The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: Bravo reality show star Jewel Tankard will be in Louisville later today for a holiday mixer. The free event will be held at the Holiday Inn East on Hurstbourne Pkwy. The mixer begins at 6:30 p.m. I had the opportunity to ask Tankard a few questions prior to her Louisville visit. The question a lot of people wanted to know is why did she decide to do a reality show? Jewel says “We wanted to show people that they can fight for their family again, have a successful blended family and that there is no perfect family, so you just need to love your family right where they are.” Now since the show has aired several times, I asked Jewel did she regret doing the show and having her life an open book. “Because I got so comfortable with being vulnerable and authentic, it was more so a mindset of that, it is what it is and I am okay with that. This entire experience brought us closer as a family and I wouldn’t change anything about that because family is very important to me.” I always wanted to know if the Bravo stars get an opportunity to see the show prior to their scheduled time and Jewel says yes they do. The organizers for tonight’s event had to move rooms because the demand has been overwhelming. They anticipate a great crowd and Jewel says she’s thrilled to be here. “Extremely excited! I love people and I look forward to sharing with them and loving on them. I am very grateful for everyone’s support and I look forward to hearing from each of them.” Jewel Tankard is a dynamic speaker and fans will hear her tonight and then at the conclusion of the event there will be a meet and greet. This Christmas networking event will feature local singers performing, trip giveaways, nutritional samplings, a mini fashion show by Eboni Stephens Model & Video Agency (ESMV). The entertainment for the evening will be provided by DJ Bruce Wayne, and the soulful sounds of Sheryl Rouse. This Holiday Mixer is free to the community, with donations welcome at the door on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 6:30 pm. Bring your business card and enjoy the start of this holiday season! If you have a story send it to The411@whas11.com. You can also follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr.