Baubles and Bubbly

Who knew my first two weeks as an intern would include modeling and champagne testing? Not me.

I was really excited to find out that one of my first duties as an intern here at The Voice- Tribune would be to model for Gifthorse. I was prepared to be making coffee for everyone in the office. Lucky me, I was very wrong. Look at the cover of the C section. That’s me! I’m famous! (Kind of)

Although excited, I was pretty nervous about being the subject of photo shoot. I wanted to do a good job and prove myself to be a good intern. Thank God for Butch Sager, owner and designer behind the fashions at Gifthorse. He made that very easy for me. Once I met him and saw all of the beautiful clothes I’d get to wear, I knew it’d be a piece of cake.

It wasn’t that easy. I have no idea how to model. And I had gotten rained/sleeted/snowed on while at school that morning so I was looking a little rough when I got to the shoot. Luckily co-owner and hair stylist Shawn Beirne was there to save the day. He teased my hair into a huge, fashionable mess that I secretly wish I could wear on a day-to-day basis.

Besides showing up with my hair a disaster, the first dress I was supposed to wear for the shoot was way too small. I couldn’t even get it on, talk about embarrassing. I ended up wearing the black handkerchief dress in the picture and I loved it. I was happy to wear it, also, because we had to shoot outside in the snow. It was a lot warmer than the other dress would have been!

The pictures turned out pretty darn good if I must say so myself. Overall, I think I’m pretty lucky. Modeling may not be in my future, but life is good here at The Voice-Tribune. I can’t believe that I get to do such cool things as an intern, and meet cool people like Butch and Shawn. Last week, I got to go with the staff members to The Brown Hotel to taste champagne and try gourmet food.

I think I’ll try to stick around for awhile.

 

You’s sooooooo CRAZY!!!!!…..no wait—–it’s ME that is soooooooo C-R-A-Z-Y

A gal pal sent me this article and I thought it was too good not to share.  Not only want to share with my chica’s but my bro buds too. 

Never let anyone make you feel less of a person!  When folks put you down or put you in situations that will not be a success for you, DO NOT take it!!!   Stand up for who YOU are and what YOUR dreams are and what YOU want/need.    

Live, LEARN, LOVE

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You’re so sensitive. You’re so emotional. You’re defensive. You’re overreacting. Calm down. Relax. Stop freaking out! You’re crazy! I was just joking; don’t you have a sense of humor? You’re so dramatic. Just get over it already!

Sound familiar?

If you’re a woman, it probably does.

Do you ever hear any of these comments from your spouse, partner, boss, friends, colleagues, or relatives after you have expressed frustration, sadness, or anger about something they have done or said?

When someone says these things to you, it’s not an example of inconsiderate behavior. When your spouse shows up half an hour late to dinner without calling — that’s inconsiderate behavior. A remark intended to shut you down like, “Calm down, you’re overreacting,” after you just addressed someone else’s bad behavior, is emotional manipulation, pure and simple.

And this is the sort of emotional manipulation that feeds an epidemic in our country, an epidemic that defines women as crazy, irrational, overly sensitive, unhinged. This epidemic helps fuel the idea that women need only the slightest provocation to unleash their (crazy) emotions. It’s patently false and unfair.

I think it’s time to separate inconsiderate behavior from emotional manipulation, and we need to use a word not found in our normal vocabulary.

I want to introduce a helpful term to identify these reactions: gaslighting.

Gaslighting is a term often used by mental health professionals (I am not one) to describe manipulative behavior used to confuse people into thinking their reactions are so far off base that they’re crazy.

The term comes from the 1944 MGM film, Gaslight, starring Ingrid Bergman. Bergman’s husband in the film, played by Charles Boyer, wants to get his hands on her jewelry. He realizes he can accomplish this by having her certified as insane and hauled off to a mental institution. To pull of this task, he intentionally sets the gaslights in their home to flicker off and on, and every time Bergman’s character reacts to it, he tells her she’s just seeing things. In this setting, a gaslighter is someone who presents false information to alter the victim’s perception of him or herself.

Today, when the term is referenced, it’s usually because the perpetrator says things like, “You’re so stupid,” or “No one will ever want you,” to the victim. This is an intentional, pre-meditated form of gaslighting, much like the actions of Charles Boyer’s character in Gaslight, where he strategically plots to confuse Ingrid Bergman’s character into believing herself unhinged.

