For the 22nd consecutive year, the Kroger Company will celebrate the football rivalry between the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky by sponsoring this year’s Governor’s Cup. This year’s Governor’s Cup cocktail party will be hosted in Frankfort, KY. The event begins with the Reception and Auction which will be held Tuesday, June 2nd at the Governor’s Mansion, 704 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by silent and live auctions. The Governor’s Cup Classic golf tournament will be held Wednesday, June 3rd at the Frankfort Country Club, 101 Duntreath St. in Frankfort, KY. Kroger Division President, Calvin Kaufman, along with Governor Steve Beshear, Louisville Coach Bobby Petrino and Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops will make opening comments and answer questions at the Frankfort Country Club beginning at 12:45 p.m.
Some of the greatest players and coaches from both schools attend this special event each year to share stories and pay tribute to the honorees. The 2015 event will honor coaches Jeff Brohm, and Mike Cassity from Western Kentucky University, former NFL football players, Mark Higgs, Tom Andrews and Gary Barnes. ESPN’s Lee Corso will also be making a guest appearance.
As the sponsor of the Governor’s Cup, The Kroger Company also supports the academic pursuits of both schools. Kroger President Calvin Kaufman will donate $10,000 to the general scholarship fund of each school. Kroger’s donations as a 22 year sponsor now total $440,000, $220,000 to each school.
This year’s Governor’s Cup benefits Dare to Care and God’s Pantry Food Banks. As Kentuckiana families continue to need food assistance in record numbers, net proceeds from this event will support the food banks’ mission to feed the hungry. Brian Riendeau, Dare to Care Executive Director, says the support is timely. “The food banks are seeing record numbers of people needing our help; one in six families this past year. Having two great state universities and many business sponsors unite behind us means a great deal. This type of community support delivers the resources needed to help thousands of struggling families.” Marian Guinn, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank agrees with Brian, adding “It is through the collaboration and partnerships within our communities, such as these, that we can continue to work towards closing the ever widening gap of food insecurity.” Tickets to the reception are $100 each or $150 per couple and are available at www.daretocare.org.
About the trophy –
The Governor’s Cup was created as a traveling trophy for the winner of the Kentucky-Louisville football game when the modern series began in 1994. Donated by The Kroger Company at a cost of $23,000, the Governor’s Cup trophy stands 33 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. The trophy’s base and upright columns are hand milled black marble. The glass components are optic-grade crystal. All metal parts are 23-karat, gold-plated brass. The cup itself is made of pewter with a 23-karat gold-plated finish. The Governor’s Cup was designed by Kendall Costner and sculpted by James Corcoran of Bruce Fox, Inc. He also created the Stanley Cup and the World Series trophy.
Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,638 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The company also operates 785 convenience stores, 324 fine jewelry stores, 1,275 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America; Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations in the communities it serves. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. For more information please visit kroger.com.
Kroger’s Louisville Division operates 98 stores in Kentucky, southern Indiana and southern Illinois.
About Dare to Care:
Dare to Care food Bank is a local nonprofit agency with a mission to lead the community to feed the hungry and conquer the cycle of need. In the past twelve months, Dare to Care distributed over 13 million meals to nearly 200,000 different people in eight Kentucky and five Indiana counties. Dare to Care also operates 14 Kids Cafes in neighborhood afterschool locations and Backpack Buddy weekend nutrition programs in more than 35 Kentuckiana elementary schools. For more information, visit www.daretocare.org.
About God’s Pantry:
The mission of God’s Pantry Food Bank is to reduce hunger in Kentucky through community cooperation making the best possible use of all available resources. Along with our network of more than 300 member agencies the Food Bank serves 50 counties of Central and Eastern Kentucky distributing $100 worth of food for every $10 donated. Last year, God’s Pantry Food Bank and its member agencies distributed more than 26 million pounds of groceries to more than 190,000 individuals, including 8 million pounds of fresh produce. God’s Pantry Food Bank is a member of Feeding America. Through community partnerships and distribution of food to 50,000 agencies, Feeding America collectively works to assure that people in need have access to a balanced diet. For more information visit us at http://www.godspantryfoodbank.org or www.feedingamerica.org