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Sixth-annual Hutson Harvest Gala benefiting The Arboretum at Murray State University set for Sept. 12

The Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture and the Friends of the Arboretum Board are excited to announce the sixth annual Hutson Harvest Gala — a fundraiser for The Arboretum at Murray State University — will take place September 12 at 5:30 p.m. (Photo from MSU) The Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture and the Friends of the Arboretum Board of Directors are excited...

Cabela’s Outdoor Fund gift, local funding efforts help create WKU Endowment for Fly-Fishing Education

The WKU Endowment for Fly-Fishing Education has been established through local fundraising efforts and a grant from the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund. The endowment creates opportunities to develop training opportunities, purchase fly-fishing equipment, engage expert fly-fishing resources, provide student financial support for fly-fishing academic courses, and fund other fly-fishing education initiatives. Since...

God’s Pantry Food Bank receives $8,000 grant from Darden Foundation to support hunger relief efforts

God’s Pantry Food Bank announced Tuesday an $8,000 grant from The Darden Foundation to help provide hunger relief to families across Central and Eastern Kentucky. The funds will be used to support general operations of the Food Bank. “Since 2013 the Darden Foundation has provided more than $35,000 of support,” said Michael Halligan, CEO for God’s Pantry Food Bank. “In addition to creating...

Lexington Habitat for Humanity to dedicate new home on Georgetown Street at 4 p.m. on Saturday

Lexington Habitat for Humanity will celebrate the completion of Isaac Lameke and Estella Hamenyimana’s home with a dedication this Saturday (Aug. 10) at 4 p.m. at 697 Georgetown Street in Lexington. Home dedications are a time to celebrate the family achieving their dream of homeownership and recognize all those who helped make it possible. The highlight of this celebration will be when the family...

Seventh annual Voices of Hope overdose awareness day set for August 24 at Lexington’s Jacobson Park

Voices of Hope is hosting the seventh annual Overdose Awareness Day event to celebrate recovery and support those impacted by substance use disorder. The event will also offer support to people who have lost loved ones to overdose. Planned for August 24 at Jacobson Park in Lexington, the event will feature multiple speakers, including:

SF Bloodstock donates $100,000 to co-sponsor New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program indoor arena

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced today that leading owner, SF Bloodstock, has donated $100,000 to co-sponsor the program’s indoor arena. SF Bloodstock joins co-sponsor Stonestreet Stables, who were the first to pledge their support, and Fasig-Tipton, who are co-sponsoring in honor of the late Bill Graves. “There’s nothing’s more important than life beyond the racetrack for...

Fourth annual Riders for Heroes motorcycle ride and rally event Aug. 24 in to benefit USA Cares

USA Cares, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting post-9/11 veterans and military families in crisis, has been chosen as the charity beneficiary of the Riders For Heroes 4th Annual Ride, Rally & Bike Show hosted by UAW Local 862. “Riders for Heroes was formed with the thought that as union members we wanted to give back to those who sacrifice so much for us, our community...

Spalding University, Kosair Charities new Leadership Development Institute will train nonprofit leaders

Kosair Charities and Spalding University have announced the creation of the Kosair Charities Leadership Development Institute, a yearlong training program for leaders of nonprofit organizations within the Kosair Charities network. The institute aims to improve and enhance already high-performing nonprofits that are dedicated to supporting children and families. The 20 individuals who have been selected...

United Way of the Bluegrass selects Tomothy Johnson as newest president and CEO

The United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG) Board of Directors announced the unanimous approval and selection of Timothy Johnson as the new President and CEO for the organization today following an extensive five-month search. “We received over 60 applications from candidates in Central Kentucky and throughout the country,” said Dr. Don Tharpe, Chair of the executive search committee and member of...

God’s Pantry unveils mobile produce distribution van in effort to provide healthy food to Ky. kids, teens

God’s Pantry Food Bank this week joined Leon Lamoreaux, Anthem Kentucky Medicaid Plan President, and Ashton Potter Wright, Director of Local Food and Agricultural Development to unveil a new custom vehicle that will serve as a Mobile Produce Distribution Van, helping the non-profit meet the nutrition needs of kids and teens during the summer months by providing healthy fresh alternatives. “The...

