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Business professionals, community leaders honored at 2020 Commerce Lexington Annual Dinner

About 1,000 business professionals, community and regional leaders, and elected officials attended the 2020 Commerce Lexington Inc. Annual Dinner presented by Fifth Third Bank in downtown Lexington on Thursday evening. This event gave a look back at 2019, highlighted some of the key goals of the organization, and recognized Commerce Lexington’s most involved members, volunteers, and community leaders. Commerce...

Actors Theatre of Louisville announces 2019-20 lineup, including ‘Dracula’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’

Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced its 2019-20 Season that begins in September with exciting work from Idris Goodwin, Fiasco Theater, Sarah DeLappe and Tazewell Thompson. Season ticket packages are now on sale and available at ActorsTheatre.org. This year will mark the 25th anniversary of Fifth Third Bank’s sponsorship of holiday favorites Dracula and A Christmas Carol. Thanks to...

Actor’s Theatre, American Red Cross to host Annual Dracula Blood Drive before performance Sept. 5

The American Red Cross, Actors Theatre, Fifth Third Bank and 106.9 Play are teaming up for a hauntingly good cause: a blood drive guaranteed to spook Count Dracula and help patients in need this fall. The 14th Annual Dracula Blood Drive will take place Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. downtown on Fourth Street Live, 401 S. Fourth St., (in front of Fifth Third Bank). All presenting donors...

Actors Theatre of Louisville announces return of Dracula to Bingham Theatre Sept. 7-Oct. 31

Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced the return of Dracula to the Bingham Theatre this fall. Based on Bram Stoker’s gothic tale of the immortal Transylvanian count and his unexpectedly feisty human prey, this fast-paced, fright-filled adaptation is a Halloween treat that drips with suspense—and even more blood. For over 20 years, Actors Theatre has brought this exhilarating, high-stakes vampire...

Louisville City FC soccer team gets financing in place for new stadium just east of downtown

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Financing terms are now in place so construction can begin on a new stadium for the Louisville City FC soccer team, just east of the downtown area in the Butchertown neighborhood. 
Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank will lead the syndication of the $55 million facility.  The transaction is expected to be finalized in August, allowing the project to remain on its construction...

Fifth Third Bank employees, customers team to provide one million meals across 10 states

Fifth Third recently announced that it provided over 1 million meals in May to fight hunger during its annual “Feeding Our Communities” initiative. The month-long effort included employee and customer donations, canned goods drives and employee volunteer activities. This achievement represents the first time the bank has topped the million-meal mark. According to No Kid Hungry, 48.8 million...

Lexington’s 4th of July Festival begins Friday with Great American Pie Contest and Ice Cream Social

Celebrate our nation’s Independence Day in downtown Lexington with a four-day weekend full of fun events for the whole family. The Fifth Third Bank Presents Lexington’s Fourth of July Festival kicks off Friday, July 1 at noon with the Great American Pie Contest and culminates the evening of July 4 with fireworks outside Commonwealth Stadium. All events are free and open to the public, except...

Fifth Third’s Express Banking provides basic services to those without traditional accounts

One in four households in the United States is either unbanked or underbanked and the reasons are varied. Some people think they don’t have enough money for a bank account of won’t be able to open an account due to past banking problems. The underbanked are growing at a faster rate than the overall population, especially among younger consumers, according to KPMG’s 2014 Banking Industry...

Deadline extended for application to annual Lexington Minority and Women Contractor Training

Business owners are invited to apply for the annual Lexington Minority and Women Contractor Training Program, whose sponsors include Fayette County Public Schools. The 10-week series covers a range of topics from business planning, estimating and bidding, to contracts, legal issues, and project safety. The classes are reserved for minority- or women-owned companies with a minimum of 51 percent ownership...

Fifth Third Bank providing $100,000 worth of job coaching scholarships for veterans

Fifth Third Bank has announced that it will fund $100,000 worth of full job coaching scholarships for veterans seeking help transitioning into a civilian career.   The scholarships provide eight weeks of personalized job coaching with a military job specialist at NextJob, a national reemployment solutions company. The scholarships, worth $1,000 each, will be available on a first-come, first-serve...

Fifth Third Bank surpasses $4 million in donations to Stand Up To Cancer program

Fifth Third Bank said it has exceeded $4 million in donations to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) through contributions from its SU2C credit and debit cards as well as its 2014 “Pay to the Order of” campaign.   The Bank also announced it would expand its relationship with SU2C in a multi-year deal.   Rusty Robertson, co-founder, Stand Up To Cancer said, “We are excited to expand our relationship...

Fifth Third Bank sponsors Dave Ramsey's high school course in personal finance

Fifth Third Bancorp will sponsor Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance course for the 2014-15 school year in 1,827 high schools throughout its 12-state service area, including 25 schools in Central Kentucky.   This year marks the fifth consecutive year that Fifth Third Bank has sponsored the course. Since 2010, the bank has helped educate more than 500,000 students. In the current semester,...

UWBG announces Big Bold Goal to improve lives of families at 'party with a purpose'

Kentucky basketball great Derek Anderson sign ed autographs during Tuesday’s kickoff celebration of the United Way of the Bluegrass Big Bold Goal at Fifth Third Pavilion in downtown Lexington. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   United Way of the Bluegrass announced its Big Bold Goal at a public event in downtown Lexington Tuesday that included participation of dozens of partners that will help make...

UWBG announces Big Bold Goal to improve lives of families at ‘party with a purpose’

Kentucky basketball great Derek Anderson sign ed autographs during Tuesday’s kickoff celebration of the United Way of the Bluegrass Big Bold Goal at Fifth Third Pavilion in downtown Lexington. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   United Way of the Bluegrass announced its Big Bold Goal at a public event in downtown Lexington Tuesday that included participation of dozens of partners that will help make...

Harrison Elem. fifth-graders celebrate first Fifth Third Young Bankers Club graduation

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Eighty Harrison Elementary School fifth-graders who participated in a special financial literacy program provided by Fifth Third Bank spent Friday touring the bank’s downtown Lexington center, celebrating their graduation.   They were the first graduates of the program in Lexington though Fifth Third expects to expand the program to more schools in...

Fifth Third Bank employees give the largest Workplace Giving donation in LexArts history

LexArts recognized the employees of Fifth Third Bank of Kentucky on Nov. 13 during the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ National Philanthropy Day Celebration.   Fifth Third Bank employees contributed a total of $21,860 during the 2013 LexArts Workplace Giving campaign. This marks the largest one-time Workplace Giving donation that LexArts has received in its 41-year history.   “Fifth...

Fifth Third Bank gives back on its "special" day – May 3 – by feeding hungry families

Fifth Third Bank has its own special holiday, May 3rd, which is five (5), three (3) on the calendar. Each year the bank celebrates its special day by giving back to the community.   This year, leading up to Fifth Third Day, Fifth Third team members are making donations to God’s Pantry and volunteering at the food bank to help the fight against hunger in Kentucky.   “Fifth Third Day is...

Support sought for Dunbar baseball player severely injured in diving accident in Florida

  Staff report   Family and friends of Dunbar High School baseball player Travis Gaines are organizing a Facebook campaign to garner donations for Gaines and his family following a diving accident in Florida that left the 18-year-old in serious condition.   According to reports, Gaines, a senior outfield on the Dunbar team, is in a Pensacola hospital after apparently diving into shallow...