Adopt An Art
Kentucky native Alex Francke is a 22-year-old graduate of the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics. During her time at university, Francke was in- volved in DanceBlue, belonged to Alpha Delta Pia and was an Alumni Ambassador.
Francke is now also involved with the Miss America Schol- arship Organization; having won Miss Kentucky 2019, and works on behalf of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture as the spokesperson for Kentucky Proud. Francke recognizes the power of a platform, and she does not intend to waste hers.
Francke founded Adopt An Art in 2014 to provide Kentucky public schools and community programs with high-quality art classes free of charge. The non profit celebrates the humani- ties by engaging children across central Kentucky in its vari- ous disciplines. Adopt An Art centers around the idea that art empowers children and combats the fact that many children have no access to the arts. The non profit partners with schools whose art programs are either dead or dying and works to re- vitalize the arts within that community.
Volunteers who are passionate about the humanities and dedi- cated to community building teach a curriculum centered around the arts. Adopt An Art offers curriculum in three disciplines within the humanities: visual art, drama and dance. By working to inspire young
people through these disciplines, and offering a creative outlet for them to express themselves, Adopt An Art seeks to serve the new generations and empower them to pursue the arts.
The community can help by volunteering their time to help write lesson plans or mentor students; donate supplies to be used in dance, drama, art or mu- sic class and; donating money to help buy supplies and fund our experiential learning trips (to see broadway shows, dance programs, galleries, etc) through our website adoptanart.org.
American Cancer Society
An estimated 25,990 Kentucky residents will learn they have cancer this year and getting to their scheduled treatment will be one of their greatest roadblocks. To ensure patients get to the critical care they need without additional stress, the American Cancer Society Road To Recovery® program can help provide free transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer and who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.
“Every driver has what it takes to help save lives,” said Kelsey Lewis, Mission Deliver Program Manager for the American Cancer Society. “We’re urgently asking drivers in the Lexington area to donate their passenger seat and volunteer to take cancer patients to treatment.” Many cancer patients don’t own a vehicle, can’t afford the extra gasoline, or don’t have access to public transportation. Some patients may be elderly and unable to
drive, too ill to drive, or have no family members or friends who are able to provide regular assistance with transportation. Even the best treatment can’t work if a patient can’t get there.
The Road To Recovery program provides transportation options for patients in these situations. The Bluegrass area Road to Recovery program is currently in need of volunteer drivers in Fayetteand all surrounding counties. Currently the program has thirty volunteers who were able to provide over 1,700 rides in 2018 to patients.
To volunteer, you must have a valid driver’s license, a safe and reliable vehicle, and proof of automo- bile insurance. Drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a good driving history. They arrange their own schedules and can commit as many or as few hours as their schedule allows.
The American Cancer Society provides free training to drivers and conducts criminal background and driving record checks.
For information about the Road To Recovery program, call (859) 260-8285 or visit cancer.org/drive.
Go Red For Women
Do you ever feel like you are constantly on the go; taking care of kids, parents, friends and spouses? Do you live in your car, grab fast food and never take time to exercise? Do you ever find time just for yourself?
If you can relate, you will want to join the American Heart Association on November 8 as Lexington trades in its BIG BLUE for RED at the Go Red for Women Experience at Lexington Center.
The Go Red for Women Experience is an event like no other. Over the years it has grown from a luncheon with a few hundred guests to a day of learning, fun, entertainment and impact that only a thousand women together in one room can make.
This year’s event will feature many new and exciting things to see and do, including breakout sessions including Women’s Heart Health sponsored by CHI Saint Joseph Health; Yoga and Stress Management sponsored by Passport Health Plan; and Healthy Cooking and Food Photography sponsored by KY Beef.
There will also be a Discovery Village where guests can participate in health screenings, get a mini makeover, relax with a soothing chair massage, bid on designer handbags at our purse auction or just enjoy a day out with mothers, sisters and friends.
But don’t stop there! Stay for the luncheon (beginning at 11:30 am) and be inspired by our heart and stroke survivors and enjoy a delicious healthy lunch as you listen to Karen M. R. Townsend, Ph.D. share how she learned to make herself a priority. “Dr. Karen,” has a deep connection to the Bluegrass. She graduated from Kentucky State University and has been commissioned to the Honorable Order of The Kentucky Colonels in recognition of leadership and community service.
Bring your mothers, sisters, friends and the people you love to this exciting event. And don’t forget to wear red! Go Red for Women is nationally sponsored by CVS Health. Local cause sponsors are CHI Saint Joseph
Health, Passport Health Plan, Together to End Stroke® and Encompass Health Cardinal Hill. Tickets and tables are available online at LexingtonGoRed.heart.org.
