Monthly Luncheons

The Thoroughbred Chapter PRSA holds monthly luncheons which provide valuable networking opportunities and keep our members up-to-date on the latest public relations tools, trends and topics. We bring in a variety of local, regional and national speakers who are well-versed on the issues that are of the greatest interest to our chapter members, all for the purpose of providing a local source for practical professional development.  We also enjoy collaborating with our peers from other professional organizations through joint luncheons and networking events throughout the year.


Upcoming Luncheons in 2018



Topic: Campaigns and Client Relationships in the Equine Industry
Speaker: Anthony Koch, Sales & Marketing Manager, Hallway Feeds

Tuesday, Jan. 30
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hallway Feeds
251 West Louden Ave.
Lexington, KY 40508
(Luncheon and optional tour of Hallway Feeds.)

About the Speaker

Anthony Koch was raised in Kentucky on Claiborne Farm where his father, Gus Koch, was farm manager for 32 years. Anthony graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2002 with a degree in Agriculture Economics and a business minor. Anthony started at Hallway Feeds as an intern and is now the organization’s Sales and Marketing Manager where responsibilities include: branding and marketing, external and internal communications, research and analysis; presentations and public speaking; development of individualized feed programs and specialty products to meet the requirements of each Thoroughbred Farm’s varied management strategies; enhancing and developing relations with local, national and international clients within the Thoroughbred industry; and community outreach in the Central Kentucky area.

Cost is $15 for PRSA and PRSSA members and $20 to non-members.

Register Here





Topic: Fostering Trust Through Transparency and Openness in Government
Speaker: Sarah Parke, Communications Manager, Blue Grass Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office

Tuesday, Feb. 13
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Location TBD

About the Speaker

Sarah E. Parke is the communications manager for the Blue Grass Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office in Richmond, Kentucky. In this role, she manages a team responsible for providing the local community with a one-stop information source for the chemical weapons destruction project at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Parke also provides public affairs support and counsel to the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant management team and leads crisis communications efforts for the project. She has been in this role since 2013. Prior to arriving at the outreach office, Parke was a public affairs specialist for the 66th Air Base Group at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. As a public affairs specialist, she edited the weekly newspaper, the Hansconian, managed the base’s public website and served as a social media manager. Parke also provided base leaders with public affairs counsel, planned special events such as troop return celebrations and congressional visits and assisted with crisis communications and media relations. In 2005, Parke began her career as a public affairs specialist at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. As part of her duties, she worked with local, national and international media outlets to tell the Air Force story. Parke planned special events, including a visit from the President of the United States. She also launched then-new technology initiatives such as a redesigned website, podcasts, virtual tours and social media accounts. These efforts helped the museum earn A+ recognition from Air Force Public Web office. Parke earned a master’s degree in public relations from Ball State University in 2006 and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Eastern Kentucky University in 2004. She graduated from Air Command and Staff College in 2012. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and an alumnae advisor for the Xi Beta Chapter of Delta Zeta Sorority. Parke has special training in crisis communications, media relations and social media.

Cost is $15 for PRSA and PRSSA members and $20 to non-members.

Please note, the following topics are subject to change.


Topic: Healthcare PR: Half-day Symposium
Tuesday, Mar. 13
(More information coming soon.)


Topic: PRSA Thoroughbred Chapter Awards Banquet
Tuesday, April 17
(More information coming soon.)


Topic: Community Engagement
Tuesday, May 8
(More information coming soon.)


Topic: Podcasting Panel
Tuesday, Aug. 14
(More information coming soon.)


Topic: Microbrewing: The Craft Beer Industry
Tuesday, Sept. 11
(More information coming soon.)


Topic: Tourism Marketing
Tuesday, Oct. 9
(More information coming soon.)


Topic: Public Policy
Tuesday, Nov. 13
(More information coming soon.)