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Thoroughbred Charities of America’s 31st Stallion Season Auction set for January 6-12

Thoroughbred Charities of America has annunced the 31st Annual Stallion Season Auction will begin on Wednesday, January 6 and conclude on Tuesday, January 12. It is the largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit organization. The fundraiser opens with an online auction of stallion seasons beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 6 and continues through 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 8. Over 150 seasons...

W.D. Bryant donates tools for ministry program Mountain Outreach at the Cumberlands

Christmas came early for Mountain Outreach (MO), a ministry outreach program hosted by University of the Cumberlands. W.D. Bryant, a local building supplies and hardware store, recently donated a number of drill bits and saw blades to MO, with the donation totaling a value of $1,245. The store had received an extra shipment of the tools and immediately felt led to give them to a good cause. W.D. Bryant,...

Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors Day of Giving benefits 10 local Lexington Charities

The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR) held a Day of Giving to support local charities during the holiday season. The project, coordinated through the Community Education and Outreach Committee of LBAR, selected 10 organizations and awarded each with a $500 donation to help cover necessary costs during a time of the year when funding is needed the most. LBAR presents check to LExington...

Recovery Café Lexington awarded $400,000 KORE grant to establish Recovery Community Center

Recovery Café Lexington, an emerging member of the national Recovery Café Network, has announced it will establish a local Recovery Community Center (RCC) utilizing approximately $400,000 in grant dollars from the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE). Recovery Café Lexington supports people in recovery from addiction and mental health concerns by providing a healthy space for community and recovery...

Bluegrass Community and Technical College students get suited up for upcoming internships

Five students from Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) spent an afternoon getting fitted for brand new suits at Men’s Warehouse in preparation for upcoming internships. Abraham Hamilton, Abraham Collum, Jordan Duncan, Brian Lewis and Allen Crow are outstanding members of the BCTC program A Few Good Men (FGM). This program is designed to empower men of color academically, personally...

Brown-Forman, RNDC partner with APRON to support Kentucky restaurant and bar workers

Brown-Forman Corporation, the largest American-owned spirit and wine company selling brands in more than 170 countries, and Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), one of America’s largest family-owned distributors, is partnering with APRON, Inc., to provide support and relief to restaurant and bar workers impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions, in Brown-Forman’s home market of...

Troy Ellis named chair of EKU Foundation Board; replaces outgoing chairwoman Maribeth Berman

Troy Ellis, ‘87, BBA in Computer Systems Information, has been named chair of the Eastern Kentucky University Foundation Board, replacing outgoing chairwoman Maribeth Berman. “I’m very happy to serve. I serve a University that has given me so much. I almost feel like it’s an obligation. I want to do what I can to ensure that others have the same opportunities that I was given,” said Ellis....

Kosair Charities, Spalding University announce 2021 cohort of Leadership Development Institute

Kosair Charities and Spalding University announced Tuesday the 20 individuals who will make up the 2021 cohort of the Kosair Charities Leadership Development Institute, a yearlong interactive program at Spalding for leaders of area nonprofit organizations. The institute, which is in its second year, aims to improve and enhance already high-performing nonprofits that are dedicated to supporting children...

UK Board approves $6 million gift to College of Engineering fund benefitting Eastern Ky. students

You could say, three p’s shaped Rebecca Liebert: planning, project management and not procrastinating. For the University of Kentucky alumna, these qualities were instilled early in life. Planning for crops on her family’s farm in Eastern Kentucky, while managing schoolwork was no simple task. Fast forward, Liebert, the executive vice president at PPG — a global manufacturer of paints, coatings...

Quarles encourages Kentuckians to keep state’s hungry in mind during season of giving

In this season of giving, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles encourages Kentuckians to remember Kentucky food banks and their partners. “In Kentucky, there are nearly 700,000 Kentuckians, including nearly 200,000 children, who struggle with hunger,” Quarles said. “That means one in seven adults and one in five children in Kentucky lack access to enough food for a healthy, active...

