Valero to help sponsor 2014 Thunder Over Louisville - News, Weather & Sports

Valero to help sponsor 2014 Thunder Over Louisville

Mike Berry Mike Berry
David Nett David Nett
Bob Franczkowski Bob Franczkowski
Wyane Hettinger Wyane Hettinger

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With just three months left until Thunder Over Louisville draws hundreds of thousands of people to Waterfront Park, Kentucky Derby Festival staff wrapped up the work week with an announcement about the event now in its 25th year.

"The reason that we're here today is to announce a new presenting sponsor who has joined our family," said KDF President Mike Berry as 2014 Thunder Over Louisville Chairman David Nett unveiled a covered Valero poster.

"I am very excited to be here to help kick of the 25th Thunder Over Louisville," said Bob Franczkowski, Valero Senior Territory Sales Manager. "We like to partner with these types of venues because they reflect our brand values."

KDF staff said the partnership benefits both Thunder-goers and their wallets.

"We've got one of the biggest events going on in the country, and it's free," said Thunder Over Louisville Producer Wayne Hettinger. "To have a sponsor to ensure that this is going to happen again to the general public and it's completely free is phenomenal!"

The Valero sponsorship came just one day after KDF officials announced the return of the Blue Angels to this year's lineup of festivities. The return appearance will mark an eight year hiatus for the aviation group made up of Navy and Marine Corps pilots.

Having lost what Berry called a "considerable amount of money" at last year's Thunder, the KDF president said festival organizers are looking to secure four to five more sponsors in hopes of ensuring, this year, KDF comes out on top.

"That's why it's so important for people to buy Pegasus pins, to eat at our concessions and to patronize our sponsors at all the other 69 events," began Berry, "to help make up for the deficit of Thunder."

Berry said the announcement of more presenting sponsors is expected in the near future.

In honor of this year's quarter century milestone, Nett also debuted a new Thunder Over Louisville logo.

"The new image keeps the traditional Thunder font and lightning bolt," began Nett, "but it showcases the silver number 25 across the top, above the Louisville city skyline."

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