Nonprofit News

V-Soft Consulting announces fifth annual Charity Golf Scramble

V-Soft Consulting will host its fifth annual charity golf scramble on Sept. 10 at Valhalla Golf Club. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. Shotgun is at 1:15 p.m.

The event, titled The V-Soft Cares Annual Charity Golf Scramble, aims to benefit a different charity each year. In recent years, the scramble has focused on raising funds for cancer research as a way to honor founder Purna Veer’s late mother.

The 2018 event will benefit Little Pink Houses of Hope. This organization provides free, week-long vacations for breast cancer patients and their families.

“We are honored to be partnering with Little Pink Houses of Hope for our 2018 V-Soft Cares Golf Scramble. It will be a day full of fun, as well as a great way to raise funds for a great cause,”  V-Soft President Purna Veer said.

The charity is particularly special to V-Soft as one of their own employees has participated in the family retreats. Melissa Barnett, a proposal manager, suggested the charity after a 2017 retreat in South Carolina.

“To have V-Soft choose and support Little Pink is amazing! I am so very proud to be part of the V-Soft family and so proud of the V-Soft family for supporting such an amazing organization. This organization changes lives. These retreats bring couples closer, give hope to worried children and provide a time of peace for cancer patients.”

V-Soft is currently accepting sponsorships and donations for the event. If businesses or individuals are interested in playing or sponsoring, visit VSoftConsulting.com/Golf2018.


Our Lady of Peace to Host Free Seminars to Address Topics Affecting Children and Teens

The school year is underway and Our Lady of Peace wants to ensure local students and parents are prepared for issues that may arise, such as bullying, substance abuse or difficult childhood behaviors, among other topics. Our Lady of Peace will hold two upcoming free seminars in Louisville to address the transition to middle school and how to manage difficult childhood behaviors at home or school. The seminars will explain how these issues impact children, offering support and education to help address them in the home and school.

The first seminar will address managing difficult childhood behaviors at home and school, and will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 19 at Hazelwood Elementary School, located at 1325 Bluegrass Ave. in Louisville. The workshop will be led by Jordan Hall, licensed behavior analyst with Our Lady of Peace, who will help participants learn about strategies to avoid incidents of challenging behaviors in home and school settings. Topics to be discussed include possible motives for the challenging behaviors, effective interventions, preventative guidelines, setting expectations and encouraging positive behaviors.

The second seminar will offer strategies on how children can make a smooth transition to middle school, discussing topics such as bullying, peer relationships, social media and substance abuse. The workshop will provide information about warning signs, triggers, finding motivation and encouraging positive change in adolescents. The workshop will be held on from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Blue Lick Elementary School, located at 9801 Blue Lick Road in Louisville. The speaker for the seminar is David Houvenagle, licensed clinical social worker with Our Lady of Peace.

For more information on the seminars, call 502.479.4191, or email KellyGillooly@kentuckyonehealth.org.


Second Cat Café To Open in Louisville

A second non-profit cat café called Lucky Cat Café & Lounge will open in the Upper Highlands (Belknap Neighborhood) on Sept. 5. Located at 2230 Dundee Road, just off Bardstown Road, Lucky Cat has two partner agencies: Metro Animal Services and Shamrock Pet Foundation, which will transport homeless cats currently in shelters and give them a chance to find permanent homes faster and more efficiently at the cat café. The cats will live 24/7 at Lucky Cat Café until they are adopted.

Located in a 1920s home with tall ceilings, hardwood floors and fireplaces in every room, Lucky Cat Café will provide a peaceful home environment for 15 to 20 cats who will live there. A handful of cats are already there, getting adjusted and settling in. All cats are microchipped, spayed/neutered, have updated shots and are ready to adopt.

Visitors may also hang out and pet cats without adopting one. Because kittens don’t need any help getting adopted, Lucky Cat plans to focus more on helping adult and older cats, plus cats that have been in shelters or foster homes a long time, to find their purrfect new homes.

Visitors can spend more time in a cat café, a more relaxed environment than shelters, getting to know a cat’s personality before deciding to adopt.

Lucky Cat Café & Lounge will feature Sunergos Coffee, a local award-winning roastery; vegan baked goods from Flora Kitchenette; plus soft drinks, lemonade, chips and other snacks, as well as t-shirts and cat-themed merchandise. Visitors sign a waiver and pay a small cover fee to enter the Cat Lounge for one hour, which is standard among all cat cafés in the US. Lucky Cat Café also plans to have special events such as yoga with cats, book buddies (to help struggling readers), purr therapy for seniors, story time for youngsters and guest speakers.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday closed. The cost to enter the Cat Lounge is $10/hour on weekdays, $12/hour on weekends. A 20 percent discount for college students, military/veterans and adults 62 and older. Adoption fees vary. Children must be 10 years old to enter the Cat Lounge; ages 10 to 14 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Younger children may attend special events listed on the events calendar. Visit Lucky Cat online at luckycatcafe.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/luckycatcafe502.


2016 Write Stuff Contest two-dimensional art winner by Lucinda Quinn.

Calling all teens! Submissions due Sept. 28 for The Write Stuff Teen Writing and Visual Arts Contest

All middle and high schools students who are residents of Kentucky and Southern Indiana are encouraged to submit their experiences and reflections about living with cancer for The Write Stuff Teen Writing and Visual Arts Contest from Gilda’s Club Louisville, 633 Baxter Ave. Teens may submit original essays, poetry, two-dimensional artwork or videos.

Entries are due by midnight (EST) on Sept. 28, and can be about the teen’s own cancer journey or that of a family member or friend. All are welcome to submit, including those students who have previously entered the contest.

Cash prizes will be awarded: $500 for first place, $250 for second and $125 for third. In addition, entries may also be published or displayed in an effort to help educate students, teachers, counselors and others about the teen perspective on living with cancer.

All entries must be accompanied by an entry form, available online at www.gildasclublouisville.org/writestuff. Submissions will be scored by a panel of judges, and an awards ceremony will be held at Gilda’s Club in January.

For more info, please go to gildasclublouisville.org/writestuff or contact Mary Caroline Gray at marycaroline@gildasclublouisville.org.