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ELDERSERVE ANNOUNCES CHAMPION FOR THE AGING AWARD RECIPIENT

Mary Haynes

ElderServe, Louisville’s largest nonprofit dedicated to senior services, has named Nazareth Home CEO and President Mary Haynes the 2018 Champion for the Aging. The award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of outstanding commitment to improving the lives of older adults. The Champion for the Aging Award Luncheon, ElderServe’s largest fundraiser, will take place on June 8, 2018 at the Seelbach Hotel.

Mary has dedicated her entire career to improving the lives of older adults, including developing Kentucky’s only two licensed, free-standing Alzheimer’s centers. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Spalding University, a master’s degree in health systems from the University of Louisville and a master’s in nursing/geriatric specialist from the University of Evansville. She has been president and CEO of Nazareth Home since 2001, which has been recognized as the facility of the year by the Kentucky Association of Healthcare Facilities, rated as the top place to work for midsize companies by Courier Journal, and consistently maintains a five-star rating by US News & World Report.

Kent Wallace, chief operating officer for Kindred Healthcare, will chair the event. Kent has been with Kindred Healthcare since February of 2015. Headquartered in Louisville, Kindred offers care and support for older adults in a variety of settings, including transitional care hospitals, nursing and rehab centers and in-home care. Kent has more than 25 years of leadership experience in a wide range of healthcare companies. Most recently, he served as CEO of RegionalCare Hospital partners Inc., an operator of community hospitals.

Tickets for the event are $80 per person and $640 for a table of eight. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit elderserveinc.org or contact Drew Hight at 502.736.3855 or dhight@elderserveinc.org.

MAJOR EXHIBITION AT 21C MUSEUM HOTEL EXPLORES THE ROLE OF COSTUMING, ICONOGRAPHY, AND PERFORMANCE IN THE CONSTRUCTING IDENTITY AND CONFRONTING HISTORY

Still from “Afro-Cosmonaut Alien” by Jefferson Pinder.

21c Museum Hotel has announced a major multimedia exhibition exploring the role of costuming, iconography, and performance in constructing Identity and confronting history. With over 35 participating artists representing 22 nationalities, “Dress Up, Speak Up” delivers a global investigation of these concepts, while reconfiguring, reimagining and reconstituting history to explore the legacy of European colonialism.

Bedecked and bejeweled, the figures populating “Dress Up, Speak Up” occupy fluid space and time, evoking past and present, fact and fiction, memory and desire, to illuminate the complexity of contemporary identity. From Ebony G. Patterson’s families, dancers, gangstas, and deceased; to the philosophers, dandies and faerie conjured by Yinka Shonibare MBE; to portraits derived from allegory, autobiography and the art canon by Titus Kaphar, Firelei Báez, Berni Searle, Vivek Vilasini, Fahamu Pecou and others; this pantheon of provocative and prophetic personages are costumed to enact and confront the legacy of embedded experience.

“Whether clad in the stylized garb of Enlightenment-era Europe, the traditional coverings of ancient religious tradition, or the gender-bending bling of popular culture, these representations of self and other role-play in real time, reaching back through history to address prevailing personal, social and political challenges,” says Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites. “For those who inherit a legacy of resisting cultural erasure, telling untold tales – lived, remembered or imagined – remains vital.”

MICHAEL KERSTING SELECTED AS NATIONAL YOUTH DELEGATE FOR PRESTIGIOUS CONFERENCE AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

Michael Kersting, a student at Eastern High School, has been selected to represent Louisville, Kentucky as a National Youth Delegate to the 2018 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University.

Kersting joins a select group of 300 students from across the country to participate in an intensive, week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. Kersting was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.

George Mason University along with partners, National Geographic and the National Zoo are excited to welcome the nation’s young scholars to Washington, D.C. With distinguished faculty, guest speakers and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment offers aspiring environmentalists and student leaders an unparalleled experience. The week-long program is held at George Mason University’s state-of-the-art campus. The Summit will encourage and inspire young leaders who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry.