For over thirty years, AVOL Kentucky has been your community’s boots-on-the-ground champion for ending HIV. AVOL provides housing and supportive services to more than
300 persons living with HIV in central and eastern Kentucky and operates Solomon House, a long-term community residence for people with more advanced medical issues. AVOL provides prevention education and free HIV, Hepatitis C and STI testing for those at-risk and serves as an important link connecting those newly diagnosed to critical medical care.
Advancements in HIV prevention now include PrEP (Pre- Exposure Prophylaxis), an effective daily prevention pill available to help keep an HIV-negative person from acquiring the virus. AVOL helps connect people to PrEP. Medical treatment of HIV is now so advanced that it is common to achieve viral suppression at levels where patients feel better and cannot pass the virus to others. HIV is now categorized as a chronic illness and while the advancements to treat the virus have been tre- mendous, AVOL will not be satisfied until it is once and for all eradicated.
For more information on services and free HIV testing, PrEP or to donate, please visit AVOL Kentucky at avolky.org.
Blue Grass Community Foundation
At Blue Grass Community Foundation (BGCF), our mission is to create more generous, vibrant and engaged communities in Lexington and throughout the Bluegrass and Appalachia, Kentucky. Launched in 1967 with one charitable giving fund and a single contribution of $1,000, BGCF has grown to over 660 charitable funds, each with its own charitable purpose, and total assets of $137 million. Most importantly, in partnership with our generous donors, we’ve awarded almost $100 million in grants, with 95 percent going to local and Kentucky-based organizations.
We invite you to join us! If you’re looking to make your giving more simple, organized and impactful, establishing your own charitable fund may be the right solution. But, helping individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits establish charitable funds is just one way we grow local generosity.
If you want to get more engaged with civic and charitable life in Lexington, consider joining BGCF365. By giving just $1 per day, you can become part of a powerful, collective giving engine that funds local charitable and civic projects while meeting like- minded young Lexingtonians at quarterly social and networking events. Learn more at bgcf.org/365.
If you’re looking to leverage your giving dollars to your favorite local nonprofits (and discover new ones), the GoodGiving Challenge is for you! Launching on Tuesday, December 3 at 9am, this year’s Challenge features more than 130 local nonprofits. Now in its ninth year and raising more than $10 million, givers of all sizes are encouraged to donate at BGgives.org. With hundreds of thousands of match dollars on the table, you’ll help local organi- zations win their share and make your giving dollar go farther.
At BGCF, we help grow good. Whatever your charitable needs or aspirations, we’re here to help. Drop by our office in the Wood- land Triangle, give us a call at 859.225.3343 or email our President/CEO, Lisa Adkins, at lad[email protected] Together, there’s no limit to the community good we can create!
Bluegrass Care Navigators
Bluegrass Care Navigators is a national leader in delivering high quality care to the seriously ill and a pioneer in developing new programs that are responsive to the evolving
needs of seriously ill patients and their families. In addition to providing hospice services in 32 counties across central, southeastern and northern Kentucky, Bluegrass Care Navigators operates Bluegrass Extra Care, Bluegrass Transitional Care, Bluegrass Palliative Care and Bluegrass Grief Care. All of these programs offer invaluable services that enhance the quality of life of patients and families.
Sarah Guthrie never imagined she would become familiar with Bluegrass Care Navigators at such a young age. At just 28 years old, Sarah found herself speaking to a hospice nurse about care for her father, who had been admitted to UK Hospital with a serious illness resulting in a terminal diagnosis.
“I was totally unprepared for how to handle it,” she said. “I have loving and supportive friends and family, but as an only child, I’ve never felt more alone and helpless.”
Bluegrass Care Navigators helped Sarah through a tremendously difficult time, developing a plan to keep her father comfortable during his final days.
Sarah’s relationship with the organization continued as she utilized bereavement services. During this time, Sarah began to think about ways she could give back. She became a volunteer, first helping with the annual Bundle Up with Bourbon & Blues event and recently worked with children at Camp Hope, a grief camp for children who experienced a loss like she did.
“I started volunteering for Bluegrass Care Navigators because I wanted to try and give back what they gave to me—a sense of hope,” Guthrie said. “It never crossed my mind how much children needed this feeling until I volunteered at Camp Hope. There aren’t words to describe watching a child’s eyes fill with hope again. It was my most favorite volunteer experience.”