The form of gaslighting I’m addressing is not always pre-mediated or intentional, which makes it worse, because it means all of us, especially women, have dealt with it at one time or another.

Those who engage in gaslighting create a reaction — whether it’s anger, frustration, sadness — in the person they are dealing with. Then, when that person reacts, the gaslighter makes them feel uncomfortable and insecure by behaving as if their feelings aren’t rational or normal.

My friend Anna (all names changed to protect privacy) is married to a man who feels it necessary to make random and unprompted comments about her weight. Whenever she gets upset or frustrated with his insensitive comments, he responds in the same, defeating way, “You’re so sensitive. I’m just joking.”

My friend Abbie works for a man who finds a way, almost daily, to unnecessarily shoot down her performance and her work product. Comments like, “Can’t you do something right?” or “Why did I hire you?” are regular occurrences for her. Her boss has no problem firing people (he does it regularly), so you wouldn’t know from these comments that Abbie has worked for him for six years. But every time she stands up for herself and says, “It doesn’t help me when you say these things,” she gets the same reaction: “Relax; you’re overreacting.”

Abbie thinks her boss is just being a jerk in these moments, but the truth is, he is making those comments to manipulate her into thinking her reactions are out of whack. And it’s exactly that kind manipulation that has left her feeling guilty about being sensitive, and as a result, she has not left her job.

But gaslighting can be as simple as someone smiling and saying something like, “You’re so sensitive,” to somebody else. Such a comment may seem innocuous enough, but in that moment, the speaker is making a judgment about how someone else should feel.

While dealing with gaslighting isn’t a universal truth for women, we all certainly know plenty of women who encounter it at work, home, or in personal relationships.

And the act of gaslighting does not simply affect women who are not quite sure of themselves. Even vocal, confident, assertive women are vulnerable to gaslighting.

Why?

Because women bear the brunt of our neurosis. It is much easier for us to place our emotional burdens on the shoulders of our wives, our female friends, our girlfriends, our female employees, our female colleagues, than for us to impose them on the shoulders of men.

It’s a whole lot easier to emotionally manipulate someone who has been conditioned by our society to accept it. We continue to burden women because they don’t refuse our burdens as easily. It’s the ultimate cowardice.

Whether gaslighting is conscious or not, it produces the same result: It renders some women emotionally mute.

These women aren’t able to clearly express to their spouses that what is said or done to them is hurtful. They can’t tell their boss that his behavior is disrespectful and prevents them from doing their best work. They can’t tell their parents that, when they are being critical, they are doing more harm than good.

When these women receive any sort of push back to their reactions, they often brush it off by saying, “Forget it, it’s okay.”

That “forget it” isn’t just about dismissing a thought, it is about self-dismissal. It’s heartbreaking.

No wonder some women are unconsciously passive aggressive when expressing anger, sadness, or frustration. For years, they have been subjected to so much gaslighting that they can no longer express themselves in a way that feels authentic to them.

They say, “I’m sorry,” before giving their opinion. In an email or text message, they place a smiley face next to a serious question or concern, thereby reducing the impact of having to express their true feelings.

You know how it looks: “You’re late :)”

These are the same women who stay in relationships they don’t belong in, who don’t follow their dreams, who withdraw from the kind of life they want to live.

Since I have embarked on this feminist self-exploration in my life and in the lives of the women I know, this concept of women as “crazy” has really emerged as a major issue in society at large and an equally major frustration for the women in my life, in general.

From the way women are portrayed on reality shows, to how we condition boys and girls to see women, we have come to accept the idea that women are unbalanced, irrational individuals, especially in times of anger and frustration.

Just the other day, on a flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles, a flight attendant who had come to recognize me from my many trips asked me what I did for a living. When I told her that I write mainly about women, she immediately laughed and asked, “Oh, about how crazy we are?”

Her gut reaction to my work made me really depressed. While she made her response in jest, her question nonetheless makes visible a pattern of sexist commentary that travels through all facets of society on how men view women, which also greatly impacts how women may view themselves.

As far as I am concerned, the epidemic of gaslighting is part of the struggle against the obstacles of inequality that women constantly face. Acts of gaslighting steal their most powerful tool: their voice. This is something we do to women every day, in many different ways.