The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment will be held June 24 to 29.

TWO KENTUCKY ICONS LINK UP TO CREATE THE JIM BEAM NATURAL WATER SANCTUARY ALLIANCE AT BERNHEIM ARBORETUM & RESEARCH FOREST

Two Kentucky icons are embarking on an alliance to preserve and protect the pristine limestone water in the Clermont area.

Jim Beam, the world’s No. 1 selling bourbon whiskey, and Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest, a 15,625 acre privately held forest just south of Louisville, have joined forces to develop a natural water sanctuary on Bernheim grounds immediately adjacent to the Jim Beam distillery.

Beginning as a one-year agreement, the Natural Water Sanctuary Alliance will protect water quality, restore wildlife habitats and reintroduce native plants and trees. This group is also working toward a long-term agreement to enhance environmental education, improve watershed protection planning and secure quality water.

“Great bourbon starts with great water,” said Freddie Noe, eighth generation Beam distiller. “In fact, the water in Clermont is one of the main reasons my family chose to settle here back in 1795. Jim Beam bourbon gets its distinct and wonderful taste, in part, from the local water, which is filtered naturally through limestone. We’re proud to team up with our neighbors at Bernheim to preserve this vital natural resource.”

The Jim Beam Natural Water Sanctuary Alliance at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest will concentrate on conservation activities across Bernheim, particularly within the Long-Lick and Wilson Creek watersheds. These areas feature large forest expanses, wetlands and the headwaters of three creeks and several small lakes that support wildlife, the surrounding communities and the production of Jim Beam bourbon.

Through this alliance, Jim Beam will also support Bernheim’s work to protect the federally endangered Indiana Bat and co-host an annual landowners’ workshop to educate the community and promote best practices in water conservation and forest stewardship.

“The importance of clean water cannot be overstated. It’s essential for wildlife. It’s essential for human life and it’s essential to our economy,” said Mark Wourms, Bernheim’s executive director. “We are grateful to have a corporate partner like Jim Beam that values protecting this vital natural resource.”

The Natural Water Sanctuary Alliance is the latest example of Beam Suntory’s dedication to protecting water and the environment, inspired by corporate parent Suntory Holdings, which has established 20 natural water sanctuaries throughout Japan.

COPPER & KINGS AMERICAN BRANDY CO. PROMOTES BRANDON O’DANIEL TO MASTER DISTILLER

Brandon O’Daniel

Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. has announced the promotion of Head Distiller Brandon O’Daniel to master distiller. O’Daniel has been head distiller of Copper & Kings since February 2014.

He is a Kentucky-distilling Thoroughbred with a bloodline that goes back four generations. His great-grandfather was distilling in the 1920s, and whose confiscated still is rumored to be the largest in Kentucky history and the condenser “worm” of that still is believed to be stored at a Kentucky historical society. Brandon’s grandfather started in the Kentucky wine business in the 80s and his family remain in the Kentucky wine business today.

O’Daniel is an award winning wine-maker and viticulturist, and it is this unique wine-making experience and heritage that makes him singularly qualified to distill superb American style brandy in Louisville, Kentucky. His experience as a vintner enables a pedigreed palate and a deep knowledge of fermentation, fruit varietal nuance, blending, quality management and taste profiling.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in horticulture and master’s degree in plant and soil science with an emphasis in viticulture and oenology from the University of Kentucky.

“Brandon has mastered his craft,” says Copper & Kings founder Joe Heron. “This is not an empty honorific, but reflects the skills and leadership of someone who is amongst the finest distillers of brandy in the world, and we can’t discount his excellent palate, his leadership of a full production team through example and education. We would be remiss in not recognizing him as an inventive alchemist when it comes to innovation – gin, Destillaré cordials, absinthe, bitters and more to come, we certainly breathe rare air when it comes to relentless innovation, with Brandon making the complex, and arcane, come to life in spirit form.”