In 2004, two best friends had the idea to bring back the once popular Policeman’s Ball to Louisville, Kentucky. However, since one of the friends was a firefighter and one was a police officer, they had to compromise. So they came up with the Kentuckiana Police and Firefighter’s Summer Bash Benefit, welcoming Law Enforcement Personnel, Firefighters, EMS Personnel, Military Personnel, and anyone associated with Public Safety. They also wanted to invite the general public, in hopes of forging new relationships in the community and having an impact on charitable endeavors.
Those two friends are Captain Matthew Keith, of the Jeffersontown Fire Department and Major Kelly Jones, of the Louisville Metro Police Department. Matt is a 25 year veteran with Jeffersontown and Kelly is in his 24th year with the Metro Police Department.
The first year, in addition to the musical entertainment provided by the band “Caribou”, Kelly and Matt decided they needed a celebrity to greet the attendees. They called upon former LAPD officer and Leave it To Beaver star Ken “Eddie Haskell” Osmond. The two hoped to draw 200 people. They had 213 folks attend that first year.
The 2009 event was held at the Galt House Hotel, Louisville’s only waterfront hotel, and a crowd in excess of 600 attendees and over 50 National celebrities came together for charity. It has become a hot ticket event in the City of Louisville. This year’s event takes place on June 18th, 2011 and will continue to benefit Kosair Charities and, in addition, the local Dare to Care Food Bank.
Matt and Kelly could not have produced this event without the help and dedication of some very good friends. Among those folks are Dennis Hardin, Bob Thurman, Theresa Corbett, Dana Banks, Becky Rue, Mike Doyle, Steve Morin, Chris Page and Mark Lynch. These folks have given countless hours of their time to make the event a success. In addition to these folks, they have had the support of wonderful sponsors, and the celebrities who appear free of charge.