Jessica Taylor used to plan chi-chi events for big businesses and even bigger stars, that is until she woke up one day with a pressing desire to “change lives one event at a time.” And she is. Thus far, her company, Red Carpet Events, has put on numerous soirees, including a book drive, food drives and an event that pairs teen girls who can’t afford to spend money on prom attire with community members who provide everything needed for such a “magical moment.” Recently, Jessica planned the 2011 We Are Family Community Thanksgiving with Carlisle Rasner of Carlisle’s at Glenmary Country Club. Guests at the delicious sit-down dinner included foster kids, guardians, guests speakers and volunteers. “I’m just thankful everyone seemed to have a really nice time,” Jessica said.
In a nutshell, what is Red Carpet Events?
We focus on community and fundraising events; that’s our mission. … Our focus is to target organizations and businesses that are trying to be involved in any kind of giving and then we plan the events.
What’s the best part of an event?
I have to say the end when I see the smiles on people’s faces and when someone comes up to me and says thank you. That makes a good event. That’s when I can say my job is done and they’ve been helped.
What’s your dream event?
I want to do a women’s conference, a diverse women’s conference. All different women. All races. All sizes. All different backgrounds. All of them coming together for networking and fellowship.
Where do you get your motivation?
It’s funny because I used to do all grand-opening events and parties for celebrities, but when I mentally changed (focus), it was all through prayer. I wanted to do something that was fulfilling and I just felt that I had to make a difference. It wasn’t about money, it was just about making a difference in people’s lives. I feel like God just put it on my heart to use my talents. It was just a purpose to give.
What are you most thankful for?
The opportunity to be in this position. I’m thankful I have the confidence to do this and that God blessed me with this gift. And I’m thankful for my support team and my friends and my family.
Contact Jessica Taylor at www.redcarpetideas.com.
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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.