The Barbasol Championship, Kentucky’s only PGA TOUR event, is recognized as one of the top annual sporting events in the Commonwealth and features some of the great-
est golfers in the world. The heartbeat of the Barbasol Championship is the tournament’s charitable arm, Caddie127. All God’s Children, Kentucky Children’s Hospital (UK Health- care), the Kentucky Region of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Refuge for Women, and the Woodhill Community Center are official Caddie127 partners and recipients. Whether you are a corporate partner or ticket holder, your investment reached far beyond an amazing experience at Champions at Keene Trace – you made a difference in the lives of hundreds of local women and children. Many people don’t realize local charity is the driving force behind PGA TOUR events. Last year, the PGA gave $190 million dollars back to charity, more than all other major professional sports combined. Caddie127 chari- ties benefit greatly from the
Barbasol Championship, which is why we are excit- ed to grow this event from year to year. Mark your calendars and come out July 16-19, 2020 to watch world-class golf while supporting a great cause!
Children's Charity Fund of The Bluegrass
The Children’s Charity Fund of the Bluegrass was founded in 1981 to help provide needed funds for the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass, an agency that provides a full range of services for children from birth to five years of age who have disabilities.
The Mission of the Children’s Charity Fund of the Bluegrass, Inc. is to establish and maintain an ongoing concerted fundraising effort to benefit local charitable organizations which have as their primary goal the betterment of children of the Commonwealth.
The Children’s Charity Fund’s first fundraising activity was a celebrity golf tournament for the CDCB at a time when celebrity golf tournaments were rare. The Children’s Charity Celebrity Golf Classic was an immediate success and over the past 30 years has become one of America’s most enduring and profitable celebrity golf tournaments.
Since its launch, the Children’s Charity Celebrity Golf Classic has raised more than $6 million dollars for the children of central Kentucky.
Lexington does its part when it comes to creating and encouraging busi- nesses to go green. Green Check is the city’s own (free!) certification program, providing businesses and organizations of Lexington with re- sources they need to become more sustainable. Environmental education non-profit organization Bluegrass Greensource is contracted by the City of Lexington to implement the program which began in 2016 and certifies approximately 8 to 10 businesses each year.
Aiming to prove that everyone including businesses can increase their sus- tainability, Green Check recruits businesses representing a wide range of sizes and industries. Their success goes to show that it can be done by everyone - no excuses!
Once businesses have applied and been accepted online, a Bluegrass Green- source Outreach Specialist sets up an initial consultation. During this consultation, a comprehensive five-page GreenCheck scorecard is reviewed to address several areas of sustainability including waste reduction, energy efficiency, urban forestry, transportation, and more. Businesses then have a few months to work on their goals, and are encouraged to use the free resources available to them through the City of Lexington and Bluegrass Greensource.
When a score of at least 30% is achieved and all required items are complete, businesses become certified. The four membership levels (member, bronze, silver, and gold) reflect the goals and achievements accomplished by the organization, as well as their commitment to sustainability.
Green Check also provides members with post-certification and highlight some of their initiatives on the blog and/or through social media. There are several events scheduled for members including networking hours and tours of environmental locations. A page for resources can be found on Green Check’s website containing information on how to be more sustainable in areas such as (but certainly not limited to) recycling, water quality, energy efficiency, and buying local.
This year, we celebrate our pilot members who joined us in 2016 as they receive recertification. They include: Lexmark (Gold), Bullhorn (Gold), Good Foods Co-op (Silver), RossTarrant
Architects (Silver), and Lexington Habitat for Humanity (Silver).
Newly Certified 2019 members: Most Valuable Pets (Silver), EARTHelm Land- scape Design Studio (Silver), Bluegrass Landscapes (Silver), West Sixth Brewing (Bronze), GRW (Bronze), Carson’s Food & Drink (Bronze), Downtown Lexing- ton Partnership (Member), Clark Law Office (Member) and Barnhill Chimney (Member).
We Help. We Heal. We Give Hope. The Hope Center’s mission is to care for homeless and at-risk persons by providing life-sustaining and life-rebuilding services that are comprehensive and address underlying causes.
Rodney, a former Hope Center Recovery Program client, found a successful career after completing the program and helped construct the Don Ball Campus Center—the place he now calls home.
When the Hope Center announced they would be constructing a new building, Rodney volunteered to set up for the groundbreaking ceremony. As he watched them break ground, he remembers thinking, ‘Man, I would love to be working over there.’ After finishing the program, a friend told him he could get a job with Spectrum Contracting. Rodney explained, “I soon found out I would be working on the Don Ball Campus Center! I worked here for close to nine months and helped with almost every aspect of this building.”
Rodney is forever grateful to the Hope Center for helping pave the way for a successful recovery and life ahead. He said, “Thanks to the Hope Center teaching me how to be a productive member of society and thanks to Spectrum for giving me a job, I got my license back. I bought a truck, I have insurance, I’ve paid fines off, I’m paying child support and I’m being a responsible adult. I’m thankful for the
Hope Center and I’m thankful for Spectrum—they changed my life. I wouldn’t trade even half of my new life for 1,000 of my old lives.”
