Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor and First Lady Host Hundreds at the Governor's Derby Gala

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 04, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
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Event serves as benefit for the Governor’s Mansion Preservation Foundation

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and First Lady Glenna Fletcher hosted the annual Governor’s Derby Gala tonight to raise money for the Governor’s Mansion Preservation Foundation.

“The Governor’s Mansion is the people’s house,” Governor Fletcher said. “We must do everything we can to preserve its historic integrity for generations to come. I commend First Lady Glenna Fletcher for taking the lead on this initiative. She is doing a great job and a tremendous service for our state.”

This is the second Governor’s Derby Gala hosted by the Fletchers. Since coming to office, Governor and Mrs. Fletcher have dedicated a considerable amount of time and effort towards renovating the Governor’s Mansion.

“Preserving the Governor’s Mansion is the responsibility of every citizen of the commonwealth,” said First Lady Glenna Fletcher. “The governor and I are committed to preserving the Mansion to the highest possible quality. The Governor’s Mansion is truly a Kentucky treasure.”

Since 1914, the Governor's Mansion has served as the official residence for 23 Kentucky governors and their families. It is both a private home and a public building. It serves as the center of the first family's ceremonial, social and public activities. In 1972 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Kentucky's Governor's Mansion is one of only a handful of executive residences in the United States to be open to the public for tours. Thousands of visitors from across the commonwealth and around the world visit the Governor's Mansion every year.

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