Al Smith Award Dinner set for June 2

Please see the invitation below from former national SPJ President Al Cross. A reply card follows the invitation.

Dear SPJ member:

This is your special invitation to the inaugural Al Smith Award Dinner, to be held Thursday, June 2 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky, the horse-sales pavilion a half mile north of Interstate 64/75 on Newtown Pike in Lexington.

The Al Smith Award will be presented annually to a journalist or publisher who has demonstrated public service through community journalism in Kentucky, or anywhere by a current or former Kentuckian, with preference given to those outside metropolitan areas. The award’s first recipient will be its namesake: Albert P. Smith Jr., who owned weekly newspapers in Kentucky and Tennessee, was founding host of KET’s “Comment on Kentucky” and was main founder of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, which is co-sponsoring the award with SPJ’s Bluegrass Pro Chapter.

The Bluegrass Chapter conceived this award, is co-sponsoring the dinner, and will receive 25 percent of the net proceeds from the event. Sponsorships are also available, via the attached reply card. Just send a check made out to the University of Kentucky with “Rural Journalism” on the memo line and send it to the address below. Please make your reservation by Thursday, May 26.


Al Cross

Director, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

Asst. extension professor, School of Journalism and Telecommunications

122 Grehan Journalism Building, University of Kentucky

Lexington KY 40506-0042


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This event will benefit the endowment of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky and the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Contributions to the endowment through July 11, 2011will be matched by the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Research Challenge Trust Fund.

Yes, I will attend. Enclosed is my check to the University of Kentucky for:

___ Major underwriter, $5,000 (tickets for table of 8, program listing, choice seating)
___ Underwriter, $2,500 (6 tickets, program listing, choice seating)

___ Major sponsor, $1,000 (4 tickets, program listing, preferred seating)

___ Sponsor, $500 (2 tickets, program listing, preferred seating)

___ Individual guests, $100 per ticket

___ I can’t attend, but enclosed is my check to the University of Kentucky.

Name ________________________________________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________________________________

City, State, ZIP ___________________________ Phone or e
mail ______________________

Please mail this card and a check in the enclosed envelope no later than
May 26, 2011. Donations are taxdeductible except $60 per ticket, which will fund costs of the event andSPJ’s share of the proceeds. Questions? Call IRJCI Director Al Cross at 8592573744.


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