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
T1D (Type One Diabetes) is an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that controls blood-sugar levels. Today, more than 1.25 million people in the United States are living with T1D; by 2050, that number will triple. The number of T1D cases in people under 20 has jumped 21% in the last decade. To put it another way, T1D rates have gone from 1 in every 600 school-age children to one in every 300.
Founded in 1970 by parents determined to find a cure for their children with T1D, JDRF has expanded to become the largest charitable supporter of T1D research in the world. Our community — of more than 70 U.S. chapters and international affiliates, and 1 million volunteers — is dedicated to creating a world without T1D.
Rhonda Rathgeber exemplifies the power of JDRF’s volunteers, PhD, DVM, a partner with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, JDRF of Kentucky Board Member and mom to two beautiful daughters, the eldest of which has Type One Diabetes.
“Four years ago, my family was forever changed by my daughter’s diabetes diagnosis. Like any mother, all I want is to ensure that my family is happy, healthy and safe. With each high and low blood sugar, the reality of these three things seems more distant. However, with the support of JDRF, I have hope that not only will my daughter be able to live a happier, healthier life but eventually, she will be cured of type one diabetes,” says Rhonda.
Rhonda’s passion for finding a cure for Type One Diabetes led to the inaugural JDRF Hope Gala in Lexington in 2017. She is the Gala Chair for this year’s 3rd annual event on November 15 at the Woodford Reserve Club at Kroger Field.
Rhonda goes on to note that “last year, corporate partners and do- nors helped to raise over $140,000 to further the quest to treat, prevent and eventually cure T1D. That’s a spectacular result, and as chair of the 2019 Hope Gala,I am privileged to serve as the chair for this year’s Gala and am committed to continuing to increase those numbers. But beyond raising funds, the Hope Gala has accomplished something else over the last three years. It has built a community. A resource. A powerful kinship of corporate partners, donors and volunteers. I’m particularly grateful to the equine and thoroughbred racing community who has embraced this event and been so supportive of me and my work with JDRF.”
“Join us on November 15 and become a part of the community of volunteers and donors who are working to turn Type One into Type None!”
Kentucky Equine Adoption Center
“Please help me with my horse. I don’t know where else to go.” Those are words the staff at The Kentucky Equine Adoption Center hear way too often unfor- tunately. The KyEAC is a safe haven for horses whose owners can no longer care for them, or are victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect.
One winter day, the Center received a call from a woman who was desperate to find a home for her horse. Sadly, she was in the midst of a difficult financial situation, and was trying her best to find a safe place for her gelding. Because of his boarding situation, she had taken to sleeping in her car in order to make sure he was safe.
Alvin P showed up, all 16.1h of him, a beautiful chestnut gelding with a kind and soft eye. He raced eighteen times as a three, four and five-year-old, before being retired. He is now 19 yrs old. Because of his age and current condition, Alvin P is not very suitable for riding and is one of the Center’s companion horses. His calm and loving demeanor is his greatest asset.
Because horses like Alvin P have much to contribute, The Kentucky Equine Adoption Center launched Heads Up, Hearts Open, a program of equine-assisted growth, awareness, and communication clinics using these companion horses, to give them a chance to be of value to those who understand them and need them.
Kentucky Horse Park Foundation
The Kentucky Horse Park is a unique treasure in the Bluegrass, serving school groups, businesses and visitors from around the world as an educational, equine -themed park.
From its state-of-the-art competition facilities to the Smithsonian affiliate International Museum of the Horse, to more than thirty national equine organizations located on the grounds, the Park exists as a special site dedicated and available to everyone who shares a love for the horse and an appreciation for the equestrian lifestyle of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region.
Maintaining and improving the attractions, venues and the serene grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park would not be possible without generous gifts from Kentucky Horse Park Foundation donors.
“As chair of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation Board of Directors, I am privileged to experience how special the Kentucky Horse Park is to individuals from all over the world.” -Clay Green
Who are the generous individuals who support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation?
•Equestrians who compete at the Kentucky Horse Park and value the extraordinary world-class facilities.
•Lovers of nature who want to ensure that green space is preserved, maintained and available for all to enjoy.
•Educators and historians who value the incredible resources of the International Museum of the Horse.
•Animal enthusiasts who are passionate about horses and want to ensure that the Park’s resident horses have a wonderful home.
•Investors in our youth and children who want to guarantee access for any child who wants to experience horses, nature and the magic of the Bluegrass lifestyle.
These are just a few examples of the generous individuals who have chosen to be part of a rewarding partnership that com- bines the strengths of the public and private sectors to benefit the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enhancing, expanding and improving the Kentucky Horse Park.
There are so many ways to support the growing family that loves the Kentucky Horse Park. We invite you to donate today and share your experience by visiting khpfoundation.org.
