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First Lady Jane Beshear Announces Explorer and Author Tori Murden-McClure as Keynote Speaker for 16th Celebration of Hope

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 23, 2013  
Contact Information:  Parry Barrows

2013 Celebration to be held May 1 at Kentucky Horse Park

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear today announced that noted explorer and author Tori Murden-McClure will be the keynote speaker for the 16th Annual Celebration of Hope, an event to honor breast cancer survivors and promote awareness. This year’s celebration will be held on Wednesday, May 1 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

“Tori is an awe-inspiring, intelligent woman and leader. I am thrilled that she will speak at the 2013 Celebration of Hope,” said Mrs. Beshear. “I am also excited that for the second year in a row, the event will be held at the world-renowned Kentucky Horse Park during the week before Derby. Holding the event in the Alltech Arena at the Horse Park allows more women to participate. On May 1, I look forward to celebrating Kentucky’s breast cancer survivors and honoring those who continue to fight.”

Tori Murden-McClure is best known as the first woman and first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was also the first woman and first American to travel over land to the geographic South Pole, skiing 750 miles from the ice shelf to the pole. An avid mountaineer, Tori has climbed on several continents. She was the first woman to climb Lewis Nunatuck summit in Antarctica.

McClure has appeared on several national television shows including The Today Show, Late Night with David Letterman, the Oprah Winfrey Show and many features on both the Travel and Discovery Channels. Currently, McClure serves as president of Spalding University in Louisville. She will speak at the Celebration about her life experiences, women’s empowerment and the benefits of perseverance and determination in life.

As in previous years, participants at the Celebration of Hope will enjoy a delicious brunch featuring Kentucky Proud products and can shop for jewelry, clothes, books and more from an array of local vendors. Following the festivities, the Kentucky Horse Park will offer free trolley tours of their world-class grounds and facilities.

Former First Lady Judi Patton started the Celebration of Hope to celebrate breast cancer survivors and to help educate Kentuckians about the risks of the disease. This event brings together survivors, advocates, and their friends and families. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women — both nationally and in Kentucky.

For more information on the Celebration of Hope or to request an invitation, please visit