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Community Foundation of West Kentucky accepting grant applications from area nonprofits until Feb. 14

The Community Foundation of West Kentucky will be accepting grant applications from area nonprofits who serve their communities of Western Kentucky in the areas of community art, educational attainment, health awareness, children’s program, social services and community improvement. The Community Foundation of West Kentucky will accept applications until 4 p.m. on Feb. 14. Each application will be...

EKU baseball team helps provide new shoes to area children by volunteering with Samaritan’s Feet

The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team served local children by washing their feet and giving them a new pair of shoes on Monday. The event was part of the National Day of Service campaign by Samaritan’s Feet. Nearly 400 children either received shoes on Monday at EKU’s Alumni Coliseum, or if they couldn’t make it will receive their shoes later this week. An EKU baseball player washes...

Kentucky enters multi-state settlement with PPGF to ensure donors receive adequate information

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has announced that Kentucky has entered a multi-state settlement with PayPal Charitable Giving Fund, Inc. (PPGF) to ensure donors receive adequate information and disclosures when making charitable contributions through the company’s online fundraising platform. Cameron joins 22 other state law enforcement partners in announcing this settlement. PPGF, the charitable...

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance 2020 accreditation application available; must be completed by April 1

The 2020 application for accreditation by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is now available and can be accessed through ThoroughbredAftercare.org. Thoroughbred aftercare nonprofits interested in applying must complete the application by the closing date of April 1 at 6 p.m. Since TAA accreditation is only granted for a specific period of time, organizations with accreditation status ending in 2020...

Murray State’s Racers Give fundraising campaign raises $217,871 for need-based student scholarships

Murray State University’s Racers Give fundraising campaign has raised $217,871 through the end of 2019, becoming the most successful need-based scholarship campaign in school history. Originally set to run from Nov. 29 through Dec. 6, Racers Give more than doubled its goal of $100,000, thanks to generous support from the University community. Dr. Jesse D. Jones, a 1964 alumnus, Distinguished Alumni...

Thoroughbred Charities of America Stallion Season Auction underway; largest fundraiser for organization

The 30th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America Stallion Season Auction presented by LNJ Foxwoods is currently underway. The auction is the largest annual fundraiser for the organization. Bidding on nearly 200 stallion seasons from 15 states began Wednesday on Starquine.com and will continue through Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. EST. Seasons available in the online auction include Gun Runner (with a 2021 breed...

Thoroughbred Charities of America named charitable beneficiary of annual holiday giving campaign

Thoroughbred Charities of America was named the charitable beneficiary of the Thoroughbred Club of America’s annual holiday giving campaign. More than $5,000 was raised and will be used for 2020 grant making to qualified and approved organizations that work on behalf of Thoroughbreds and the people who care for them. “We greatly appreciate the support of the Thoroughbred Club of America,” said...

LexArts’ Nan Plummer leaving January 31 to become executive director of Treeline Conservancy in Ann Arbor

Ellen “Nan” Plummer has announced her resignation as LexArts President and CEO, effective January 31. She has accepted the position of Executive Director of The Treeline Conservancy, a new nonprofit dedicated to creating and maintaining an urban trail along the historic alignment of Allen Creek in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Nan PlummerPlummer began her work at LexArts, the united arts fund and...

United Way of the Bluegrass: By the numbers, the support of donors and volunteers yields results

Timothy Johnson, president and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass, reports that through the generous support of a community of donors and volunteers, 2019 yielded the following:    • 95% of the 16,000 people who called, texted, or emailed our 2-1-1 contact center were directed to community resources to meet their basic needs. • 1,100 low-income individuals received the training that they needed...

Morehead State’s MSUCorps accepting donations, applications for Build-A-Bed program until Feb. 14

The MSUCorps AmeriCorps Program and its partners are gearing up for their 10th annual Morehead Build-A-Bed Project to provide beds to children who are living in homes with not enough beds or none at all. Applications will be accepted from Jan. 2-Feb 14, 2020. Applications can be found at www.moreheadstate.edu/buildabed. Applications can be submitted online or in paper form. The MSUCorps AmeriCorps...

