Brunch with Betsey

| March 16, 2011
Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson

She’s fabulous, she’s fun, she’s heading to the River City – and you’re invited to join her! The Voice-Tribune will host a Derby week brunch honoring breast cancer survivors with fashion designer Betsey Johnson, presented by Chambord.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this inaugural event that will celebrate our community’s commitment to fighting breast cancer and raising awareness,” said The Voice-Tribune’s Managing Director Tracy Blue. “We are equally as excited to announce that proceeds from Brunch with Betsey Johnson will benefit Gilda’s Club Louisville, an organization that is making a tremendous impact in our city.”

The brunch is also the perfect kickoff to Derby weekend, said Chambord Brand Director Laura Webb. “As an iconic fashion designer, Betsey Johnson is a perfect fit for the style surrounding the Oaks. Additionally, because she is a breast cancer survivor and advocate, we are excited to have her support Chambord and all our exciting Derby and Oaks events that benefit breast cancer.”

The May 5 event begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Louisville Marriott Downtown with a meet ‘n’ greet with Johnson for those who purchase VIP tickets, followed by brunch for all ticket holders from 10 a.m. to noon.

The morning will feature a scrumptious spread and plenty of cocktails, including the Fleur De Lis, Chambord’s signature Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby cocktail, but the highlight will be when the whimsical designer takes the stage not only to showcase her designs but also to honor six fellow breast cancer survivors. Johnson will join guests in honoring WAMZ morning show host Mel Fisher, also of 84WHAS; Creative Alliance CEO Debbie Scoppechio; interior designer and philanthropist Karen Casi; Louisville Collegiate School Varsity field,  hockey coach and teacher Wendy Martin; cycling enthusiast, mentor and elite athlete Bobbie Leslie; and Thomas Buckman of Churchill Downs.

“These individuals affirm what we know: breast cancer affects us all,” said Brunch with Betsey Event Chair Lori Kommor. “Our honorees are making impacts in so many ways, and we’re excited to not only recognize their efforts but to also enjoy a morning of fun and fashion with Betsey Johnson the day before the Kentucky Oaks.”

The dress code for brunch is pink preferred, and one lucky attendee will win a Derby-themed hat custom-made by Johnson.

The famed fashionista – who is known for doing a cartwheel at the end of her fashion shows – will offer guests exclusive “race day style tips” at the brunch, but she will also take part in a variety of other Derby activities with Chambord, Webb said.

Johnson will judge the Chambord Kentucky Oaks Fashion Contest on May 6 at Churchill Downs. For every person who walks the pink carpet in the garden, Chambord will donate $10 – again, per person – to a charity benefiting breast cancer research, support and awareness.,  Participants will be judged on how fashionably they incorporate pink into their ensemble. Entrants showcasing their finest Oaks attire will be judged on the “pink carpet” in the Aristides Garden at Churchill Downs.

The winner will receive an all-expense VIP trip for two to Fashion Week in New York City.

After the running of the Kentucky Oaks 137, Johnson will attend the Mint Jubilee, sponsored by Chambord, at The Palace Theatre.,  The gala begins at 7 p.m. and benefits the Mint Jubilee Foundation. For more information, go to

Pretty In Pink
What to wear to The Voice-Tribune’s Brunch with Betsey Johnson, presented by Chambord? Think pink.

Did You Know
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States.

Last year, according to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, it was estimated that among U.S. women there would be:

  • 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer (includes new cases of primary breast cancer among survivors, but not recurrence of original breast cancer among survivors)
  • 54,010 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer – includes ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS), of those, about 85 percent were DCIS
  • 39,840 breast cancer deaths

Breast cancer in men is rare, but it does happen. In 2010, it was estimated that among U.S. men there would be:

  • 1,970 new cases of breast cancer
  • 390 breast cancer deaths

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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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  1. Gioia Patton says:

    When I interviewed the actor Richard Roundtree (‘Shaft’) about 7 years ago he mentioned having been diagnosed with breast cancer a few years before that- and was completely by surprise at the diagnosis because he was ‘a bit of a hypocrondriac.’ That said, he had one of his breasts removed (and chose not to have it cosmetically rebuilt.) *Roundtree added that since that diagnosis he tours the country giving talks to men’s groups about the fact that men can and do develop breast cancer.