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USA Cares partners with Kentucky Opera for blanket and coat drive to benefit to veterans in Louisville

Now through Veterans Day, USA Cares and Kentucky Opera are hosting a donation drive focused on providing warm clothing and blankets to local disabled and homeless veterans.

“USA Cares is proud to partner with our friends at Kentucky Opera to help support homeless veterans in our community,” said Trace Chesser, USA Cares’ President/CEO. “USA Cares strives to reach out to veterans and military families in need across the nation, but we love having the opportunity to help veterans right here in Louisville.”

Several participating businesses across Louisville are designated as drop off locations for blankets, coats, hats, and clothing for the drive. Now through Nov. 11, USA Cares and Kentucky Opera will be accepting donated items at the following Louisville locations:

• USA Cares National Headquarters: 11760 Commonwealth Dr.
• The Frazier History Museum: 829 W Main St.
• Bourbons Bistro: 2255 Frankfort Ave.
• Republic Bank: 3811 Ruckriegel Pkwy.
• Republic Bank: 10100 Brookridge Village Blvd.
• Republic Bank: 11330 Main St.
• Sullivan University – Main Campus: 3101 Bardstown Rd.
• Sullivan University College of Nursing: 4000 Dupont Cir.
• Sullivan University College of Technology & Design: 3901 Atkinson Square Dr.

Additional drop off locations will be announced on the event page on USA Cares’ website, www.usacares.org.

To help promote the drive, Bourbons Bistro will be hosting a “Bourbon and Blankets” cocktail party on Oct. 23, featuring delectable hors d’oeuvres, bourbon tastings, custom cocktails, and entertainment. The doors open at 6 p.m., and party admission is $45. Those who bring an item to donate will receive $10 off their admission. RSVPs are required; for more information, please visit www.BourbonsBistro.com.

In addition to their participation in the coat and blanket drive, Kentucky Opera is using the stage as a way to start a conversation about the experiences of local combat veterans, how to better understand them, and how to best support them when they need it most.

On Veterans Day weekend, Kentucky Opera will present two performances of the critically acclaimed opera, “Glory Denied.” The opera follows the saga of Jim Thompson, America’s longest-held prisoner of war, and the painful reunion with his family in the aftermath of combat.

“Kentucky Opera’s production of ‘Glory Denied’ is a special opportunity to put a spotlight on many of the difficulties that veterans and their families face daily,” said Chesser. “The performances over Veteran’s Day weekend will be a unique way to amplify the stories of the brave service members, veterans and military families who have made selfless sacrifices for our country — the very individuals that USA Cares is dedicated to helping.”

For more information, please contact Aubrey Gonzalez at (270) 872-4422 ext. 137, or at aubrey@usacares.org.

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