Kentucky Educational Television's executive director has bowed out of a fund-raiser for an organization that provides assistance to women who have unplanned pregnancies.
Shae Hopkins was to be a celebrity auctioneer, along with Broadway performer Lyndy Franklin Smith, for Birthright of Lexington's Bid & Buy 2010 event at the Hyatt Regency hotel on Nov. 6.
Birthright of Lexington is an "interdenominational, non-political, non-profit pregnancy resource center," according to Volunteermatch.org.
KET spokesman Tim Bisch off said Hopkins receives many requests to appear at charitable events and to deliver speeches, and "unfortunately, a normal vetting process of this event was not taken."
"Although Birthright International has a philosophy of avoiding direct involvement in political advocacy, after further consideration and out of concern that her participation could lead to the perception that she and/or KET are endorsing a particular cause, Ms. Hopkins has decided not to participate," he said.
Hopkins, in a statement, said the organization provides "valuable resources," as do "many community organizations of varying points of view."
But she also said, "KET does not take positions. Our mission is to serve everyone in Kentucky, of all political and philosophical viewpoints, of all religious, ethnic and national backgrounds."