I don’t think this idea that women are “crazy,” is based in some sort of massive conspiracy. Rather, I believe it’s connected to the slow and steady drumbeat of women being undermined and dismissed, on a daily basis. And gaslighting is one of many reasons why we are dealing with this public construction of women as “crazy.”

I recognize that I’ve been guilty of gaslighting my women friends in the past (but never my male friends–surprise, surprise). It’s shameful, but I’m glad I realized that I did it on occasion and put a stop to it.

While I take total responsibility for my actions, I do believe that I, along with many men, am a byproduct of our conditioning. It’s about the general insight our conditioning gives us into admitting fault and exposing any emotion.

When we are discouraged in our youth and early adulthood from expressing emotion, it causes many of us to remain steadfast in our refusal to express regret when we see someone in pain from our actions.

When I was writing this piece, I was reminded of one of my favorite Gloria Steinem quotes, “The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.”

So for many of us, it’s first about unlearning how to flicker those gaslights and learning how to acknowledge and understand the feelings, opinions, and positions of the women in our lives.

But isn’t the issue of gaslighting ultimately about whether we are conditioned to believe that women’s opinions don’t hold as much weight as ours? That what women have to say, what they feel, isn’t quite as legitimate?

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It was a little long— but well worth the read and worth sharing.  I hope you learned something – whether it’s you doing the gaslighting or you being gaslighted.  Remember—not everyone is a good person!!  But I do hope that you are a good person to everyone.  Be better –  Be stronger – Be Happy!!

Pendennis Club

The annual Bachelors’ Ball was held on the Friday after Thanksgiving at the Pendennis Club.

Also, The Society of Colonial Wars of the Commonwealth of Kentucky held its winter court on Dec. 1 at the Pendennis Club.

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On The Town

Last weekend was an incredibly beautiful one with unseasonably warm temperatures for January, which seemed to put Louisvillians in a collective good mood.

We stopped by to capture the festivities at The Bards Town and Molly Malone’s in St. Matthews.

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Louisville Lightning

The Louisville Lightning beat the Illinois Piasa Jan. 7 with a 15-5 victory Louisville victory at Mockingbird Valley Sports Complex.

The Lightning move to 5-3 on the season.

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Wiltshire is thriving on Market

Let’s welcome The Voice-Tribune’s move to NuLu with a word of praise for another long-time St. Matthews institution that’s thriving there.

The classy bistro Wiltshire on Market is a direct descendant of Susan Hershberg’s much-loved Wiltshire Pantry, which got its start on Wiltshire Avenue in St. Matthews.

Its always appealing menu is based on American culinary traditions with international touches, and a strong emphasis on fresh, local produce and meat.

Wiltshire opened on Market in April 2009, so it’s practically an institution by the fast-moving standard of its trendy neighborhood.

Chef Coby Ming set a high standard before she moved down the block to take the kitchen at Harvest last summer.

I’m happy to report that Chef Casey Broussard has taken over without missing a beat.

We dropped in with our friends Karl and Anne on a mild Friday night, and before long the place was hopping, with people three-deep at the friendly bar and just about every table in use.

We were happy with our window nook just on the edge of the action, seated around a huge, shiny table fashioned from a thick slice of an ancient white oak tree felled by a severe storm a few years ago.

Chef Broussard’s menu gets weekly updates, particularly in the exact composition of the cheese and charcuterie (sausages and hams) board, which are both $9, and, our selection, the $17 cheese-and-charcuterie combination.

Other starters ranged in price from $4, for Wiltshire’s signature assorted marinated olives to $9 for cold smoked kajiki fish “rollups” stuffed with pink lady apples, cress and lemongrass vinaigrette.

Four “first course” items — small plates, really, that you could mix or match to make a meal — were priced from $7 for Fox Hollow short rib tacos to $9 for a flatbread “pizza” topped with barbecue-grilled veggies, fried oregano leaves and house-smoked Asiago cheese.

We sampled all four main courses — a slab of Stone Cross Farm crispy pork belly ($18), which is basically unsliced, unsmoked bacon. This dish was fried crisp and painted with a sweet sauce, served atop a crisp potato latke and dressed with fresh pea shoots and a quince compote.

The herb-rubbed beef hanger steak ($20) drew raves. It was prepared perfectly, medium-rare as ordered with a nicely charred edge, cut into four thick slices and plated on a blue cheese veloute sauce with sensuous fingerling potatoes cooked in duck fat, with oven-dried cherry tomatoes and fresh broccolini.

