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Louisville-based Dogs Helping Heroes accepting application for emotional support, service dogs

Dogs Helping Heroes, a local nonprofit organization, is actively looking for heroes in need of a service or emotional support dog. Interested first responders – fire, police and EMS – military, and Gold Star Families may complete an application by the deadline of Monday, September 26. The organization will train a total of eight (8) service dogs that will be gifted at no cost to the awarded recipients...

Susan G. Komen Kentucky serves up second annual Confections for the Cure fundraising initiative

Susan G. Komen Kentucky will partner with 24 local restaurants and businesses in the Louisville, Lexington and Southern Indiana area during the week of Sept. 15-21 for its second annual Confections for the Cure fundraising initiative, ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Participating restaurants and businesses will create an original, pink dessert to offer restaurant-goers and community...

Kentucky Horse Council’s ‘Prosecco for Ponies’ brunch fundraiser set for Oct. 12 at Mereworth Farm

The Kentucky Horse Council has announced that the “Prosecco for Ponies” brunch fundraiser will be held on Oct. 12 at New Vocations at Mereworth Farm. The event begins at at 10:30 a.m. “Prosecco for Ponies” is a brunch event to benefit the Kentucky Horse Council. Brunch will be catered by Local Feed out of Georgetown, and there will also be a mimosa and bloody mary bar. There...

National awards program seeks Kentucky’s top youth volunteers; two honorees receive $1,000 scholarships

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Kentucky’s top youth volunteers of the year. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.orgt. The Prudential...

New Vocations receives $30,000 in grants from ASPCA as part of Help a Horse Home Challenge

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has received a total of $30,000 from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as part of its annual Help a Horse Home Challenge. The nationwide competition for equine rescues, shelters and sanctuaries is designed to increase equine adoptions around the country. New Vocations earned a $25,000 prize for placing first in Division D and an...

WHAS Crusade for Children donates $171,000 to help three CHI St. Joseph Health locations across state

The WHAS Crusade for Children has given the Saint Joseph London Foundation $100,000 to establish a Level II neonatal intensive care unit at Saint Joseph London hospital. The unit will be one of only two Level II NICUs in southeastern Kentucky. The unit “will be equipped to continue providing the best care to infants affected by premature birth, neonatal abstinence syndrome, fetal anomaly and respiratory...

Former UK star, Rex Chapman, teams up for National Recovery Month event in Paintsville on Sept. 21

Kentucky Health News Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of substance-use and mental disorders and to celebrate the people who recover. “This observance celebrates the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental and substance-use disorders, reminding us that treatment...

God’s Pantry Food Bank, hunger relief agencies designate September as ‘Hunger Action Month’

Nearly 250,000 people in Central and Eastern Kentucky are food insecure, meaning they cannot afford enough nutritious food to regularly fuel a healthy lifestyle. Supplying food and resources through more than 400 food pantry and meal programs God’s Pantry Food Bank is leading the fight against hunger by providing assistance across its 50-county service area. The Food Bank cannot do it alone – they...

National nonprofit organization ‘Erin’s Hope for Friends’ to open new club location in Lexington

Erin’s Hope for Friends, a national nonprofit organization, announced at the annual fundraiser gala on Saturday that it will open the doors to two new e’s Club locations, one in Lexington and another in Savannah, Ga. Erin’s Hope for Friends was inspired by Erin Horst, a gentle and talented 17-year-old with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who experienced challenges, bullying and tragically passed...

Kentucky Arts Council awards more than $1.2 million in operating support to nonprofit arts groups

The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded more than $1.2 million in operating support to 93 arts organizations across the Commonwealth for the 2020 fiscal year through its Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) program. The KAP program provides nonprofit arts organizations with unrestricted operating support to ensure that year-round participation in the arts is available to the people of Kentucky. “The Kentucky...

Archaeology Day features family activities at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site on Sept. 21

Family-friendly activities that include crafts, music and games will be part of Archaeology Day at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site on Sept. 21. The day — part of Kentucky Archaeology Month — will feature demonstrations and hands-on educational activities about archaeology for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include a mock excavation for kids, artifact laboratory station,...

God’s Pantry Food Bank earns coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for 12th consecutive year

God’s Pantry Food Bank recently earned the organizations 12th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. The 4-star rating is a result of The Food Bank maintaining sound fiscal management practices and a commitment to accountability and transparency in its efforts to feed kids, teens, families and seniors across Central and Eastern Kentucky. Since...

Scottish Rite Foundation awards more than $50,000 to Eastern Kentucky University graduate students

The Scottish Rite Foundation recently awarded scholarships to twelve graduate students in the College of Education’s Communication Disorders Graduate Program. The scholarships provide financial support to students who possess career aspirations of working with children or adults with speech, language, and swallowing disorders. (Photo from EKU) “Our faculty is incredibly proud of each of the students...

Colon Cancer Prevention Project to host 14th Kicking Butt 5k on August 24 at Louisville’s Waterfront Park

The Colon Cancer Prevention Project will host the 14th Annual Kicking Butt 5k at Waterfront Park. The Kicking Butt 5k is an inspiring event, bringing together survivors, family and friends of survivors, and other community members around a common cause – a world without colon cancer. The 2019 Kicking Butt 5k will feature a Healthy Village with local partner booths, face painting and a bounce house...

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...