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Letter from the Editor November 2021

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson.

In my previous letter, I mentioned that as I step into the role of editor in chief, I strive to push the boundaries while keeping the publication’s legacy intact. That day came earlier than I anticipated! For the first time in nearly four years, a still-life image graces the cover of VOICE Louisville magazine. To say that I am proud of our team is a vast understatement. During the cover shoot, I found myself standing on the outskirts of the set with a soft smirk absorbing the melting of creative minds we have on the VOICE team. Massive shout out to our Publisher Janice for not only listening to our crazy ideas but trusting us to execute them. My cup of gratitude runneth over!

Without further ado, I present the November Giving and Holiday Shop Local issue with a special nonprofit section. To honor organizations in the Louisville community that dedicate their efforts to finding a cure despite the layer of challenges brought on by the pandemic – we featured a story, written by Melissa Chipman, on Gilda’s Club reminding us “that no one faces cancer alone.” Kosair Charities walked us through their rich history and how it all began with six acres of land in our Bluegrass state. We spoke with Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation to discuss the hybrid experience available for this year’s Snow Ball Gala. Contributing writer Ella Treinen connected with Executive Director of American Cancer Society Kentuckiana, Brad Burk, who shared that Louisville is a “gala kind of town” and the organization’s plans for Hope Gala 2022. In our monthly Passport column, we learned that Crew Aviation is more than just stellar service, but stellar hearts when it comes to their dedication to giving back to the community.

Life-altering diseases don’t discriminate against age. Contributing writer Rachel Porter wrote a heartwarming piece on Robert, a six-year-old warrior, and his family’s battle against a rare disease. The city’s most delicious fundraising event, supporting strong moms and healthy babies, March of Dimes Signature Chefs, will be held this November. Writer Sarah Carter Levitch spoke with Chef Josh Moore of Volare and his connection to March of Dimes. To recognize nonprofits in our community, we dedicated an entire section to local organizations in hopes that you can lend a helping hand.

Melissa Chipman visited the Speed to look at Supernatural America: The Paranormal in America Art exhibition. KMAC Couture announced their 10th Anniversary Show for 2022 to be held in-person for the first time since the pandemic. Writer Sarah Carter Levitch immersed in the agriculture and natural elements of Maker’s Mark lakeside tasting room.

Just in time for the holidays, Joe Daily reveals his knowledge on mulled wine, cider and how to spice them with Maker’s Mark Bourbon. Speaking of the holidays, Digs Home and Garden has you covered to deck your halls this season. ‘The It List’ features 50+ local items that are guaranteed to have something for everyone. For that significant person in your life, ‘Festive Facets’ will have them counting carats, not calories, this holiday season.

I hope this issue sparks a flame of hope and gratitude!

Warm wishes,
Alex Hepfinger
Editor in Chief