A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Lexington Habitat for Humanity dedicates new home for Nelvi Ponce and her daughters

Lexington Habitat for Humanity dedicated a new home for homebuyer Nelvi Bocanergra Ponce and her two daughters, Nelvi (1 year) and Yatziry (5), on Sunday at 1737 Elverton Road in the Brookfield Chase Subdivision just off of Russell Cave Road. Nelvi has been building her life in Lexington for the last 11 years. After graduating from Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, Nelvi started working at Amazon...

At Keeneland’s College Scholarship Day two students snag $10k scholarships: Jordan Blain, Alex Johnston

Friday was College Scholarship Day at Keeneland in which full-time college students received free general admission and the chance to win one of ten $1,000 scholarships awarded after each race. In addition, two $10,000 Runhappy Scholarships (one of which was only available to a student with a tie to the horse industry) were awarded. Runhappy Scholarship winners Jordan Blain and Alex Johnston with...

Wreaths Across America aim to put a wreath on all graves at KY’s Camp Nelson National Cemetery

Local volunteers are working hard to ensure that all veterans laid to rest at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville are honored this December on National Wreaths Across America Day. This year, the ceremony, held simultaneously across the country at more than 1,200 locations, will be on Saturday, Dec. 15. Click to go to Camp Nelson’s Facebook page The goal: to place a live, balsam fir...

Bourbon County agriculture student Nelson Paul raises $7,000 for Farms To Food Banks

Bourbon County agriculture student Nelson Paul presented the Kentucky Association of Food Banks with a $7,000 donation for the Farms To Food Banks at Monday’s meeting of Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles’ Hunger Task Force at Feeding America – Central Kentucky in Elizabethtown. Paul, a graduate of Bourbon County High School, is studying at Bluegrass Community and Technical College...

Central Ky. Riding for Hope unveils new logo, website as part of community education rebranding efforts

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope has unveiled a new logo and website as part of its rebranding efforts focused on community education of the life-changing results Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship can produce. Services offered at CKRH have developed in recent years to provide more than the cornerstone program of Therapeutic Riding. A variety of non-mounted programs are also available through the...

Keeneland Association announces $25,000 donation to Ann Hanley Parkinson’s Research Fund

Keeneland Association donated $25,000 to Parkinson’s Disease research on Sunday in honor of Ann Hanley, wife of WinStar Farm General Manager David Hanley. Hanley, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 49, founded the Ann Hanley Parkinson’s Research Fund in 2016 to underwrite research into an experimental treatment available only at the University of Kentucky. “For more than 80 years,...

Keeneland Association donated $25,000 to Parkinson’s Disease research, honoring Ann Hanley

The Keeneland Association donated $25,000 to Parkinson’s Disease research in honor of Ann Hanley, wife of WinStar Farm General Manager David Hanley.   Hanley, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 49, founded the Ann Hanley Parkinson’s Research Fund in 2016 to underwrite research into an experimental treatment available only at the University of Kentucky.   “For more than 80 years,...

Abandoned Mine Lands grant of $1.1 million marked for historic Stearns downtown revitalization, railway

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Gov. Matt Bevin have announced a $1.1 million Abandoned Mine Lands grant to renovate and revitalize Stearns and construct railroad-related repairs and improvements to the Big South Fork Scenic Railway. The grant was awarded by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands to...

God’s Pantry Food Bank announces 2018-19 board of directors; includes addition of three new members

God’s Pantry Food Bank announces the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors. The newly elected Board members are Colmon Elridge III, Scott McCauley, and Paul B. Mulhollem. The Board of Directors also elected a new slate of officers to serve in the upcoming year. “Each board member brings unique skills, experiences, and vision to the Food Bank.” Michael Halligan, God’s...

Regional organizations to be recognized at 2018 Kentucky Nonprofit Awards Luncheon Oct. 18

Kentucky Nonprofit Network will recognize Centerstone Kentucky of Louisville, Tim Magill of Versailles, and Todd P. Lowe of Louisville at the 16th annual Kentucky Nonprofit Leadership Forum Oct. 18 in Lexington. Centerstone Kentucky will receive the 2018 Innovative Nonprofit Award, which recognizes an organization that implements inventive, nontraditional programs or methods that effectively meet community...