Lexington Christian Academy
FAITH ... SERVICE ... EXCELLENCE.
These simple words are powerful on their own. Together, they form the backbone of our school.
Since 1989, Lexington Christian Academy has produced scholars that impact the world for Jesus Christ. One of the unique aspects of LCA is the Christian environment ... our faith. We believe that all truth is God’s truth, and every class at LCA is taught through the lens of a Christian worldview, incorporating biblical principles. Our goal is to help each student grow in their walk with Christ as they study, understand and obey God’s Word, and develop a Christian world- view. Beginning in preschool, and continuing through graduation, students attend weekly chapels and are taught daily Bible lessons.
Our Savior taught us that to be a true disciple of Christ; one must first be a willing servant. Thus, we at Lexington Christian Academy provide opportunities for our students to serve the Lord with their hands, hearts, and all their God-given resources. Service can take many forms ... aiding one’s teacher, mentoring another student, assisting with an outreach project, or participating in a mission trip. Our students are challenged to be our Lord’s hands and feet in order to make a positive impact on the world.
To prepare our students to serve Christ in this competitive, global world of the 21st century, we are committed to excellence ... academic, artistic, and athletic excellence. With a rigorous curriculum, LCA is dedicated to preparing students to achieve a productive and successful future. The lessons learned at LCA equip students with the lifelong skills to think critically and discern truth. In addition, we believe that co-curricular programs such as fine arts and athletics are ideal complements to academics in the overall educational expe- rience. The art room, performance stage, and field of play provide excellent places for the development of self-discipline, work ethic, teamwork, and school pride. We believe our programs challenge stu- dents to excel and succeed as they are being prepared for college and career.
Thank you for taking the time to consider Lexington Christian Academy. We invite you to contact our Admissions Office at (859) 422-5733 or [email protected] and schedule a visit to learn more about our school.
It’s an event of athletic prowess that rivals others by leaps and bounds. In a historic collaboration that unites two rival cities, Lexington Ballet and Louisville Ballet are coming together for the first time in United State of Dance, October 25–27, at the Lexington Opera House.
Lexington Ballet and Louisville Ballet are proud to partner with DanceBlue in donating $5 from every ticket sold toward their mission of eradicating pediatric cancer. The two cities have always been friendly competitors, but at the end of the day, only one thing matters: the kids.
“The children who spend most of their lives at the DanceBlue clinic matter. The kids who don’t get to go to school matter. The kids who miss birthday parties, vacations, sleepovers, and days at the playground matter. The kids who still laugh with smiles on their faces despite cancer staring right at them matter.”
Through this collaboration, both companies will unite to bring our great state together through the healing power of dance.
Come and see Lexington take on Louisville. And watch both win.
The Makenna Foundation facilitates hope, joy and cour- age for children facing life-threatening trauma and illness. These children and their families are served by caring profes-
sionals at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
Established in September 2001 in loving memory of Makenna David who died following her diagnosis of the rare pulmonary veno-occlusive disease in 1998 when she was just 20 months old, the Makenna Foundation raises funds to help make the Ken- tucky Children’s Hospital a benchmark of children’s hospitals. Since 2001, the Makenna Foundation has raised over $2 million for the Kentucky Children’s Hospital, providing equipment and assistance needed for facility upgrades and expansion.
Each year the Makenna Foundation receives generous private and corporate donations through various fundraising functions. In 2019 the foundation hosted three fabulous events - Derby Eve Soiree, Courtesy Fun Day and Talon Winery Concert Series - and they would like to thank the hundreds of attendees who helped raise over $100,000 combined. While these community functions are fun and fabulous for attendees, they are also paramount to improving the quality of life for so many families going through the unthinkable. For that, the Makenna Founda- tion is so grateful to the growing number of sponsors and hosts who make these events possible, including Dan Glass and Cour- tesy Acura; University Club of Kentucky; Talon Winery; the Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Department; Dr. Scottie Day; Dr. Craig Carter; Halfhill Auction Group; Hyatt Regency; and many more.
Since its establishment, poignant events such as these have enabled the Makenna Foundation to raise enough funds to purchase a bronchoscope; sponsor the new Maken- na David Welcome Center, sensory room and toddler playroom in Kentucky Children’s Hospital; and open the Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center.
Marco Shemwell Foundation
Marco Shemwell was a precocious 4-year-old boy who loved BIG! Though Marco was small, he had a joy for life and a personality that would fill a room. We called him
our “sour patch kid.” He could be mischievous, and then im- mediately melt your heart with his infectious wide smile, an “I love you,” and a hug that would make your day. Marco was a talker — engaged and extroverted. He was thrilled to be four, adored UK sports and Batman was totally his favorite super- hero. If you asked him why, he would say, “Because he helps people.”
