) 551-2698, angie@voice-tribune.com, www.facebook.com/angiefenton1 or www.twitter.com/angiefenton.

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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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