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Silks in the Bluegrass
Louisville, KY 40209 United States
Operation Open Arms will hold their annual event this year on Friday, May 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Operation Open Arms, a charity founded in 2001 by Cathy and Irv Bailey, provides care and a secure home environment for children of incarcerated mothers. As always, the post-Oaks event includes a full program of 4-course dinner, drinks, key-note speaker, and dancing into the night. New to the event this year is a lounge ticket, which includes an open bar, dancing, and light snacks after the dinner program concludes.
Every year, the organization presents an Operation Open Arms Hero Award, and the 2017 award will go to Purple Heart recipient Sergeant Daniel Casara. In 2005, an antitank mine flipped Danny’s M-113 armored personnel carrier in Baghdad, killing two of his teammates and crushing Danny’s legs. Doctors asked Danny if he wanted to save his legs. Responding to the doctors, Danny replied, “Yes, I came into this world with two legs and I’m going to leave with two legs.” It has taken 24 surgeries and continued physical therapy for him to learn to walk again. In 2005, President George W. Bush awarded Danny Casara the Purple Heart in a ceremony at the White House. http://nation.foxnews.com/2017/03/02/hannity-interview-purple-heart-recipient-shares-his-story-george-w-bush
While Danny will be the award recipient, he will also provide the keynote speech during the dining portion of the event. After dinner and the program concludes, the number one rated dance band of the South, THE ATLANTA SHOWSTOPPERS, will return to a show-stopping experience with great tunes from Motown to sounds of the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s to the present. After their performance at last year’s event, attendees called them the BEST DANCE BAND OF THE WEEKEND!
We are also pleased to announce that Dianne and George Timmering will serve as this year’s Silks in the Bluegrass co-chairs.