On September 15, 2018, Marco was waiting to cross the street with us after a UK Football game when he was tragically struck by a vehicle driven by a UK student. Marco’s injuries were not survivable. He died two days later.
Marco was ours and we loved him, as did anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. After his death, everyone around seemed to have a story or memory about him that they wanted to share. We immediately understood that even though he was young, Marco had a gift for changing the perspectives of those around him — more than we could have ever imagined. He was charismatic, empathetic and so engaged with the world and other’s experiences.
Marco Shemwell Foundation was formed to both honor Marco and pay forward the kindness that we continue to receive after his passing. Our mission is to bring hope, comfort, and healing by creating Marco Moments that leave ripples of positive change.
Every week we post a Marco Monday Challenge on social media, where we ask people to do specific acts of kindness. We are currently working on initiatives that we hope will create more positive ripples in the community. In August, the foundation collected items and distributed more than 1000 Birthday Boxes to families in need, in honor of Marco’s Birthday. We plan to make this an annual event, and look forward to more opportunities that allow us to serve others.
Safe Haven Equine Ministries
Safe Haven Equine Ministries’ mission is to provide a safe place for youth to experience healing, hope and horses.
Our Stable Moments program serves young people with a history of trauma, such as abuse or neglect, through mentorship and equine-assisted learning activities.
The mentor and horse teams teach independence, self-esteem, healthy relationships, emotional awareness, responsibility and self-regulation.
The end to the foster care crisis in Kentucky lies in meeting each individual where they are at, understanding their experience and equipping them with life skills to move forward into healthy adulthood.
There is exponential growth when you pair a “fight or flight” animal, such as the horse, with an individual with trauma. Their brains work in markedly similar ways, and thus they can learn from one another in ways they cannot with other people.
You can get involved today by becoming a mentor, volun- teering on the farm, or donating much-needed materials and items. By joining with Safe Haven, you can help change the life of a young person today!
Step By Step
Step By Step is a 25-year-old nonprofit serving young single moms ages 12 to 24, and their children. Our mission is to empower and embolden young single mothers to improve
their lives, their families and their communities through healing, encouragement, faith and education.
We serve these young families in 5 ways:
Revive Nights: We provide transportation, a hot meal and children’s programming for our weekly Revive Nights. Moms learn life skills such as financial literacy, harm-reduction, resume writing, interview skills and more.
Dare To Dream: Our goal setting program sends our staff into homes, shelters and schools to walk alongside these mothers as they set and achieve their goals.
Refine Mentor Program: Refine pairs women from our community with young moms for a minimum of one hour per week for a calendar year as they walk alongside our moms offering support and encouragement.
Support Services: We sit with young moms in court as they fight to protect themselves and their children. We visit them in delivery rooms when they might otherwise be giving birth alone. We provide emergency service referrals and emotional support.
Echo & Resound Leadership Program: Moms who have graduated our program participate in a rigorous leadership academy where they learn skills transferable to the workplace such as public speaking, leading workshops and creating curriculum.
How you can help: We are currently asking for $20 gift cards to Walmart, Kroger or Target, 20-ride bus passes for Lextran and $15 gas cards. Your organization or company can participate in our $500 & Some Change Campaign to sponsor one of our Revive Nights. Contact us at 859-258-7837 or www.sbslex.org for more involvement opportunities.
Susan G. Komen Kentucky
For many people, when they see the color pink, they think of Breast Cancer Awareness Month—with pink ribbons, pink apparel and everything that comes with the month of October. What they may not think about is what all that “pink” makes possible in the community.
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit, while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.
The Komen Kentucky affiliate is a local nonprofit dedicated to combating breast cancer right here in our community. Komen Kentucky funds grants to local hospitals and community organizations, providing screenings, diagnostics, treatment support, education and survivorship programs for underserved and underinsured women and men in Kentucky. The nonprofit also funds global research programs to develop new treatment strategies and screening tools.
Even though general awareness of the disease is high, Komen Kentucky continually works to educate the community, as there are still many misconceptions about breast cancer. Many believe that “it only affects older women” or “if it doesn’t run in my family, I am safe.” Breast cancer does not discriminate when it comes to who is affected. Approximately 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. It strikes people of all races and ethnicities. Ninety to 95 percent of people diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease.
Every donation to Komen Kentucky is used to achieve the organization’s Bold Goal: to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by the year 2026. The nonprofit is working to achieve this goal by making research a priority and providing quality care for all.
As the Lexington community begins to see a lot of pink this month, please think about “what makes pink possible” and join the movement for the first-ever Polo for the Cure on Saturday, October 5th. The event will be held at the Commonwealth Polo Club in Paris, Kentucky at 6pm.
