Estate gift of $530,000 from lifelong fan and alumnus to benefit Murray State Racer Athletics

A generous estate gift in the amount of $530,000 from the late James R. “Jim Bob” Kevil will directly benefit Murray State Racer Athletics. Kevil, a Murray State alumnus and long-time supporter of the athletics program, passed away in August 2015 at age 76. “Jim Bob Kevil was an outstanding supporter of Murray State and its athletics program. He very rarely missed a game, and we could always...

Contestants for Miss Kentucky competition plan Volunteer Day at God’s Pantry Food Bank

Contestants for the Miss Kentucky pageant will join reigning Miss Kentucky, Laura Jones, for a Volunteer Day at God’s Pantry Food Bank on Tuesday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. God’s Pantry Food Bank is located at 1685 Jaggie Fox Way, Lexington, KY 40511 With the upcoming Miss Kentucky Pageant, June 29-30, the contestants will be getting out into the community volunteering before their big...

EOD Warrior Foundation gets $10,000 Evan Williams American-Made Hero award in name of veteran Popp

The EOD Warrior Foundation has received a $10,000 donation from Evan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The donation is on behalf of Adam Popp, one of six military veterans selected to receive the Evan Williams American-Made Heroes award. Chosen from thousands of candidates, he and five other military heroes will be individually featured on nearly 1 million special edition Evan Williams Bourbon...

City accepting applications for Fourth of July Parade; entry deadline coming up Wednesday

The application deadline is quickly approaching to be a part of the Fourth of July Parade presented by MetroPCS. Event organizers are seeking floats, bands and/or musical groups, equestrian entries, youth groups, clubs and more to participate in this year’s parade. The parade will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, in downtown Lexington. Participants have until Wednesday, June 28, to submit a completed...

Three easy steps to becoming a Red Cross summer blood donor for those in need

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need and offers three easy steps people can take to help save lives. Schedule – Use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment. Prepare – Get a good night’s sleep, eat a nutritious meal and drink extra fluids. Give –...

God’s Pantry Food Bank participating in Summer Food Service program throughout the region

God’s Pantry Food Bank is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals or snacks will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as...

VFW donates $8,000 to Kentucky State Police Trooper Teddy Project; bears help calm children’s fears

The Veterans of Foreign Wars  (VFW) recently presented the Kentucky State Police (KSP) with an $8,000 donation to support the law enforcement agency’s Trooper Teddy Project. The project provides stuffed animals to help calm children’s fears during traumatic experiences such as car crashes, child or sexual abuse cases or serious illnesses. It also helps develop trust between children and law enforcement...

United Way of the Bluegrass needs volunteers for community Day of Action on June 21

United Way of the Bluegrass will host a community Day of Action, presented by BC Wood Properties, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 and volunteers are needed. The regional event is an invitation for people to get involved by volunteering to help local nonprofit partners. United Way of the Bluegrass is still in need of volunteers for a variety of projects. Partner agencies will host volunteer activities...

Volunteers needed in 19 counties for Kentucky River Sweep on June 17

The Kentucky River Authority (KRA) encourages volunteers to help in 19 Kentucky counties that will have teams removing debris as part of the Kentucky River Sweep this Saturday. The river sweep, a cooperative effort of the KRA and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, encourages volunteers to clean the waterways of debris in six states. The first Kentucky River Sweep, in 1994, was organized...

CKRH’s fundraising auction to feature halters worn by American Pharoah, other famous thoroughbreds

Halters worn by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah; popular racehorses such as Arrogate, California Chrome and Nyquest; and world-famous stallions including Frankel and Spreightstown are being offered in an online auction to raise funding for Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, a therapeutic riding and horsemanship center located at the Kentucky Horse Park. The halters are part of the Silent Auction...

Lexington-based Central Music Academy selected as one of 50 finalists for $10,000 National Arts Award

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its cultural partners – the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services – has recognized downtown Lexington’s Central Music Academy as one of 50 outstanding youth after-school arts and humanities learning programs in the United States. According...

