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BGCF to host ‘learning event’ to discuss On the Table 2019 tonight at Historic Courthouse

Blue Grass Community Foundation will host a learning event to discuss On the Table 2019 at 6 p.m., Wednesday, February 20, at the Historic Lexington Courthouse, 215 W. Main St. The event will start with a 4:30-6 p.m. reception and dedication in partnership with VisitLex and Zim’s Cafe on the first floor. It will be followed with a 6-8 p.m. learning and host toolkit pick-up and a conversation...

Horse Country, Inc. launches first edition of passport for guests of equine attractions across Central Ky.

Horse Country, Inc. has announced the launch of its first-ever passport. The free souvenir is modeled after a traditional passport, allowing guests to collect stamps at various locations visited throughout Horse Country’s membership in the Bluegrass region. Horse Country, a not-for-profit founded in 2014, is a one-stop shop for guests to book tours at equine attractions throughout Central Kentucky....

NewsMatch raises $7.6 million for nonprofit news organizations in 2018, setting record for individuals

NewsMatch raised $7.6 million from individual donors and a coalition of major funders for nonprofit news organizations in two months at the end of 2018. During the largest-ever grassroots fundraising campaign to support local news, over 240,000 people gave to 154 newsrooms between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31. More than 50,000 new donors supported a nonprofit newsroom for the first time. NewsMatch is a national...

Applications now being accepted for 10th annual Venture Sharks business pitch competition

Venture Connectors has announced that applications for its 10th annual Venture Sharks business competition are now open. Early-stage companies and entrepreneurs are invited to compete for a $5,000 cash prize, one year of startup coaching and thousands of dollars of in-kind services, provided by the competition’s sponsors. Vogt Invention & Innovation Fund returns this year as the competition’s...

Danville Arts Center announces statewide juried exhibition, State of Kentucky Photography

The Community Arts Center in Danville, Kentucky has announced a Call to Artists for a new, juried photography exhibition: State of Kentucky, which will debut at the Community Arts Center in April. In the exhibit prospectus, Creative Director Brandon Long explains that the show is meant to represent the ‘state’ of Kentucky, both in terms of place and state of being. To be eligible for this exhibition,...

Georgetown College commits to affordable higher education with ‘Guarantee: Pell Pledge Scholarship’

In keeping with Georgetown College’s commitment to make higher education affordable, the College introduces the “GC Guarantee: Pell Pledge Scholarship.” The new scholarship is available to all Pell Grant-eligible families of academically-accomplished students who value an elite, Christian education. Through the generosity of alumni and other donors who care about the future of Georgetown College...

Mary Todd Lincoln House to celebrate Presidents’ Day on Monday with event for children, families

The Mary Todd Lincoln House will celebrate Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 18 with a lively event for children and their families. Doors open at 10 a.m. with the last entrance at 12 noon. Please allow one hour to complete the activities. This year’s games and activities will focus on Mrs. Lincoln and the role of the First Lady.  The event is designed for children ages 5-10 but is free to...

Prudential Spirit of Community awards honoring youth volunteers names state winners

Allison Tu, 17, of Louisville and Annemarie Fuerst, 14, of Northern Kentucky have been named Kentucky’s top two youth volunteers of 2019 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. As State Honorees, Allison and Annemarie each will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early...

Campbellsville Elementary School students and teachers delivered food to families during cold spell

Campbellsville Elementary School students and teachers helped local families as cold temperatures closed school last week. To ensure that students and their families had food to eat and were kept warm while out of school, staff members began a drive to collect money and supplies. Loading the food. In cash and online donations of about $2,000 were collected. Community members and businesses also donated...

Sen. McConnell invites Chrysalis House Executive Director Lisa Minton as his guest at State of Union

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has invited Lisa Minton, Executive Director of Chrysalis House in Lexington, to be his guest for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union on Tuesday, February 5th in the House of Representatives Chamber. Sen. McConnell has worked with Chrysalis House to secure federal resources for treatment programs to assist women and children devastated by...

