Politics & Government

Bill Clinton to bring fundraising power to Kentucky benefit

Former President Bill Clinton hasn't arrived yet, but organizers say the Friday night fund-raising dinner where he will speak is shaping up to be a success.

The Lexington Hearing and Speech Center anticipates that ticket sales and pledges made at the event will raise more than $300,000 as a kick off to the fund-raising campaign to replace the North Ashland Avenue school.

The dinner at the R.J. Corman aircraft hangar in Nicholasville — a site that has been used in the past for proms and banquets — is nearly sold out, said Lori Shepherd, executive director of the hearing and speech center.

"We are just about at capacity," Shepherd said Wednesday morning. "We can move some things around and sit some more folks in. And I've got to tell you, even as late as today, that's what we're doing because the phone is still ringing."

Clinton has personal experience with hearing loss. He was fitted for a hearing aid in 1997 after realizing that rallies and concerts had taken a toll on his hearing.

In recent days, the former president has appeared around the country in support of Democratic candidates facing opposition in the mid-term elections, but Shepherd said Clinton is not making any political appearances in this visit.

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