Biz Briefs of the Week: August 8, 2013

Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs Racetrack plans to enhance the patron experience for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, the Longines Kentucky Oaks and other on-track events through the creation of the Grandstand Terrace, a venue that will offer nearly 2,400 new seats on the second and third floors and significantly expand and update restrooms, wagering windows and food and beverage offerings available to Grandstand patrons. The Grandstand Terrace project also features the addition of the Rooftop Garden, a hospitality lounge area for VIP guests.

The Grandstand Terrace Project was approved by the Churchill Downs Incorporated, Board of Directors on Monday, July 29. The venue and its amenities will be available for the 140th Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 2, 2014 and the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

The new seating is part of a $14.5 million renovation which includes 51,000 square feet of completely new space located behind and adjacent to the track’s current Grandstand seats that overlook the Kentucky Derby starting gate at the head of the homestretch. The number of restrooms, wagering windows and food and beverage stations will be significantly increased in that area of the Grandstand. An additional 14,000 square feet in the Grandstand is being renovated as part of this project.

Churchill Downs has invested more than $150 million in renovations and improvements to its historic facility since late 2001, but there have been no major improvement projects in that area of the Grandstand during that period.

The improved facilities and amenities will be easily accessible to patrons in more than 20,000 seats – approximately 37 percent of the track’s reserved seating – on Derby and Oaks Days.

“The Grandstand Terrace and Rooftop Garden offer a rare opportunity to create new seating for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, but it’s even more exciting because the new and updated amenities will significantly improve the experience for a large percentage of fans that join us in the Grandstand for this great sports and entertainment spectacle,” said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “The new and renovated concessions, restrooms and wagering locations will be conveniently accessible for all of our Grandstand patrons. The result will be improved service and a more enjoyable experience during the premier weekend in American racing.”

Building Industry Charitable Foundation and Youth Build Play Houses Will Be Delivered to Children on Friday

The Building Industry Charitable Foundation of the Home Builders Association of Louisville will deliver the dream playhouses to their excited owners this Friday August 2nd.
Sam Harris is one of the two lucky Kosair Charities recipients to receive a playhouse built in collaboration between The Building Industry Charitable Foundation of the Home Builders Association of Louisville, Kosair Charities and YouthBuild Louisville.

The Harris Family, The Building Industries Charitable Foundation of the Home Builders Association and Kosair Charities are providing the media an opportunity to see Sam play in his playhouse for the first time on Friday August 2 at 1:30 PM.

“We are so thankful to all the organizations involved with Sam’s playhouse project. In a world of “no’s” this is a resounding YES! The playhouse was customized specifically for Sam as an amazing play space that also meets his therapeutic needs. The best part is it is accessible to him 24/7 365 days a year. As many parents of medically fragile/special needs children know, so much time is consumed with caregiving, running to appointments and trying to make ends meet. Sometimes it’s hard to find the positive in the midst of the all that. We are grateful for all the organizations who are seeing a need in the community and are working to touch families and provide a lasting POSITIVE.” Stated Nancy Harris regarding Sam’s playhouse.

The playhouses were on display for the public to view during the annual Homearama event, hosted this year at Rock Springs and Locust Creek July 13-28. One playhouse was on site in each neighborhood.

Each play house is designed, built, and decorated especially for its recipient, with the child’s involvement at each step of the process. Registered Builders of the Home Builders Association of Louisville (HBAL) teamed up with local HBAL-members to create a play house that will not only enhance the child’s life, but also serve as a therapy-aide for continued strength and improvement to their quality of life.

River City Bank is the sponsor of Sam’s play house that was built by Michael O’Dea, Michael O’Dea Builder. Interior design was provided by Amber Fischer, Interior Designer.
The Building Industry Charitable Foundation built its first playhouse in 2011 and also partnered with Kosair Charities and YouthBuild Louisville.

The play houses are a perfect project for the Foundation because it allows members of the Home Builders Association of Louisville to use their talents and expertise to not only build something special for a deserving child and family, but also share their skills with the students of YouthBuild Louisville by mentoring the young people involved in the trades program.

