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Upcoming Fundraiser Event to Support The New International Bluegrass Music Center

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Bill Monroe by Aaron KizerOwensboro, KY -- On July 25 th, sports celebrities native to Owensboro, Kentucky -- NASCAR legends Darrell and Michael Waltrip, world champion Moto GP Nicky Hayden "The Kentucky Kid" and brothers Tommy and Roger, NBA superstar Rex Chapman, Major Leaguer Brad Wilkerson, Kentucky basketball superstar Bobby Watson and Basketball Hall of Famer Cliff Hagan -- will be honored as inductees to the Owensboro Walk of Fame. The tribute will occur at the Hometown Heroes Celebrity Golf Scramble to benefit the new International Bluegrass Music Center. It is sponsored by the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau. This event includes a golf scramble at the Owensboro Country Club followed by a reception hosted by the City of Owensboro including entertainment by these renowned Bluegrass musicians: Christian Sedelmyer, Todd Phillips, Scott Simontacchi, and David Golden.

Owensboro is home to the only museum in the world serving an international bluegrass community numbering in the tens of millions worldwide. The recent exponential growth of the genre has placed the International Bluegrass Museum in critical need of additional space. Architectural plans are underway for the new 64,000 sq ft facility to be built on the Ohio River in the center of downtown Owensboro's new riverfront district. The center will house the museum's growing collection as well as an indoor theater and outdoor concert space. It will be a mecca for music fans from around world.

"We are proud to sponsor this event to benefit one of the greatest cultural institutions in this area, the Bluegrass Capital of the world," said Rick Hobgood, Chairman of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors.

Bid now for an original painting of Bill Monroe by internationally acclaimed artist Aaron Kizer:

The Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe, continues to inspire practitioners and fans of the genre he is credited for creating. Owensboro artist extraordinaire Aaron Kizer has donated a one-of-a-kind 36" x 48" portrait of Bill Monroe to benefit the new Bluegrass Music Center. To bid on this painting, go to

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