Thoroughbred Charities of America announces charitable partnership with equine shipping app Equo

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced today that it has formed a charitable partnership with Equo, a mobile app that connects horse owners with drivers in the United States and Canada. Equo will donate $1 per horse shipped to TCA in support of its mission. “We are deeply appreciative and grateful that Equo has selected TCA to be their charitable partner,” said TCA executive director...

Arbor Youth Services receives $10,000 donation from Safeco Make More Happen program

Arbor Youth Services will receive a $10,000 donation from the Al Torstrick Insurance Agency in celebration of the agency earning a 2017 Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award for demonstrating extraordinary volunteerism to make positive change happen in their community. The donation will assist with the non-profit’s mission of providing safe alternatives for at-risk children, youth and their families...

Hundreds of cyclists expected to take part in ninth annual Bike to Beat Cancer event on Sept. 9

In just a few weeks, hundreds of cyclists will once again take to the road to put their mettle to the pedal as they collectively ride up to more than 39,000 miles to support the fight against cancer. The 2017 Bike to Beat Cancer takes place Saturday, Sept. 9, starting and ending at Norton Children’s Medical Center. This one-day cycling event offers three route options – 35, 65 or 100 miles...

Food pantries in five Eastern Kentucky counties receive donated freezers as part of hunger initiative

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles brought a little hope to Eastern Kentucky’s less fortunate on this week when he helped deliver freezers donated by Farm Credit Mid-America and CoBank to food pantries in five counties. “Thanks to the generosity of these agricultural lenders, food pantries throughout the Commonwealth will be able to accept donations of meats and other frozen foods,”...

Organ donors recognized, honored during UK HealthCare’s annual Gift of Life Celebration

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward On November 2015, Frankfort native Brian Chenault went to the doctor for what appeared to be a bout of pneumonia. After more than a year of struggling with the illness, Brian received some much more distressing news: a viral infection had damaged his heart beyond repair. This past January, the 39-year-old was referred to UK HealthCare for a heart transplant. “I...

PODS Lexington supporting local arts community with donation of container for Woodland Art Fair

To help engage and educate the community through art, PODS Lexington will join forces with the Lexington Art League (LAL) to gear up for the 2017 Woodland Art Fair on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. PODS Lexington will donate one of their spacious storage containers to hold the events equipment and deliver them on the day of the event. In addition...

State agency leading backpack drive for foster children as part of exhibit at Kentucky State Fair

Visitors to the 2017 Kentucky State Fair can help children in foster care by donating a new duffle bag or backpack at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) exhibit. CHFS is collecting the bags at its display in the Health Horizons area of South Wing B at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Children coming into foster care will receive the bags to carry their belongings. “Often times,...

First Lady Glenna Bevin uses foundation to fund foster youth graduation parties, gifts

First Lady Glenna Bevin reached out to Kentucky’s nine Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) regions to help fund graduation parties and graduation gifts for foster youth graduating high school. “Graduating high school is a major accomplishment, and our foster youth should be proud of their achievement,” said Bevin. “A graduation party is a rite of passage for most high school students,...

Lotts Creek Community School receives computers, smart boards from tech managers association

The International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM) is filling a moving truck so that the Lotts Creek Community School, a hard-hit rural school district in Kentucky, will receive over $125,000 of equipment including 250 computers and several electronic “smart” whiteboards. IATAM has a long history of supporting communities around the world. The corporate social responsibility...

Charity event raises over $85,000 to benefit TCA’s Horses First Fund to support Mercer County horses

LNJ Foxwoods raised more than $85,000 for the Horses First Fund administered by Thoroughbred Charities of America at an event held recently in Saratoga Springs, NY. The Horse First Fund was established in June 2016 by LNJ Foxwoods to assist the horses abandoned in Mercer County, Kentucky and horses in need of emergency aid in the future. To date the fund has raised over $38,000 and expended more than...

American Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donations to overcome summer shortage

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage. In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated...

Daughter’s gift to University of Kentucky Libraries continues legacy of Earle C. Clements

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward When the National Archives and the University of Kentucky Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center present this year’s Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Awards to three Central Kentucky history/civics educators Wednesday at the Special Collections Research Center Great Hall, in the Margaret I. King Library Building, it will be just one...

Seven Kentucky master artists awarded Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants

Seven Kentucky master artists have been awarded Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants from the Kentucky Arts Council. The Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant provides $3,000 to a Kentucky master folk or traditional artist to teach skills, practices and culture to a less experienced artist from the same community during the course of a year. The seven recipients are folk or traditional...

Kentucky Arts Council awards over $1.2 million to support 95 state arts organizations

The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded more than $1.2 million in operating support to 95 arts organizations across the Commonwealth for the 2018 fiscal year through its Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) program. The KAP program provides nonprofit arts organizations with unrestricted operating support to ensure that year-round participation in the arts is available to the people of Kentucky. “The...

Morris Foundation to present Lewis Sexton Scholarship Fund Awards in Louisville

Three Kentucky high school seniors will receive $5,000 college scholarships through a fund named in honor of Lewis Sexton, former president of UAW Local 862 On Tuesday, Aug. 8, the Morris Foundation will present awards from the Lewis Sexton Scholarship Fund at an evening event at UAW Local 862. Sexton is the grandfather of Nate Morris, founder and chairman of Morris Industries. Morris is the Founder,...

Kentucky Philanthropy elects Al Rider chair; to hold Summit in NKY, release updated Transfer of Wealth

The Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative (KPI) Board of Directors elected former Central Kentucky Community Foundation CEO Al Rider of Elizabethtown as Chairman. Rider’s election comes as KPI prepares for the 9th Annual Summit on Philanthropy, which will be held for the first time in Northern Kentucky at the Newport Aquarium on August 29-30. Known as “Mr. Education” in Hardin County, Rider has held...

Kentucky Foundation for Women honors Lexington artist Nichae with third Firestarter Award

Kentucky Foundation for Women announced Amani Nichae is the recipient of KFW’s third Firestarter Award. The award will be given at the foundation’s annual celebration of community, KFW Day, on Saturday, Sept. 24th at Hopscotch House. The Firestarter Award honors a young woman who shows meaningful promise in developing as a feminist social change artist, and whose work has the potential to create...

TCA named title sponsor of Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium at Kentucky Horse Park

The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) and Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) jointly announced that TCA will be the title sponsor of the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky on Oct. 5-8. The TCA Thoroughbred Makeover features 578 trainers from across North America who are working throughout the year to prepare recently...

Swim for MS: Local swimmer raising funds and awareness for those living with multiple sclerosis

Adrianne Cornish, a school teacher from Lexington, is using her summer vacation time to support a great cause – Adrianne is swimming 100 meters for every dollar donated to her Swim for MS campaign. The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s (MSAA) Swim for MS fundraiser is a perfect fit for Adrianne, who found out about the program by searching for volunteer opportunities on the internet....

Former foster child, Country Music’s Jimmy Wayne to perform at Sunrise Children’s Services fundraiser

Award-winning country recording artist, New York Times bestselling author, and keynote speaker Jimmy Wayne will be the featured performer at a Sunrise Children’s Services fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 26. The event will be held at Lexington Christian Academy (450 W. Reynolds Rd.) at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:15 p.m. A former foster child, Wayne plans to showcase his music and share stories about...