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Green River Area Development District seeking donations for 2020 Silver Bells project

The District Long Term Care Ombudsman Program invites individuals and organizations in the Green River Area Development District area to contribute to the 2020 Silver Bells project. Due to COVID-19, monetary donations are requested for the purchase of items to fill holiday gift bags for delivery to two personal care homes in the seven-county GRADD region at Christmas time. To ensure timely delivery...

Kentucky prevails in annual Big Blue Crush blood donation competition with with Tennessee

Tennessee fans made up ground with 489 donations on the final day of the competition, but Kentucky closed out the annual Big Blue Crush battle with 432 donations and the big win. That brings the final score to 2,174 for the Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) and 2,060 for Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville. “Despite all of the challenges we’ve faced this year, the Big Blue Nation of blood...

2020 Kids Count Data Book looks at impact of ‘dual pandemics’ on Kentucky’s Children and Families

The 2020 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book examines the impacts of the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racial injustice on children and families with data disaggregated by race/ethnicity. The 30th edition of this publication also features the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children across the commonwealth have improved, worsened, or stayed the...

CASA of Lexington names Brian Wright, Ellen Wood as Volunteers of the Month for November

CASA of Lexington has named a pair of newer court-appointed special advocates as Volunteers of the Month for November. Brian Wright and Ellen Wood are recent additions to CASA of Lexington’s nearly 200 volunteers: Wood began advocating for abused and neglected children in the fall of 2019 and Wright began early in 2020. Brian Wright Wright was nominated by his Volunteer Manager, Mary Beth, who said...

Kentucky fans can bleed blue to save lives, beat Tennessee and relieve blood shortage

The Cats beat the Vols on the field this season; now it’s time for UK fans to roll up their sleeves and use their lifesaving powers to help Kentucky beat Tennessee in the 33rd annual Big Blue Crush blood drive event. Crush 2020 Shirt Last year, Kentucky Blood Center and Kentucky fans claimed victory over Tennessee fans and Medic Regional Blood Center after a disappointing 2018 loss. During a year...

Godolphin, TCA launch mobile application Cómo for backstretch workers, farm employees

Godolphin and Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) jointly announced Thursday the launch of a mobile application for backstretch and farm workers. The app, called Cómo, connects Thoroughbred industry employees to the vital services they need through a network of chaplains and Thoroughbred industry organizations. Designed by The Jockey Club Information Systems, sponsored by Godolphin, and managed...

Local partnership encourages women in Louisville area to receive free HIV testing, education

Free HIV testing and education about Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and domestic violence is available for the Louisville community through a partnership announced Thursday with The Center for Women and Families, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), and Volunteers of America – Friends Inspiring Testing (VOA-FIT). The “Take Charge, Not Risks” partnership aims to both ensure...

KDA partners with other organizations to administer grant to help veterans enter agriculture field

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is partnering with other agriculture organizations in administering a federal grant directed to establish and enhance farming opportunities for military veterans, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced. The $746,567 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant will provide agricultural opportunities for veterans and transitioning service members....

UK College of Law graduate J. David Rosenberg makes historic $20 million gift for school’s Future

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky Growing up in Lexington, J. David Rosenberg learned about the power of education to transform lives and create opportunities. It was a lesson solidified in his mind as a student in the College of Law at the University of Kentucky. There, in the early 1970s, under the tutelage of UK faculty legends like Rutheford (Biff) Campbell, Robert Lawson, William Fortune,...

James B. Beam Institute receives donation of barrel storage equipment to advance teaching, research

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky An equipment donation from Koetter Construction will enable the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits at the University of Kentucky to construct a modern barrel-storage system inside the Independent Stave Company – Boswell Family Barrel Warehouse at the institute. “With the announcement that the James B. Beam Institute was going to build a barrel warehouse...