Murray State Nonprofit Leadership Studies program presents Giving Back Endowment Grant Award

The Murray State University Nonprofit Leadership Studies program has presented the 2020 Giving Back Endowment Grant Award to the Murray Art Guild Community Art Center in recognition of its long-term success in youth development across the community. The MAG (Murray Art Guild) is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting arts enrichment. Established in 1967 when several like-minded...

Northern Ky. Girl Scout Ashlynne Wind receives ‘Life Saving Medal of Honor’ for saving drowning girl

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road (GSKWR) Ambassador Girl Scout, Ashlynne Wind of Ludlow, is one of a handful of Kentucky girls to ever receive a GSUSA ‘Life Saving Medal of Honor’ for saving a young girl from drowning. Ashlynne Wind receives Girl Scouts’ ‘Live-Saving Medal of Honor’ Girl Scouts have been honored since 1913 for deeds that help save lives. The Medal of...

Legislative Research Commission employees launch card-writing initiative for holiday season

The Legislative Research Commission (LRC) wanted to make residents of long-term care facilities across Kentucky a little less lonely during a holiday season marked by social distancing. That’s why LRC employees launched a card-writing initiative this month. The goal was to send at least one handwritten card to each of the state’s about 250 long-term care facilities, but some of those facilities...

Carpenter Foundation awards grant to Kentucky Museum to complete ‘buon fresco’ mural

The Kentucky Museum was awarded a $30,000 grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to support the creation and installation of a “buon fresco” mural. This is in collaboration with artists Mike Nichols, a professor in the Western Kentucky University Department of Art & Design, and Alice Gatewood-Waddell, a local artist and WKU alumna who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in...

Kentucky Youth Advocates launch Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children’s 2021 policy, budget priorities

Kentucky Youth Advocates and partners from across the commonwealth have launched the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children’s 2021 policy and budget priorities. The Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children is a coalition of nonprofit, public and private organizations that stands on three pillars: thriving communities launch strong families, strong families launch successful kids, and successful kids launch...

PACRO awards $25,000 grant to MSU for exercise science program at Paducah Regional Campus

Murray State University has received a $25,000 grant from the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization (PACRO) to be used toward an expansion of the exercise science program at the University’s Paducah regional campus. Through this expansion, the program, which is currently only offered at the Murray campus will continue to meet the growing needs in the healthcare industry within Paducah and its...

Lexington Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises $128,800; 575 area residents participated in event

More than 575 area residents participated in this year’s Lexington Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants walked as individuals and small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across Lexington on Sept. 12, raising more than $128,800 to support the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association. Fighting Together was named the top fundraising...

Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency’s Silver Bells gift drive collecting items through Dec. 9

Give a little extra cheer this year by donating Christmas and other seasonal gifts for residents in Kentucky’s nursing, personal care and family care homes. COVID-19 has brought visitor limitations to long-term care settings as the 35,000 Kentuckians who reside in them are among the most vulnerable populations during a public health emergency. These residents consist of retired teachers, neighbors,...

Murray State announces third installment of ‘Racers Give’ campaign to aid students in need

Murray State University’s “Racers Give” campaign will continue assisting students who are in need of financial assistance through the Racers Give Scholarship Fund. The campaign hopes to raise at least $200,000 in private support to assist both incoming and current students with tuition, housing, dining and textbook expenses. As part of the campaign, special challenge gifts are currently...

Stuff Your Stocking online silent auction to fight food insecurity in Central and Eastern Kentucky

Stuff Your Stocking and support God’s Pantry Food Bank while shopping from the comfort of your home this holiday season. The Food Bank is introducing Stuff Your Stocking, an online silent auction and Pappy Van Winkle raffle, proceeds from which will help feed those facing food insecurity in Central and Eastern Kentucky. The silent auction is open now until 9 p.m. on Dec. 15 and will have items that...