Kentucky maintains lead over Tennessee as 30th annual Big Blue Crush approached halfway point

Kentucky donors retained their lead after the second day of the 30th annual Big Blue Crush, with the Cats leading the competition, 1,091 to 704. “We had another strong day, thanks to the generosity of hundreds of blood donors who visited our donor centers and blood drives. We have three more important days to go, though, and hope to see people bleeding blue all week,” said Martha Osborne, Vice...

Community Foundation of Louisville names 15 artists for inaurgural Hadley Creatives program

Fifteen Louisville-based artists have been selected to participate in Hadley Creatives, a new program developed and supported by the Community Foundation of Louisville. Through a competitive application process, artists who demonstrated a strong creative vision and a readiness to pursue a career as a working artist were selected. The six-month program will help local artists build their professional...

Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry Week: Encouraging hunters to donate a deer each season to feed hungry

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has proclaimed November 13-17 as “Hunters for the Hungry Week” in honor of Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry (KHFH), a charitable volunteer-run organization that encourages hunters to harvest and donate deer each season. “Kentuckians have an opportunity this hunting season to help feed a hungry neighbor in need by donating part of their deer harvest to Kentucky...

Amazon donates 600 backpacks of winter essentials for the homeless to United Way of the Bluegrass

Ahead of harsh winter weather and the holidays, local Amazon associates made a very special delivery. Last week, Amazon employees donated 600 backpacks full of winter essentials to United Way of the Bluegrass to help people facing homelessness. Each backpack is filled with a winter hat, winter gloves, winter wool socks, all-purpose first aid kit, toiletries kit, Purell hand and face sanitizing wipes...

Sunrise joins Giving Tuesday movement to harness power of compassion this giving season

Sunrise Children’s Services has joined Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving on Nov. 28 that utilizes the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. Giving Tuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This kicks off...

Yes, they CAN: Teams participate in CANstruction for displays you’ll want to see at Lexington Center

Staff report Eight teams of Lexington, architects, engineers, contractors, designers, and students attending schools of architecture, engineering, and design will design and create structures made entirely from canned foods. Yes, they can — as they participate in CANstruction being held for the first time in Lexington at The Shops at Lexington Center. From the New York show The free event is...

Louisville’s Global Game Changers gets $1m grant from former YUM! CEO for program for children

Global Game Changers Student Empowerment Program, a Louisville-based nonprofit, has received a $1 Million three-year grant from Lift a Life Foundation, founded by former Yum! Brands CEO David Novak and his wife Wendy. The grant will provide Global Game Changers (GGC) the capacity to scale its transformational Student Empowerment Program nationally. Launched in Louisville in 2013, GGC’s programming...

Big Blue Crush celebrates 30th anniversary of Kentucky vs. Tennessee blood drive Nov. 13-17

This year marks the 30th time that Kentucky and Tennessee fans have competed to see who can donate the most blood for the holidays. The annual Big Blue Crush is Nov. 13-17. “Big Blue Crush is a fun week for donors and our staff, but it’s mostly about Kentucky patients. It’s our biggest blood donation week of the year and supports the healthcare of Kentucky during the holidays, a time when blood...

Thoroughbred Charities of America welcomes Victoria Bennett as new development director

Victoria Bennett has been named as the development manager for Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA). Bennett grew up in Lexington and is a graduate of the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. She has spent the last several years working in the areas of philanthropy and development, most recently with the Frick Art and Historical Center in Pittsburgh, Penn. Victoria Bennett “I am excited to be...

Kentucky American Water announces 2017 Firefighting Support Grant recipients

Kentucky American Water has awarded grants totaling $9,955 to 20 Kentucky fire and rescue organizations in support of the departments’ year-round efforts to protect the communities they serve. The donations are part of the company’s annual Firefighting Support Grant program, which the company initiated in 2011. This year’s donations bring the total amount of funds provided through this program...