University of Louisville alum Samuel Romes receives top national award from Sigma Chi fraternity

By Natalie Uhl University of Louisville University of Louisville chemical engineering graduate Samuel Romes was selected as the Sigma Chi International Balfour Award (IBA) winner for the 2019-20 academic year on Oct. 10. Awarded to the fraternity’s most outstanding senior, the Balfour Award has three levels. First is the chapter award, followed by awards for each of the fraternity’s 61 provinces...

Center for Neighborhoods to hold virtual 2020 Neighborhood Summit event on Nov. 14

With safer and more sustainable neighborhoods topping the list of concerns for most of Louisville’s longtime residents, Center for Neighborhoods has announced their upcoming event, 2020 Neighborhood Summit. It will be a day of learning and networking with the goals of informing, inspiring and building bridges between local residents and local government and other partners. This event will take place...

Community Action Agencies accepting applications for Healthy at Home Utility Relief Fund Program

On Oct. 19, Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order designating $15 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds for the Healthy at Home Utility Relief Fund. Community Action Agencies across Kentucky are now accepting applications for the Healthy at Home Utility Relief Fund Program through Dec. 11 or until funds are depleted. Interested households should contact their local Community Action Outreach...

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton to light CASA Angel Tree on Nov. 10 in 9:30 a.m. ceremony

A very special tree-lighting ceremony is coming to Lexington and Facebook Live. The CASA Angel Tree represents the holiday wishes of dozens of abused and neglected children in Fayette County. Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton will light up the tree in the lobby of the Chase Bank Building during a Facebook Live event on Nov. 10, kicking off the 2020 CASA Angel Tree giving season. Linda Gorton Sponsors cannot...

Thoroughbred Charities of America to host online auction of halters worn by Breeders’ Cup winners

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) will host an online auction of halters worn by Breeders’ Cup winners and contenders. The All-Star Halter Auction is set to open this Friday, Nov. 6 at 9 a.m. and will conclude on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. EST. The auction is sponsored by LNJ Foxwoods and all proceeds will benefit TCA. “In a normal year, we would be just days away from our annual Bash at the Breeders’...

Dare to Care awards grants to nonprofits in COVID-19 relief; nearly $264K invested for food assistance

Dare to Care has awarded grants to build the capacity of eleven nonprofits who partner with it to provide groceries to struggling families and individuals. These investments, ranging from $5,000 to $77,200, will support improvements to increase food access for those impacted by the pandemic. This investment, totaling $263,971, was made possible by a grant to Dare to Care from Feeding America’s COVID-19...

WKU Food Recovery Network redirects 5,000 pounds of surplus food to address hunger in community

Since the spring of 2019, students in Western Kentucky University’s Food Recovery Network have kept more than 5,000 pounds of surplus food from landfills and directed it to those who need it. The effort began when WKU senior Elaine Losekamp of Bowling Green attended an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference and brought back a plan to establish WKU’s first...

Community Action Agencies accepting applications Nov. 2 for Subsidy Component of LIHEAP

Community Action Agencies across Kentucky will begin accepting applications for the Subsidy Component of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on Nov. 2. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 11 or until funds are depleted. To apply, qualified residents should contact their local outreach office operated by one of the 23 Community Action Agencies located across the state. The...

Fayette County family court judges: CASA volunteers ‘amazingly vital’ to helping abused, neglected children

For Fayette County family court judges Lucinda Masterton and Libby Messer, making difficult decisions about cases involving child abuse and neglect is a regular part of the job. One thing they say helps them make better decisions is the work of court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers. Masterton and Messer spoke to the UK Women Lawyers Association this month about the vital importance of...

Maker’s Mark bottle, in partnership with Keeneland, benefits Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund

With the Nov. 6-7 return of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships to Keeneland Race Course, a unique commemorative item available to race fans and bourbon lovers alike will also be a great way to benefit a worthy cause. Maker’s Mark, the official bourbon of the Breeders’ Cup, has partnered with Keeneland for the second time in 2020 to create a uniquely designed, limited-edition bottle with proceeds...