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Community Foundation of Louisville selects 15 artists to participate in Hadley Creatives: Generation 3

Fifteen Louisville-based artists have been selected to participate in Hadley Creatives: Generation 3 (2020), a program developed and supported by the Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL). Generation 3 is a continuation of CFL’s commitment to cultivate a community of Hadley Creatives through 2023. Through a competitive application process, artists from multiple disciplines who demonstrated a strong...

Henry Clay Memorial Foundation, Ky. Hemp Heritage Alliance to host annual Hemp Social Thursday

The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation in partnership with the Kentucky Hemp Heritage Alliance is hosting its fourth annual Hemp fundraising event on Thursday evening. Henry Clay’s Hemp Social is presented by Kentucky Hemp Works and will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate in Lexington. Guests will enjoy a first-of-its-kind hemp-infused social soiree featuring a...

Keeneland, thoroughbred industry partners to offer $70,000 on College Scholarship Day Friday

Keeneland is partnering with thoroughbred industry entities to offer 18 scholarships worth a total of $70,000 – more than double the $30,000 offered in previous race meets – to students as part of its College Scholarship Day on Friday, Oct. 18. Students may pre-register online to be eligible for scholarship drawings at Keeneland.com. Online registration is available through Thursday, Oct. 17, at...

Kentuckians pledge to strengthen communities through Americorps during swearing-in ceremony

Hundreds of AmeriCorps volunteers pledged to make Kentucky “Safer, Smarter and Healthier,” during a swearing-in ceremony at Fourth Street Live! in Louisville on Monday. AmeriCorps is a national service program administered by Serve Kentucky, an agency within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), with funding provided by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)...

Churchill Downs donates $25,000 to Orphan Care Alliance serving foster care, adoptive communities

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has announced it has committed a $25,000 donation to Orphan Care Alliance (OCA), a nonprofit serving some of Kentucky’s and Southern Indiana’s most vulnerable children and families in the foster care and adoptive communities. First Lady Glenna Bevin joined CDI in Harrodsburg Saturday during the presentation at OCA’s Fall Festival for adoptive and foster families. “Churchill...

USA Cares partners with Kentucky Opera for blanket and coat drive to benefit to veterans in Louisville

Now through Veterans Day, USA Cares and Kentucky Opera are hosting a donation drive focused on providing warm clothing and blankets to local disabled and homeless veterans. “USA Cares is proud to partner with our friends at Kentucky Opera to help support homeless veterans in our community,” said Trace Chesser, USA Cares’ President/CEO. “USA Cares strives to reach out to veterans and military...

Lexington’s Chrysalis House receives prestigious national healthcare award from industry leaders

The Healthcare Leadership Council, a coalition of health industry leaders from all health sectors, honored Chrysalis House with the Redefining American Healthcare Award during the 12th annual SHOWcase event Oct. 8. Chrysalis House specializes in treating pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders. It recognizes that substance use rehabilitation is not solely about breaking an addiction,...

Eastern Kentucky community development receives $1.5 million grant for downtown revitalization efforts

A strategic partnership known as the ReVitalize, ReInvest, ReDevelop Appalachia (R3) Initiative will help spur the revitalization of Eastern Kentucky’s downtowns, thanks to a $1.5 million POWER grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission made to the Appalachian Impact Fund. The grant will be used to initiate downtown revitalization plans that will help attract new private investment to a 10-county...

Cecil Dunn, executive director of Hope Center for 24 years, plans to step down at year’s end

Cecil Dunn, who has been the executive director of the Hope Center for 24 years, will transition out of the role at the end of this year.Cecil Dunn The Board of Directors will begin to put a plan in place for the transition. “Making this announcement now gives us time to undergo a gradual and smooth transition,” said Cathy Jacobs, Hope Center board chair. “We are so grateful for Cecil’s leadership....

Murray State to host ‘A Taste of the Arts’ Oct. 17; gala celebrates art, music, theatre students with dinner, auction

Murray State University will host the 11th annual ‘A Taste of the Arts’ dinner and auction Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. on the stage of Lovett Auditorium. The event, sponsored by FNB Bank, showcases and supports the talents of Murray State art, music and theatre students. Attendees are invited for a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner and live auction. New auction items and experiences, including beach...