Documentary on Bernheim’s Snake Hollow Wins Emmy

Western Kentucky University Public Broadcast Station (WKU PBS) was awarded an Ohio Valley Emmy Award for its documentary highlighting the installation of Bernheim’s Snake Hollow. WKU PBS Producer Cheryl Beckley received the award in the “Magazine Feature/Segment” category.

The eight-minute piece takes an inside look at the creation of Snake Hollow, an art piece composed of willow saplings, also serving as a maze for children. Beckley conveys the work of internationally renowned artist, Patrick Dougherty. Dougherty, along with the help of over 40 volunteers, took willow limbs and wove them into a fantasy of shape and imagination that one has to see to believe.

“It was a fabulous opportunity for us to watch a work of art come together from beginning to end,” said Beckley. “We were able to capture the movement of the piece with a larger camera at the end of the process, and I think show just how magnificent the artwork is.”

“We are proud to have worked with WKU PBS to feature Patrick’s artwork,” said Bernheim Executive Director Mark Wourms. “We want our visitors to develop a deep connection with nature at Bernheim and our arts in nature program helps do just that. Cheryl and her team did a wonderful job conveying the unique formation of Snake Hollow.”
Wourms encouraged everyone to visit Snake Hollow, located next to the Bernheim Visitor Center.

Homearama 2013 at Locust Creek and Rock Springs Grand Award Winners Announced

The Homearama Grand Award Winners were selected by the public who voted on site during their visit. Voting occurred at both Homearama locations and awards for Favorite Builder and Favorite Designer were presented for each neighborhood.

The winners were:

Locust Creek

Favorite Builder:
1st place: House #3 Rob Eberenz Jr. – Rob Eberenz Jr. Builder, LLC
2nd place: House #8 Richard Miles- Landmark Custom Homes/Dogwood Homes
3rd place: House #2 Jim French- Jim French Builder Custom Homes & Remodeling

Favorite Designer:

  • 1st place: House #8 Marsha Riggle- Tassels
  • 2nd place: House #3 Margee Daugherty- Margaret Ann Designs and Janice M. Eberenz- Architectural Designs
  • 3rd place: House #4 Lisa Lynn Knight, Darla Rissler, and Kim Miles – Lisa Lynn Design Services, LLC

Rock Springs

Favorite Builder:

  • 1st place: House #3 Brandon & Rick Buttorff- The Buttorff Company, Inc.
  • 2nd place: House #8 Jim, Dave, and Mark Ernst- Prestige Builders, Inc.
  • 3rd place: House #6 Leo Thieneman Sr. & Leo Thieneman Jr. – Leo Thieneman & Sons LLC

Favorite Designer:

  • 1st place: House #3 Karista Hannah- Set the Stage Interior Design and Lauren Harp- Lady of the House Interior Design
  • 2nd place: House #6 Lisa Lynn Knight and Branson Batliner- Lisa Lynn Design Services LLC
  • 3rd place: House #8 Ann M. Cloyd and Frankie Epperson- Century Entertainment & Furnishings

Indiana’s French Lick Resort Named Site Of the 2015 Senior PGA Championship Presented By KitchenAid

French Lick Resort, one of the Midwest’s historic sports destinations long before it was recognized as home to a legendary basketball player, will attract its share of golf legends in the spring of 2015 as the site of the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.

French Lick Resort’s Pete Dye Course, which opened in 2009, will be the site of the most historic and prestigious event in senior golf, May 21-24, 2015. The Senior PGA Championship becomes the fourth major championship hosted by the resort, following the 1924 PGA Championship, played on the Donald Ross Course, won by Walter Hagen whose triumph began a remarkable four-year PGA winning streak. The French Lick Resort also hosted the 1959 and ’60 LPGA Championships. French Lick’s Pete Dye Course also hosted the 2010 PGA Professional National Championship.

