PNC Foundation awards Lexington Public Library’s Discover Summer program $25,000 grant

Summer is a time of sunshine, relaxation … and learning. Lexington Public Library offers two months of intensive summer programming through Discover Summer, a series designed to make the most of the summer months by empowering students and adults to continue their educational journeys during their summer vacations. Discover Summer is brought to you by PNC, which awarded $25,000 to Lexington Public...

Community-wide education initiative First 5 Lex picks up $5,000 grant from PNC’s Grow Up Great program

First 5 Lex, a communitywide initiative whose focus is “read, talk, and play” for children from cradle to kindergarten, has received a $5,000 grant as part of PNC’s ongoing Grow Up Great program. “Early learning is critical to success later in life,” John Gohmann, regional president of PNC Bank, said in announcing more than $60,000 in funding for 10 nonprofit organizations in Central Kentucky....

Party before the Party: Horse racing historians featured at Legacy Ball Community Kickoff

“It’s the party before the party!” That’s how Legacy Ball organizer Ron Mack describes the free Legacy Ball Community Kickoff event, scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Saturday April 29, at the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden on Midland Avenue. “We want history buffs, horse racing fans and people of all ages to enjoy this kickoff event. It will be the start of a week-long celebration leading up to...

UK Police Department, Raising Cane’s combine for fundraiser for university-sponsored Honor Flight

The University of Kentucky Police Department has partnered with Raising Cane’s to host a fundraiser from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday, April 28, at Raising Cane’s at 544 S. Upper Street in Lexington. The event will support the first university-sponsored Honor Flight, and UK Police officers will be on site at Raising Cane’s to raise awareness for the program that honors veterans. The University...

Guest list for annual Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala diabetes and obesity fundraiser announced

The Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala, internationally recognized as the “premier” Kentucky Derby gala, and counted among the “Ten Best Parties in the World” by Conde Nast, has announced the celebrity lineup for its 29th annual gala being held Friday, May 5 in Louisville. The star-studded bash is held at the home of Patricia Barnstable Brown, who co-hosts the event with her twin sister...

KSP contingent visits Norton Children’s Hospital to distribute 90 ‘Trooper Teddy’ bears

Kentucky State Police personnel visited Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville on Tuesday to help lift the spirits of pediatric patients facing medical treatment. Led by Lt. Michael Webb, commander of the KSP Public Affairs Branch, the group distributed 90 “Trooper Teddy” bears, which feature a campaign hat like those worn by KSP troopers and officers and a tee shirt bearing the KSP seal. “The...

UK women’s assistant coach Elzy presents $40,000 to Summitt Foundation for Alzheimer’s research

University of Kentucky women’s basketball associate head coach Kyra Elzy and her husband Dexter Lander in conjunction with head coach Matthew Mitchell and his wife Jenna, presented a $40,000 check to The Pat Summitt Foundation on Monday as a result of the 2016-17 SEC Win Challenge. The SEC Win Challenge raises funds to support the foundation’s work with the 2016-17 challenge expanding to include...

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, Cardinal Hill team to offer specialized summer program

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope and Easter Seals Cardinal Hill will join forces to offer the first ever Bluegrass HorseAbility, a summer day program aimed at providing fun and educational opportunities for children with special needs. The nine-week program will be held June 5 – August 4 at CKRH, the center providing equine-assisted therapies and activities located at the Kentucky Horse Park....

Grants and Special Programs director Lanter recipient of University of Kentucky Sullivan Medallion

Charlie Lanter, who until recently served as Director of Lexington’s Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention, has been named a 2017 winner of the University of Kentucky Sullivan Medallion. The award is the highest honor UK presents to recognize humanitarian efforts in the community. In 2014, Mayor Jim Gray named Lanter the city’s first director of then newly created Office of Homelessness...

New Catholic Action Center invites community to open house Sunday to view Industry Road facility

Ginny Ramsey, co-director of the new Catholic Action Center, invited the community to an open house this Sunday. The facility officially begins operations on April 28. “We want the opportunity to let everyone see the beauty, dignity and safe space that has been created for our brothers and sisters in Lexington who are experiencing homelessness,” Ramsey said. The open house will be held from 1-4...

