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Charitable Impact Group to host Derby handicapping event benefiting thoroughbred charities April 26

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), and New Vocations have been named the co-beneficiaries of the Charitable Impact Group’s fifth annual Kentucky Oaks and Derby Handicapping Benefit Dinner. The event will be held at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington on April 29 at 6 p.m. NBC racing analyst Donna Brothers will host a panel of handicappers including Daily...

Nature Conservancy acquires ‘Ataya,’ 100k of forestland that spans Kentucky-Tennessee border

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced it has arranged the acquisition of 100,000 acres of working forestland in the globally significant Central Appalachian Mountains of southeast Kentucky and northeast Tennessee. The property, known as “Ataya,” represents one of the largest land conservation and ecological restoration projects TNC has targeted in the Central Appalachians. The transaction included...

2nd Annual Brews, Boots & Beats to benefit KVC KY’s service to child welfare, behavioral healthcare

KVC Kentucky will host the 2nd Annual BREWS, BOOTS & BEATS presented by Sleep Outfitters and Tempur Sealy, at Fasig-
Tipton on May 17 to raise funds to support KVC Kentucky’s mission and further their work. Located in the heart of the Bluegrass, this elegant venue highlights Kentucky’s stunning farmland, prized Thoroughbred horses and beautiful equine architecture. KVC Kentucky, headquartered...

KET to host discussion of ‘Early Learning’ and impact on child’s school success

Research has shown that a child’s brain develops more from birth to age five than at any other time in their life. Brain development during those critical years has a lasting impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and in life. Children without access to quality child care and early learning experiences may enter Kindergarten unprepared. To discuss what’s being done in Kentucky...

Don Franklin Family of Dealerships presented check to American Heart Association’s campaign

Don Franklin Family of Dealerships has joined the fight against heart disease and stroke by supporting the American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain health. During American Heart Month (February) Don Franklin Family of Dealerships participated in the AHA’s fundraising campaign, “Life Is Why We Give™.”  The company...

KY Chapter of Speedway Charities to host 7th annual Clay Shoot at Elk Creek to benefit children

The Kentucky Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) will host its 7th Annual Pulling for Kids Charity Clay Shoot presented by The NRA Foundation on Thursday, July 11. The event will once again be held at Elk Creek Hunt Club in Owenton, a world-class sporting clays facility and host of this event since its conception in 2013. “The NRA Foundation has shown great support to SCC by committing...

NTRA Charities provides $100,000 grant to UK’s Ag Equine Programs for surfaces and safety laboratory

A gift of $100,000 by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Charities will enable the University of Kentucky to further support equine surfaces and safety research under the direction of Mick Peterson, director of UK Ag Equine Programs. Funds will be used to renovate existing space within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment to create the NTRA Charities Equine Surfaces and Safety...

League of Women Voters of Lexington to host Circuit Court Judge candidate forum on April 25

The League of Women Voters of Lexington will host a candidate forum for Circuit Court Judge, 22nd Circuit, 4th Division on April 25 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lexington Public Library, Farish Theater, 140 East Main Street in Lexington. These candidates, who include Julie Muth Goodman, Todd S. Page, John Reynolds, Steven Stadler, and Thomas “Tommy” Todd, will be running in a special election to...

Ag Commissioner Quarles announces grants to 25 Kentucky food pantries as part of Hunger Initiative

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced 25 Kentucky food pantries will have additional cold storage space, thanks to grants from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA). Ag Commissioner Quarles celebrates grant awards to Kentucky food pantries. “We launched the Hunger Initiative nearly three years ago to look for solutions to food insecurity in Kentucky,” Agriculture Commissioner...

Jarrett’s Joy Cart legacy remains a ritual for his family — and hospitalized children get toys and hope

By Hillary Brown University of Kentucky It’s a Tuesday evening at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, and Doug Mynear rolls a cart filled with toys down the hall. He stops outside a patient’s room and consults his list. The patient inside is a four-year-old girl named Marie. From his cart of toys, Doug selects a princess doll, Minnie Mouse and My Little Pony. Marie, who looks so small in...

