The Richmond Register

March 5, 2014

Paula Deen coming for St. Mark benefit tea


Special to the Register

RICHMOND — Paula Deen, the cook, author and entrepreneur known for her southern-style food, will make a personal appearance in Lexington on Memorial Day, May 26, hosted by Richmond’s St. Mark Catholic Parish.

Deen will be the special guest for tea and conversation at the Carrick House, 312 N. Limestone St., in downtown Lexington.

“The tea will begin at the ‘proper’ time – half past 2 – and guests will enjoy a lovely afternoon featuring traditional foods, such as scones, small cakes, cookies and finger sandwiches,” said Father James Sichko, pastor of St. Mark Parish. “I think everyone will enjoy the conversation, too!”

Proceeds from this event will benefit scholarships for elementary school children to attend St. Mark Catholic School, Sichko explained.

“And, out of the respect we have for our veterans,” he added, “some proceeds from this Memorial Day event will also go to the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides support programs and services for wounded veterans. Also, a donation will be given to The Bag Lady Foundation, the charity which Ms. Deen helped found in 2012 and that is very special to her heart.”

General admission tickets are $100 each. VIP tickets are $500 and include a special meet-and-greet session with Deen.

Tickets are available only on St. Mark’s website: www.saintmarkcatholicchurch.net.

Deen’s appearance is another in the long list of nationally known celebrities that St. Mark’s “Among Friends” series has brought to Richmond and central Kentucky.

County music legend Dolly Parton will be making her second appearance in Richmond for an already sold-out concert at the EKU Center for the Arts. A sweepstakes also is being conducted in conjunction with the concert for a chance for two to attend Parton’s June 27 concert in London, England. For details, visit the St. Mark website.