From Artist and Contributor Dolph Smith

 Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2011 1:22 PM
 Subject: Update

 Dear Pamela Whinnery,
 Thought I would pass along the update on the ten Tennessee Celebrity Cook Books.
 A few years ago I began a project in our Sunday School class I call "Change For The Better"
 It has to do with that loose change that collects on the washer and in a corner of that famous cluttered  kitchen drawer.
 I gave each member a small slotted can and the coins began to collect.
 Recently we brought all together (after about 2 years) and we had over $700. Amazing. We parceled it out church wide for various needs:
 Changes for the better!
 So this past Sunday, I proposed we try to take it church wide and seeded the start with the $100 you proposed we give to a cause.
 I hope this meets your approval.  If not please let us know.
 Be blessed for a new year.
 Dolph and Jessie Smith


August 15,2010

Dear Pamela, 

 I recently had the opportunity to visit Louisville, Kentucky for the National Beta Club Conventions.  I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for the wonderful gift you provided me, a copy of the cookbook, Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities, along with your personal note of “God’s Blessings”.  My husband (representing Louisiana) served with Bob Bright (who represents the great state of Kentucky) on the Board of Directors of Beta Club.  Being from Louisiana, we love to eat (lol).  Also, one of my favorite hobbies is my love of cooking and willingness to try new recipes.  I have 8 grandchildren, six of which are girls.  Two of the girls, ages 9 and 11 participated in cooking classes at the local university this summer.  I can see where the recipe for Achy Breaky Cake by Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus would be a great follow-up activity with them, since they both love Hannah Montana.

 Thank you again for sharing traditions from your great state with me.  My husband and I were blown away at the wonderful hospitality shown to us by Bob Bright, Jennifer Richard and Sherry Radford while we were in Louisville.


Best Regards,

Jean F. Reaux


Lynda W. Closson, Duncan Tavern Chairman

3970 Knob Lick Pike, Stanford, KY 40484

Phone: 606-365-1776   Fax:  606-365-1775

April 26, 2010





To Whom it may concern:



As the Chairman of the Board of the Duncan Tavern Historic Center is my duty to find innovative ways to raise additional money for the daily management and maintenance of this beautiful historic site.  The cookbook Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities provided a perfect opportunity to raise these funds.  Therefore, we invited Pam Whinnery to attend the state conference of the Kentucky Society DAR where we sold this wonderful and most interesting cookbook and Pam signed each copy that was sold.  It was a huge success!


She spent two days at our conference and we sold over 100 cookbooks.  The ladies attending the conference who bought the books have responded with very positive comments on our website about how interesting the cookbook is and how unique it is to Kentucky.  The books were bought as gifts for speakers for chapter meetings as well as for personal use.


We do hope we can get Pam to do this again and we are looking forward to her next release.  Pam is most generous in offering nonprofit organizations a wonderful opportunity to sell this cookbook and make additional funds for their favorite project. In our case the funds went to our state headquarters built in 1788 that also contains an in-house museum, genealogical library and meeting facilities.




Most sincerely,



Lynda W. Closson



Morganfield Lion's Club

Our local Lion's Club sold "Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities" as a fundraiser in September and October of 2009. Everyone was pleased with the unique concept of the cookbook. The personal caption given at the end of each recipe about the recipe donor was very smart, making the book read like a small biography of each donor. I personally have tried a few of the recipes and my family loved them! It's a great cookbook!


Debbie Odom 
Secretary, Morganfield Lion's Club

Boone County High School Band Boosters


 To Whom It May Concern:


Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities is one of the best recipe books I have had the pleasure to come across.  Pam Whinnery has compiled many wonderful recipes from some well-known and not so well-known people and places of Kentucky.  This collection of recipes is easy to make and delicious.


The background information Pam collected about each person and place really makes the recipe come alive.  You feel like you know the person or place. 


Boone County High School Band had a very successful fundraiser with this recipe book.  They were easy to sell and people ordered even once the books were delivered. 


Pam is gracious, easy to work with and willing to work with you in any way.  This fundraiser went very smooth.  I recommend this recipe book to anyone and to any group who needs a good money maker.




Eileen Jones

Secretary, Fundraiser Chairperson, BCHS Band

Lyon County Chamber of Commerce 

October 1, 2009

 To Whom It May Concern:

The Lyon County Chamber of Commerce serves the cities of Eddyville and Kuttawa as well as Lyon County. However, as a very small organization we are always looking for good ways to raise funds to help us to promote our region. When Pam Whinnery contacted us about selling her cookbook Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities, we were very excited. Both of the cities in Lyon County have annual festivals, one in the summer the other in the fall.  Her cookbook has been very well received by our local population and everyone is thrilled to have her personally autograph each copy.

Personally, I am enthralled by the paragraph she added at the end of each recipe. What a wonderful way to spread more of the history of Kentucky as well as to remind people of the many famous people who are from Kentucky.

Please feel free to contact me, if you would like to discuss this book further.



 Sandy Davis

Chamber Director

Immanuel Lutheran Church LWML

March 20, 2009

 To Whom It May Concern:

 Immanuel LWML is the women’s group at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Murray, Kentucky. Our group sold copies of Pamela Whinnery’s celebrity cookbook Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities as a fundraiser in November and December of 2008. The cookbook was very well received and was easy to sell.

 In addition to the many and varied recipes it contains, the book is also a treat to read. The special paragraph at the end of each recipe introduces the donor of the recipe, and makes the cookbook a unique Kentucky history lesson. Our organization was very pleased with the professional appearance of the book and the ease with which it sold.

 Yours truly,

Donna Holsten

Immanuel LWML Treasurer


 Paducah Cooperative Ministry

“Doing God’s Work with Human Hands”


402 Legion Drive, Paducah, KY 42003  – (270) 442-6795

Heidi Suhrheinrich, Director




March 16, 2009



To Whom it May Concern,


The Paducah Cooperative Ministry is delighted to provide this letter of reference for Pamela Whinnery’s cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities.”   The Paducah Cooperative Ministry is very pleased to have be a beneficiary of local cookbook sales.  I have known Pam for several years and believe she has put together a wonderful project for everyone to enjoy and share.  I am very happy to help spread the word!




Heidi Suhrheinrich



Women's Outpost Ministry


Lanita Bradley Boyd

 3l Winston Hill Rood Fort Thomas, KY 40175-1047 859-441-4999

March 9, 2009

To Whom It May Concern:

Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities has been a big hit in the Cincinnati area! Northern Kentucky is a substantial part of the metropolitan area and many Cincinnatians have Kentucky roots. I was recently at a dinner where the hostess tried the "Achy Breaky Cake" recipe for the first time and got rave reviews. I've also had comments that it's the kind of recipe book that's fun reading, just to learn the little tidbits included about various Kentucky people.

Pam Whinnery is offering a great service for nonprofit groups to raise money during this economic

crisis. Sales in restaurants are down and grocery sales are up; people are cooking at home again! So

it's a great time to furnish people with new and interesting recipes that their families will enjoy.

I offered to order the cookbook for two groups that I help with: KICKS (Kids Involved in Christ's Kingdom & Sports) in Cincinnati and Women's Outpost Ministry in Kentucky, and both not only sold all from their first order but have had me order again. As the word spreads, more and more people are interested in buying the book.

I’ll be glad to talk to you about Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities if you need more details about how we sold and distributed the books.




Lanita B. Boyd