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Nearly 350 volunteers join Thanksgiving Basket Brigade at God’s Pantry Food Bank

God’s Pantry Food Bank packed 4,500 Thanksgiving baskets at its Annual Basket Brigade Event on Saturday as nearly 350 volunteers joined together to make it happen. The basket assembly for the Sharing Thanksgiving program is one of God’s Pantry Food Bank’s most popular and fun events of the year. Basket Brigade 2019 Basket Brigade first shift was fast as lightning, packing 1,200 Sharing Thanksgiving...

Cincinnati Museum Center, Union Terminal secure historic tax credits, financing to fund restoration

Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC), Union Terminal LLC (UT) and Union Terminal Corporation (UTC) have secured historic tax credit investment and bridge financing from PNC Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Fifth Third Bank that will help fund the restoration of Union Terminal. “The community preservation of Union Terminal brings together public and private partners who recognize the rich history...

Leaders from Amazon, Brown-Forman high speakers at fourth annual Leadership Louisville Center Summit

For the fourth year, the Leadership Louisville Center’s Leadership Summit on March 9, 2017 will attract hundreds from the Louisville region for a day of learning, discovery and connection around the theme Leading for the Future. PNC Bank is the presenting sponsor for the Summit, which will be from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, 501 W. Main St., Louisville,...

God’s Pantry to distribute Thanksgiving boxes Saturday as part of 13th annual Basket Brigade

More than 400 paid participants will be present at God’s Pantry Food Bank’s Lexington warehouse Saturday to distribute 4,500 Thanksgiving boxes during the 13th annual Basket Brigade, presented by PNC Bank. These Thanksgiving boxes will be distributed to Fayette County families in need of a nutritious holiday meal during Thanksgiving week. Every year through this event, the Food Bank assembles...

Author Alane Adams kicks off Lexington Public Library’s new expanded summer reading program

Alane Adams, author of the middle school novel, The Red Sun, will spend three days in Lexington visiting schools, signing books, and helping to unveil a free downloadable mobile game based on her book. Her appearance this week kicks off Discover Summer, the Lexington Public Library’s new, expanded summer reading program. The game, BattleKasters, will be played at the library and other special locations...

Golden Apple Awards go to six groups for successful education-business partnerships

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Everyone was on the same page Thursday at Commerce Lexington’s Good Morning Bluegrass breakfast, where the Community Partners Leadership Team and Fayette County Public Schools recognized high-performance partners for 2013-2014. These award-winners invest their time, energy and expertise in the district or particular schools through committed exchanges...

Gena Bigler: Kentucky is lucky to have many good people standing up and saying ‘why not’

“It’s the why nots who are changing the world,” said Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson while commending the volunteers who won the Governor’s Awards for Volunteerism and Service. He was referencing George Bernard Shaw who wrote, “You see things, and you say why? I dream things that never were, and I say why not?”   The award-winning group honored by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism...

Lexington Habitat for Humanity dedicates remodeled house for family of seven

The home dedication and celebration was for Emmanuel Katchofa and his wife Marceline Ilunga and their five children. (Photos from Lexington Habitat for Humanity)   Lexington Habitat for Humanity hosted a new homeowner dedication on Wednesday evening, Dec. 19. The celebration was for Emmanuel Katchofa and his wife Marceline Ilunga and their five children. The family volunteered more than 500 sweat...

Habitat to dedicate home made possible through Neighborhood Stabilization Program

At a purchase price of $10, Lexington Habitat for Humanity received 10 lots through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). Five of the lots had existing homes that could be remodeled by Lexington Habitat for Humanity to create simple, decent, affordable housing for low-income families. The remaining five lots were designated for new home construction.   Emmanuel Katchofa, Marceline Ilunga...