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Nourish Lexington sets fundraising drive for Hunger Awareness Month; filling gaps for students, seniors

Nourish Lexington, powered by FoodChain, has announced a fundraising drive starting this month, which is Hunger Awareness Month. It urges the community to provide financial support for this continuing need, which will focus mainly on filling gaps for students and seniors. The goal is to raise $450,000, which should provide approximately 65,000 meals through the remainder of 2020. “This communitywide...

Bermans donate $1 million to support expanding academic program in EKU School of Business

As industry demand for sales professionals continues to grow, a long-time business executive who knows the need firsthand has stepped up to support an up-and-coming academic program in the Eastern Kentucky University School of Business. A $1 million gift from Louis and Maribeth Berman, of Louisville, has enabled the School’s Center for Professional Sales, which now bears the Bermans’ name, to secure...

Keeneland, TCA launch joint initiative to assist thoroughbred industry backstretch, farm workers

Keeneland and Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) today announced an initiative to provide September Yearling and November Breeding Stock Sales buyers the opportunity to make a voluntary contribution to TCA to assist our industry’s backstretch and farm workers, many of whom have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The voluntary donation will be included in the buyers invoice and equate to...

Woody Williams Foundation to sponsor motorcycle ride honoring Gold Star Families Oct. 3 in Prospect

The Woody Williams Foundation in conjunction with Captain’s Quarters presents the second annual “The Cause is Greater Than I…” Motorcycle Ride. On Saturday, October 3, motorcycle riders and riding enthusiasts will take an escorted ride which will begin and end at Captain’s Quarters in Prospect. At the midpoint of the ride, there will be a special memorial service at Veterans Memorial...

Chef Space awarded $50K from James Graham Brown Foundation to feed 1,000 families in need

West Louisville will get an additional boost in the ongoing effort to increase fresh food access for families in need. Chef Space will be supporting an increase in production of fresh meals, thanks to a $50,000 award from the James Graham Brown Foundation. The award will support an increase in capacity for Chef Space, allowing the food incubator and commercial kitchen to expand its partnership with...

Community volunteers continue to advocate for abused children during COVID-19 pandemic

Despite COVID-19, community volunteers have continued to answer the call to be the voice for abused and neglected children in our community. CASA of the River Region completed its first virtual training class, spread over five weeks, graduating 11 dedicated citizens to become CASA advocates. “For the second year in a row, Kentucky has had the highest number of child abuse and neglect cases in the...

Community Ventures receives $450K from SBA to support Kentucky entrepreneurs, small businesses

Kentucky small business owners and entrepreneurs received a much-needed boost this week in the form of subsidized training and business development support through Community Ventures, who was awarded a $454,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA funded this award to Community Ventures to provide pre-loan and post-loan training and technical assistance to small business...

Art Inc. Kentucky unveils first art installation at The MET in Lexington; features poem by Frank X Walker

The East End of Lexington is now home to the first of many brand new art installations created to honor the community and its historical and cultural significance to the city. A poem entitled “Ode to the East End,” written by Kentucky’s first African American poet laureate, Frank X Walker, is now on permanent display on a 25-foot tall canvas atop the nearly-completed development at the...

Thoroughbred Charities of America to continue role as title sponsor of Thoroughbred Makeover

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) has extended its support of the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) as the title sponsor of the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium through 2021. The RRP announced the postponement of the 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover earlier this summer and will be hosting a “double Makeover” for both 2020 and 2021 entries at the Kentucky Horse Park on Oct. 12-17, 2021. The...

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road to present awards this Saturday in ‘drive-in ceremony’

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road (GSKWR) has designed a new, innovative “drive-in ceremony” to recognize 100 young women from 66 Kentucky counties with two of Girl Scouts highest levels of achievement – the Bronze Award and Silver Award. Girl Scouting’s highest awards program represents girls’ dedication to making a difference for people in areas such as social services, healthcare,...

