A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Solid Rock Children’s Ranch a reality thanks to 2016 land donation to Sunrise Children’s Services

Long-time Clark County teacher Judy Huls Singleton made a promise to her father to one day use their family farm in Winchester in a way that would benefit children. Her vision for the property will soon be a reality. Singleton’s 130-acre land donation to Sunrise Children’s Services in 2016 paved the way for the creation of the Solid Rock Children’s Ranch, whose sign was recently placed...

Braxton Brewing Company, Double Dogs Chow House partner to release Diddley Lager

Double Dogs Chow House of Bowling Green and Northern Kentucky brewery Braxton Brewing Company have joined forces to release Diddley Lager — an American Light Lager with a purpose. As part of this cause-related initiative, the brands will donate $20 per keg sold to local animal shelters. As well, the spent grains from the brew will be donated to Brewhaus Dog Bones, a nonprofit organization dedicated...

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate to hold annual ‘Jazz on the Lawn’ concert on Sept. 2

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate invites you to its annual Jazz on the Lawn concert on Sept. 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The concert takes place on the back lawn of the mansion and is free. The public is encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or blankets, and picnics are welcome. The Sponsor is Hilliard Lyons, with additional support by Lexington Lodge No. 1, Republic Bank, Becky Reinhold at Bluegrass Sotheby’s...

Venture Connectors to host Genscape co-founders Sean O’Leary, Sterling Lapinski September 5

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, Venture Connectors will feature Sean O’Leary and Sterling Lapinski, who will share their career journeys as successful data entrepreneurs. The two were co-founders of Genscape Inc., a Louisville-based company that provides proprietary data and intelligence to global energy markets. Under their leadership, Genscape made the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing U.S. companies...

Kentucky Foundation for Women honors feminists with 2018 Firestarters award presentations

Kentucky Foundation for Women is pleased to celebrate four remarkable young feminist artists as our 2018 Firestarters. Mackenzie Fraley, 20, Bri Harlan, 25, Jeri Katherine Howell, 24 and Lacey Trautwein, 22, are the recipients of KFW’s fourth Firestarter Award. The award will be given at the foundation’s annual celebration of community, KFW Day, on Sunday, September 23th at Hopscotch House. The...

Toyota provides $25K grant for Prichard Committee’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) is providing continuing support for the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence with its recent $25,000 grant to the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership. The grant, reflecting Toyota’s longstanding commitment to the work, will assist the committee’s efforts to provide training and a comprehensive system of supports to engage and empower parents...

Passport Health Plan makes grant to Kentucky State Police Foundation to purchase fentanyl response kits

Passport Health Plan presented the Kentucky State Police Foundation with a $25,000 grant which will be used to purchase fentanyl response kits that will help KSP troopers avoid contact with dangerous drugs. The kits include Tyvek suits, respirator masks, fentanyl protective gloves, safety glasses, and a portable gear bag. Grainger Inc. is supplying the gear, which will be issued to all sworn units...

BCTC’s North American Racing Academy receives grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America

The Thoroughbred Training Center of the North American Racing Academy at Bluegrass Community & Technical College recently received a generous grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America to provide food and care for the retired racehorses who are a part of the training and education for NARA students. “Your grant proposal upholds the mission of the TCA which is ‘to provide a better life for...

God’s Pantry’s 15th Golf Fore the Hungry set for August 19-20 at University Club of Kentucky

God’s Pantry Food Bank (GPFB) and Kentucky Bank have joined forces this year to present the 15th Annual Golf Fore the Hungry (GFTH) dinner and golf scramble. This two-day event kicks off on Sunday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at Manchester Music Hall. The evening will include live and silent auctions and Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones as the keynote speaker. GPFB partnered with KSR...

United Way, Fayette County Schools collecting supplies for Back to School rallies through July 31

United Way of the Bluegrass and its member-led affinity groups, Women United and Young Leaders Society are partnering with Fayette County Public Schools to collect supplies for the Back to School Rallies, hosted by United Way community partner, YMCA of Central Kentucky. Donated supplies will benefit local students and will be distributed in early August. Women United members will donate 250 USB flash...

