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Turn Lemons into Lemonade

Why does it always take negativity to shine a light on something that is inherently positive? It’s funny how that works. Most public relations people will tell you there’s no bad publicity. I would agree with that if the P.R. people can spin it correctly. Clearly The Fund for The Arts needs a pr person to step up and help them out. The recent public outrage involving unprofessional answering machine messages left by Allen Cowan at The Fund for The Arts, has shed some public light on the power The Fund for The Arts have in this community. I would…


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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…


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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…



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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…



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An Empowering Evening

Last night, more than 800 people gathered at The Center for Women and Families Celebration of Service & Survival at The Marriott to celebrate five amazing women in the Louisville community and bid farewell to Center for Women and Families CEO Denise Troutman. She is joining her husband, Dr. Adewale Troutman, in Florida, and will be missed, not only for the work she has done for women, but for her fanatical love of the U of L Lady Cards. The highlight of the evening was Dawn, a previous CWF client, who sang an emotional a capella rendition of her journey….


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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…


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Friday night fun in Kentucky… so much going on!

I can tell it’s spring because my weekends are getting busier. During winter I have trouble getting motivation to do anything, much less leave the house. My cabin fever is boring me, so it’s time to fill up my dance card again. If you’re looking to go out on Friday, read on for two suggestions: If you’re up for a road trip, head to Bowling Green to hear The Galoots at the Sloan Convention Center. They are the best bluegrass live show I’ve ever seen, hands down. Shannon Lawson can play all kinds of music, but I just love hearing…


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The great fence at the Great Lawn

They’re already charging us money to put air in our tires. Airlines smile when they shake us down for putting luggage on planes. Now Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO Mike Berry and his board is getting in line to make the taxpayers of Kentucky pay to sit on the Great Lawn to watch Thunder Over Louisville.  If that last sentence doesn’t raise an eyebrow, then check your pulse. The first announcement was that Iroquois Park was eliminated from the Mini Marathon course. That was absurd enough, since the park was part of the tradition of the run, and since the south-end neighbors…