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Habitat for Humanity celebrating 18 years of ReStores; check out sales on Saturdays in May

Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 18 years of Lexington Habitat ReStore. Each Saturday in May, one department’s items will be discounted at both Lexington ReStore locations, 451 Southland Drive and 817 Winchester Road. Sale items are revealed on Saturday mornings. So check out Lexington Habitat ReStore on Facebook to be the first to know. It’s Habitat’s way of saying, ‘thanks’...

Louisville Sports Commission’s 2018 Urban Bourbon Half Marathon named Event of the Year

The Louisville Sports Commission’s (LSC) 2018 Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam was named Event of the Year by the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC). The announcement was made Wednesday by NASC President and CEO Al Kidd at the organization’s annual conference in Knoxville. “For the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon to be selected as the best event in the country by our...

KPI, Horizon Community Fund team up for Next Gen Giving Summit to crack code on future philanthropy

By Tess Brown Horizon Community Funds More than 150 people gathered at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center in Northern Kentucky earlier this week for the 2019 Next Gen Giving Summit, hosted through a partnership between Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky and the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative. Attendees learned more about what makes young funders tick, what life is like as...

Fayette County Public Schools employees donate nearly $37,000 during United Way giving campaign

Employees of Fayette County Public Schools have contributed more than $36,800 through the district’s 2018-19 United Way giving campaign. These funds will support local efforts to provide for United Way of the Bluegrass partners and programs that make impacts in education, financial stability, and basic needs in Lexington and across Central Kentucky. Starting this school year, FCPS employees had...

USA Cares Care Package Drive collects thousand of items for local veterans during ‘Give a Day’ week

Last month, USA Cares hosted a Care Package Drive to benefit local homeless veterans as part of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s “Give a Day” Week of Service campaign. During the nearly two-month-long collection, a variety of local businesses and volunteer supporters joined together in gathering thousands of essential items to be donated, resulting in over 540 care packages prepared for homeless...

Eleventh annual A&K Construction/Sunrise Children’s Services golf outing set for May 23

The 11th Annual A&K Construction/Sunrise Children’s Services Golf Outing is set to take place Thursday, May 23, at the Country Club of Paducah. This annual golf benefit, which has now raised more than $500,000, is sponsored by A&K Construction and helps Sunrise Children’s Services provide care to children and youth in the Paducah area whose lives are in a state of crisis from abuse and...

Study shows children in Central, Eastern Kentucky more likely to face hunger than overall population

God’s Pantry Food Bank announced the release of Map the Meal Gap 2019, the latest report by Feeding America on food insecurity and the cost of food at both the county and congressional district level. It is the only study that provides food insecurity data at the local level. Map the Meal Gap 2019 reveals that food insecurity exists in every county in God’s Pantry Food Bank service area. It also...

Keeneland donates $1.3 million to UK’s Gluck Equine Research Center for drug research and testing

The Keeneland Association is continuing its long-standing philanthropic relationship with the University of Kentucky with a gift of $1.3 million to the Keeneland Endowed Chair in Equine Veterinary Science. This gift will grow the fund to $3 million and will allow the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Gluck Equine Research Center to launch a world-class equine drug research and testing...

Keeneland, Churchill Downs each commit $100,000 to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation

Keeneland and Churchill Downs Incorporated jointly announced last week that the two industry icons have each committed $100,000 in contributions to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. This contribution will enable the sponsorship of two Grayson-approved projects. For the initial two years, 2019 and 2020, the funds will sponsor Dr. Sue Stover’s Grayson-funded research project, “Training...

Keeneland’s spring meet meant great racing — and special events supported its philanthropic mission

As a complement to the spectacular racing, Keeneland offered a full slate of special events that benefited the horse industry and the Central Kentucky community. Keeneland hosted three fundraising events in support of jockeys. Current and retired riders participated in a jockey autograph session on opening day that raised $6,740 for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). RunHappy scholarships Keeneland...

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...