Crestwood native Amanda Bess hikes Appalachian Trail, raises funds for Children’s Advocacy Centers

Amanda Bess, originally from Crestwood and now residing in St. Louis, Missouri, planned and organized a 6-month hiking trip covering the entire Appalachian Trail – 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine. She hiked with friends for a portion of the journey, however, most of the trip she completed solo. Friends suggested that Bess create a GOFUNDME site to raise awareness and support for a charitable...

Community Ventures is one of 20 finalists in Community Thrives Challenge; 10 to get $1m each

The Community Thrives Challenge, a $10-million funding opportunity by The Rockefeller Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, announced 20 finalists and 63 semi-finalists from across the country and Community Ventures was selected as one of the 20.  Later this year, up to ten of the finalists will be named grantees, receiving $1 million grants and tailored technical assistance.   “Community...

Bluegrass Tomorrow to hold annual fundraiser at The Kentucky Castle; check out Chef Henderson’s menu

From the meticulously tended raised beds of herbs to the rolling fields The Kentucky Castle is committed to showcasing the best of Kentucky in food and drink offerings. The Bluegrass Tomorrow Celebration of the Bluegrass dinner will be a true Farm to Table experience by Chef Jonathan Henderson, the Castle’s Executive Chef, to be held October 11 at 5:30 p.m. The event is Bluegrass Tomorrow’s...

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development executives featured at Venture Connectors lunch

On Oct. 3 in Louisville, Venture Connectors will feature Terry Gill, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, and Brian Mefford, executive director of the Cabinet’s Office of Entrepreneurship, and they will share how their office is working to cultivate programs and support for the commonwealth’s entrepreneurs, small business owners and startups. The Office of Entrepreneurship...

Lexington Habitat, Methodist churches, and Thrivent Financial, build new home for Nzibonera family

Lexington Habitat for Humanity celebrated the dedication of a new home for homebuyer Riziki Nzibonera and her children, Remy (13), Aurelie (17), Bosoka (19) and Elvis (25), on Sunday at 1773 Russell Cave Road. The family came from Tanzania where Riziki was working in the nursing department at the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp. The family has spent three years in Lexington and both Riziki and her children...

Using horses to relax and refocus: Women’s retreat offered at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope

Area women will have a new method for self-care and personal development as Central Kentucky Riding for Hope and Charlotte Hiler Easley (Licensed Certified Social Worker) partner to provide specialized services using horses to relax and refocus. Starting Sept. 21, Easley and CKRH Programming and Equine Manager Lisa Swanson will begin a five-week series called Life Rhythms. Participants will learn...

United Way of the Bluegrass announces new board members; Paul Rooke will serve as chairman

United Way of the Bluegrass announced the appointment of seven new members to its Regional Board of Directors. Paul Rooke New members include Alethea Bernard; Sarah Bosso (Robert Half), Cam Freeman (Old National Bank), Bob Kain (Jack Kain Ford), Don Tharpe (Ashley Rountree), Sharon Votaw (Lexmark), and Frank Voss (Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky). Paul Rooke, who retired as Chairman and CEO of...

BGADD announces partnership with Cincinnati-based Joanie Bernard Foundation for animal welfare study

The Joanie Bernard Foundation, a Cincinnati, Ohio based cat welfare funding organization, on Tuesday announced its sponsorship of Team Shelter USA, LLC to conduct an animal welfare needs assessment in the seventeen county Bluegrass Area. The project is partnering locally with the Bluegrass Area Development District (BGADD) and Making a Difference Now (MADN) to complete the survey. Diane Parrish of...

Susan G. Komen Kentucky to host 23rd Annual Race for the Cure 5K run in Lexington October 27

Susan G. Komen Kentucky will host its 23rd Annual Lexington Race for the Cure 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk, presented by Bank of America, on Saturday, October 27. The race will take place at Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, located at 120 N. Limestone in Lexington. Registration is open now for runners and walkers. Individuals and teams can register by visiting KomenKentucky.org or by calling (859) 368-7133. One...

KyForward will join with 150 other nonprofit newsrooms in national NewsMatch campaign

More than 150 nonprofit newsrooms across the country — including the KyForward — will participate in this year’s NewsMatch, the largest grassroots fundraising campaign to support nonprofit news organizations. The national call-to-action will launch on November 1, 2018. In 2017 NewsMatch helped to raise more than $4.8 million from individual donors and a coalition of private funders. This...