A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Passport Health Plan makes grant to Kentucky State Police Foundation to purchase fentanyl response kits

Passport Health Plan presented the Kentucky State Police Foundation with a $25,000 grant which will be used to purchase fentanyl response kits that will help KSP troopers avoid contact with dangerous drugs. The kits include Tyvek suits, respirator masks, fentanyl protective gloves, safety glasses, and a portable gear bag. Grainger Inc. is supplying the gear, which will be issued to all sworn units...

BCTC’s North American Racing Academy receives grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America

The Thoroughbred Training Center of the North American Racing Academy at Bluegrass Community & Technical College recently received a generous grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America to provide food and care for the retired racehorses who are a part of the training and education for NARA students. “Your grant proposal upholds the mission of the TCA which is ‘to provide a better life for...

God’s Pantry’s 15th Golf Fore the Hungry set for August 19-20 at University Club of Kentucky

God’s Pantry Food Bank (GPFB) and Kentucky Bank have joined forces this year to present the 15th Annual Golf Fore the Hungry (GFTH) dinner and golf scramble. This two-day event kicks off on Sunday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at Manchester Music Hall. The evening will include live and silent auctions and Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones as the keynote speaker. GPFB partnered with KSR...

United Way, Fayette County Schools collecting supplies for Back to School rallies through July 31

United Way of the Bluegrass and its member-led affinity groups, Women United and Young Leaders Society are partnering with Fayette County Public Schools to collect supplies for the Back to School Rallies, hosted by United Way community partner, YMCA of Central Kentucky. Donated supplies will benefit local students and will be distributed in early August. Women United members will donate 250 USB flash...

Sixth annual Crave Lexington festival to celebrate Bluegrass food and music August 11-12

Crave Lexington Food and Music Festival will unleash its sixth annual feast of local food, music and fun at Bluegrass Fairgrounds at Masterson Station Park on Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12, 2018. More than 50 local and regional restaurants, food trucks and additional vendors are slated to take part in this year’s celebration. Three-time Food Network champion and eastern Kentucky native...

Henry Clay Foundation, Hemp Heritage Alliance to host third annual Hemp Dinner at Ashland Aug. 28

The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation in partnership with the Kentucky Hemp Heritage Alliance will present the third annual Hemp Dinner from 5:30-7:30 p.m. August 28. Guests will enjoy gourmet al fresco dining under the Ashland lawn tent, featuring a hemp-infused meal prepared by Chef Jeremy Ashby (Azur Restaurant).  Industry leaders will highlight the progress of present-day Kentucky hemp production...

Gods Pantry Food Bank, City of Lexington helping citizens restock food lost during power outage

God’s Pantry Food Bank and the City of Lexington are reaching out to citizens who may need help restocking the fridge after the power outage. “Filling up a refrigerator is expensive,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “Thanks to God’s Pantry Food Bank for helping us help those who can’t afford to replace the basics.” People can stock up on God’s Pantry’s fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, and...

Kentucky Foundation for Women to honor Paducah’s Betty Dobson with 2018 Sallie Bingham Award

The Kentucky Foundation for Women announced Betty Dobson has been named winner of the 2018 Sallie Bingham Award. The award will be given at the foundation’s annual celebration of community, KFW Day, on Sunday, September 23th at Hopscotch House. Dobson was selected for her tireless work preserving and interpreting African American history at the Hotel Metropolitan in Paducah. Dobson co-founded the...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s next Health for a Change training webinar set for Aug. 1

The next webinar in the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s Health for a Change training series, titled Understanding Trauma, Health, and Care: Kentucky ACEs, will focus on how health in Kentucky is shaped by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and efforts in Kentucky to address them. Participants on the webinar will hear from Senior Deputy Commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Public...

LASC celebrates The Beatles August 18 as Sgt Peppers Bike Prom comes to downtown Lexington

An outrageous Lexington tradition returns to the Living Arts and Science Center for the 10th year August 18 as Sgt Peppers Bike Prom celebrates The Beatles. Bike Prom 2018 will draw more than 200 cyclists, dressed their fab-five best, to bike the downtown route with riders treated to prom-themed games, activities and refreshments such as prom photos, musical games, trivia, glam stations and a prom...

