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Celebrity Fundraiser to Benefit State Adoption Program; Thursday’s Child Night with the Stars is Aug. 21

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 13, 2008  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2008) – Several Kentucky celebrities from the genres of sports, music and media will help raise funds and awareness of state adoption at a celebration later this month.

Thursday’s Child Night with the Stars will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 1375 S. Broadway in Lexington. The fundraiser is sponsored by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Thursday’s Child, a nonprofit group that helps promote adoption. 

Guests can meet and mingle with these celebrities scheduled to attend the event:

— Rodger Bingham -- “Kentucky Joe” from the reality television series “Survivor”

— J.D. Crowe -- legendary Bluegrass musician

— Merlene Davis -- Lexington Herald-Leader columnist and adoptive parent

— Farah Fath -- star of “One Life to Live”

— Jack Pattie -- WVLK radio personality and event emcee

— Jared Prickett -- member of the University of Kentucky’s 1996 national championship men's basketball team

— Ian Rosser -- current foster child and UK student/comedian who performs a routine on life in foster care

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased from these locations:

—  CHFS’ Adoption Services Branch -- Contact Mike Grimes, 275 E. Main St., 3C-E, Frankfort, KY 40621; Phone: (502) 564-2147.
— Adoption Support for Kentucky (ASK) - Contact Carrie Saunders, Director, University of Kentucky Training Resource Center, 1 Quality St., Suite 700, Lexington, KY 40507; Phone: (859) 257-3196.
— Fayette County Department for Community Based Services/Recruitment and Certification Team – Contact Tim Hodge, 1165 Centre Parkway, Suite 180, Lexington, KY 40517; Phone: (859) 245-6834.
— On site at the event

Cost includes dinner, entertainment and a silent auction. For each ticket purchased, $30 is tax deductible, and Thursday's Child will provide confirmation of each donation.

Thursday’s Child supports CHFS’ Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP) and sponsors several activities for Kentucky’s foster children, including therapeutic horseback riding, summer camp, holiday parties and athletic opportunities. Thursday’s Child also coordinates adoption recruitment events and works diligently to find forever families for Kentucky's waiting children.

More than 500 children in the state foster care system are waiting for adoptive homes.

For more information about adoption and foster care, call SNAP at (800) 928-4303. Log on to the SNAP home page at

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Last Updated 8/13/2008