Chrysalis House to hold its annual R.J. Corman 5K Run/Walk benefit on May 18; register here

Chrysalis House Executive Director Lisa Minton announced that the R. J. Corman 5K Run/Walk benefit Chrysalis House will be held Saturday, May 18, at R. J. Corman’s in Nicholasville. Walkers and runners may register online at the website or call (859) 977-2502. Online registration will be available until 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 15. ($20). Early packet pickup will be Thursday, May 16 (11 a.m.-5...

Kentucky Bourbon Festival expands scholarship program to three awards to reflect ‘changing world’

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival recently announced changes to its scholarship program, expanding the offerings from two awards to three awards for the 2019-2020 school year. The Kentucky Bourbon Festival has awarded children of Kentucky Bourbon distillery employees with scholarships since 2000. The scholarship program will now offer a third non-traditional scholarship which will be available to students...

UK students in retailing/tourism management to hold ‘Color Me Spring’ fashion show fundraiser

Students in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Retailing and Tourism Management (RTM) are producing the “Color Me Spring” fashion show on Thursday evening, April 18, in the ballroom of the Gatton Student Center. The event is a fundraiser for the department, which is housed in the School of Human Environmental Sciences within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The...

Volunteers of America, KODA and Trust for Life partner to provide ‘Hope and Healing’

Leaders from Volunteers of America, Kentucky Organ Donors Affiliates (KODA) and Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life have announced a groundbreaking new partnership, “Hope and Healing,” designed to increase organ donations in Kentucky and surrounding states. Under the innovative partnership, Volunteers of America will become the first nonprofit in the region to be able to directly register...

R. J. Corman 5K Run/Walk to benefit Chrysalis House on May 18 at the company’s Nicholasville campus

Chrysalis House Executive Director Lisa Minton announced Monday that the R. J. Corman 5K Run/Walk to benefit Chrysalis House will be held on May 18 at R. J. Corman’s in Nicholasville. “Chrysalis House appreciates the support of the R. J. Corman Railroad Group,” Minton said. “The course and facilities are second to none and we anticipate a great crowd for this family-friendly event! Chrysalis...

American Red Cross partners with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to host special blood drive on April 17

April is National Volunteer Month. The American Red Cross is teaming up with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to host a special blood drive during the eighth annual Mayor’s Give A Day Week of Service. The community is invited to take part in the inaugural Mayor’s Give A Day Blood Drive on April 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 S. 4th St. in Louisville. Volunteer...

TVG, Jockeys’ Guild announce telethon For Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund Sunday

Hall of Fame jockeys and TVG talent will team up Sunday, April 7, as they host the second annual telethon to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) live on TVG, America’s Horse Racing Network. Last year was a great success with nearly $230,000 raised. “2018 was an amazing success and we’re looking forward to beating that total” said Kip Levin, CEO of TVG. “The recent...

Community Foundation of Louisville working to address shortage of EMTs through new scholarships

A Community Foundation of Louisville scholarship fund is working to address the shortage of life-saving EMT services in Louisville. The Brian Jennemann Memorial Scholarship has awarded $51,055 to five recipients in the Jefferson Community Technical College (JCTC) paramedic program for 2019. Brian Jennemann was an employee at Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services until he passed away at the age...

Community comes together to make sure kids have beds; over 100 volunteers get involved

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Children in Franklin will soon have a comfortable place to sleep thanks to efforts from their community. Several organizations and groups in this south-central Kentucky town have worked for the past six months to build beds for local children in need. During the Franklin-Simpson Middle School health fair in November, two boys told Christy Ramey they did not have...

Community Action Kentucky extends low-income home energy assistance program through April 30

Community Action Kentucky is extending its enrollment period for the Crisis Component of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Applications will now be accepted through April 30, 2019, a 30-day extension, or until designated funds are depleted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Qualified residents should apply at any one of the 23 Community Action Agencies located across the state. “We...