Hosparus Health seeking volunteers, offers free training Feb. 13 at main Louisville campus

Hosparus Health needs patient support volunteers in Jefferson, Bullitt, Henry, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties and will offer free training on Wednesday, Feb. 13 (lunch provided), from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its main Louisville campus, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Drive. Hosparus Health provides hospice and palliative care to seriously ill patients and their families. Volunteers assist with patient...

Institute for Rural Health receives $20,000 grant from Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation

The Institute for Rural Health, part of WKU’s College of Health and Human Services, has received a $20,000 grant from Delta Dental of Kentucky’s Foundation. “The Institute for Rural Health is honored to receive this grant from Delta Dental of Kentucky,” said Dr. Daniel Carter, Dental Director for the Institute for Rural Health. “The funds from Delta Dental provide much-needed preventive dental...

Local beneficiaries of WHAS Crusade for Children to celebrate ‘For the Love of Children’ week Feb. 4-10

Each year, tens of thousands of dollars from the WHAS Crusade for Children go to Lexington-area agencies, schools and hospitals that help children with special needs. To say thank you, these local recipients are sponsoring “For Love of the Children” week Feb. 4-10. (Click for larger image) Each day during the week, select businesses in Lexington will offer a percentage of sales to the WHAS Crusade...

United Way of the Bluegrass offering free tax filing assistance at twelve sites in Central Kentucky

United Way of the Bluegrass announced the kick-off of its annual free tax preparation program on Friday in celebration of EITC Awareness Day – a national grassroots effort to spotlight the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Local residents can receive valuable help this tax season through the Central Kentucky Economic Empowerment Project (CKEEP), which is providing free tax preparation assistance...

Community Foundation of Louisville awards more than $430,000 to 25 local nonprofit organizations

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 $438,341 in Fund for Louisville capacity-building grants to 25 local nonprofits. Additionally, attendees celebrated the awarding of more than $2 million in capacity building grants to more than 100 local nonprofits...

Cedric Francois to share Apellis Pharmaceuticals success story at Feb. 6 Venture Connectors lunch

Venture Connectors will feature Cedric Francois, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO of Crestwood, Ky.-based Apellis Pharmaceuticals Inc., on Feb. 6 in Louisville. Dr. Francois will share the story behind taking the pharmaceutical company public, as well as challenges the company has faced in finding/attracting talent and securing funding. He will also share his perspective on changes in the local entrepreneurial...

Kentucky Colonels call for 2019 grant applications from the Good Works program through Feb. 15

The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (HOKC) is calling for established non-profit charities to apply for a 2019 grant from the Good Works Program until February 15. 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that have been in existence for 5 years and who help the citizens of Kentucky are eligible to apply. Grant application guidelines and other criteria are posted on www.kycolonels.org. Through donations...

Renee Shepard named interim executive director of Living Arts and Science Center Board of Directors

The Living Arts and Science Center’s (LASC) Board of Directors has named Renee Shepard Interim Executive Director of the LASC effective immediately. Shepard is a proven Lexington leader having served as Executive Director of the Downtown Lexington Corporation (DLC) and the DLC Foundation for 10 years. As a consultant at Graves Shepard Consulting, she brings a wealth of experience in transitions...

NKU’s Lewatis McNeal named newest member of Kentucky Humanities Council board of directors

Dr. Lewatis D. McNeal has been elected to serve on the Kentucky Humanities board of directors. During his term on the 23-person volunteer board, McNeal will help set council policies, award project grants to community organizations, and participate in fundraising to help the council meet the growing demand for its programs. Based in Lexington, Kentucky Humanities and its community partners across the...

KODA celebrates record-setting year; 423 organs transplanted to save lives in 2018

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) had a record-setting year in 2018, saving more lives and giving more individuals the gift of living longer. The organ procurement organization cared for 134 organ donors resulting in 423 organs transplanted. These were the highest numbers of organ donors and organs transplanted in KODA’s 32-year history. Also, more than 30,000 lives were enhanced by the generosity...