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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...

Centre College to use Pepsico Recyling’s Zero Impact Fund for phtovoltaic panels on campus building

By Cindy Long Centre College Centre has received a $10,000 Pepsico grant from its Recycling’s Zero Impact Fund (ZIF). The funds will be used for the second phase of an installation of photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Chowan Multipurpose Building. Centre is one of 15 schools selected nationally to receive funding through ZIF, a program now in its second year that’s designed to help bring...

Harvie and Nellie Wilkinson to chair United Way of the Bluegrass annual campaign, aim to raise $4 milllion

United Way of the Bluegrass kicked off its annual campaign at an event earlier this week, sponsored by Community Trust Bank. Harvie and Nellie Wilkinson were announced as volunteer Campaign Co-Chairs and will lead the 2018-2019 fundraising effort. The pair unveiled a community campaign goal of $4M in front of an audience of corporate partners, agency partners, and local supporters. Harvie and Nellie...

James Graham Brown Foundation grant to support Prichard Committee strategic plan implementation

Creating a greater sense of urgency to accelerate improvements in public education and mobilizing citizens to take more direct action will be the focus of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence’s work under a multi-year grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation. The $637,500 grant, for work during 2018-2020, will support the committee’s implementation of its strategic plan to help ensure...

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana announces $21 million expansion project

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana (RMHCK) has revealed plans for a $21 million expansion that will nearly double its capacity to keep out-of-town families close to the local hospitals where their sick children are receiving treatment. The Louisville-based nonprofit organization will redevelop the former Greater Louisville Medical Society Building at 101 W. Chestnut St., adding 20 new guest...

MSU, UK students named winners of two Equine Scholarships from Kentucky Horse Council

The Kentucky Horse Council has announced the recipients of two Equine Scholarships for the Fall 2018 semester, Morehead State University student Brittany Rust and University of Kentucky student Morgan Dailey. The Equine Scholarship is awarded to student members of the Kentucky Horse Council currently enrolled with a university or college in Kentucky in an equine-related major or a horse-related program,...

A lasting legacy: Once called Project 1107, 30-acre Winchester park officially named ‘Legacy Grove’

It’s been known as Project 1107 for its address at 1107 W. Lexington Ave. Now, the 30-acre park under construction in Winchester has its official name: Legacy Grove. The public park is a gift from The Greater Clark Foundation to the community. “The name Legacy Grove reflects our long-term intentions for the park and evokes a sense of tribute to the former community hospital,” said Ed Mastrean,...

KCADV receives $20,000 grant from Toyota to support Economic Empowerment Program

Toyota has made a $20,000 grant to the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) to support its Economic Empowerment program. The funds will be used to support financial education classes, credit counseling, Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), and microloans for survivors served by the state’s 15 regional domestic violence programs and state community college system. The program serves...

Louisville area business leaders to join American Cancer Society for Real Men Wear Pink campaign

Men from Louisville and southern Indiana will unite to fight breast cancer with the American Cancer Society through participation in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. In addition to wearing pink and raising awareness about breast cancer, these men will be raising funds to help the American Cancer Society attack cancer from every angle and save more lives from breast cancer. The campaign kicked off...

Kentucky Equine Humane Center is charity partner for the National Horse Show 5k on November 3

The National Horse Show is pleased to announce the Kentucky Equine Humane Center as the official charity partner for the 2018 National Horse Show 5k, held Saturday, November 3rd at 5 p.m. outside of the Alltech Arena. A portion of the proceeds that are generated through the annual National Horse Show 5k will benefit this Lexington-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a safe haven for...

Thoroughbred Charities of America announces the appointment of three new board members

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced today the appointment of Davant Latham, Sheila Rosenblum, and Lesley Campion to its Board of Directors. “I’m excited to welcome our new board members,” said Mike McMahon president of TCA. “They are high energy and results-driven people. TCA and our grant recipients will benefit from their involvement.” Davant Latham, Sheila Rosenblum, and...

Actor’s Theatre, American Red Cross to host Annual Dracula Blood Drive before performance Sept. 5

The American Red Cross, Actors Theatre, Fifth Third Bank and 106.9 Play are teaming up for a hauntingly good cause: a blood drive guaranteed to spook Count Dracula and help patients in need this fall. The 14th Annual Dracula Blood Drive will take place Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. downtown on Fourth Street Live, 401 S. Fourth St., (in front of Fifth Third Bank). All presenting donors...

Solid Rock Children’s Ranch a reality thanks to 2016 land donation to Sunrise Children’s Services

Long-time Clark County teacher Judy Huls Singleton made a promise to her father to one day use their family farm in Winchester in a way that would benefit children. Her vision for the property will soon be a reality. Singleton’s 130-acre land donation to Sunrise Children’s Services in 2016 paved the way for the creation of the Solid Rock Children’s Ranch, whose sign was recently placed...