Crisp-fried fingers of Hawaiian sun fish ($23) were sauced with Cuban-style Meyer lemon crab mojo and garnished with pea shoots, hearts of palm, tart-sweet mango and tempura-style plantains on a bed of coconut whipped potatoes.

The Potato pavé ($19) appears to be based on a concept by Chef Thomas Keller of French Laundry.

It’s best described as a block of scalloped potatoes roasted in a block of stacked thin slices, creamy within a crisp, golden-brown shell.

It can also be described as “incredibly delicious.”

Served with local kale, crumbled feta and marble-size rounds of kabocha squash on an intense red-beet coulis.

The well-chosen, diverse wine list provided good-value red and white picks at its lower-price end: Belleruche Côte-du-Rhône from France ($32) and Heidler Grüner Veltliner from Austria ($38).

There wasn’t a clinker in a carload, and we capped dinner with perfect chocolate truffles ($5 for a shared plate) and outstanding coffee by Red Hot Roasters ($2 each).

With the wines, dinner for four came to $190.80, plus a $40 tip for perfect service. The share for two would have been around $95 plus tip.

Wiltshire on Market
636 E. Market St.
589-5224
Web: www.wiltshirepantry.com/wiltshire-on-market
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/WiltshireMarket

First Friday Trolley Hop

The first First Friday Trolley Hop of 2012 was a beautiful event – as always – thanks, in part, to unseasonably warm temperatures and a gorgeous, star-filled night.

The Hop is a monthly art show, tourist attraction, street party and celebration of downtown Louisville that brings new visitors and new life to the Main and Market corridor. The free event takes place on the first Friday of each month from 5 to 11 p.m., rain or shine. Most of the galleries close around 9 p.m. but the restaurants, clubs and shops stay open later. The trolleys run until 11 p.m.

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Michael Tierney’s Birthday

Michael Tierney celebrated his birthday last weekend with a number of his close friends.

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Hey Hey—What’cha say???

Today, folks has been a really really super duper day…..

Can’t say that I’ve been feeling all that ‘super’ lately— lots going on and weighing on my mind and for whatever reason—SHA-ZAMMIE today— poof seems like a weight has been lifted.

Can’t really put my finger on what / why / how I’m feeling so much more like ME—but I am and I’m really excited about it.

Now, since I haven’t chatted with you guys in a while—and can you really say what we do it ‘chat’ Naaa…..I write—you read. I spill my beans and you say “she’s crazy”….I open up my world to you and you just comment. I’m beginning to think something about our relationship is a little off keel. (had to look that word up, I thought I just made up another ‘Terra’ word—but I didn’t. It’s a really word and I used it correctly—goshgee—today is really turning my way—HipHip HOORAY)

Okay—golly—I can ramble on about nothing…..can we just get this story started already-HELLO! (missed me haven’t ya?!-HA)

Okay, Okay….that’s it for now folks—teehee. I really just wanted to say HI–HELLO– How are ya???….  I promise to write more and more often later.

Let it snow….Let it snow….Let it snow…..

Over The Hump Concert

Two of Louisville’s most entertaining bands – Thumper & The Plaid Rabbits and This, That & The Other – rocked Headliners on Dec. 28 at the Over The Holiday Hump Concert, an event that benefited Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the River Region.

The non-profit’s mission is to advocate for abused and neglected children involved in family court by training and supervising community volunteers. For more information, go to www.casariverregion.org.

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Iron Mike To Be Keynote Speaker At Hornung Awards

A scene from the 2011 Hornung Awards.

Earlier this week, the Louisville Sports Commission and Paul Hornung announced Georgia senior Brandon Boykin is the recipient of the 2012 Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse.

The honor is given to the nation’s most versatile football player – so it’s only fitting to have an equally versatile keynote speaker.

Hall of Fame Football Coach and Player Mike Ditka will fill that role at the Feb. 2 banquet, which is being held at The Galt House Hotel.

“Mike is just a hell of a guy,” Hornung said recently while seated behind a massive desk in his office, his 7-year-old French Bulldog, Louie, lying nearby, his legs splayed beneath him, a Green Bay Packers collar around his neck.