Lexington’s 24th Annual Race for the Cure will be on Saturday, April 25, 2020.
Every step, every dollar and every voice matter. Join us in the fight against breast cancer.
blended family. The couple are parents to many biological children including Landon Pingleton (32), Leann Taylor (28), Brittany Pingleton (26), Brandy Pingleton Robinson (26) and Crystal Taylor (21). They live on a 40-acre farm in Garrard County, which has been in Steve’s family for generations. They currently raise cattle, hay, produce, pumpkins, flowers and children. Steve is officially retired from EKU where he supervised all of the grounds for the University. Since retirement, he has also held several part-time jobs (in addition to farming), which include driving a bus for the local school district. Shelia has retired previously and then returned to driving a school bus for the local school district. She drives the school bus route where their farm is located and many of the children on her bus are her own children and grandchildren. Several of their adult children live on the family farm, or near the farm, and several of their adult children have also served as foster parents and are following in the family tradition of adopting from the state foster care system.
Steve and Shelia felt called to help children and began serving as foster parents with the Department for Community Based Services in 2005. They have served as foster parents for approximately 24 children. At this time, they have adopted eight children and are currently fostering a baby (that they hope to adopt). Their adopted children are Alexis (20), Amanda (20), Shataria (15), Daisy (9), Makaylah (9), Laylah (8), Dillon (7) and Trinity (6). The family is active in their local church and participates in numerous community events such as a wide variety of sports. Many of the children play on softball and baseball leagues and the family often travels to sporting events with their children, including trips to Lexington to see the Lexington Legends. They also participate in numerous local festivals, where they often set up booths to sell the produce from their family farm. The children
run and play on the farm, and also have chores such as helping to sell their produce during community events in Berea, Kentucky. They have an in-ground swimming pool on their farm, which is the site of numerous family and community celebrations. As you can see, Steve and Shelia have a heart for children and find joy in serving others within their family and community.
UK Markey Cancer Foundation
It was six years ago on a trip home to visit her family that Gwen first felt the lump sitting just above her collarbone.
“As soon as I felt it, I knew something wasn’t right. It wasn’t painful and I hadn’t recently been sick,” Gwen recalled.
Doctors told her it was likely due to an infection and put her on an antibiotic regimen. The lump, however, did not go away so she sought out a second opinion.
“I saw a top head and neck specialist in Boston who reiterated that he believed the lump was due to an infection and that I should follow up with my general practitioner once I returned home,” she said. “In my gut I just felt like the pieces weren’t fitting together, so as soon as I returned to Lexington, I called Markey and requested an appointment with a Head and Neck Surgeon.”
Gwen met with Dr. Rony Aouad at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, who reviewed her scans and was alarmed by the presence of multiple enlarged lymph nodes and a mass on her thyroid. A biopsy confirmed thyroid cancer. Unfortunately, that was not the only diagnosis he made.
“Dr. Aouad met with me after my thyroidectomy and told me that although he successfully removed the mass on my thyroid, he had found a second type of completely unrelated cancer in my lymph nodes called Hodgkin’s Lymphoma,” she said.
Thankfully, the team at Markey team acted fast. She endured eight rounds of chemotherapy, followed by 22 radiation sessions, then radioactive iodine ablation to address the Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and then the Thyroid cancer.
“The comprehensive care that I received at Markey not only focused on treating my cancer, but helped me face the physical and emotional toll brought on by rounds of chemotherapy and radiation,” she said.
Today, Gwen is a registered nurse and will complete her Mas- ter of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Duke University this summer.
“I was lucky to have amazing doctors who guided my treatment decisions, but I was truly inspired by the nurses who were by my side every step of the way. From my first chemo infusion to every single follow up visit after that, they were such an integral part of my care. It was through this experience that I realized nursing was my calling. I hope that I can make that same difference in patient’s lives.”
Yes, Mamm! 5K
Started by the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation in August of 2012, the Yes, Mamm! Program provides free mammography screening, diagnostic services and program
support to uninsured and underinsured women and men. Over the past seven years, nearly $630,000 has been raised for this critical program through philanthropy, over 3,000 screening mammograms, 700 diagnostic services, 500 ultrasounds and approximately $5,000 in transportation assistance has been provided to those in need. Along with community partner, Kentucky CancerLink, the Yes, Mamm! Program also provides lifesaving equipment, supplies such as lymphedema sleeves, wigs and chemo caps, patient navigation, transportation assistance, patient counseling and education for the breast care team. Each October the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation hosts it’s annual Yes, Mamm! 5K to raise funds for this important program. This year’s race will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at RJ Corman Railroad Group in Nicholasville, KY. Over the past five years the Yes, Mamm! 5K has raised over $70,000 for the Yes, Mamm! Program. For more information about the Yes, Mamm! Program or the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, please visit www.chisaintjosephhealth.org or call 859.313.1705.
