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Red or blue? Rivalry Gala brings clashing sides together for American Cancer Society

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There’s a rite of passage to being a Kentuckian: you bleed blue or you bleed red. The great division of allegiance for which the Bluegrass State is known is the centerpiece of the inaugural Rivalry Gala to benefit the American Cancer Society. The Rivalry Gala is set for Saturday, Oct. 17, at Valhalla Golf Club outside Louisville.
“Kentucky and Louisville fans battle it out on the football field, basketball court, in sports bars, and living rooms across the state. The Rivalry Gala gives them a new venue and charitable reason for supporting not only their teams, but, more importantly, ending cancer,” said Rivalry Gala Chairperson Scott Dingle. “As we come together to party for a cause, the American Cancer Society will continue to save lives and create more birthdays by helping people to stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against a disease that has taken too many lives.”

Chef Edward Lee

Chef Edward Lee

The Rivalry Gala will be a one-of-a-kind evening with a limit of 100 seats. Celebrity Chef Edward Lee will prepare an exclusive three-course meal, will greet guests as well as present the dinner. Lee is an award-winning, nationally recognized chef. He was the featured chef on Season 3 of “The Mind of a Chef” on PBS. In 2010, he defeated Chef Jose Garces on “Iron Chef America,” and Lee was a fan favorite on “Top Chef Texas” Season 9. He also wrote the cookbook, Smoke & Pickles and created Louisville’s 610 Magnolia, Milkwood and The Wine Studio.
In addition to Lee’s involvement, there will be red and blue carpets for photo opportunities, a formal presentation of the American Cancer Society honorees, live and silent auctions, an after-party with band “Familiar Faces,” and local celebrities.
“From the auction bidding to the red and blue bars at the after-party, the rivalry theme will be everywhere. To add to the competitiveness, a tally will keep track throughout the evening of who is raising the most – blue or red fans – for the American Cancer Society,” added Dingle.
Tickets are available online. Held from 7 p.m. – midnight, gala tickets include the reception, formal dinner, live and silent auctions, and after-party. After-party tickets include the Red/Blue Bar, live entertainment, and silent auction from 9 p.m. – midnight.
For more information about The American Cancer Society, visit www.Cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345. Complete details on the Rivalry Gala are on www.RivalryGala.org.
From the American Cancer Society

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