“Ditka is the number one man in Chicago and still is,” Hornung continued. “He does a lot of charity work and still does. … He was the best blocking tight end in the history of the game. He was vicious. He would hurt people. Shoot, he’d do that to his brother if he was on the field.”

Hornung chuckled. Then, he launched into a memory about the time – “four or five years ago” – when Ditka invited the Golden Boy to Chicago to speak at a dinner.

“I went up and spoke and he introduced me like I’m going to introduce him (at the Hornung Awards). What happened was there was this small table where the speakers were up high. We were up there six foot. When he introduced me to speak, I went up and slapped him on the back and he fell off the goddamned stage. The stage – look! – he fell on concrete. I thought he broke his neck. I was shivering. I was so scared, but he got up and thank God he handled it. If that would have been me,” Hornung shook his head.  “It was terrible. To this day I think his wife thinks I did that on purpose. I don’t think she likes me.”

(Mrs. Ditka: Consider that a public apology from Hornung, who also apologized profusely from the stage that night.)

“Mike is just a hell of a guy,” said Hornung. “He really is. I just love him. I respect him.”

Known as Iron Mike for obvious reasons, the ESPN analyst – who has a line of wines that include one called Kick Ass Red – was more than kind to The Voice-Tribune, not to mention he’s funny enough to give Will Ferrell a run for his money. Oh wait. He already did.

About Iron Mike

Mike Ditka.

Mike Ditka.

Born Oct. 18, 1939 in Carnegie, Pennsylvania.

He is married to Diana and has four children: Mike, Mark, Megan and Matthew.

First Tight End to be inducted in to the Hall of Fame.

Golf is his favorite hobby, which he plays to a six handicap.

Second and only other person to win the Super Bowl as a player, assistant coach and head coach.

Inducted into the  Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 30, 1988.

College: University of Pittsburgh.

NFL Draft: Fifth pick of round 1 in 1961.

Professional: Debuted as a player for the Chicago Bears (1961-1966), before playing for the Philadelphia Eagles (1967-1968) and, finally, the Dallas Cowboys (1969-1972). His coaching career began whne he was an  assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys (1973-1981). He served as head coach of the Chicago Bears for a decade (1982-1992) before ending his coaching career with the New Orleans Saints (1997-1999).

Awards: Five-time Pro Bowl selection (1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965); three-time Super Bowl champion (VI, XII, XX); NFL Championship (1963); 2x AP NFL Coach of Year (1985, 1988); 1985 Sporting News NFL Coach of Year; 1988 Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of Year; 2x UPI NFL Coach of Year (1985, 1988); 1961 UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of Year.

Sources: NFL.com, Pro Football Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame and MikeDitka.com.

Q&A with Mike Ditka

The Voice-Tribune: Why did you accept the invitation to speak at the Paul Hornung Awards, presented by Texas Roadhouse, on Feb. 2. It is Super Bowl weekend, after all.
Mike Ditka: Paul Hornung is my buddy. That’s no big deal for me. I’m going to be down in Indianapolis (for the Super Bowl). He asked me to do it. And I said fine I’ll do it. I’ve known Paul for a long, long time.

What do you think about the Paul Hornung Award on  a national scale?
Unfortunately people don’t remember. … Paul was a one-man team: He played linebacker, he played defense, he punted, he kicked off, he played quarterback … he played everywhere. He was really the most versatile player in college football. He did everything. He played all the positions.

When is the last time you were in Lou-uh-ville?
Where?

Lou-uh-ville. Kentucky.
Oh! You mean Lou-ee-ville.

Ha. Sorry, Mr. Ditka. Yes, Lou-ee-ville.
It’s been a while. That was back in my young days of gambling. I used to go down (for Derby), but I haven’t been back there in a while. I think as you get older you forget about those things. Or you watch them on TV. Forget the crowds.

I had some man friends who practically gushed when they heard I was interviewing you today. One of them called you America’s Coach. What’s that like?
I’ll be honest with you, I’m too old to think about that stuff anymore. I consider it a nice gesture when they call me coach. You know, I was a coach a long time ago. I’ve been retired from that a long time. What I am now is just a guy going through life and finishing out, going down the last couple turns.

You’ve had various walk-on acting roles and played yourself as a little league soccer coach in the movie “Kicking & Screaming,” alongside Will Ferrell. What’s your next acting venture?