Campbellsville University to serve as Taylor County drop off point for Operation Christmas Child

By KayCee Wilhelm Special to KyForward Campbellsville University will serve as Taylor County’s collection site for Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child during National Collection Week, Nov. 13-20. Drop-offs should be made at 307 N Court Street, Campbellsville. This year’s Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week at Taylor County Collection Center is being dedicated to...

Lexington Legends, CEO Andy Shea named 2017 recipient of Distinguished Philanthropist Award

The Lexington Legends and president and CEO Andy Shea have been named recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Philanthropist award. Given annually by the Bluegrass Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Distinguished Philanthropist Award is presented to an individual, corporation, or foundation that has made a significant contribution to our community through their acts of kindness...

Lexington Fire Department asking for donations in effort to keep smoke alarm program alive

The Lexington Fire Department has installed nearly 8,000 smoke alarms in Lexington homes since 2013, but the work may have to be put on hold till funding catches up. “We really have a need for this in Lexington,” said Lexington Fire Department Battalion Chief Joe Best. “We’ve had 3 fatal fires resulting in 6 deaths in Fayette County this year. Unfortunately, there weren’t working smoke alarms...

Hosparus Health 12th annual Candle Glow Gala raises $250,000 for hospice and pallative care

Hosparus Health’s 12th annual Candle Glow Gala, held Nov. 4, raised more than $250,000 for local hospice and palliative care patients and families. The Louisville-based nonprofit provides compassionate care to more than 7,500 seriously ill patients of all ages and their families each year, regardless of their ability to pay. About 550 guests came out to the Louisville Marriott Downtown for dinner,...

Alltech donates more than $142,000 to Texas farmers and ranchers in wake of hurricane Harvey

As Harvey’s winds died down, and the waters were still rising, Alltech launched Hope After Harvey to raise support for Texas farmers and ranchers, who lead the U.S. in cattle, cotton, hay, sheep and goat production. Alltech committed to matching donations made to its 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Alltech ACE Foundation. As a result of the Hope After Harvey donation response, Alltech representatives presented...

God’s Pantry named among top one percent of nonprofits for accountability and transparency

Sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned God’s Pantry Food Bank a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the 10th consecutive time that the Food Bank has earned this top distinction. Only 1% of charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations. Since...

Transylvania University receives $800,000 to help combine liberal arts, digital technology

Transylvania University is working to build a national reputation for applying digital technology to a liberal arts curriculum. The Bingham Fund for Excellence in Teaching at Transylvania University has awarded two grants totaling $800,000 as part of the Transylvania Initiative for Digital Technology, Research, and Creativity (DTRC). The Bingham Fund was established to promote excellence and dedication...

Lexington Legends named Minor League Baseball’s John Henry Moss Community Service Award winner

Minor League Baseball today named the Lexington Legends the recipient of the fifth annual John Henry Moss Community Service Award. The award was created in 2013 by Minor League Baseball in honor of the late John Henry Moss, who founded what would become the South Atlantic League in 1959 and headed the circuit until 2007. The Legends will receive their award at the Baseball Winter Meetings Banquet...

Verizon awards $25,000 to Kentucky Commission on Women to Expand STEM Challenge for Girls

The Lieutenant Governor’s STEM Challenge for Girls, which begin as a pilot program at two Fayette County Middle Schools, has been awarded a $25,000 grant to continue and expand the program in 2018. “Thanks to Verizon the Lieutenant Governor’s STEM Challenge for Girls will now be piloted in the Louisville area, giving middle school girls opportunities for training and mentoring from female STEM...

36th Annual Kentucky Book Fair moving to Kentucky Horse Park on Nov. 18; Kids Day on Friday

Kentucky Humanities will present the 36th Annual Kentucky Book Fair on November 18 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and the seventh annual KBF Kids Day on Friday, November 17, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Both events will be held at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. Sponsors for the event include Face It, Lindsey Wilson College, Spalding University, Morehead State University, Berea College, Eastern Kentucky...