Nonprofit News

Waterfront Botanical Gardens announces $500,000 match grant from George Duthie in memory of his late wife, Mary Lee Duthie.

To date, George Duthie has donated $1.2 million to the Waterfront Botanical Gardens in memory of his late wife, Mary Lee Duthie, an avid gardener. Recently, Mr. Duthie announced an additional $500,000 match grant to help the progression of Phase One of the project.  The match grant is open for the remainder of 2018 and will close on Dec. 31. The 1:1 match includes new donations and (signed) pledges to the non-profit organization. It does not include government funds.

In exchange for the family’s commitment to the project, the plaza and gardens surrounding the Graeser Family Education Center will be named the Mary Lee Duthie Gardens. This will include various gardens, water features, seating, a tree allée and an overlook to Beargrass Creek.

The Duthie family stated that their hope is that their father’s commitment will incentivise new donors to get “off the fence” and step up to support this project. This grant and the matching funding will help Waterfront Botanical Gardens in their efforts to raise the additional $7 million needed to complete the entirety of Phase One, which includes the Graeser Family Education Center, the Mary Lee Duthie Gardens (pollinator, Kentucky native, edible and display gardens), the Beargrass Creek Overlook, tree allée, greenhouse, workshop and classroom.

Executive director Kasey Maier stated, “We are honored to name these first gardens for Mary Lee Duthie. This is an amazing legacy for her and the entire Duthie family.”

Construction on the site has been underway since November of 2017. Building construction for the Graeser Family Education Center began last week with a scheduled opening in Fall 2019. The entire 23-acre project is estimated at $60 million.

Hosparus Health needs volunteers, offers free training Sept. 8

Hosparus Health needs patient support volunteers in Jefferson, Bullitt, Henry, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties and will offer a free training on Sept. 8 (lunch provided), from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its main Louisville campus, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Dr.

Hosparus Health provides hospice and palliative care to seriously ill patients and their families.  Volunteers assist with patient and family support, administrative duties, bereavement care, outreach, fundraising and special events. Licensed hair care, massage and pet therapy volunteers provide their services. Military veteran volunteers visit veteran patients for recognition and companionship visits.

Registration is required at least one week prior to training. To register, complete the volunteer application at For questions or general information about volunteer opportunities at Hosparus Health, contact Sky Yeasayer, volunteer services coordinator, at 502.719.4155 or

Breeders’ Cup And Maker’S Mark® Renew Partnership And Champions For Charity Commemorative Bottle Program

Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, and Maker’s Mark®, the original premium bourbon, recently announced the renewal of the brands’ multi-year partnership and Champions for Charity program, which began in 2015 with the goal of raising money for local and Thoroughbred-industry charities.

The new three-year partnership will continue the tradition of creating limited-edition collections of Maker’s Mark bottles that will be released in conjunction with the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and will be auctioned surrounding each event. In addition to the creation of the special bottles, Maker’s Mark also will be the Exclusive Bourbon of the Breeders’ Cup and a first-time title sponsor of the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf for the 2018 event.

The second collection of limited-edition Maker’s Mark bottles will kick off in 2018, featuring Breeders’ Cup’s most legendary champions. The 2018 bottle will feature D. Wayne Lukas, the all-time leading trainer in Breeders’ Cup history. The design of the 2019 and 2020 bottles will be announced during their respective years.

Fans can begin securing bottles now through the Champions for Charity website: Bottle fulfillment and pick up information will be announced in the coming weeks.

Proceeds from the 2018 auction will support Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms and the Kentucky Derby Museum.

Past bottles have featured Zenyatta, one of the most beloved Breeders’ Cup winners of all time and the first horse to win two different Breeders’ Cup races, and Cigar, the first American racehorse to win 16 consecutive races against top-class competition since 1950.

“The inaugural Champions for Charity program proved successful with our loyal fans and industry supporters, so we were eager to renew our partnership with Maker’s Mark,” said Craig Fravel, president and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup. “With the 2018 event taking place in Kentucky, the birthplace of bourbon, this is a perfect moment to kick off a new chapter of the Champions for Charity program. We also thank Maker’s Mark for its expanded partnership with the Breeders’ Cup in becoming the name-in-title sponsor of the Filly & Mare Turf.”

In addition to collaborating with Breeders’ Cup on the one-of-a-kind bottles, Maker’s Mark will curate a signature cocktail to be served at the 2018 event and at all major Breeders’ Cup parties and hospitality events throughout the week, including Taste of the World. The bourbon brand will also become the official sponsor of the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Championship race, which will take place on Saturday of Breeders’ Cup weekend and showcase the world’s best female grass horses.

Local Habitat’s Top Corporate Sponsor Semonin Realtors to Build 21st Home Aug. 22-24

Semonin Realtors® is pleased to again partner with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville August 22-24 to donate time and funds to construct its 21st house. The company has sponsored and built more homes in Metro Louisville than any other corporation. Semonin Realtors agents and staff have participated in an annual home build since 1994 and have donated more than $550,000 to support the cause.

The new homeowners, Salih Hagayta and Halima Ahmedin, and their three children (Afrah, 12; Ridwan, 5; and Rayyan, 3), who moved to the U.S. eight years ago from Eritrea, Africa, will participate in the build and the ground blessing, which is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 25. The family already has put in 400 hours of sweat equity to assist with other home builds.

The property (13504 Park Springs Lane, Louisville, KY, 40245) is located in Park Springs, a mixed-income development in eastern Jefferson County that features walking trails and green space. Habitat will build at least 27 of the planned 96 energy star-certified homes, and at least 52 percent of them will serve low-to-moderate income homebuyers.

“Our agents and staff understand that – as Dorothy said in The Wizard of Oz – ‘There’s no place like home,’” said Semonin sales manager and project coordinator Stacy Durbin. “Semonin has worked to make ‘home’ a reality for people for more than 100 years, and we feel a great sense of pride in helping this deserving family achieve their dream.”