Community Foundation of Louisville, partners award more than $463,000 in grants to local nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL), in partnership with the Lift a Life Foundation, the James Graham Brown Foundation and CFL donors, including William O. Alden, Jr., awarded $463,029 in Fund for Louisville capacity-building grants to 28 local nonprofits this morning. More than 50 nonprofit representatives, CFL Board members and donors gathered at Americana Community Center to honor the...

Lexington Rescue Mission’s 11th annual Walk for Warmth set for February 24 at Phoenix Park

Hundreds of people will put on their walking shoes to trek two miles downtown and raise support to end homelessness on Saturday, Feb. 24. The 11th Annual Walk for Warmth will start at 10 a.m. at Phoenix Park and end at Calvary Baptist Church. All proceeds will go directly toward the Lexington Rescue Mission’s Homeless Intervention Program, which helps homeless individuals and families find affordable...

BGCF awards more than $18,000 to Fayette County Public Schools for 2017-18 mini-grant program

The Blue Grass Community Foundation has awarded a total of $18,680 to Fayette County Public Schools for the 2017-18 teacher mini-grant program, which encourages innovative learning and creativity in the classroom. All FCPS teachers were invited to apply. A committee of community volunteers considered each project’s potential to improve student achievement, the number of students who would benefit,...

Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning to induct four into the 2018 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame

The Carnegie Center has announced four inductees into the 2018 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, including Berea author, feminist, and social activist, bell hooks. “Bell hooks is one of the most influential cultural critics of our time,” said Neil Chethik, Executive Director of the Carnegie Center. “She has built a worldwide readership over 40 years with unique insights on such topics as love,...

KBC asking Kentucky fans to help rebuild low blood supplies during Big Blue Slam January 22-26

The community blood supply is currently low, but Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) is giving donors a chance to help rebuild that supply while also proving they bleed blue during the 10th annual Big Blue Slam next week. Big Blue Slam, which is Jan. 22-26, pits Kentucky fans against Florida fans to see who can donate the most blood. Donors during Slam will receive a special long-sleeve T-shirt. “Big Blue...

Northern Kentucky’s Horizon Community Funds surpasses $10m in assets in less than six months

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky has surpassed $10 million in assets under management less than six months after its formation in August 2017. The organization established an initial goal to raise $50 million in five years to support Northern Kentucky community needs and services. “We are overwhelmed by the positive response to the formation of Horizon Community Funds,” stated Nancy...

SuperFanU CEO Tendai Charasika named 2018 chairman of Venture Connectors board of directors

Venture Connectors has announced new leadership for 2018. Tendai Charasika, CEO of SuperFanU, has been named chairman of the region’s premier entrepreneur and investor forum. Other new members of the executive committee are: president, Larry Horn, president of Great American Specialty Fasteners and CEO of Derby City Cut & Sew; and president-elect, John Williamson, founder and CEO of RCM Brain....

Meet and greet with 2018 Hunger Innovation Fellow Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman set for Jan. 18

The Lift a Life Foundation and the Community Foundation of Louisville will host a Breakfast Meet & Greet event on Thursday, Jan. 18, to introduce Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman as their 2018 Hunger Innovation Fellow. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held at Manhattan on Broadway, 716 E. Broadway, in Louisville from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. “In Louisville, Kentucky, there...

William J. Jones presented with 16th annual Leadership Kentucky Flame of Excellence Award

Leadership Kentucky, a statewide leadership development program, held its 16th annual Alumni Luncheon in Lexington at Keeneland last week where the Flame of Excellence award was presented to William J. Jones. The Flame of Excellence award honors an outstanding Kentuckian who bravely goes before and lights the way for others. William (Bill) J. Jones is a Community Banking Division Manager with U.S....

Central Ky. Community Foundation, Elizabethtown Community College announce strategic partnership

Central Kentucky Community Foundation and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College announce a new strategic partnership that will strengthen higher education and better position our region for continued growth. The announcement was made this week by President and CEO of CKCF, Davette B. Swiney; and President and CEO of ECTC, Dr. Juston Pate. “We are excited to work together with ECTC, and what...

