David Son, Rose Collar Foundation

| April 27, 2011
David Son

David Son

Attorney by day, legend in the making by night, David Son will help bring a new reason to gather this Derby Season as he hosts the inaugural Rose Collar Derby Soiree Thursday, May 5, from 7 p.m. to midnight at Majid’s St. Matthews.

The event will shed light on a good cause and bring everyone together for yet another reason to celebrate.

What is the Rose Collar Foundation?

Rose Collar Foundation is an independent nonprofit charity incorporated in Kentucky, and our mission is to combat sex trafficking globally by enabling families to achieve economic security through investing resources, sharing skills and facilitating education. The co-founders and presidents of Rose Collar Foundation are Kevin Loman and Sage Loman.

How did you become passionate about this cause?

Kevin heads up the Malaysian office of Bedford Biofuels, an alternative energy company. While living in Kuala Lumpur and traveling through Asia, he and Sage witnessed this epidemic firsthand and continue to volunteer time to visit as many of these affected areas and do field research. At the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting, Kevin Loman round tabled this issue with the attendees, who shared the same passion to find solutions to this problem. Kevin and Sage are dear friends of ours and family of my business partner Peter Bassett Jr. While reconnecting this past spring, we found that we all shared an interest in being agents of change for this issue.

Why the name “Rose Collar”?

“Rose Collar” was coined by Kevin and Sage to humanize the people involved with the industry. It’s a term they felt was as easy to say and remember as blue collar and white collar workers.

What can people expect from the Rose Collar Derby Soiree?

During the spring, we felt that the Derby spotlight on Louisville was a great platform for us to bring awareness to Rose Collar Foundation and an opportunity for us to throw an annual event. We also know that Derby week is crazy and on Thursday night, all you want is a great cocktail with friends.

The inaugural Rose Collar Derby Soiree is that and much more. We partnered with Majid and Debbie Ghavami of Majid’s St. Matthews in Chenoweth Square and the entire restaurant will be transformed for the evening. We will have outdoor seating, indoor bistro tables and a dance floor. We know that people also want to be taken care of that night, so we will have three open bars, 25 staff members and one bar exclusively for our signature cocktail “The Rose Collar” featuring Four Roses Bourbon.

The cocktail is a blend of lavender syrup, fresh squeezed lemons, a dash of orange bitters and saffron infused rose water, all shaken with Four Roses Bourbon and served chilled in a martini glass.

Bobby J and jazz ensemble will play the first half of the evening and the second half will be a DJ playing all the songs you want to hear to start Derby weekend off right.

We will also have a silent auction with great items such as a private dinner for eight with wine pairings from celebrity chef Edward Lee at 610 Magnolia, private dinner for six with wine pairings from, Majid’s St. Matthews, UPS Flight simulator for four, a drawing donated by local artist Douglas Miller, three pieces of art from the artist Schwan donated by Art without Borders, Four Roses bourbon package and much more.

Tell us about your special guest.

We are honored to also host our guest of honor, Ruchira Gupta, founder of APNE AAP Women Worldwide and the 2010 Humanitarian Award Winner at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting. She is coming from New Dehli to support our event and will speak that evening about our very important cause and what we can do to be a part of the solution.

What do you hope comes from this event?

Our main goal is to bring awareness to this epidemic and raise funds to support our charity’s mission. We also want to make this an annual event that kicks off Derby weekend.

How can we make a difference here in Louisville?

From the Red Cross to the Center for Women and Families, we hope that we begin the dialogue in Louisville and Kentucky to work together as partners to bring awareness to all of our worthy causes.

How did you decide the Board Members?

Board Members come from around the world and began with Kevin and Sage. I was honored to be asked to be a part of the board and am acting secretary. My biggest role this year is to be a part of the host committee of Peter Bassett Jr., Kate Kimsey and myself. Kate Kimsey is our event coordinator and has been responsible for all of our wonderful auction items and, along with Debbie Ghavami, will be transforming Majid’s into the home of the inaugural Rose Collar Derby Soiree. We would like to thank all of our friends and supporters in this community who have stepped up to be a part of this event.

We hope you can join us Thursday, May 5, from 7 p.m. to midnight at Majid’s St. Matthews in Chenoweth Square. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online by going to www.rosecollar.org.

For questions, please feel free to contact David Son at 502.540.1211 or e-mail at dsonatty@600westmain.com.

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Lauren DePaso
Voice-Tribune Staff Writer Lauren DePaso enjoys being a tourist in her own city, exploring the nightlife and cheering on the Cards. A Louisville native, she currently resides in St. Matthews.

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