Kristen Branscum, center, executive director of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s marketing office, presents a check for $1,000 for the Lincoln Foundation to, from left, Lincoln Foundation officials Gary Brown and Paula Campbell, and foundation President Larry McDonald. Ivor Chodkowski, right, owner of Harvest Restaurant, prepared the four-course Kentucky Proud/Kentucky Derby Festival Farm to Table Dinner to benefit the foundation. (Kentucky Department of Agriculture photo)
Sold-out Kentucky Proud dinner raises money for Lincoln Foundation
For Immediate Release
Monday, May 5, 2014
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A full house of 75 guests enjoyed an all-Kentucky Proud dinner and gave to a local educational foundation at the first Kentucky Proud/Kentucky Derby Festival Farm to Table Dinner April 30 during the Kentucky Proud WineFest at The Belvedere.
The four-course dinner, prepared by Harvest Restaurant, was held to raise awareness of Kentucky Proud and local food and to raise money for The Lincoln Foundation, a nonprofit that provides educational enrichment programs for disadvantaged students in the region. Kristen Branscum, executive director of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s marketing office, presented Lincoln Foundation officials with a check for $1,000.
“Louisville is recognized nationally for its local food system, and [Harvest Restaurant owner] Ivor Chodkowski is one of the leaders of the local food movement here, so this dinner was a natural fit,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “I’m grateful to Ivor and everyone else who worked to make this event a reality, and I’m pleased that we were able to contribute to an organization that is molding future leaders and citizens for Louisville and all of Kentucky.”
“Lincoln Foundation is extremely grateful to benefit from the proceeds raised as result of the first KDF WineFest Farm to Table Dinner sponsored by Kentucky Proud,” said Larry McDonald, president of the Lincoln Foundation. “The evening was a wonderful opportunity to sample and enjoy some of the great products Kentucky has to offer. More importantly, the funds will be used to support Lincoln Foundation’s educational programs for the 400 very deserving youth we serve each year.”