Louisville Healthcare CEO Council president Tammy York Day featured speaker at Aug. 1 luncheon

Tammy York Day, president and CEO of the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council, will be the featured speaker for the next Venture Connectors luncheon on Aug. 1. The CEO Council is a nonprofit organization formed in 2017 to leverage the collective voice of Louisville’s top healthcare companies. York Day will share how the organization is actively engaged in initiatives to improve the healthcare economy,...

Thoroughbred Charities of America awards more than $689,000 to industry-related nonprofits

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced today that grants totaling $689,414 have been awarded to 69 approved Thoroughbred industry-related non-profits that work to uphold TCA’s mission. Additionally, $73,165 was expended from the Horses First Fund within the organization’s last fiscal year to aid in natural disaster relief efforts, bringing total support provided to nearly $762,580. Grant...

Windstream launches school supply drive for Lexington students now through August 17

Windstream has announced a local back-to-school supply donation drive taking place now through Aug. 17. The community can donate new school supplies and other classroom materials by placing donations in the collection bins at the Windstream retail store located at on 2121 Richmond Road, Suite 110. As the new school year approaches, the National Retail Federation estimates that families will spend an...

Local community groups, charities invited to apply for Actors Theatre’s community ticket grant

Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced the return of its successful Community Ticket Grant program for the 2018-19 season, sponsored in part by Brown-Forman and Hogan Lovells. This city-wide initiative extends the opportunity to experience Actors Theatre’s vibrant programming to any members of Louisville and Southern Indiana’s community groups and 501(c)(3) charities, which for various reasons...

New legislation modernizing laws governing Kentucky nonprofit organizations takes effect

House Bill 443, new legislation that makes necessary clarifications and provides statutory flexibility to the laws governing nonprofit organizations in Kentucky, took effect Saturday. The bill, sponsored by Repreuseative Robert Benvenuti of Lexington, passed unanimously in both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly and was signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin on April 26. The legislation builds...

Ky. Coalition Against Domestic Violence receives $20,000 for Economic Empowerment program

Verizon has made a $20,000 grant to the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence to support its Economic Empowerment program. The funds will be used to support financial education classes, credit counseling, Individual Development Accounts, and microloans for survivors served by the state’s 15 regional domestic violence programs and state community college system. The program serves 2,600 participants...

‘Birdies for the Bluegrass’ during Barbasol PGA Championship to benefit Ky. Children’s Hospital

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky UK HealthCare has been named one of the official sponsors of the Barbasol PGA Championship being held July 16-22 at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. The tournament will be broadcast live each day on Golf Channel and one of only 45 regular-season tournaments before the FedEx Cup Playoffs. As part of the PGA Tour’s mission to positively impact local...

NASCAR’s Rhodes wraps up campaign to honor first responders with fundraiser in hometown of Louisville

NASCAR Truck Series driver and Louisville’s own Ben Rhodes will be back home and racing at his favorite track at the Kentucky Speedway in the Buckle Up 225 on July 12. Rhodes (provided photo) Ben has also headed up the “All Rhodes Lead to the Kentucky Speedway” promotional campaign. In the four weeks leading up to the race, Rhodes has been on a media tour promoting the race and recognizing and...

EKU and the City of Richmond partner to develop assisted living facility for up to 100 residents

Eastern Kentucky University and the City of Richmond have long enjoyed a mutually beneficial partnership. The newest example, the establishment of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Local Development Area, will bring to the community a much-needed assisted living facility for at least 100 seniors of low to moderate income, and provide hands-on educational opportunities and employment for EKU students. The...

University of Kentucky students donate over nine tons of items to nonprofits during May move out

By Trey Melcher University of Kentucky University of Kentucky students donated a total of 18,449 pounds of items during the May 2018 move out days with the Give and Go donation program (17,863 pounds of household and clothing items and 586 pounds of food). These results were a 17 percent increase from last year’s move out efforts, which collected a total of 15,372 pounds. The items collected...