Kentucky State Police raffling Jeep Wrangler to support Trooper Island Camp for children

To support its Trooper Island Camp for underprivileged children, the Kentucky State Police is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a new 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Winter Edition 4×4, an iconic U.S. brand that shares the same heritage as the vehicle American GIs rode to victory in World War II. Its features include Rhino clear coat exterior paint and black interior, four-door design with...

UK College of Law, United Way of the Bluegrass again providing free tax preparation starting Feb. 20

The University of Kentucky College of Law will continue one of its signature pro bono efforts — the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. The UK Tax Clinic will be open Monday, Feb. 20, through Tuesday, April 18. Taxpayers can schedule an appointment at http://law.uky.edu/tax. The UK Law VITA site is one of 19 in Central Kentucky operating with the help of United Way of the Bluegrass....

American Red Cross urges celebration of Red Cross Month by donating blood in March

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood. Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities and bring...

State Association of Nonprofits presents annual advocacy awards to members, legislators

Kentucky Nonprofit Network, the state association of nonprofit organizations, presented eight member organizations, twenty-two legislators and seven government officials with awards as part of its 12th annual Kentucky Nonprofit Day at the Capitol in Frankfort on Feb. 14. The annual event provides nonprofit organizations statewide with the opportunity to meet legislators and support Kentucky Nonprofit...

Robsham Stables, Mike Repole to sponsor barn for New Vocations at Merworth Farm

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced Wednesday that the second barn at their new Kentucky facility has been generously sponsored by Robsham Stables and Mike Repole. This barn, located on the historic Mereworth Farm, will be named the Robsham-Repole Barn. The sponsorship is part of the New Vocations Capital Campaign that was launched in 2015 to build the country’s premier racehorse...

UK Alumni Association hosting annual reunion of DanceBlue participants during fundraiser

The University of Kentucky Alumni Association and DanceBlue will host the DanceBlue Alumni Reunion Weekend Feb. 25-26 in conjunction with the annual DanceBlue fundraiser marathon. Alumni can celebrate a weekend packed with festivities perfect for reconnecting with DanceBlue alumni and taking part in all that Lexington has to offer. The weekend kicks off Saturday, Feb. 25, with an alumni reception from...

American Cancer Society honors UK’s Mullett with Lane Adams Quality of Life Award

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently honored University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center surgeon Dr. Timothy W. Mullett with the Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award. He was one of six recipients chosen for the national honor for his leadership in serving the complex needs of cancer patients and their families. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently honored University of Kentucky Markey...

Kentucky Commission on Women accepting nominations for ‘history making’ mentors

March is National Women’s History Month, and the Kentucky Commission on Women (KCW) is honoring women by recognizing “history makers” – women who mentor or serve as role models for other women or girls as they work toward achieving their goals and dreams to make their own marks on history. “We know the importance of positive role models and mentors for women and girls,” said Cordelia Harbut,...

UK Women and Philanthropy Network awards $251,000 to seven academic initiatives

By Marc C. Whitt Special to KyForward Seven academic initiatives at the University of Kentucky have been awarded a total of $251,000 by the UK Women & Philanthropy Network, an organization committed to bringing together women who “share the ambition of building a better UK through philanthropy,” announced Paula Pope, director of philanthropic engagement with UK Philanthropy. “The selection...

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors Kentucky’s top youth volunteers for 2017

Anna-Maria Beck, 17 and Andrew Dunn, 13, both of Louisville, were named Kentucky’s top two youth volunteers of 2017 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. As State Honorees, Anna-Maria and Andrew each will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington,...

DanceBlue community cuts ribbon for new Pediatric Cancer Clinic at Kentucky Children’s Hospital

By Elizabeth Adams and Rebecca Stratton Special to KyForward With a sailboat full of toys, murals of blue skies over the sea and a lighthouse illuminated with all colors of the rainbow, the new $1.6 million DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic transports families to a beachside getaway. The expanded beach-themed clinic, supported by funds raised through...

Leadership Council announces co-chairs of UK Women & Philanthropy Network

Bonnie Mays of Lexington, and Jessica Parrish of Pikeville, Kentucky, are the 2017 co-chairs of the University of Kentucky Women & Philanthropy Network’s Leadership Council, announced Paula Pope, director of philanthropic engagement in UK Philanthropy. Mays, who is beginning the second year of her two-year term, and Parrish, who begins her first, were named to their leadership roles at the...

Caulk launches volunteer recruitment; Give 10 will match school needs to available talents

Applauded by students and community leaders during a recent news conference, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk issued a call to action to make a difference in the life of a child. “Our students need you,” he said in prepared remarks. “They need your time. They need your talent. They need to know that you want the same things for them that you want for your own children....

Lower Howard’s Creek Nature Preserve adds 77 acres through Heritage Land Conservation grant

The Lower Howard’s Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve in Clark County has grown by 77 acres, thanks to a grant from the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF), the state program funded in part by sale of “Nature’s Finest” license plates. The popular hiking spot, near the Kentucky River on Athens-Boonsboro Road, now spans more than 420 acres. The acreage includes the John Holder...

State Agriculture Department proposes legislation to provide incentives, protection in fight against hunger

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has proposed legislation to help businesses and individuals who wish to donate food to organizations that serve hungry Kentuckians. “These measures would provide incentives and protections for those who want to join the fight against hunger in Kentucky,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “This is due to the work of the Hunger Task Force,...

Meijer Simply Give program sets record in 2016, raising $7.8 million for food pantries in Midwest

The Meijer Simply Give program set a record in 2016 with $7.8 million for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation to more than $28 million since its inception in 2008. The retailer’s most recent campaign – held during the holiday season – resulted in more than $2.3 million alone for hungry families. “It’s inspiring to see friends and neighbors come...

Lexington Rotary Club presents Humanitarian Cup to Booker T. Washington Elementary’s Monica Hall

Monica Hall, the Family Resource Center coordinator at Booker T. Washington Elementary, has been awarded the Humanitarian Cup by the Rotary Club of Lexington. The club surprised her with the engraved silver cup at its Jan. 26 meeting and donated $1,000 for FRYSC programs at her school. Monica Hall (Photo Provided) “That’s a lot of money for me to work with, and I’ll make it stretch,” said...

Wildcat fans roll up their sleeves, outdistance Gator counterparts to win Big Blue Slam blood drive

The Big Blue Nation of blood donors topped Florida last week 1,653 to 1,569 in the ninth annual Big Blue Slam. “Thanks to Cat fans who rolled up their sleeves this week, at our donor centers, blood drives and Rupp Arena. While it’s always good to win Slam, their generosity couldn’t have come at a better time with winter weather heading our way,” said Martha Osborne, Kentucky Blood Center’s...

DanceBlue 2017: Week of special activities highlight annual dance marathon fundraiser

DanceBlue 2017 is almost here, and to celebrate, students across University of Kentucky’s campus are invited to participate in Blitz Week activities in honor of the dancer fundraising deadline. Blitz Week, Monday, Jan. 30, through Friday, Feb. 3, serves to bring community-wide awareness of DanceBlue’s mission to serve the kids and the upcoming marathon. Activities for the week are as follows: Monday...

Big Blue Slam Day Two: Kentucky blood donors slamming Gators in annual donation competition

A big day at the Rupp Arena Blood Drive, where 275 people registered to donate blood, helped widen Kentucky’s lead over Florida, 777 to 536. “What a good day for Kentucky patients,” said Martha Osborne, Executive Director for Marketing and Recruitment for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC). “More than 500 generous blood donors rolled up their sleeves at KBC donor centers, blood drives and Rupp Arena...