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Muhammad Ali Center Announces Roula Allouch as Its Next “Daughters of Greatness” Speaker

The Muhammad Ali Center is proud to announce its latest Daughters of Greatness speaker, Roula Allouch. Allouch will speak at the Center on June 29. The event will begin with a hot breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and the program will follow from 9 to 10 a.m.

Roula Allouch.

Throughout the year, the Daughters of Greatness breakfast series invites prominent women engaged in social philanthropy, activism and pursuits of justice to share their stories with the Louisville community. The Daughters of Greatness series provides a place for dialogue and discussion on current issues of justice, community engagement and social movements within the Louisville area and beyond.

Roula Allouch is a trial attorney with experience in employment law, civil rights and general civil litigation. Ms. Allouch earned her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Kentucky in 2003 and her juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College Of Law in 2006. She is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Kentucky and Ohio and before the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Allouch currently serves as chair of the national board of directors of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest civil rights and advocacy group for the American Muslim community. She is a member of the board of directors of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative and serves as a Kentucky delegate to the association’s House of Delegates. Ms. Allouch has previously been named a Rising Star by the Cincinnati YWCA and was featured in Cincinnati Magazine’s “The Future of Cincinnati: Ones to Watch” issue.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $20 for Ali Center members, $25 for non-members and $15 for students. Tables of 8 and 10 are also available.

Reservations must be made in advance by visiting alicenter.org or contacting Erin Herbert at eherbert@alicenter.org.


Metro United Way Announces Co-Chairs For 2018 Community Campaign

Metro United Way has officially introduced Louis R. Straub II as campaign chair and Rudy Spencer as campaign co-chair for this year’s 2018 community campaign.

Louis Straub.

Rudy Spencer.

“It is our honor to announce Louis as campaign chair and Rudy as campaign co-chair as we set course this year coming off an incredibly successful 100th anniversary campaign,” said Metro United Way President & CEO Theresa Reno-Weber. “Louis is a pillar in our community and has been involved with Metro United Way for nearly 30 years, while Rudy is one of Louisville’s young leaders. With the help of our community, we’ll continue to create lasting impact in the seven-county region we serve,” she added.

Metro United Way’s annual campaign fuels their investment into the community to improve lives and the community by supporting Metro United Way’s fight for the education, financial independence and health of every person. Last year alone, Metro United Way’s support helped improve the lives of nearly 260,000 people in the region through more than 150 programs. It recently celebrated a more than $21.2 million investment in the community based on last year’s 100th Anniversary campaign.

Straub and Spencer will each serve one year driving the critical fundraising efforts of the campaign.

One of Louisville’s most experienced and well-respected bankers, Straub is the president of Independence Bank and a lifelong resident of Louisville. Straub has expertise in traditional commercial lending and the government, healthcare, higher-education and not-for-profit industries. In addition to his work in the banking industry, Straub is also an adjunct faculty member for the University of Louisville and Jefferson Community College.

Spencer is the administration manager for Valiant Construction LLC. A Louisville native and graduate of the University of Louisville and University of Michigan, he is dedicated to community investment strategies. He serves as co-chair of Metro United Way’s Tocqueville Society’s Emerging Committee and is one of the founders of Give502.


Meadows in Bloom at The Parklands

During the month of June, meadows are in full bloom throughout The Parklands, displaying a sea of native wildflowers for visitors to enjoy without leaving Jefferson County. Guests of each park are treated to a diverse mix of specially chosen plants that not only provide an attractive sight but also support Kentucky’s natural ecosystems.

This summertime showcase is the culmination of three years of hard work and intentional planning under the Excellence in Urban Conservation Initiative, made possible thanks to a $3 million grant from the Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The grant, gifted to The Parklands in 2015, was used over the past three years to establish systemic landscape-scale conservation and restoration of native ecosystems, including native meadows, riparian forests and tree plantings throughout all four parks.

The three-year initiative was completed in 2017 and resulted in tens of thousands of trees being planted, conservation of special areas — including protecting the endangered Kentucky Glade Cress plant native only to Jefferson County — and managing invasive species across nearly 4,000 acres of parkland. This work, to be carried on by The Parklands garden and natural areas teams, has created sustainable ecosystems to enhance the landscape and provide habitat for wildlife to thrive, including supporting the return of bird species such as the American bald eagle, bobwhite quail, Virginia Rail and sora.

A portion of the grant also helped kick-off construction of the 15-acre Woodland Garden in Broad Run Park, which began in 2017. Continued support from the community will see the Woodland Garden through future phases to completion. Once open, the world-class garden experience will be part of the public park, making it a remarkable and accessible experience for all to enjoy.

Blooms are brightest in the Broad Run Park section of The Parklands, located off Bardstown Road. The meadows will only be in bloom for a short time, so visitors are encouraged to stop by soon to enjoy this seasonal treat. For more information, please contact Anna Rosales-Crone at 502.815.0267 or acrone@21cparks.org.