Kosair Charities surprises four Louisville special needs schools with gifts of $1 million each

Kosair Charities pulled off a big surprise recently for four schools in the Louisville area. The following organizations: Summit Academy of Greater Louisville, Meredith-Dunn School, Portland Christian School and Pitt Academy thought they were participating in a marketing campaign, little did they know they would walk away a gift of $1 million to better the education of kids with specialized learning...

Fifth annual 24-hour Kentucky Gives Day raises over $222,000 for state’s nonprofit organizations

Nonprofit organizations participating in Kentucky Gives Day raised a collective $222,195 Tuesday in the state’s fifth annual 24-hour online giving campaign. The event, which broke the $1 million mark with $181,000 raised in 2016, now stands at $1,335,300 raised by participating nonprofits over five years. This year brought together 1808 donors who made over 2000 gifts to 139 nonprofit organizations...

Party for the Planet: UK Arboretum the site for a number of Earth Month celebrations

It’s time to Party for the Planet, a celebration of Earth Month at The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. This year’s party, “Celebrating the Past, PLANting the Future,” got started with a Native Spring Flowers Tour and a Spring Has Sprung celebration in the Kentucky Children’s Garden in early April. The party continued with an Urban Forest Ecology Tour and Arbor Day...

Lifesaver: American Red Cross encouraging blood donors to give during the month of April

Eligible blood donors of all blood types are encouraged to give blood through the American Red Cross this spring to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients. Donated blood is perishable and must constantly be replenished to keep up with hospital patient need. Red blood cells are the blood component most frequently transfused by hospitals and must be used within 42 days of donation. Eligible...

Bluegrass Greensource seeking volunteers to fourth annual Main Street Clean Sweep program

Bluegrass Greensource is calling for volunteers to keep Lexington clean and green on Friday, April 21, and Earth Day, Friday, April 22. Between April 14 and April 22, 2017, Bluegrass Greensource will organize more than a thousand volunteers across Central Kentucky for community-led litter pick ups in 20 communities. Bluegrass Greensource and organizing sites are currently accepting volunteers to...

Race Track Chaplaincy of America announces Board of Directors membership for 2017

Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA), a ministry that serves the horse racing industry at racetracks and training facilities across the United States and beyond, has announced this year’s board of directors. — Elliott Walden (President)- President & CEO, WinStar Farm. Has served RTCA on many levels, working closely with both the KY. and NY. Chaplaincies. — Rich Gimmel (Vice President)-...

UK law student will bike cross country from Maine to Seattle to raise money for MS research, treatment

Caleb Taylor, a second-year law student at the University of Kentucky College of Law, will hit the road this summer, cycling from Maine to Seattle, to raise awareness (and funds) for multiple sclerosis (MS) research and treatment. As part of “Bike the US for MS,” Taylor and other volunteer bicyclists will ride through 15 states in 69 days, pedaling a total of 4,295 miles. They will begin...

Volunteers needed to plant seedlings as part of Reforest the Bluegrass program at Hisle Farm Park

For 18 years now, volunteers have come together to plant roots in Lexington’s future. Since 1999, volunteers have planted some 128,000 tree seedlings to improve streamside habitat and water quality as part of Reforest the Bluegrass. This year’s event is being held at Hisle Farm Park, 3551 Briar Hill Road, on Saturday, April 15. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and are advised to dress...

Lexington’s City Barbeque to donate $12,500 to support veterans with traumatic brain injury

Throughout March—National Brain Injury Awareness month—City Barbeque restaurants raised $12,500 to benefit veterans living with traumatic brain injury. These funds, which represent 200% of profits from sales of a limited-edition drink tumbler, will be donated to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation. Established in 2012, the Resurrecting Lives Foundation supports the estimated 20–25% of troops returning...

Nearly 200 nonprofits statewide will participate in fifth annual Kentucky Gives Day on April 18

Nearly 200 nonprofit organizations from throughout the state will participate in the fifth annual Kentucky Gives Day on April 18. The 24-hour online giving campaign gives participating charities the opportunity to raise as much money as possible from midnight (EST) through 11:59 p.m. – all through a single online site, www.kygives.org. “Our charitable nonprofits are eager to showcase the collective...