Non-Profits

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…


Actors Theatre Presents “I Will Be Gone” in Louisville KY’s Humana Festival

Opening Night of “I Will Be Gone”, one of six new plays being presented by Actors Theatre as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, was memorable for a couple of reasons. One was a rare technical glitch on the elaborate set that caused a short delay. But the play is focused on a modern family dealing with tragedy, a mother’s death, and there’s a memorable exchange about masturbation. While there are plenty of funny moments, the play is really about the drama within the group as the various members reconcile how to continue and adapt to their…


Rally to End Child Abuse Set for Louisville KY’s Waterfront Park April 1

On Wednesday, April 1, join Family & Children’s Place, along with members of Kosair Charities’ Face It® Movement, to “Rally to End Child Abuse” at the Big Four Bridge in downtown Louisville. The rain or shine event kicks off recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Following the 11 a.m. rally, which will include as speakers Family & Children’s Place President and CEO Pam Darnall, Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad, Louisville Chief of Community Building Sadiqa Reynolds, Kosair Charities Board Chair Jerry Ward and Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Director Terry Brooks, participants and guests are encouraged to walk across…


An Elvis Initiative in Louisville KY; Fun, Fun, Fun Talking Tourism with Mint Julep Tours on Rusty Satellite

from RustySatelliteShow.com You don’t have to be a tourist to have a good time on a Mint Julep Tour. I talked with the entrepreneur who started the company, Sean Higgins, who calls himself the chief fun officer. He quit a corporate job nine years ago and started having fun, operating a growing tour business with his family. Elvis Burrows is not your typical Louisville transplant. He moved to Louisville with his family from the Bahamas at age 11, became a standout swimmer at Lakeside and then the University of Kentucky, and competed for his home country in the 2008 Olympic…