Night of Stars

| April 6, 2011
Mint Jubilee Co-founders Chris and Tom Thieneman and Matt Battaglia.

Mint Jubilee Co-founders Chris and Tom Thieneman and Matt Battaglia.

Sportscaster Bob Costas, “Access Hollywood”  star Maria Menounos, Oscar winner Paul Haggis and 2007 “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks will attend  The Mint Jubilee, presented by Chambord, on May 6 at The Palace Theatre.

“We’re really excited and think it’s a good first start,” said Matt Battaglia, who co-founded The Mint Jubilee with brothers Chris and Tom Thieneman.

“We also feel very confident that in the next few weeks we’ll add even more names that will get people excited.”

The gala, which is sponsored by Chambord, Insight Communications and Longines, begins at 7 p.m. – after the running of the Kentucky Oaks 137. The event benefits the Mint Jubilee Foundation, which has a mission of providing resources to nonprofit organizations committed to finding cures and controls for cancer and other relevant nonprofit organizations.

Bob Costas

Bob Costas

Costas, who has been on the air with NBC since the early 1980s, will serve as co-host of the event and chairperson of The Mint Jubilee.

Menounos, who is a correspondent for “Today” and has acted in various TV shows, will be joined by her “Access Hollywood” crew, which will film at the gala.

Sparks will perform at the event. Four days later, her next album will be released, and the beauty will perform live on “American Idol” on May 12.

Maria Menounos

Maria Menounos

Haggis – who won a Best Writing, Original Screenplay Oscar in 2006 for “Crash,” which also won the Best Motion Picture Academy Award – will attend. The screenwriter-producer-director became widely known after working on “Million Dollar Baby,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Casino Royale,” and “Letters from Iwo Jima.”

As The Voice-Tribune announced last week, fashion designer Betsey Johnson will be among the revelers at The Mint Jubilee.

Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks

So will actress Jennifer Tilly, fashion guru Nolé Marin, Miss Kentucky 2011 Kia Hampton and Miss Teen Kentucky 2011 Stephanie Jones.

“With the new logo, new sponsors and new venue, I think The Mint Jubilee is surely going to take a step up,” Battaglia said. “We’re just trying to do our best to make sure that this year will be an exciting time for our guests and for the city.”

The Mint Jubilee

Presented by Chambord
Sponsored by Insight Communications and Longines
7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, May 6
The Palace Theatre, 625 S. Fourth St.
Tickets: $500-$750

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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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