Unfortunately, I haven’t heard back from Hollywood. (Laughs.) I run into a lot of kids who don’t know me from coaching football (in real life). They know me from coaching (in the movie). I was with some people last night at (Ditka’s, his restaurant) and there were some kids. “There’s the coach from ‘Kicking & Screaming.” At least I have some fame in some other arena.

Was that your first foray into soccer?
When I was young, we played football, baseball basketball. There was no other sport. … Now,I think it’s a great sport. It’s a great sport for young people. It certainly gives you all the benefits: coordination, conditioning.

Is that really you on Twitter?
I don’t Twitter. I don’t Twotter. I don’t do any of that. I have my phone and I call on it. That’s about all.

But you did just get an iPhone.
You just called all it did was buzz because I can’t get the ringtone back. I’m going down to the iPhone store as soon as I get out of here. I’m technically stupid. I gotta live with it.

Paul Hornung Award Banquet

The Paul Hornung Award.

The Paul Hornung Award.

Feb. 2, 2012
The Galt House Hotel
Keynote Speaker:
Cocktail Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner & Program: 7 p.m.
Individual Tickets: $75 each
Corporate Table of 10: $1,250 (includes two tickets to the VIP cocktail reception)
Tickets and Questions: Contact Julie Howell at 502.587.6742 or jhowell@louisvillesports.org

2012 Paul Hornung Award Winner

Brandon Boykin, University of Georgia

Sports Figures Attending

  • Mike Ditka
  • Howard Schnellenberger
  • Charlie Strong, University of Louisville Head  Football Coach
  • Jeremy Schaap, ESPN
  • Christine Brennen, USA Today
  • Gil Brandt, NFL.com and NFL scout
  • Sam Madison, NFL player, 4-time All-Pro, Super Bowl Champion
  • Dexter Heyman, Uof L player and winner of the Howard Schnellenberger Award, which is given to the most valuable player on the winning team in the annual rivalry between the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky football teams.

Paul Hornung Award

The Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, is given annually by the Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) to the most versatile player in major college football. The Award was created by the LSC in January 2010 with the support of the Golden Boy himself, Paul Hornung, a native and lifelong resident of Louisville and member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

Hornung is considered by many the most versatile player in the history of college and pro football. He won the 1956 Heisman Trophy at quarterback for Notre Dame and was the No. 1 pick in the 1957 NFL draft. He played every position in the backfield during his career with the Irish, where he also punted, kicked, returned kicks and played defensive back. While in the NFL he was a multi-threat offensive back and prolific kicker. He was a member of four NFL championship teams as an all-pro halfback for the Green Bay Packers and led the NFL in scoring 1959-60-61, set the single season scoring record in 1960 with 176 points and was named League MVP following the 1961 season.

In the spirit of partnership with Paul Hornung, the Louisville Sports Commission oversees and administers all aspects of the Award including budget, selection process, marketing and PR, banquet, trophy, sponsorships and hospitality. An Advisory Committee co-chaired by LSC Chairman Steve Higdon and Executive Director Karl Schmitt and comprised of LSC Board leadership and local business leaders provides guidance to insure integrity of the award.

The mission of the award is to recognize and reward versatile, high-level performers in major college football; to help preserve the legacy of one of Louisville’s native sons and sports icons; and to promote Louisville as a great sports town.

Contact writer Angie Fenton at angie@voice-tribune.com, @angiefenton on Twitter or call 502.551.2698.

Royal Court

Six women have been selected as Princesses for the 2012 Derby Festival. Jhalak Dholakia, a senior quadruple major in anthropology, biology, Spanish and humanities at the University of Louisville; Arielle Evans, a senior exercise science major at Georgetown College; Kaelyn Gault, a senior communications major at the University of Louisville;  Irma Kocer, a senior business marketing major at the University of Louisville; Erica Lee,  a freshman accounting major at the University of Louisville; and Taylor Sang, a junior broadcast news major at Western Kentucky University.

The six young women chosen as Princesses will act as ambassadors for the 2012 Kentucky Derby Festival and attend nearly 70 events over a two-week period. The Princesses were selected out of more than 100 applicants. One of the six women will be crowned the Derby Festival Queen by a spin-of-the-wheel at the annual Fillies Derby Ball on April 20 at the Galt House East Grand Ballroom.

Each woman will receive a $2000 scholarship, funded by a $1000 donation from the Fillies and $1000 from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation.