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United Way of the Bluegrass President and CEO Bill Farmer announces plan to retire later this year

Bill Farmer, President and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass, will retire later this year after leading one of the area’s largest nonprofits for over 9 years, the organization announced Thursday. Bill Farmer (Photo from UWBG) After assuming the role in 2009, Farmer helped the organization successfully transition to a Community Impact model and led the implementation of the Big Bold Goal to help...

Kentucky Blood Center’s 11th annual Big Blue Slam: Cats, Gators compete in life-saving blood battle

It’s time for Big Blue Slam, the annual blood battle between the Cats and the Gators to see which fans can donate the most blood. The 11th annual competition is Monday through Friday, Jan. 14-18), at all Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) donor centers and blood drives. Kentucky and Florida are tied, 5 to 5, in this yearly challenge between KBC and LifeSouth Community Blood Centers in Gainesville. Big Blue...

Houdini, the I-65 goat, has new home at Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary; he will get rehab for broken leg

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (KT) – Houdini, perhaps the most famous goat in Kentucky history, has a new home. 
The large white goat, who was named Houdini because of his uncanny ability to avoid traffic and officials while wandering along a stretch of Interstate 65 for years, will spend his remaining days in Meade County. 
Houdini suffered a broken leg in a traffic mishap...

$1 million private gift creates memorial fund for Ky. State Fair World Championship Horse Show

The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Foundation is thrilled to announce that it has received an endowment gift of $1 million from William Blacklaw of Oregon City, Oregon, which will be used to establish the “Barbara Blacklaw Memorial Fund” to benefit the Kentucky State Fair World Championship Horse Show. The endowment will be invested in an interest-bearing account. Accrued interest on the...

Voices of Hope opens new Recovery Community Center in Lexington with grand opening on Jan. 17

Voices of Hope, a local recovery community organization, has opened a Recovery Community Center in downtown Lexington. The new center, located in Suite 101 of 450 Old Vine Street, will have its grand opening on Jan. 17 from 10-11 a.m., with the official ribbon-cutting at 10:30 a.m. The Voices of Hope Recovery Community Center is a recovery-oriented sanctuary anchored in the heart of the Lexington....

‘Kinship Kentucky Christmas’ donations delivered to kinship families in Casey and Taylor Counties

Thanks to the generosity of fellow Kentuckians, approximately 30 kinship families in Casey and Taylor counties today received care packages of clothing, toiletries, and other items to start the New Year. “Matt and I sincerely appreciate all those who donated winter clothing, supplies and gift cards during the ‘Kinship Kentucky Christmas’ initiative to benefit kinship families across...

Rawlings Foundation donates $2 million to Baptist Health La Grange for Emergency Department project

Baptist Health La Grange and the Baptist Health Foundation have a lot to celebrate this New Year’s thanks to a generous $2 million donation from The Rawlings Foundation. The gift is the largest in the hospital’s history, and was designated toward the renovation of the Baptist Health La Grange Emergency Department, a project that has been on the hospital’s wish list. “We are blessed by the...

KU, LG&E employees pitch in to generate more than $2 million for nonprofits across Commonwealth

Providing programs and services to assist vulnerable residents in communities requires generating enough funds to keep those programs and services running. Employees of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are pitching in to help provide those much-needed dollars for nonprofit agencies and organizations across the utilities’ service territories. Coupled with financial...

KentuckyOne Health teaming up with God’s Pantry Food Bank to address hunger in Berea, London

KentuckyOne Health has teamed up with God’s Pantry Food Bank to fund a pilot program that will provide immediate food assistance for patients in emergent need at Saint Joseph London and Saint Joseph Berea. As part of the partnership, KentuckyOne Health will have food baskets on hand at the two facilities, as well two health clinics in London and one health clinic in Berea. “We are very excited...

Thoroughbred Charities of America’s Stallion Season Auction is underway; bidding ends Friday

The 29th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America Stallion Season Auction & Celebration, presented by LNJ Foxwoods is currently underway. The auction is the largest annual fundraiser for the organization. Bidding on the majority of the more than 200 stallion seasons will end on Friday, January 4 at 3 p.m. EST.  Bidding on five select seasons and all non-season items will conclude at the auction...

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By Mike Farrell Chair, Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism and Judy Clabes Senior Advisor to KyForward KyForward has until midnight tonight to reach a matching goal provided by NEWSMATCH to encourage reader support of its nonprofit, public service news site. KyForward has been chosen — for the first time — to join more than 150 nonprofit newsrooms across the country to participate...

Aviation Museum of Kentucky opens exhibits on 50th anniversary of Boeing 747 (it’s Air Force One)

It started with the assertion “You build it, I’ll buy it!” and became the largest passenger plane at the time. The Boeing Aircraft Company responded with the design concept and the engineering that was to be its model 747, the jumbo jet. The exhibit 50 YEARS OF THE BOEING 747 is on display now through April 2019 at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, adjacent to Blue Grass Airport. Boeing 747 —...

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program gets grant from ASPCA to help rehab retired racehorses

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has been awarded a grant from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) through their Rescuing Racers Initiative. New Vocations was one of nine equine adoption and rescue groups to receive a portion of $225,000 that was disseminated as part of the Initiative in 2018.   The grant will help New Vocations further its mission to rehab,...

LEXPARK collects three tons of food paying for $10k in fines for its ‘Food for Fines’ campaign

The Lexington Parking Authority (LPA) collected 6,057 pounds (or three tons) of food during their 2018 “Food for Fines” campaign. That equals over 7,360 food items, which “paid” for $10,765 in citations. All donations received by LEXPARK were given to God’s Pantry Food Bank. “More than 2,000 hungry households in Fayette County seek assistance from God’s Pantry Food Bank each month,”...

KY State Police chooses Kentucky-bred Corvette Stingray Coupe for its 2019 Trooper Island Raffle

The Kentucky State Police are featuring a true American icon this year to support their Trooper Island Camp for disadvantaged children. The agency is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a new 2019 Corvette Stingray Coupe. Born and bred at GM’s assembly plant in Bowling Green, this legendary sports car is cloaked in a torch red exterior with a jet black leather interior. It’s equipped with...

Lexington’s Division of Waste Management employees provide some extra cheer for needy families

Lexington’s Division of Waste Management employees came together to provide a little extra cheer for four families this holiday season. Employees collected over $1,000 over the past year so that they could provide food, toys and gifts for those in need. The families were chosen to receive special holiday gifts working in coordination with Habitat for Humanity. John Brown plays Santa as his colleagues...

Kentucky American Water offers opportunity to help families in need through H2O Help to Others

Especially during this season of giving, Kentucky American Water wants to remind customers and the community of an opportunity to help families in need by donating to the H20 Help to Others program. The program is administered for Kentucky American Water by Dollar Energy Fund in order to assist eligible customers in financial distress with their water bill payments. The program is funded by donations...

State workers, county attorneys collect more than a thousand coats and hoodies for foster kids

Kentucky state employees and county attorneys have collected more than 1,000 coats and hoodies for children as part of a charity drive this holiday season. In a collection drive coordinated by staff at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ (CHFS) Division for Income Support (DIS) and the Kentucky County Attorneys Association (KCAA), 1,085 coats and hoodies were collected. The coats are for...

Open Letter to Readers from the KyForward Team: We need your support for our NewsMatch campaign

KyForward has less than two weeks to meet the maximum match offered by NEWSMATCH, a distinguished group of national journalism funders. We are less than halfway to our goal. We hope you will help us finish strong so that we can leverage every single penny NEWSMATCH is holding out there for us. Click to donate The aim is to increase INDIVIDUAL contributions to local independent, nonprofit news, grand...

Kentucky State Police ‘Crammed the Cruisers’ with 211 tons of food to help families for the holidays

The 9th Annual Kentucky State Police “Cram the Cruiser” food drive is in the books and raised more than 211 tons (422,662 pounds) of food to help Kentucky families.   “Due to the generous giving spirit of individuals, businesses, schools and civic organizations throughout the state, we are able to assist Kentucky families who may be financially strapped this holiday season,” said KSP Commissioner...