Sarah Palin to attend fundraiser in Lexington Sunday

jkegley@herald-leader.comMay 2, 2013 

Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin will attend a fundraiser Sunday for the Headley-Whitney Museum in Lexington.

Palin and her husband, Todd Palin, will be guests of socialite and museum supporter Marylou Whitney and her husband, John Hendrickson, at the annual Brunch and Bibelots party.

The $150-a-seat event is held the day after the Kentucky Derby each year. Museum director and curator Amy Gundrum Greene said she doesn't know whether the Palins plan to attend the Kentucky Derby.

The museum's board members and supporters regularly invite celebrity guests, but Palin "is one of the more high-profile ones," Greene said.

Palin made headlines and history as the first female governor of Alaska, from 2006 to 2009, and the first woman to run on the Republican party's presidential ticket. She was the vice-presidential pick of U.S. Sen. John McCain, who lost to Barack Obama in 2008.

Palin has continued her celebrity as a reality television star and a controversial Republican figure who has established a political action committee, SarahPAC.

The Palins have attended equestrian events with Whitney and Hendrickson in the past, notably the Belmont Stakes. According to a 2010 Capitol Confidential report, Hendrickson knows Sarah Palin from when he lived in Alaska in the 1990s.

Whitney, who has homes in Lexington and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has been a prominent supporter of The Headley-Whitney Museum, which her family helped found.

Brunch and Bibelots will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday under a canopy on the museum's lawn, at 4435 Old Frankfort Pike. About 200 people are expected to attend the sold-out event.

Brunch will be catered by Selma's Catering of Lexington and will have a "slightly Mexican" theme, since this year's event falls on Cinco de Mayo, Greene said.

"We just look forward to Brunch and Bibelots every year," she said. "It's a wonderful way to end the Derby weekend."

Josh Kegley: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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