Economic transition continues in Eastern Kentucky through arts and culture with endowment gift

Art and culture will continue to help spur the revitalization of Eastern Kentucky with the help of a new endowment gift that will fund a full-time position to lead the long-running Higher Ground community theater project, housed at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. The endowment, made possible by entrepreneur and philanthropist Brook Smith, will fund an executive director position...

Newly-formed Hop Foundation will provide financial relief to employees in craft brewing industry

Kentucky craft brewery employees who are either injured or experiencing health-related issues now have another resource for financial relief as the newly formed Hop (Helping Our People) Foundation launches in the Commonwealth. While similar programs exist in the service industry, this will be the first program of its kind for Kentucky brewery employees not working in the restaurant space. “We want...

Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk’s Trust For Life’s 2019 High School Challenge helps to engage students

Student groups across Kentucky will be participating in the 2019 High School Challenge sponsored by Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk’s Trust for Life (TFL) and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA). The competition will run Oct. 13-Nov. 4, and the competition theme this year is “Be Magical, Be an Organ Donor.” Just like last year, groups will be encouraged to get creative with marketing efforts. The...

Raffle tickets now available to win new house, car; proceeds benefit Norton Children’s Hospital

Tickets are available now for the annual Norton Children’s Hospital Home & BMW Raffle, with the chance to win a newly built home valued at approximately $750,000 and a 2020 BMW 2 Series convertible from BMW of Louisville plus $10,000 cash. Tickets are on sale for $100 each. Only 12,000 tickets will be sold. All proceeds from this ninth annual raffle support the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Tickets...

GRADD CCC Regional Network offering $3,000 in mini-grants for prevention of child abuse, neglect

The GRADD Community Collaboration for Children (CCC) Regional Network is currently offering a total of $3,000 in mini-grants to enhance and promote programs aimed at preventing and building awareness of child abuse and neglect. Organizations within Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster counties are eligible to apply. Projects must encompass one of the following goals: 1) focus...

2019 Design Slam benefitting Lexington Habitat for Humanity set for October 4 at Rock House Brewing

The Design Slam, a live design competition between members of Lexington’s architectural community, has been scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 pm, October 4th at Rock House Brewing. Moving into its 5th year, the event is open to the public. Teams of designers are given a prompt at the beginning of the competition and have an hour to develop a design, presentation materials, and a pitch. “It’s a fun...

Brent and Jan Yonts scholarship to assist Muhlenberg County students attend Murray State

Greenville Mayor Jan Yonts has endowed the Brent and Jan Yonts scholarship for students from Muhlenberg County to attend Murray State University beginning this fall. The Yonts family includes five Murray State graduates in various disciplines spanning more than 40 years. Mayor Yonts graduated from Murray State in 1971. Brent graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science in 1971 and...

Thoroughbred Charities of America announces grants of $475,000 awarded to 64 organizations

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced Tuesday that grants totaling nearly $475,000 have been awarded to 64 approved organizations that provide Thoroughbred aftercare and incentive programs, equine-assisted therapies, and health and human services for backstretch and farmworkers. Grant recipients from the last three years can be found on www.tca.org. One of TCA’s grants is to the Retired...

Hope Gala honors Louisville’s Cure Champions on Sept. 21; event benefits American Cancer Society

Hope will shine bright in Louisville on Sept. 21 at the Omni Hotel as the American Cancer Society honors eight Cure Champions for their contributions to the community at its annual Hope Gala. “The Cure Champions are the stars of the evening and embody the hope we have a for a world without cancer,” said Chris Hinkebein, chair of the Gala Board of Ambassadors. “They shine a light on the progress...

Louisville-based Dogs Helping Heroes accepting application for emotional support, service dogs

Dogs Helping Heroes, a local nonprofit organization, is actively looking for heroes in need of a service or emotional support dog. Interested first responders – fire, police and EMS – military, and Gold Star Families may complete an application by the deadline of Monday, September 26. The organization will train a total of eight (8) service dogs that will be gifted at no cost to the awarded recipients...