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Penn Station East Coast Subs launch campaign to support local Down syndrome organizations

Penn Station East Coast Subs is beginning a system-wide round-up campaign to support local Down syndrome organizations throughout the country. From March 1 to March 21, customers will be able to round up their change or their dollars as a donation to their local Down syndrome organization. Customers who donate $2 or more will receive a coupon for a free small sub with any sub purchase to use on a future...

New Vocations joins Visit Horse Country, offers tours of Mereworth Farm facility location in April

The Visit Horse Country Board of Directors has announced the addition of New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program to its membership roster. The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited (TAA) program is the 40th organization to join Visit Horse Country. New Vocations will begin offering tours of its Mereworth Farm facility location in April. Tour dates and times can be found at visithorsecountry.com/new-vocations. “We...

Liberty Hall’s Bourbon and Browns fundraiser kicks off Kentucky Distilled Weekend April 25

Liberty Hall Historic Site‘s Eighth Bourbon and Browns Fundraiser returns April 25 to the Orlando Brown House in downtown Frankfort. Bourbon & Browns has grossed close to $300,000 to support ongoing education and preservation at Liberty Hall, a National Historic Landmark. Bourbon and Browns is the anchor of the Kentucky Distilled Weekend, where partygoers will enjoy a beautiful spring evening...

Jill Holloway Smith named executive director of University of Kentucky Alumni Association

Jill Holloway Smith has been named associate vice president for alumni engagement and executive director of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. “I am honored and excited for the opportunity to serve as the associate vice president for alumni engagement and executive director of the UK Alumni Association. As a native Kentuckian and two-time graduate of this institution, I am incredibly...

Applications for 11th annual Venture Sharks business pitch competition being accepted until March 20

Venture Connectors has announced that applications for its 11th annual Venture Sharks business pitch competition are now open. Early-stage companies and entrepreneurs are invited to compete for a $5,000 cash prize and thousands of dollars of in-kind services. Venture Connectors has partnered with Open i Advisors for operational management of the competition this year. Venture Sharks has awarded more...

City of Paducah accepting applications for Grant-in-Aid Program for nonprofits, other agencies

The City of Paducah is accepting applications for a Grant-in-Aid Program for nonprofit agencies and for agencies providing a municipal service that meets the needs of the City. For the Fiscal Year 2021 budget, the City of Paducah has set aside $1,474,880. Agencies interested in applying are encouraged to attend one of two workshops to review the application process. The workshops will be at City Hall...

LexArts appoints Ame Sweetall as interim president and CEO to lead arts funding, advocacy organization

LexArts announced Monday the appointment of Ame Sweetall to lead the arts funding and advocacy organization as interim president and CEO. Sweetall is co-owner of APS Communications, an integrated marketing and consulting firm offering a combination of design, advertising, marketing, website development and promotional advertising. In addition to her role at APS, she specializes in transitional leadership,...

KY artists have unique opportunity through ‘The Art of Goodwill’ — so what can you make of that?

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is seeking eligible artists for an artist residency program that will culminate with a November 14 art exhibit and fundraising event at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville. The Art of Goodwill Residency Program will provide selected Kentucky artists the opportunity to transform items donated to Goodwill into works of art. Goodwill is searching for artists with a broad...

CivicLex announces On the Table 2020 for March 25; group to test ‘relationship-based approach to change’

CivicLex, the new leadership behind On the Table, has announced March 25 as the official date for On the Table 2020. The event’s website, onthetablelex.org, is now live and anyone interested in participating is encouraged to explore the site to learn more and to register as individuals attending a table or as table hosts. The site will provide attendee and host guides to make the process as simple...

Anthem commits $190,000 to God’s Pantry Food Bank to help alleviate hunger in Central, Eastern Ky.

God’s Pantry Food Bank and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced that Anthem is donating $190,000 to the Food Bank to help it provide healthy food to many of the 250,000 individuals who are hungry in Central and Eastern Kentucky and who do not have consistent access to nutritious food. The financial support will make it possible for the Food Bank to broaden the mix of food it provides individuals...

Ted Bassett headlines honorees at Bluegrass Tomorrow 2020 Vision Awards Breakfast on Wednesday

Ted Bassett, who spent more than 40 years as president, general manager and chairman of the board and trustee at the Keeneland Association, headlined the honorees at Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Vision Awards Breakfast on Wednesday at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort. Ted Bassett Also among the honorees are Dr. Michael Benson, former president of Eastern Kentucky University, Walker Hancock of Claiborne Farm,...

Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels calls for charities to apply for Good Works Program grant

The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is calling for established nonprofit charities to apply for a 2020 grant from the Good Works Program until Feb. 14. 501(c)(3) organizations with a five-year track record and who aid the citizens of Kentucky are eligible. Application guidelines and other criteria are posted on www.kycolonels.org. Through donations from Kentucky Colonels in the Commonwealth...

Shop & Share: First Lady, Kroger kick off annual drive to benefit state’s survivors of domestic violence

First Lady Britainy Beshear, Gov. Andy Beshear, Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) staff and Kroger announced the kick-off of this year’s “Shop & Share” drive to benefit survivors of domestic violence at the Kroger on US-127 in Frankfort. Shop & Share is this Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. KCADV provides a list of the items most needed in their shelters in every grocery...

Community Foundation of Louisville announces more than $387,000 in grants to 24 local nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Louisville, in partnership with the Novak Family Foundation, the James Graham Brown Foundation, and Community Foundation donors, including William O. Alden Jr., awarded $387,728 in Fund for Louisville capacity-building grants to 24 local nonprofits. Additionally, the Foundation is celebrating more than $2.5 million in capacity-building grants awarded to more than 120 local...

Rabbit Hole Distillery founder Kaveh Zamanian featured at Feb. 5 Venture Connectors meeting

The Feb. 5 Venture Connectors meeting will feature Rabbit Hole Distillery founder and CEO Kaveh Zamanian, who will discuss his company’s recent exit. French spirits brand Pernod Ricard purchased a majority share of the Louisville-based distiller in June 2019. Zamanian will share why he believes the investment both recognizes his creative vision and supports the potential for product innovation. Kaveh...

Kentucky falls short, Florida wins Big Blue Slam, 1237-1229; Kentucky Blood Center wins too

Kentucky had its best day of the week, but came up 8 donors short of completing the comeback, losing the 12th annual Big Blue Slam to Florida, 1237-1229. Kentucky Blood Center saw 331 donors roll up their sleeves for the event’s final day, while 246 Gator fans donated for Lifesouth Community Blood Center Friday. “Big Blue fans really came out strong,” Martha Osborne, Vice President of Marketing...

Nominations open for 25th Governor’s Service Awards honoring Kentuckians who serve others

If you know an extraordinary Kentuckian or group who works diligently to improve the lives of others, now is the time to nominate them for one of the 2020 Governor’s Service Awards. To honor individuals and groups and highlight the impact of volunteerism and service, Serve Kentucky, an agency of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is now accepting nominations for the awards. “Kentucky...

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...