Aviation Museum of Kentucky announces new hours for first quarter, 2020; ‘Sim Sundays’ continue

The Aviation Museum of Kentucky has announced hours of operation for the months of January through March, 2020. Effective Tuesday, January 2, 2020, the museum is open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. Saturday hours are 10 am until 5 pm, and Sunday hours are 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. These hours of operation are in effect through March 31. The winter hours of operation for the museum affect weekdays...

LexPhil offers New Year’s Eve ‘Mardi Gras in New Orleans’ with Bryon Stripling at Opera House

Ring in the New Year with LexPhil and the one and only, Byron Stripling. on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Lexington Opera House. The good times roll with music of New Orleans natives like Fats Domino, Mahalia Jackson & Louis Armstrong. From street parades in the French Quarter to late-night jams in the city’s famed clubs, this concert transforms the Lexington Opera House into an unforgettable...

Murray State nonprofit leadership class awards $3,000 in grants to CASA by the Lakes, Soup for the Soul

CASA by the Lakes and Soup for the Soul were the co-recipients of a $3,000 grant awarded by Murray State University’s nonprofit leadership class taught by Dr. Kelly Rogers. CASA by the Lakes and Soup for the Soul were recognized during a presentation at the Murray State University men’s basketball game at the CFSB Center on Dec. 7. The evening began with a pre-game reception held in honor of the...

Thoroughbred Charities of America to honor Madeline Auerbach with Allaire du Pont Leadership Award

Thoroughbred Charities of America will honor Madeline Auerbach with the Allaire du Pont Leadership Award and the Race Track Chaplaincy – Metropolitan New York Division with the Ellen and Herb Moelis Industry Service Award at the 30th annual Stallion Season Auction ‘Tis the Season Celebration presented by LNJ Foxwoods on Jan. 12 at Distillery Square at Grand Reserve in Lexington. “Our board has...

Rep. Joe Graviss, Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr recognized as ‘Champions of Justice’ for sexual assault victims

Recognizing their work to protect funding for critical services that they and other quasi-governmental agencies provide, the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) have named state Rep. Joe Graviss and Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr as this year’s “Champions of Justice.” The awards were presented during the 21st annual Conference...

Wreaths Across America puts 10,000 evergreen wreaths on Camp Nelson National Cemetery graves

Wreaths Across America presented a program and laid over 10,000 live evergreen wreaths on graves at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville. With over 700 volunteers and attendees, this was the largest Wreaths Across America ever at Camp Nelson, more than doubling the number of wreaths that were laid last year. All ceremony participants were Kentuckians, including many military veterans. An...

Julie Harris Hinson makes $110,000 commitment to support WKU Opportunity Fund and additional areas

Julie Harris Hinson, a member of Western Kentucky University’s Board of Regents, has made a $60,000 commitment to establish two new funds to support student success initiatives within the Cynthia and George Nichols III Intercultural Student Engagement Center (ISEC) and Student Publications as part of the WKU Opportunity Fund. Hinson has also made a pledge of $50,000 over five years to benefit more...

Lexington-based Association of Ag Educators recieves $10,000 Next Gen Grant from AEM

The National Association of Ag Educators in Lexington is among five non-profit organizations awarded $10,000 as part of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) Next Gen Grant Program. The organizations were honored at AEM’s 2019 Annual Conference for their focus on training for and encouraging careers in construction, manufacturing, technician service, and business and financial...

Thoroughbred Charities of America’s 30th annual Stallion Season Auction set for Jan. 8-12 in Lexington

Thoroughbred Charities of America has announced the planning and preparations for the 30th annual Stallion Season Auction are underway. Held Jan. 8 through Jan. 12, the auction is the largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit organization. “2020 marks the 30th anniversary of TCA and our Stallion Season Auction,” said Erin Crady, executive director of TCA. “The auction is TCA’s largest annual...

MACED storytelling campaign reveals positive community work in Eastern Kentucky

In the first six months of a new storytelling campaign called Appalachia’s New Day, more than 45 stories have been shared about positive community work happening in Eastern Kentucky. The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) launched the campaign in June 2019. MACED is working collaboratively with community members to identify stories about businesses, programs and initiatives...