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Abramson Invites Families to New Year Bash

Tuesday December 13, 2005

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that families can ring in 2006 together with an evening of free children’s activities, games, movies, music and bands. Abramson and Louisville Metro Government will host a fun-filled and family-oriented New Year’s Eve celebration at The Gardens, Dec. 31, from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

The event also will commemorate the 100th anniversary of The Gardens.
“New Year’s is a celebration of hope and new beginnings, and we want to provide an event where families can have fun together,” Abramson said. “We’re inviting families to shape new memories at The Gardens, a place that already holds special memories for so many of us who attended concerts, graduations and other events there.”

Abramson said there will be new activities incorporated this year to accommodate children of all ages. It is the third year for the family-focused event, which has drawn 8,000 people previously.
Kosair Children’s Hospital is the presenting sponsor of the city’s New Year’s Eve event for the second year.

“While our hospital is known for caring for sick and injured children, we also are involved in a number of injury prevention and safety efforts,” said Doug Eighmey, president and administrator of Kosair Children’s Hospital. “One of these efforts includes our partnership with the mayor and Louisville Metro to offer a safe and fun evening for children and their parents on New Year’s Eve.”

Abramson will lead the countdown to the New Year and at midnight, a giant balloon drop and confetti cannons will mark the beginning of 2006.

Radio Disney will provide much of the entertainment and activities for the evening, including:
· Several local bands and entertainer groups
· Radio Disney eXtreme Team games, activities and giveaways
· Inflatable rides, a Velcro wall, rock-wall climbing, roaming entertainers
· Children’s craft area
· Separate area for smaller children, featuring coloring and Disney cartoons
· Teen room with games and music
· Complimentary New Year’s hats, beads and noisemakers, while supplies last.
· Concession food and drinks available for purchase

To commemorate The Gardens’ 100th anniversary, guests will be invited to write in a giant memory book their favorite reminiscence from attending an event at the venue. Attendees are invited to join in a special “cupcake toast” to The Gardens, featuring 1,000 mini-cupcakes, donated by Kroger.

The Gardens originally opened in late 1905 as the Jefferson County Armory and was initially used as a military training hall and induction center during major wars. Since that time the venue has hosted numerous entertainment acts, including Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan, as well as rallies for President Harry Truman and Martin Luther King, Jr. The Gardens also has served an important emergency-relief role - as a dry haven for 6,000 Louisville residents during the 1937 flood and, more recently, the site of the city’s Family Assistance Center for thousands of Gulf Coast residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The Gardens continues to be the site of concerts, sporting events and graduations.

If you go:
Louisville’s Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Dec. 31, 6 p.m.- 12:30 a.m.
 The Gardens, 525 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Free parking available at Louisville Gardens Parking Garage (415 S. 6th St.), at the Galleria Garage near 4th Street Live! (5th St. between Muhammad Ali Blvd. and Liberty St.), and at metered spaces on the streets. There also are a number of nearby parking garages and surface lots that may charge to park. The Gardens is accessible via TARC routes.
For further information about the Louisville’s Family Friendly New Year’s Eve, call MetroCall 311 or 574-5000, or visit .