KPA members can reserve tickets now for Al Smith Award dinner on October 18

Stevie Lowery

Mary Berry

The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will be sending invitations next week to the October 18 Al Smith Dinner, scheduled for the Embassy Suites, Newtown Pike in Lexington.

But KPA members can go ahead and get registered now. Tickets are $125 ($50 for SPJ members) and can be reserved at www.ukalumni.net/AlSmithDinner18. For more information, contact Al Cross at 859-257-3744 or al.cross@uky.edu; or SPJ Bluegrass Chapter President Tom Eblen at teblen@herald-leader.com

Al Cross notes that the Courier-Journal, Lexington Herald-Leader and Landmark Community Newspapers have already reserved tables. Sponsorships for the event are also available by contacting Al Cross at the phone or email listed above.

There will be a reception at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 7 p.m. (Eastern time).

Stevie Lowery, editor and publisher of The Lebanon Enterprise, will receive the 2018 Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism by a Kentuckian. The award is co-sponsored by the University of Kentucky’s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Following Lowery’s acceptance remarks, the audience will hear from Mary Berry, executive director of The Berry Center in New Castle, which continues the agricultural work of the late John Berry Sr. and his sons Wendell Berry and the late John Berry Jr., all of them staunch advocates for small farmers and land-conserving economies.

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