UofL Fans Have Cause, Caper Event To Cheer About

This Saturday, Cards fans will have twice as much to cheer about as the 15th ranked University of Louisville men’s basketball team takes on the Blue Demons of DePaul at the KFC Yum! Center.

That’s because following the game, the 25th annual Caper post-game event will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Archibald Cochran Room in the Galt House Hotel.

The event, which typically draws more than 1,000 attendees, will benefit the Family and Children’s Place, an organization that serves approximately 6500 children and families in Kentuckiana and works to heal the trauma of abuse, violence and neglect and promote safe, healthy and stable families through research-based services.

“This represents one of our bigger initiatives,” said Josh Shoulta, public relations manager for Family and Children’s Place. “Tens of thousands of dollars come through this event. (The money goes) towards general annual needs, operational costs and a lot of the services we provide for the community whether counseling children and families or providing services for child advocacy. It’s all geared toward stopping abuse.”

Family and Children’s Place has partnered with University of Louisville Athletics since the first Caper event 25 years ago.

U of L players and athletic staff have often made appearances at many of the previous years’ events, as well.

This year, the event will be co-emceed by  WHAS11 meteorologist Ben Pine and The Voice-Tribune’s Managing Editor Angie Fenton, entertainment correspondent for WHAS11’s “Great Day Live!”

“I was happy to jump at the opportunity (to emcee),” said Pine. “It’s just a win-win. We get to help a fantastic foundation helping families, and get to have a good time and hang with fun people.”

This year’s Caper will offer a variety of food and desserts from restaurants around town, including Rocky’s, Buckhead’s, Cabot Cheese Company, Chili’s, Comfy Cow and many more. There will also be about 300 silent auction items up for sale, in addition to a live auction, prizes and entertainment.

Silent auction items include sports memorabilia, exotic vacation getaways and floor seats to a University of Kentucky basketball game, for those Wildcats fans out there.
The online auction is currently open for bidding and will close Friday, Jan. 13. During the live auction, participants will also be able to utilize an iPhone device that will allow them to place their bids electronically and alert them if they have been outbid on an item.

“This should be our biggest (Caper) yet,” Shoulta said. “People are realizing this is a big Louisville tradition. It’s an event for die-hard U of L fans, but you don’t have to be a U of L fan to attend because it’s still a lot of fun. People who attend this event are going to have an absolute blast and it’s an opportunity to support a really great organization.”

Tickets to the Caper cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Children 12 and under will be admitted for free.

To purchase tickets and for more information, call 502.893.3900. Contact writer Ashley Anderson at aanderson@voice-tribune.com, 502.498.2051.

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