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First Lady Jane Beshear Announces Model and TV Personality Kim Alexis as Celebration of Hope Keynote Speaker

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 28, 2014  
Contact Information:  Parry Barrows

2014 Celebration to be held April 30 at Kentucky Horse Park

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear today announced that acclaimed model and TV personality Kim Alexis will be the keynote speaker for the 17th annual Celebration of Hope, an event to honor breast cancer survivors and promote awareness. This year’s celebration will be held on Wednesday, April 30, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

“Throughout her life, Kim Alexis has juggled family and career, and she has overcome an illness – something all of our women can relate to. I am thrilled that she’ll be sharing her message of empowering women at the 2014 Celebration of Hope,” said Mrs. Beshear. “I am also excited that for the third 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 Wednesday, I look forward to celebrating Kentucky’s breast cancer survivors and honoring those who continue to fight.”

Kim Alexis is a model, mother and advocate for healthy values and a wholesome lifestyle. She has been featured on more than 500 magazine covers, worked as a fashion correspondent on Good Morning America and appeared in countless commercials for companies such as Revlon and Gillette. She is married to retired New York Ranger Ron Duguay and is a mother of five children. Kim successfully overcame a serious thyroid disorder and today is a passionate advocate for fitness, health and nutrition.

As in previous years, participants at the Celebration of Hope will enjoy a delicious brunch featuring Kentucky 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 the 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