Surgey On Sunday
Surgery on Sunday’s mission is to change lives one surgery at a time. The program provides free outpatient surgery to uninsured and under-insured individuals who do not qualify
for federal or state government assistance and was the first of its kind in the United States.
Surgery on Sunday is only able to help those in need through the generosity of our volunteers. Other than a full-time executive director and a part-time volunteer coordinator, everyone at Surgery on Sunday is a volunteer, including surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, surgical techs and administrative personnel. Since inception in 2005, more than 400 volunteers have donated more than 100,000 hours of service.
For one surgery day to occur, 50-60 volunteers are required, depending on patient volume. Besides surgery days, volunteers are needed for office work, special projects and special events.
Bluegrass Council of The Blind
The Bluegrass Council of the Blind (BCB) offers resources and services to Kentuckians affected by a loss of sight. We strive to educate and empower persons with vision
impairments of all levels to continue living independently and as engaged members of our community. A critical component of our work is peer support. More than 50% of our staff, board, members and volunteers are people with vision impairments, sharing and learning from each other. We provide information, education, peer support technology and training to ensure that persons with low to no vision have the tools and resources they need to live safe, independent and healthy lives. Our services and supports are free of charge and available to anyone directly or indirectly impacted by the effects of vision challenges.
No referral needed. No fees for service. Call us today at 859-259-1834 or learn more at www.bcbky.org.
Lexington Children's Theatre
Welcome to Lexington Children’s Theatre (LCT)! LCT is a memory-making, ground-breaking, perspective- shaking one-stop shop for all things theatre for youth! We’ve got opportunities for your young person to perform, to create, and to explore - but most importantly, we’ve got space for you and your family to make memories together! For 81 years LCT has helped young people and families come together to create something special. Through our Discovery series, kids 9 and up can perform in professional theatre productions. Theatre school classes are another great way for young people ages 4 and up to hone their acting skills and build their confidence and creativity. With an 11-show season and year-round theatre education programming, we invite you to step away from phones, screens, and things that beep to make memories with your family that will last a lifetime! Visit us at 418 W. Short St. or www.lctonstage.org to learn more.
Lexington Hearing and Speech
Lexington Hearing & Speech Center is approaching its 60th Anniversary of serving families. While LHSC began as a preschool for children with hearing loss, the Center has grown into an established statewide organization that provides programs for children and their parents, as well as adults, within three areas:
The Early Learning Center is a language-enriched early educational center for children with and without special needs, ages six weeks through kindergarten.
Speech-Language Pathology Clinic provides evaluations and individual speech therapy for infants and children. “Tele-Talk & Teach” program is a new grant- funded program offering free teletherapy for children with hearing loss ages 0-3, with an emphasis on listening and spoken language.
Audiology Clinic, which provides hearing healthcare (hearing evaluations, hearing aids, educational audiology, and more) for all ages, “Twinkle to Wrinkle.”
For more information about Lexington Hearing & Speech Center, visit www.lhscky.org or call (859) 268-4545.
Lexington Public Library
In July, Heather Dieffenbach (46) became Lexington Public Library’s Executive Director.
Heather’s personal life has taught her that we all learn differently, and she envisions the Library as a place that helps us all. Under her leadership, you can expect to see increased digital programming (think coding class- es, video games and 3D printing), a focus on early education to better prepare Lexington’s children for success, arts and cultural opportunities for all ages and refreshed spaces within the library for social interaction, group meetings and community forums.
Of course, a library wouldn’t be a library without reading materials. Lexingtonians checked out over 3.2 million items last year, which is roughly ten items per person! Library items include print and digital books and magazines, DVDs and even board games.
If you haven’t been to the Library recently, check it out at any of LPL’s six locations, Libby app for eBooks and eAudio or www.lexpublib.org.
New Vista, formerly Bluegrass.org, was the first community mental health center established in Kentucky in 1966, with headquarters in Lexington. Today, New Vista employs 200
psychiatrists and licensed therapists who help 25,000 Kentuckians in 20 counties. Our mission is to provide mental health, substance use and intellectual and developmental disability services to all children, adults and families in our service area, especially those with limited resources. Our name, New Vista, evokes a sense of hope, healing and our vision of improving the lives of our clients.
New Vista continues to be on the front lines of fighting the opioid epidemic in Kentucky, with a full continuum of evidence-based services. We provide prevention resources, intensive outpatient programs and quick response teams to help individuals after overdose situations. We offer residential treatment for pregnant women, 28-day programs for men and women, along with medication-assisted treatment and therapy. For support or questions, call our 24-Hour Helpline at 1.800.928.8000 or visit www.newvista.org.