Fifth Third Bank employees, customers team to provide one million meals across 10 states

Fifth Third recently announced that it provided over 1 million meals in May to fight hunger during its annual “Feeding Our Communities” initiative. The month-long effort included employee and customer donations, canned goods drives and employee volunteer activities. This achievement represents the first time the bank has topped the million-meal mark. According to No Kid Hungry, 48.8 million...

Kentucky Blood Center partnering with PODS Lexington on Summer Lifesaver promotion

PODS Lexington is joining with the Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) this June for the “Be a Summer Lifesaver” promotion and will help kick off the annual summer blood drive on Friday, June 9 at the Beaumont Blood Center at 3121 Beaumont Center Circle. Starting June 1, Kentuckians (18 and older), who register to donate blood with Kentucky Blood Center will be automatically entered to win a brand new...

Ninth annual Sunrise Classic Golf Series teeing off to provide assistance for state’s children

Sunrise supporters who love golf will have the opportunity to play first-class courses this year in the ninth annual Sunrise Classic Series while teeing off for a great cause to aid Kentucky’s most precious resource – our children. This year’s charity golf tournaments will take place Monday, June 19, at University Club of Kentucky’s Big Blue Course in Lexington, and Monday, July 10, at Hurstbourne...

Calling for Volunteers: Kick off the summer by participating in annual Kentucky River Clean Sweep

Kick off summer 2017 a little early by participating in the annual Kentucky River Clean Sweep on Saturday, June 17. Volunteers will travel in boats to collect trash from the 12 miles of the Kentucky River that border Fayette County. River Sweep is part of a multi-state river cleanup that encompasses the entire length of the Ohio River and its tributaries. The annual River Sweep is set for June 17...

Nonprofit leadership studies course awards $3,000 grant to Purchase Area Sexual Assault Center

MURRAY — Dr. Peter Weber’s NLS 305: Grantmaking and Philanthropic Foundations course at Murray State University recently awarded $3,000 to the Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center (PASAC), located in Paducah. Grant funding is made possible through the Student Engagement Initiative, a core pillar of the Giving Back Endowment, which was established by Dr. Bob Long, formerly a distinguished...

Famous Hatfield-McCoy feud lives — Legends’ jersey auction to benefit Pikeville tourism department

The Lexington Legends announced an important community partnership, bringing the Hatfield & McCoy season long promotion announced in April full circle, by taking the historic feud back to its roots in Pikeville, Kentucky. Giving back to the community is at the core of all the Legends’ ventures and this partnership has allowed for funds from the “McCoy” jersey auction on July 6, 2017 to...

Kentucky Blood Center donors can win a new Highlander through Summer Lifesaver promotion

The need for blood doesn’t take a vacation. Accidents, surgeries, cancer therapies and disease treatments continue year round. Unfortunately, vacations and more relaxed summer schedules can often lead to a dip in blood donations, which can impact the Kentucky blood supply. To help prevent summer blood shortages, Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) kicked off the Summer Lifesaver promotion on June 1. “Because...

Annual Salato Sampler fundraiser for wildlife education center featuring Kentucky Proud set

Sample the best of Kentucky’s food and drink at the Salato Sampler in Frankfort from 6 to 9 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday, June 3. Guests can enjoy locally produced food, including smoked pork and fried catfish, while sampling the world’s finest bourbons, local wines and beers. The event, held annually at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort, will also feature live bluegrass music. The Kentucky...

Over 60 UK academic advisors combine to give day of service, spruce up Kentucky Horse Park

More than 60 academic advisors from the University of Kentucky met May 19 to enhance their skills and give back to the community at an annual day of professional development and service. Later in the day, 16 attendees volunteered to spruce up the Kentucky Horse Park for the High Hope Steeplechase on May 21. All the attendees were aligned with the UK Advising Network, an affiliate of the National Academic...