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Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to host annual Awards Dinner on September 7

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced today that the 34th annual TOBA National Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday, September 7,  at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington. The National Awards Dinner honors owners and breeders from 21 states and Canada. Also recognized are the National Owner of the Year and National Owner Finalists, National Breeder of the Year, Small Breeder of the Year,...

Partners in the Face It Movement release new resource on safe sleepovers and time with friends

With school out for the summer and children and teens spending more time hosting sleepovers and visiting friends’ houses, partners in the Kosair Charities Face It Movement have released a new resource, Playing It Safe: Tips for Safe Sleepovers and Time with Friends. The new tool offers parents and caregivers important information and tips to consider for a safe and fun experience as they send their...

39th annual Children’s Charity Golf Classic set for June 21-22 at Griffin Gate Golf and Country Club

The 39th annual Children’s Charity Golf Classic will be June 21-22 at Griffin Gate Golf and Country Club, 1800 Newtown Pike, and Greenbrier Golf and Country Club, 2179 Bahama Road. The celebrity golf classic is the signature event for the Children’s Charity Fund of the Bluegrass, which has raised more than $13.5 million for children in Central Kentucky. Last month, the Children’s Charity Fund...

Louisville Health Equity Fund announces $80,000 in grants to local minority-led nonprofit organizations

In an effort to address disparities in our community’s health across racial and socioeconomic lines, the Louisville Health Equity Fund has announced the recipients of its 2019 grant awards. The fund’s four grant recipients are local nonprofits who are working to build a racially equitable Louisville Metro. Each recipient will receive $20,000 this year and have the opportunity to receive a second...

Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange awarded Art Works grant of $45,000, announces 2019 Learning Cohort

The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) has been awarded an Art Works grant of $45,000 by the National Endowment of the Arts for Art of the Rural. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking and will award 95 grants in the Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works category of Art Works, which is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. “These awards, reaching...

PNC Foundation awards two-year grants to Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington Public Library

The PNC Foundation is awarding a $100,000 grant to Fayette County Public Schools and a $50,000 grant to the Lexington Public Library as part of the 15th anniversary celebration of PNC Grow Up Great, the bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. The two-year grants are designed to support the specific needs of preschool...

American Cancer Society names Erica Kellem Beasley executive director for Kentucky

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has named Erica Kellem Beasley the executive director for Kentucky. She began her duties March 18. Erica Kellem Beasley As executive director, her focus is the development and execution of the Kentucky area plan to support the mission of ACS, build a strong area board of directors, and lead the team in Kentucky. Kellem Beasley brings 24 years of experience working...

God’s Pantry Food Bank offering summer meals to kids and teens at 32 locations in eight counties

With school out and summer in full swing, it is time to think about how children who receive free or reduced-priced lunch in school will eat healthy meals while school is out of session. Summertime can often be difficult for food insecure households, as budgets can increase for those households who rely on those school-provided meals. God’s Pantry Food Bank, in partnership with multiple organizations...

Ky. Foundation for Women awards more than $54,000 in grants to feminist artists, arts organizations

The Kentucky Foundation for Women gave one-time grants for feminist artists and arts organizations to use their artmaking to build power for women and girls and inspire action towards a future democracy grounded in equity and inclusive engagement. The grants were offered in addition to KFW’s regular grant programs. Ten grants totaling $54,508 were given. “These artists will help change the stories...

Jackson Energy employees chip in for landscaping improvement efforts in Beattyville, Mt. Vernon

Jackson Energy employees recently helped two communities make a good first impression on visitors. Welcome signs, a tourism center and a museum in Mount Vernon and Beattyville received facelifts with new landscaping and volunteer labor provided by co-op employees. Jackson Energy employees donated labor to spruce up welcome signs in Rockcastle County’s Mount Vernon community (Photo provided) Two...

Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry increase amount of venison donated to state’s charitable food agencies

Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry (KHFH) recorded another banner year in 2018 during which the organization increased the amount of venison donated to Kentucky’s charitable feeding agencies. “Kentucky’s sportsmen and women, like our farm families, are great conservationists and stewards of the land,” Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said of the effort. “As part of the Kentucky...

State Farm awards $10,000 grant to Prichard Committee to support parent leadership institute

State Farm is providing continuing support for the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence with its recent $10,000 grant to the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership. The grant, reflecting State Farm’s longstanding commitment to the work, will assist the committee’s efforts to provide training and a comprehensive system of supports to engage and empower parents to become vocal advocates...

Julie Raque Adams: Vaping, a trend among nation’s youths, is really a public health epidemic

If you’re a mom like me, you’re likely alarmed over the recent spike in vaping among teens. Unfortunately, vaping has become a trend for our youth. But as parents, we know it’s really a public health epidemic. Here in Kentucky, almost half of high school students — with developing brains that are extremely vulnerable to harmful nicotine — have tried vaping. As the Kentucky Senate...

USA Cares to host free career and education expo for veterans, transitioning service members on June 26

USA Cares, a national nonprofit organization supporting military families in crisis, is hosting a career and education expo focused on hiring transitioning military, National Guard and Reservists, as well as veterans and their spouses on June 26. In coordination with the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA), the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) and the Army Reserve P3...

Lexington’s Living Arts and Science Center names Lori Halligan as executive director

The Living Arts and Science Center (LASC) has named Lori Halligan as its executive director. Halligan, who begins serving in the director role on May 28, joins the 51-year-old local organization following an extensive regional search. “Our board has great confidence in Lori’s proven nonprofit leadership skills to successfully further our unique mission,” LASC board president Joseph Coleman said. Halligan...

Hospice provider Bluegrass Care Navigators breaks ground on new 60,000 sq. ft. office in Lexington

Bluegrass Care Navigators, one of the largest nonprofit hospice providers in the nation, last week celebrated the organization’s growth and future with a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new headquarters. The organization’s operations will continue to be based in Lexington on Harrodsburg Road but will move to a five-acre campus with nearly 60,000 square feet of office space. The Lexington offices...

Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life Organ Donation Registry surpasses 2 million registrants

During a riveting and at times emotional press conference held in Lexington on Monday, Trust for Life, the charitable arm of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ announced that the Commonwealth’s Organ Donation Registry now has more than 2 million registrants. This is a major milestone for the nonprofit and its partner organizations, which all support lifesaving mission of organ, eye and tissue donation...

USA Cares appoints Army combat veteran Trace Chesser to serve as Interim President/CEO

USA Cares, a Louisville-based national nonprofit organization supporting military families in crisis, has appointed Vice President of Career Transition Trace Chesser to serve as Interim President/CEO, effective immediately. Chesser succeeds Hank Patton, who served as the organization’s prior President/CEO since 2015. “We are delighted to have Trace Chesser assume the role of USA Cares’ Interim...

New reports show food insecurity among adults in Kentucky is among highest in the nation

As part of Older Americans Month, Feeding Kentucky and God’s Pantry Food Bank released the Hunger Among Adults Age 50-59 in 2017 and The State of Senior Hunger in America in 2017, two studies about food insecurity among seniors in the United States published by Feeding America®. The reports shed light on the extent to which food insecurity, or lack of access to nutritious food, affects seniors in...

KAW awards grant to Licking River Watershed Watch in honor of National Drinking Water Week

In celebration of National Drinking Water Week, observed by water utilities May 5 through May 11 with the theme Protect the Source, Kentucky American Water awarded a 2019 American Water Environmental Grant in the amount of $4,975 to the Licking River Watershed Watch.   The environmental grant program provides funds to community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds,...