Louisville Healthcare CEO Council names former Delta Dental COO Tammy York Day as president

Louisville Healthcare CEO Council has named Tammy York Day as President, Passport Health CEO Mark Carter and Chair of the newly formed council announced Tuesday. York Day joins the council after a 21-year career with Delta Dental, most recently as the organizations Chief Operating Officer. “Tammy’s track record in business operations, systems integration, marketing campaigns and successful community...

Emerge Kentucky announces 30 participants for 2018 training class, the largest in organization’s history

Emerge Kentucky, a non-profit organization that has recruited and trained over 165 Democratic women to run for public office since 2010, has announced the participants for its 2018 training program. Thirty Democratic women from across the Commonwealth will acquire 70 hours of candidate training over the next six months to prepare them to run effective and winning campaigns for local, state, and federal...

Prichard Committee elects new officers, including William Wilson as chair, of the advocacy group

William H. Wilson, a former educational television executive and higher education leader, has been elected chair of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Wilson’s extensive background in education and communications includes service as Deputy Executive Director for Education and Outreach for Kentucky Educational Television. After retiring from that position, the Lexington native was Associate...

Kentucky Equine Education Project welcomes Elisabeth Jensen as new executive vice president

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) has tapped lifelong horse enthusiast and Race for Education co-founder Elisabeth Jensen as its new executive vice president. Joe Clabes, KEEP’s executive director since April 2015, is leaving KEEP to become a senior consultant and strategist with the business-management consulting firm Loch Harbour Group and to pursue other business opportunities in...

TCA’s 28th annual Stallion Season Auction ends Friday; Celebration set for January 7

The 28th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America Stallion Season Auction & Celebration, presented by LNJ Foxwoods is currently underway. The auction is the largest annual fundraiser for the organization. Bidding on the majority of the more than 200 stallion seasons will end on Friday, January 5 at 3 p.m. Bidding on six select seasons and all non-season items will conclude at the auction Celebration...

Stress can increase child abuse and neglect during holidays; here are tips, reminders of responsibility

Stress can increase during the holidays, even in the most loving of families. And that can put some children at risk for abuse or neglect. With children home from school, holiday travel and seasonal shopping and associated expenses, parents can get frazzled more easily than usual. What is typically a fun and joyful time for children can become devastating when parents or caregivers cope with stress...

Amphitheatre at My Old Kentucky Home State Park closed after inspection; other amenities open

The amphitheatre at My Old Kentucky Home State Park is closed because of electrical and structural issues. An inspection conducted this week by the Kentucky Department of Parks determined that the stage area is not safe for employees or park guests. The J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre was constructed in 1958 and has hosted The Stephen Foster Story annually since that time. “As soon as we reviewed this...

Baptist Health Foundation names Mary Michael Corbett as newest executive director

Mary Michael Corbett has been selected to lead the Baptist Health Foundation Greater Louisville as its new executive director. She brings a strong background in business and brand development, public affairs and corporate strategic philanthropy. Mary Michael Corbett As executive director, she will develop a new strategic vision focused on greater philanthropy to support the missions of Baptist Health...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky names Bonnie Hackbarth as VP of External Affairs

Bonnie Hackbarth Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky President and CEO Ben Chandler has named Bonnie J. Hackbarth Vice President, External Affairs, effective immediately. Hackbarth formerly was Communications Director at the Foundation. Her new title reflects her broadened role at the Foundation in the past year, which includes communications, government relations, and building and coordinating a statewide...

Federal and state governments join food banks to secure surplus meal kits for Kentucky residents

Thousands of surplus meal kits originally purchased for disaster victims will go to hungry Kentuckians thanks to a team effort of federal and state employees. Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland in Elizabethtown and God’s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington will receive a total of 314,496 meal kits from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at a cost to the food banks of $65,000, a fraction...