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Baileys set up visitation, memorial after tragic fire kills 2 boys

Baileys set up visitation, memorial after tragic fire kills 2 boys

by Joe Arnold


Posted on December 27, 2009 at 12:29 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 27 at 5:00 PM

(WHAS11 Political Blog)  A new statement from a spokesman for Irv and Cathy Bailey says they are out of the hospital after being treated for injuries sustained in the fire that destroyed their Glenview home, killing their two grandsons, Solan Bailey, 12 and Liam Bailey, 10.  The boys were visiting from Vermont and staying in the home with their parents, Chris and Deanna Bailey.  Chris Bailey is the son of Irv Bailey.

Details about a Tuesday morning memorial service and a childrens education fund in the boys' memory are included in the full statement below.  The fund is being administered by The Beauregard Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the victims' grandfather, Irv Bailey, at Chrysalis Ventures where he is a senior advisor.

In the statement, the Bailey family thanks emergency and medical personnel, neighbors and friends.  They describe an outpouring of support from friends far and wide, which presumably includes the tight-knit fraternity of U.S. Ambassadors (Cathy Bailey served as U.S. Ambassador to Latvia) and former President George W. Bush, a close family friend.  It is not yet known if Mr. Bush will attend any of the services for the boys.  Former First Lady Laura Bush attended a luncheon at the Bailey's Glenview home in September, where she visited with supporters of the Bush administration and shared plans that Cathy Bailey would be part of Mrs. Bush's "women's initiative," at the Bush Institute at SMU.

The house has seen many other high-powered events and fundraisers for a number of U.S. Senators and Representatives, including a $500 per plate fundraiser in April hosted by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for South Dakota's U.S. Sen. John Thune.  And, Cathy Bailey told me in November that she and other Republicans were watching the current U.S. Senate GOP primary very closely, intimating that she could still jump into the race herself.

Irv Bailey is a senior advisor at Chrysalis Ventures and serves on the boards of directors at a number of major corporations.  From 1988 until its 1997 sale to AEGON, Irv Bailey was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Providian Corporation.

I mention the political and business connections at such a tragic time simply to fill in the Kentuckiana public who might not be aware of just who the Baileys' are.

Full Disclosure:  I emceed a Derby night charity event for Operation Open Arms, a non-profit organization founded by Irv and Cathy Bailey that finds loving homes for the children of incarcerated women.  The "foster families" agree to take care of the children and return them to their mother as soon as she is able to take care of them, herself.

 Their prominence aside, the Baileys' are a grieving family and we share in Kentuckiana's condolences and prayers for each of them.


“Irv and Cathy Bailey were released from University of Louisville hospital earlier today.  All members of the Bailey family have now been released from the hospital.

“A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 29, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern for Solon L. Bailey, 12, and his brother, William T. "Liam" Bailey, 10, who were killed in the fire.  The service will take place at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, located at 6710 Wolf Pen Branch Road, Harrods Creek, Kentucky, 40027.  Immediately following the memorial service, a visitation will be held at the church in Graves Hall.  Funeral services for the two boys will be held later this week in Vermont.  The two boys were the sons of Chris and Deanna Bailey, who reside in Barre, Vermont.  Chris Bailey is the son of Irv Bailey.

  “In lieu of flowers, the Bailey family requests that contributions be made in honor of Solon and Liam to:

 The Beauregard Foundation: Solon and Liam Fund
c/o Chrysalis Ventures
101 S. 5th Street
Suite 1650
Louisville, KY 40202
“The contributions will be used to support children’s education programs.
“The Bailey family wishes to thank the firefighters, medical personnel, emergency workers, neighbors and friends who assisted them during this tragedy.  Irv and Cathy especially want to thank the staff at University Hospital who treated the family and the firefighters who were injured on the scene.  The Bailey family is grateful for the outpouring of support they have received from the Louisville community and from their friends around the world.  The offers of help, support, and prayers mean a tremendous amount to this grieving family.”