Hosts and Heroes

A multitude of volunteers in Louisville really make our town fabulous.

Last week, the Bellarmine University Women’s Council presented their 42nd Designers’ Show House at 2320 Village Drive. All proceeds will benefit the Bellarmine University Student Aid Fund.

The three-story Colonial Revival-style home was designed in 1925 by Stratton Hammon (1904-97). It is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. You can visit the designers in their rooms on Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. The house will be open through September 25.

Flavors Cafe by Sodexo, located on site, is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. There additionally is a Parkside Boutique and Garden Center open during Show House hours.

On opening night, council members and guests toured the newly renovated home and enjoyed cocktails and a Ladyfingers-catered buffet in a tent on the lawn. It was a fun and relaxed group.

Once the home of Dr. Warren M. and the late Barbara Sherrer Cox (a former Women’s Council member), the house on Village Drive is now owned by Nicholas Kues, who has spent months on renovations. He graciously allowed the Women’s Council to open the house and allowed the more than 25 Louisville-area designers to work their magic in its many beautiful rooms.

Barbara would be pleased to see her home restored to its former glory, benefiting deserving Bellarmine students for whom she worked tirelessly for 20 years.

Commonwealth Bank & Trust Co. again served as the premier corporate sponsor of the Show House Preview Gala.

The Women’s Council has partnered with Bellarmine for more than 50 years for the benefit of the students. They have raised more than $2 million for student aid! The Show House chairs, Sandy Byrd and Donna Borden, have contributed their talents for years, as have many Women’s Council volunteers who are to be congratulated for their success this year and years past.

Bellarmine University Interim President Dr. Doris A. Tegart and her husband, Joe, were there and very happy with the large community of volunteers supporting Bellarmine.

KOSAIR CHARITIES

That same evening, Kosair Charities had a “Celebration of Philanthropy” at the Masonic Home.

After cocktails and dinner, Kosair Charities Vice President of Mission Advancement Melissa Kratzer welcomed everyone. Allan Parnell, member of the 982 Society and Platinum 1000 Club, gave the invocation. Jean West Losavio, a member of Kosair Charities Advisory Board, was the emcee for the evening. Ben Otten, a Congressional Award winner and Kosair Kid spoke. Noble Ron Miller, Noble Frank Texas, Noble J. B. Hitt II and Melissa Kratzer also spoke.

One of the most important parts of the evening was for the entire audience to continue to be made aware of the W. Barnett Owen Society, which honors the legacy of Dr. W. Barnett Owen, the first orthopedic specialist in Kentucky, and his commitment to helping children access quality health care. It was his vision and compassion that led to the establishment of Kosair Crippled Children Hospital in a plan presented to his fellow Shriners in 1926.

Members of the Society are individuals who have made gifts to Kosair Charities through their wills, trusts or other estate planning vehicles giving them the opportunity to perpetuate their own compassion for children.

It was a lovely and meaningful evening. VT