Sixth annual Crave Lexington festival to celebrate Bluegrass food and music August 11-12

Crave Lexington Food and Music Festival will unleash its sixth annual feast of local food, music and fun at Bluegrass Fairgrounds at Masterson Station Park on Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12, 2018. More than 50 local and regional restaurants, food trucks and additional vendors are slated to take part in this year’s celebration. Three-time Food Network champion and eastern Kentucky native...

Henry Clay Foundation, Hemp Heritage Alliance to host third annual Hemp Dinner at Ashland Aug. 28

The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation in partnership with the Kentucky Hemp Heritage Alliance will present the third annual Hemp Dinner from 5:30-7:30 p.m. August 28. Guests will enjoy gourmet al fresco dining under the Ashland lawn tent, featuring a hemp-infused meal prepared by Chef Jeremy Ashby (Azur Restaurant).  Industry leaders will highlight the progress of present-day Kentucky hemp production...

Gods Pantry Food Bank, City of Lexington helping citizens restock food lost during power outage

God’s Pantry Food Bank and the City of Lexington are reaching out to citizens who may need help restocking the fridge after the power outage. “Filling up a refrigerator is expensive,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “Thanks to God’s Pantry Food Bank for helping us help those who can’t afford to replace the basics.” People can stock up on God’s Pantry’s fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, and...

Kentucky Foundation for Women to honor Paducah’s Betty Dobson with 2018 Sallie Bingham Award

The Kentucky Foundation for Women announced Betty Dobson has been named winner of the 2018 Sallie Bingham Award. The award will be given at the foundation’s annual celebration of community, KFW Day, on Sunday, September 23th at Hopscotch House. Dobson was selected for her tireless work preserving and interpreting African American history at the Hotel Metropolitan in Paducah. Dobson co-founded the...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s next Health for a Change training webinar set for Aug. 1

The next webinar in the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s Health for a Change training series, titled Understanding Trauma, Health, and Care: Kentucky ACEs, will focus on how health in Kentucky is shaped by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and efforts in Kentucky to address them. Participants on the webinar will hear from Senior Deputy Commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Public...

LASC celebrates The Beatles August 18 as Sgt Peppers Bike Prom comes to downtown Lexington

An outrageous Lexington tradition returns to the Living Arts and Science Center for the 10th year August 18 as Sgt Peppers Bike Prom celebrates The Beatles. Bike Prom 2018 will draw more than 200 cyclists, dressed their fab-five best, to bike the downtown route with riders treated to prom-themed games, activities and refreshments such as prom photos, musical games, trivia, glam stations and a prom...

Louisville Healthcare CEO Council president Tammy York Day featured speaker at Aug. 1 luncheon

Tammy York Day, president and CEO of the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council, will be the featured speaker for the next Venture Connectors luncheon on Aug. 1. The CEO Council is a nonprofit organization formed in 2017 to leverage the collective voice of Louisville’s top healthcare companies. York Day will share how the organization is actively engaged in initiatives to improve the healthcare economy,...

Thoroughbred Charities of America awards more than $689,000 to industry-related nonprofits

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced today that grants totaling $689,414 have been awarded to 69 approved Thoroughbred industry-related non-profits that work to uphold TCA’s mission. Additionally, $73,165 was expended from the Horses First Fund within the organization’s last fiscal year to aid in natural disaster relief efforts, bringing total support provided to nearly $762,580. Grant...

Windstream launches school supply drive for Lexington students now through August 17

Windstream has announced a local back-to-school supply donation drive taking place now through Aug. 17. The community can donate new school supplies and other classroom materials by placing donations in the collection bins at the Windstream retail store located at on 2121 Richmond Road, Suite 110. As the new school year approaches, the National Retail Federation estimates that families will spend an...

Local community groups, charities invited to apply for Actors Theatre’s community ticket grant

Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced the return of its successful Community Ticket Grant program for the 2018-19 season, sponsored in part by Brown-Forman and Hogan Lovells. This city-wide initiative extends the opportunity to experience Actors Theatre’s vibrant programming to any members of Louisville and Southern Indiana’s community groups and 501(c)(3) charities, which for various reasons...