The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid marks its first visit to Indiana, with an international 156-member field competing on the par-72, 7,400-yard Pete Dye Course, designed by its legendary namesake.

“The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid has demonstrated its ability to attract and establish a tradition of bringing this premier event to many of the premier courses in the country,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “It is exciting to have the opportunity to bring the Championship to French Lick, which most recognize as the hometown of basketball legend Larry Bird, but also became a site of golf history when Walter Hagen, one of our Association founders, enhanced his legendary career. The connection is now alive again in 2015 when the finest senior professionals in the world, including some of legendary status, compete for the Alfred S. Bourne trophy in Indiana.”

“On behalf of all the dedicated Cook employees from around the world and the fine residents of Southern Indiana, we are pleased to once again be partnering with The PGA of America and bringing the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid to French Lick Resort,” said Steve Ferguson, Chairman of the Board for the Cook Group. “Our resort is enthusiastic and energized to again serve as the host site for championship golf, and to help The PGA stage the most historic and prestigious championship in senior golf. We are looking forward to a long successful relationship with two great organizations The PGA of America and KitchenAid.”

Tom+Chee Featured on Fox Business Segment on “MONEY with Melissa Francis”

On Friday August 2nd, Tom+Chee founder Corey Ward and new franchise owner Lynn Eckle were featured on the Fox Business network’s show, “MONEY with Melissa Francis.” This was a first of a series of regular segments following the preparations and opening of Tom+Chee’s first New Jersey shop in the New Brunswick area.

“I knew the moment I saw them on Shark Tank that I wanted in,” explains Tom+Chee franchisee Eckle, referring to Ward and Quackenbush’s May 19 appearance on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” “Their concept was just so fun and refreshing. I was excited that night, and my enthusiasm for the brand and this investment continues to grow.”
Ward and founder Trew Quackenbush have previously appeared on “MONEY with Melissa Francis” via remote in Cincinnati, but this time Francis will be able to sample the delicious eats that Ward will grill up for her in the show’s New York City studio.

“We’re looking forward to seeing Lynn’s progress,” notes Tom+Chee founder Corey Ward. “Her attitude and enthusiasm are infectious, and we’re excited to welcome her into the Tom+Chee family. MONEY’s regular updates on her journey are going to be very fun, as well as informative for others considering franchising opportunities.”

Online Registration is open for the Triple Crown Series

Registration is now open for the 2014 Louisville Triple Crown of RunningSM (LTCOR) presented by Novo Nordisk. A registration fee of $90 is for all three races until February 10, 2014 (mail-in or walk-in) or February 15 (online only). Visit the official website,, for new details regarding online registration as well as postmark and walk-in registration deadlines and fees for the series and individual events. The races are; Anthem 5K Fitness Classic – February 22, Rodes City Run 10K – March 8 and the Papa John’s 10 Miler – March 22.

2014 marks the 11th year Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, will sponsor the race series. The race directors are pleased to welcome two new sponsors to the race events: The Voice-Tribune, CafePress and PowerBar. We would also like to thank all of our returning sponsors as well. The Triple Crown race committee is privileged to continue to work with their family of valuable sponsors including ValuMarket, Jewish Sports Medicine, LEO, Summit Media Group (Lite 106.9, 107.7 The Eagle and Q103.1), Heine Brothers Coffee, Fleet Feet Sports, BB&T, Rumpke, Louisville Stoneware, Fast Signs, Sun Tan City, YMCA of Greater Louisville, WHAS-TV, Thrifty Truck Rental, Chick-filA, Waste Management, Louisville Water Company, CBS Outdoor and Gatorade.

The Louisville Triple Crown of Running consists of three popular road races of varying distances. In 2013 the races had nearly 30,000 runners participating in all three events, resulting in a record donation earlier this June to the WHAS Crusade for Children of $190,126. Since 2002, the race series has contributed more than $1.22 million to the Crusade and is proud to be ranked second in civic donors and fourth in overall donors, including all fire departments, to the charity’s 2013 campaign.