Governor’s Cup will honor Rich Brooks, Jeremy Jarmon, Jim Kovach

Louisville, KY. – For the 23rd consecutive year, the Kroger Company will celebrate the football rivalry between the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky by sponsoring this year’s Governor’s Cup. This year’s Governor’s Cup cocktail party will be hosted in Frankfort, Ky.  The event begins with the Reception and Auction which will be held Monday, June 6 at the Governor’s Mansion, 704 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601.

Tom Leach and Paul Rogers will Co-Emcee the event. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails begin at 6 p.m. ET followed by silent and live auctions. Auction items include UK & UL memorabilia and a 23-year-old bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon. The Governor’s Cup Classic golf tournament will be held Tuesday, June 7 at the Frankfort Country Club, 101 Duntreath St. in Frankfort, KY. Kroger Division President, Calvin Kaufman, along with Governor Matt Bevin, Louisville Coach Bobby Petrino and Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops will make opening comments and answer questions at the Frankfort Country Club beginning at 12:45 p.m.

Some of the greatest players and coaches from both schools attend this special event each year to share stories and pay tribute to the honorees. The 2016 event will honor former coaches Rich Brooks, from the University of Kentucky, and John L. Smith from the University of Louisville. Additional honorees will be former NFL players, Deion Branch, Jeremy Jarmon, Jim Kovach, and Mark Sander.

As the sponsor of the Governor’s Cup, The Kroger Company also supports the academic pursuits of both schools. Kroger President Calvin Kaufman will donate $10,000 to the general scholarship fund of each school. Kroger’s donations as a 23-year sponsor now total $460,000; $230,000 to each school.

This year’s Governor’s Cup benefits Dare to Care and God’s Pantry Food Banks. As Kentuckiana families continue to need food assistance in record numbers, net proceeds from this event will support the food banks’ mission to feed the hungry.

Brian Riendeau, Dare to Care Executive Director, says the support is timely. “The food banks are seeing record numbers of people needing our help; one in six families this past year. Having two great state universities and many business sponsors unite behind us means a great deal.  This type of community support delivers the resources needed to help thousands of struggling families.”

Marian Guinn, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank agrees with Brian, adding “It is through the collaboration and partnerships within our communities, such as these, that we can continue to work towards closing the ever widening gap of food insecurity.” Tickets to the reception are $100 each or $150 per couple and are available at

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