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Attorney Sharon Handy Recognized for Outstanding Community Involvement

The Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana recently bestowed the Tough Cookie award upon attorney Sharon Handy of Seiller Waterman LLC. 

Sharon Handy.

The Tough Cookie award is presented to outstanding women who embody courage, confidence and character while supporting Girl Scouting, young women and the community.

“Sharon is a woman whose life exemplifies the value of community service intrinsic to Girl Scouts,” said Robert Waterman, a founder of Seiller Waterman LLC.

Handy also recently participated in Le Tour de Pork bike ride with Tammy Naples, a paralegal in the firm, Tammy’s sister Tracey Hazelwood and another friend. The ride is a benefit for the Ohio River Greenway, which is nearing completion. The multi-use trail will ultimately run for 7.5 miles along the banks of the Ohio River from Jeffersonville, through Clarksville, to New Albany, Indiana.

Taking her community involvement even further, Handy was also recently elected to the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana. The organization offers a range of charitable funds, allowing individuals, families, businesses, and not-for-profits to choose the best vehicle(s) to help accomplish their philanthropic goals.

Fund for the Arts unveils NeXt Class of 2019

Fund for the Arts announces the NeXt Class of 2019, comprised of 41 young professionals who are invested in enhancing their lives and the greater community through the power of the arts. NeXt is a nationally recognized professional development program that spans 10 months, preparing the next generation of emerging professionals for volunteer leadership roles within the arts community.

“The NeXt class offers future leaders from all backgrounds and areas of expertise the opportunity to learn, develop and motivate a deep commitment of service and exceptional leadership in the arts,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts president and CEO. “Fund for the Arts is proud to provide this opportunity for growth and leadership, and grateful to Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC and Stock Yards Bank for their continuing support as we embolden and inspire emerging leaders to become our region’s arts ambassadors one day.”

NeXt Class of 2019:

Sarah Adkins, QSR Automations

Monica Beavers, Fund for the Arts

Kellie Beckman, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Alexandra Bittel, Merrill Lynch

Tyler Bliss, New Albany Floyd County Education Foundation

Kseniya Buck, Hume Law

Kate Burger, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Jordan Coleman, Passport Health Plan

Cathy Colliver, Gannett

Taylor Coots, EM Ford

Nicky Edwards, Louisville Distilling Company (Angel’s Envy)

Kendra Flanigan, Humana

Elizabeth Greenfield, Actors Theatre of Louisville

Anne Marie Grisanti, Insider Louisville

Drew Hillebrand, Stock Yards Bank & Trust

Will Hollis, Center for Interfaith Relations

Matthew Hughes, National Stem Cell Foundation

Megan Imel, Republic Bank

Ashley Kratz, LG&E and KU Energy

Lauren Madden, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Jennifer Martin, Norton Healthcare

Mike McCarthy, Beam Suntory

Megan McDougal, Lift a Life Foundation Inc.

Kasen Meek, Uspiritus

Amy Miles, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC

Miriam Nally, Greater Louisville Inc.

Lucy Oldham, Charah, LLC

Charles Otten, Morgan & Pottinger PSC

Stephen Price, Lacuna Health

Amanda Sapata, AudioCodes

Clark Spalding, Homefit Personal Training

Benjamin Streepey, JP Morgan Chase

Elizabeth Strehl, Humana

Lane Thompson, Louis T. Roth & Co., PLLC

Heather Tomko, American Commercial Barge Line

Shanna Ward, Kentucky Derby Festival

Alex White, Alex R. White Attorney

James Wilkerson, Jefferson County Attorney’s Office

Emory Williamson, Community Foundation of Louisville

Jaymi Yantis, Brown-Forman

Michael Ydoate, Baldwin CPAs, PLLC

Trager Family, Republic Bank Foundation gift to enhance optimal aging institute at UofL

The Republic Bank Foundation and the Trager family have pledged substantial funding to continue and expand the work of the University of Louisville’s world-class institute that promotes research and innovation in the field of optimal aging.

UofL President Neeli Bendapudi announced the gift at her inauguration as the university’s 18th president.

The donation will enhance UofL’s Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging, which connects providers in the aging services community to resources for older adults, caregivers, businesses, service providers and researchers. The institute will be renamed the Trager Family Institute for Optimal Aging. Additionally, the gift will create the Republic Bank Foundation Optimal Aging Clinic, which will apply the research conducted and offer hands-on services to its clients.

“The Trager Family Institute for Optimal Aging will bolster our current efforts and launch new initiatives in research, treatment and programming that will improve the quality of life for our older citizens,” Bendapudi said. “Louisville is a hub for aging-care businesses, insurance companies and health care organizations. Our goal is to create partnerships that will leverage this expertise to improve the lives of people in the Commonwealth and throughout the world.”

The Trager Family Foundation and Republic Bank Foundation will contribute equally to the Trager Family Institute for Optimal Aging. Bendapudi called the contributions “generous and significant.”

“As both a family and organization, our roots with the University of Louisville run deep. So, at the beginning of this new chapter for the university, with much optimism for the city, the university and President Bendapudi, we felt that it was important to show our support,” said Steve Trager, chairman and CEO of Republic Bank. “Considering the importance of the elder-care industry to Louisville’s economic development, we are proud to partner with the University of Louisville to introduce the Trager Family Institute for Optimal Aging.”

31 Mlb® & Mlb Network® Signed Gold Louisville Slugger® Bats Being Auctioned For Stand Up To Cancer

Major League Baseball and Louisville Slugger are teaming up to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer as MLB heads into the 2018 Postseason.

Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, has produced 31 gold bats stamped with the childhood cancer awareness ribbon, one for every MLB club and the MLB Network. All 31 gold MLB Louisville Slugger bats, autographed by members of each club and MLB Network talent, are for auction on through Oct. 17. Funds raised will support Stand Up To Cancer.

“Cancer is a leading cause of death among children,” said Louisville Slugger Brand Manager Joey Nowak. “Our brand exists because of kids and baseball, so Louisville Slugger is joining Major League Baseball in stepping up to the plate to help find a cure for pediatric cancers.”

Statistics show pediatric cancer knows no bounds. It cuts across all ages, ethnic groups and socio-economic groups. Every day more than 40 children in the U.S. learn they have cancer. Twelve percent of these children will not survive.

“Our hope is that the gold pediatric-cancer Louisville Slugger bats will bring a huge amount of awareness and funds for the cause so that medical advances will continue, and more children can and will survive,” Nowak said.

Kentucky Colonels Award Record $2 Million In Grants

YouthBuild Louisville is proud to announce it received a grant from the Honorable Order Kentucky Colonels (HOKC) in the amount of $6,517.99 to purchase construction training equipment.

YouthBuild Louisville serves young people, 16-24, who are working to complete their high school diploma, earn industry credentials in construction and nursing and move into post-secondary education and/or employment.

The $2 million mark is a record for the KY Colonel’s annual grant program, according to HOKC Executive Director Sherry Crose, as more than 230 charities throughout the Commonwealth will receive grants this year and three million Kentuckians will be aided through the combined impact of the non-profit organizations receiving these grants.

Lynn Ashton, commanding general of the Kentucky Colonels said, “A Kentucky Colonel is more than just a certificate; it’s a group of compassionate people who care about people.”

HOKC is a 501(c)(3) supporting Kentucky charities and worthy organizations through its Good Works Program. Donations are given by colonels appointed by the governor, who chose to exercise this honor in a meaningful way.  For more information, go to

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