Hundreds gather to discuss Implicit Bias at conference hosted by Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky

Statewide nonprofit Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK) is committed to addressing racism in child welfare by facilitating difficult conversations across disciplines, including law enforcement, social work, healthcare and more. In conjunction with their annual Kids Are Worth It! Conference, the free Implicit Bias training hosted by PCAK drew more than 225 attendees. Implicit bias refers to the attitudes...

Thoroughbred Charities of America awards more than $1 million to 70 equine-related organizations

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) has announced that grants totaling nearly $1,070,000 will be awarded this year. A record 92 grant applications were received earlier this year during the organization’s annual grant cycle. Ultimately, 70 organizations were approved for a grant including 45 aftercare organizations, 16 backstretch and farm worker programs, five equine-assisted therapy organizations,...

Toyota Tsusho America rewards Georgetown College student’s idea with RAV4 XLE vehicle donation

Philipp Hoeper, a recent Georgetown College graduate and New Zealand native, experienced firsthand how challenging life can be without transportation. As a foreign student, he came to America without a vehicle and didn’t earn enough money to buy one – a 1999 Toyota Camry – until he was late into his college career. Prior to that, he depended on his peers and fellow members of the Lambda Chi Alpha...

LexArts partners with New Vista to issue call for artists to commission large-scale mural in Lexington

LexArts, in partnership with New Vista, has announced a call for artists to commission a large-scale mural for one of New Vista’s office locations at 201 Mechanic Street in Lexington. Through a statewide Request for Qualifications, three artists will be paid $500 to create a proposal specific to the New Vista location. One artist will be awarded $10,000 to realize their proposal. The deadline...

God’s Pantry Food Bank recognizes Hunger Action Month in September with several new initiatives

Every September, God’s Pantry Food Bank along with Feeding America and the network of food banks around the nation stand together to fight hunger. The month is known as Hunger Action Month, and it’s a month to spread the word, take action, and dedicate to finding a solution to this hunger crisis. This year with COVID-19, Hunger Action Month activities will look a little different, but the...

Ky. Downs enables owners to donate to Grayson Foundation, PDJF through horsemen’s accounts

Owners racing horses at Kentucky Downs compete for some of the most lucrative purses in the world, and the track is encouraging horsemen to contribute a piece of their winnings to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs launches on Labor Day, Sept. 7, and continues on Sept. 9, 10, 12, 13 and 16, with purses scheduled...

Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU receives grants from WHAS Crusade for Children

The Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex (CEC) at Western Kentucky University has received two grant awards from the WHAS Crusade for Children — $21,000 for the Kelly Autism Program Prime Time, and $26,000 for the Renshaw Early Childhood Center Big Red School. These funds will support the operation of the Big Red School and the Prime-Time Program, within the CEC. These specific programs serve...

Limestone Cycling Tour in Maysville set for Sept. 12, but with a slightly different look this year

This year’s Limestone Cycling Tour may look a little different, but it will not keep the nearly 500 anticipated cyclists from riding the beautiful roads in Mason County and the surrounding area on Sept. 12. This one-day cycling event will allow cyclists to choose one of four supported routes ranging in distance of 25–100 miles. The Limestone Cycling Tour in Maysville is set for Sept. 12. Organizers...

Wreaths Across America kicks off campaign for Camp Nelson National Cemetery with mobile exhibit

Wreaths Across America for Camp Nelson National Cemetery has announced the kickoff of its 2020 wreath campaign, highlighted with a visit by the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit (MEE), a large truck-mounted display unit. Continuing to “Remember, Honor, Teach” in 2020, the group welcomes the MEE to its first visit to Kentucky. The MEE will visit Lexington and Lawrenceburg for...

CFL kicks off commitment to equitable economic development with $500,000 loan to LHOME

In acknowledgement of longstanding racial and economic inequities in the Louisville area, the Community Foundation of Louisville has announced that its CFL Impact Capital fund will exclusively support equitable economic development efforts through investments in affordable housing, Black-owned and other underserved small businesses and entrepreneurs, and community facilities in underinvested neighborhoods. The...