Articles by AngelaChampion

No Picture

Louisville should have this…

As someone in development (the proper term for being a fundraiser), I am always curious and excited by unique concepts, especially ones that can be used to benefit a charity (see my earlier post on the upcoming Bacon Ball for LVAA). So, when stumbling upon this big city concept of Pop-Up Restaurants, I was intrigued. I had to do some research – here and here, and oh here, too. I believe we have enough foodies and do-gooders for this to happen in Louisville. But, like the struggles that Food Truck businesses have had, would our fair city let this be Possible….


No Picture

Just can’t wait for that first Saturday in May….

This video of The Derby Song comes from Wil Heuser, creator of The Wil Show. I hear he used to be on the CW, but not really sure. Anyway, the video is hilarious. I love the references to cruising Broadway and all the Derby fun, but especially love the girls in the video decked out in their Derby attire getting more and more hammered as the song progresses. Only 30 days until Kentucky Derby 137!  


No Picture

Bob, perhaps not a Great Man, but a Great Play

In the interest of full disclosure, I wanted to see Bob because I know there was some connection to White Castle. I, like many, have a love-hate relationship with the slider. A once-a-year indulgence usually preceeded by being perhaps a bit “overserved.” How could a piece of Americana be inspiration for a play at Actors Theatre of Louisville? Talk about mixing low cuisine with high culture. Part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Bob was written by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. Nachtrieb was inspired and intrigued back in 2009 as he was working on another play at ATL and…


No Picture

Bacon, Bourbon and Beer

Coming from the world of fundraising, not many events catch my eye. I’ve been on the rubber chicken circuit enough to know that many of these events: 1) are not necessarily big fundraisers despite the amount of money put into them (we’re talking net dollars, folks) 2) are not all much fun and 3) are the same people go to the same events and pose for the same society pictures. Often, if you really want to help a charity, just write a check without expecting to be wined and dined. That being said, events are a great way to learn…


No Picture

I can’t believe you’ve never been to….

Even though I’ve lived most of my life in the Bluegrass State, I humbly admit that I, in fact, have never been to Keeneland. Every year around this time, I mention this to friends who stare at me in crazed bewilderment. Oh, I’ve been to Oaks and Derby, the Churchill Fall meet, the infield, even the nicer parts of the Clubhouse. But not Keeneland. But this year, the BF is looking fill the Keeneland void in my Bluegrass State dance card. In researching when to go, I looked first to the great ambassador program at Maker’s Mark and their annual Redheads…


No Picture

Bash for Brightside and all things Green

My kelly green manicure is not just for St. Patrick’s Day, so it must be Green Tie Bash time! As usual, the event benefits Brightside and is presented by the Young Professional Association of Louisville and Louisville Urban League Young Professionals. (Full disclosure – I’m a former YPAL board member.) This year, we’ll be celebrating 25 years of beautifying our fair city. Our old Kentucky home is certainly more fair due to the work of Brightside and many volunteers who care about a clean and green city – not to mention lots of pretty flowers in the spring just in time for Derby and…


No Picture

What can Blue do for you?

A recent spoof of the fluff piece published in Sunday’s Courier-Journal has been circulating. Just too good not to share ~ Todd Blue, Demolisher First Website:  brokensidewalk.com Song stuck in your head right now: (And the Walls) Come Tumbling Down by John Mellencamp and “Blow Up” by J Cole Phrase you repeat too often:  “It can’t be done” Phrase you would like to outlaw:  “It can’t be done” (unless it is an old building to be saved, then it really can’t be done.) First Concert:  Pink Floyd, the Wall Best Driving Music:  “Money” by Pink Floyd Book on night table…


No Picture

Stoodentz makez a diferenz

Were you ever a young whippersnapper alive with idealism and energy? The good news is that student and youth activism are alive and well at the University of Louisville and Indiana University Southeast through Student United Way. Student United Way are student-run organizations that inspire college students to give, advocate and volunteer.  They challenge students and ask questions like: Do you feel strongly about providing educational opportunities to children in low-income areas? Do you want to make students aware of the benefits of certain health practices? Student United Way provides students an opportunity to be leaders on their campuses and leaders in…


No Picture

Not Just Julie’s Dream To Fight CF

Get your hankies ready, friends, because this is a love story. Roy loves Julie. Shortly after they were married when Julie was 23, she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. She had been improperly diagnosed and treated for various health issues her whole life until one day she has a name and prognosis for a disease that 50 years ago didn’t let most children ever live to see kindergarten. For years, this was a private struggle. I first met Julie & Roy when I worked as an event director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They would attend galas and as Roy…


No Picture

I believe the children are the future

Ever wondered who’s looking out for the little guy? No, not the figurative “little guy” – our children. Well, here’s your chance! Next week, on February 17, is the 7th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day. Whose job is it to make sure the next generation is given the right tools for a successful future  – access to education, health care, a stable family environment? Let me let you in a secret – not just the folks with kids. We all have a stake in this so I hope you will find some time to either join us at the Capitol Rotunda or…