Trace Chesser appointed president and CEO of Louisville-based national nonprofit USA Cares

USA Cares, a national nonprofit organization supporting military families in crisis, has announced that Trace Chesser will serve as the organization’s official President/CEO, effective immediately. Chesser has served as USA Cares’ Interim President/CEO since May, following a change in leadership at the organization. The announcement introducing Chesser’s new title was made during the annual USA...

AAA collects supplies to help local students; public invited to take pledge against driving ‘intexticated’

While no one is ready for summer to be over quite yet, the reality is that back-to-school time is coming soon. In an effort to help local schools, AAA is collecting school supplies through Aug. 4 at both AAA retail locations as well as the AAA fleet facility in Lexington. The campaign encourages AAA associates, members and the general public to donate new, unused school supplies. The local schools...

Community Foundation of Louisville President and CEO Susan Barry stepping down after 10 years

The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) announced Friday that Susan Barry will be stepping down from her position as president and CEO, effective Sept. 3. The Board of Directors named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Matt Bacon as the Community Foundation’s interim president and CEO. A nationwide search for Barry’s replacement will be led by CFL Board Member Dave Calzi. Susan...

Former girls’ camp Trail’s End added to National Register of Historic Places; facility closed in 1935

Trail’s End, a former girls’ camp in southern Fayette County, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 26. The 59-acre tract is owned by Floracliff Nature Sanctuary and encompasses the former camp lodge, the surrounding forest used for camp activities, as well as remnants of additional camp facilities. Established in 1913 by Mary DeWitt Snyder, Trail’s End Camp was one of...

Giving Back: Working with those in hospice care is rewarding for volunteers, patients and caregivers

By Haylee Abrams University of Kentucky Kyle Bachman-Johnson was first intrigued about becoming a volunteer with the dying after watching a close family friend deal with a terminal diagnosis 15 years ago. “It opened him up to living in a different way, knowing his time was limited,” she said. “He started to live like he had never lived before.” UK Libraries employee Kyle Bachman-Johnson...

Nonprofit wildlife sales proceeds from special commission permits to be used in Kentucky

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has awarded special commission permits for the 2019-20 seasons to qualifying nonprofit wildlife conservation organizations. Recipients must use these special permits to raise funds for projects that enhance fish and wildlife, habitats, education efforts or related recreation in Kentucky. By state regulation, the commission may award a maximum of 10 special...

Kentucky Horse Council offers Large Animal Emergency Rescue training Sept. 20-22 in Lexington

The Kentucky Horse Council has announced Large Animal Emergency Rescue (LAER) training will be held Sept. 20-22 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, and registration is now open. The LAER training will be taught by 4Hooves Large Animal Services, LLC and instructors Justin and Tori McLeod. Both instructors have extensive experience with equine and livestock as well as working as emergency responders....

Trust For Life, KODA unveils innovative ‘Life Lift’ cell phone digital gaming app for tech-savvy generation

Trust For Life (TFL), the charitable arm of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks, partnering with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) and Louisville-based marketing agency Power, announced its innovative new cell phone digital gaming app “Life Lift” at a Wednesday press conference. While geared for the current generation born in the late 1990s and 2000s, the app – available...

American Water Charitable Foundation Awards Keep Communities Flowing Grant to Millersburg Parks

The American Water Charitable Foundation has provided a $6,341 Keep Communities Flowing Grant award to Artcroft, Inc., in Millersburg, for a project that will revitalize two local parks with playground equipment, plants
 and trees. Left to right, Millersburg Councilmember Lorrain Smoot, ArtCroft Founding Director Robert Barker, Millersburg Vice Mayor Rick Wagoner, Kentucky American Water External...

Community Ticket Grant program connects local nonprofits with Actors Theatre of Louisville

Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced the return of the popular Community Ticket Grant program for the 2019–20 Season, sponsored in part by Brown-Forman. This local initiative extends the opportunity to experience Actors Theatre’s vibrant programming to any Louisville and Southern Indiana community groups and 501(c)(3) organizations that are interested in sharing theatrical experiences with...