Non-Profits

Louisville Mayor, Volunteers Set To Launch Annual Week Of Service

Louisville, Ky. – Volunteers will help distribute toys and other items to needy children. Abandoned homes will be rebuilt for deserving families. Elementary students will hold a read-a-thon to fight child abuse and volunteers will build “Little Libraries” to place in West Louisville neighborhoods. Those and hundreds of other projects and work will happen during the fourth annual Give A Day week of community service, April 18-26, which begins the day of Thunder Over Louisville and helps launch the 2015 Kentucky Derby Festival. Volunteers can still sign up for projects. Mayor Greg Fischer’s goal for the week is to break…


Hermitage Farm’s First Grand Gala Brings Big List Of Celebrities Derby Eve

Louisville, Ky. – Add another big party to the Derby Eve festivities. Hermitage Farm of Goshen is throwing its first-ever Grand Gala. Hosted by Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown, the owners of 21c Museum Hotels, and Junior and Doris Bridgeman, will be held on Friday, May 1, on the grounds of the Hermitage Farm. The festivities are set to begin at 6 p.m. with live performances by Jamie Foxx, Ne-Yo, and DJ Cassidy. Other celebrities slated to show up are Darius Rucker, Martin Lawrence, Nick Lachey, Vanessa Minnillo Lachey, Andy Cohen, David Arquette, Dean Norris, Angela Bassett, Star Jones, Russell Wilson, Tate Taylor, Kathryn Stockett, and Chadwick Boseman. According to Hermitage Grand Gala’s…


Kentucky Derby Festival To Posthumously Honor Louisville’s Jim King

Louisville, Ky. – Each year, the Kentucky Derby Festival presents the Fifth Third Bank Silver Horseshoe Award to an individual or organization for their outstanding service to the community.  This year’s award will be given to honor the late Jim King.  The award will be presented at the 59th annual They’re Off! Luncheon on Friday, April 17, at the Galt House East Hotel. Accepting the award will be Jim’s wife, Debbie King. As part of the award, the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation – the Derby Festival’s charitable arm – will also present a $5,000 check to the Leukemia & Lymphoma…


2015 Mint Julep Cup Unveiled

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Got a grand to spare? Woodford Reserve has unveiled its 2015 Mint Julep Cup for the Kentucky Derby. The $1,000 Victory Cups were fashioned from the creativity of designer Billy Reid and mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer, and handcrafted at Louisville-based From the Vault. “I was inspired by a book I had found many years ago while researching the Kentucky Derby,” Reid said. “The Derby is an event steeped in heritage and tradition, and I’m honored to have been invited to design something as iconic as the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup for a brand as unparalleled as Woodford Reserve.” There are…


Okolona Dude Wins KDF’s Fanatic Prize in Louisville KY

LOUISVILLE MAN WILL BE THIS YEAR’S THUNDERNATOR Louisville, KY.   – Through a special second chance promotion sponsored by the Kentucky Lottery, 43-year-old Okolona resident Michael Ernstberger of Louisville, Kentucky, won the opportunity to be this year’s Festival Fanatic for the 2015 Kentucky Derby Festival.  As part of his big win, Ernstberger will serve as the Thundernator for the Derby Festival Opening Ceremonies:  Thunder Over Louisville on Saturday, April 18.  Ernstberger will provide the Thunder countdown and “zero” ignition to activate the Thunder launch system sequence in the Command Center at the Galt House Hotel. Additionally, Michael receives  nine other  Festival VIP experiences…


Forecastle: Lineup Additions, Tickets on Sale April 10

LOUISVILLE, KY – The Forecastle Festival rounds out the lineup for its 2015 event with the additions of critically acclaimed Philly rockers The War on Drugs, blues-infused singer-songwriter ZZ Ward, genre-bending experimentalist Robert DeLong, and punk-rockers-turned-Latin-balladeers Mariachi El Bronx, who join Sam Smith, My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse and more than 50 acts. The three-day music celebration, now in its 13th year, will take place July 17–19, 2015, at the award-winning Waterfront Park, a sweeping green space on the banks of the Ohio River framed by the skyline of downtown Louisville. The festival also welcomes Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Chris Stapleton, Lower Dens,Lizzo, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Dr. Dundiff & Friends, and Fat Tony to…


Mabe’s “Prank it Forward” Series Helps Homeless with Pets

Tom Mabe is at it again. This time, he’s doing a prank for good. Mabe’s Prank it Forward series finds deserving people who are doing good work, and rewards them. Mabe was a guest on the Rusty Satellite Show recently. This time, Mabe is helping Beth Green, who runs an organization called “My Dog Eats First.” It provides services to homeless members of our community who have pets. Its mission is to “provide free pet food, supplies, veterinary care and spay/neuter services for the pets of the underserved and homeless within our community. We provide the needed support in a judgement free…


One S.I. Business Group Addresses Religious Freedom Act

One Southern Indiana President Responds to Religious Freedom Restoration Act New Albany, IN– The following statement was released by One Southern Indiana (1si) President and CEO Wendy Dant Chesser in response to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which was signed into law as Senate Bill 101 in Indiana last week: “While the actual long-term impacts of S.B. 101 are unknown and subject to heated debate, One Southern Indiana’s number one concern is the perception of Indiana by potential employers who we are recruiting—both for expansion and relocation. “RFRA has created a negative perception of Indiana’s business climate, as it…


The Week in Louisville KY — Puppies and Rainbows in Your News Feed

Here’s what’s dominating, or clogging, your news feed this week: Puppies: It was National Puppy Day on Monday, so all your dog-loving friends, and my girlfriend Paula, posted pictures of their puppies on Facebook. Rainbows: Good news for homophobic caterers in Indiana. Gov. Mike Pence signed into law the deceptively named “Religious Freedom” bill that allows businesses to refuse to provide services to gays. All they have to do is say it’s against their religion. Convention planners, and many others fair-minded folks, reacted by threatening to refuse to do business in Indiana. (Courier-Journal) Dawne Gee Day: In the same week…


Louisville KY’s Commitment to Environment, Local Food and Air Quality Highlighted in Royal Visit

Louisville’s commitment to creating a healthier and more sustainable city — along with its many public and private partnerships to develop a robust local food system — will be highlighted during a day-long visit by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive Friday for a series of events, lectures and meetings that have also attracted national and international guests including: Alice Waters — author, restaurateur and founder of “The Edible Schoolyard” Eric Schlosser — author of “Fast Food Nation” Mark Tercek — president and CEO, Nature Conservancy Andrew…