Celebration of Life: Michael A. Ziemianski

Michael A. Ziemianski, 63, of Floyds Knobs died on June 25, 2019 at Jewish Hospital following a brief battle with cancer.

He was born July 6, 1955 in Toledo, Ohio, to Joseph and Ethel (Minarcin) Ziemianski, who preceded him in death. Surviving are his best friend, Michael Day of Floyds Knobs; his sister, Marilyn Fox and her husband, Thomas, of Maumee, Ohio; and many beloved nieces, nephews and extended family.

Mike grew up in Rossford, Ohio, and was a 1973 graduate of Rossford High School. He worked for his family’s business for several years, both in Ohio and in Phoenix, Arizona. His faith led him to college seminary at Saint Meinrad College in Indiana, where he earned a B.A. in Spanish in 1987. After college, he made Louisville and Southern Indiana his home.

He worked for Mercy Academy providing retreat experiences before returning to Saint Meinrad where he served the Archabbey and its Seminary and School of Theology for more than 25 years. During his tenure there, he served as director of annual giving, director of development and since 2008 as vice-president for development. For 18 months, he worked as the director of development for the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville.

Mike believed strongly in community service. From 1997 until his death, he volunteered for the Kentucky Derby Festival, an organization very close to his heart. In 2003, he was named the Volunteer of the Year and also served on the KDF’s Board of Directors, most recently as chair-elect. He was due to serve as chair this year until his illness. As a member of the Cathedral of the Assumption Parish, he served for over 20 years as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. In addition, he was a member of the Bishop Flaget Society; a founding member of the organizing committee for Let’s Dance Louisville, an annual fundraising event for the Feed My Neighbor program; and could be found tending bar when needed.

Visitation and prayer services were held at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Georgetown, Indiana, on June 28. Visitation and funeral mass was held on June 29 at Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville.

Celebration of Life: Woodford R. “Woody” Porter Jr.

Woodford R. “Woody” Porter Jr., 72, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2019.

Woody was the owner and CEO of A.D. Porter & Sons Funeral Home, one of Louisville’s longest operating privately owned and operated African-American funeral homes. Woody established a second location, A.D. Porter & Sons-Southeast in 2009.

Woody served on a number of civic boards and business groups including: member and vice president of One West, Inc.; board member of the Louisville Urban League; life member NAACP, Ye Ole Esquire Club and J.B.B. Delphi Club, Inc.; vice president, Funeral Directors Vault and Crematory, LTD; former board member of Kentucky Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors; and chairman of the Falls City Funeral Directors Association.

Woody was a member of St. Stephen Church and was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harriett and Woodford R. Porter Sr.; sister, Ferda Porter; and daughters, Alysia “Dani” Porter and Alexis D. Porter.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Kellar Porter; children, Hamilton Chase Porter (Monica), Woodford R. Porter III “Trey,” Christian Bryant and Whitney Sweeney-Martin (Rodrick); siblings, Sharon Porter Robinson, Marie E. Porter and Harriett “Ellie” Billops (Jerry); grandchildren, Nyla Porter, Ariana Porter, Trevor Porter, London Sweeney, Keyon Bryant and Jay McAfee; and Jeffrey L. Gardner, trusted friend and business partner, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and countless colleagues and friends.

Funeral services were held on July 3, 2019 at St. Stephen Church, 1018 S. 15th St.

Visitation was held July 2 at A.D. Porter & Sons Funeral Home and at St. Stephen Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to One West, 2028 W. Broadway, Ste. 104, Louisville, KY 40203, and the Woodford R. Porter Jr. Scholarship Fund at Simmons College of Kentucky, 1000 S. 4th St., Louisville, KY 40203.

USA Cares Gala

Entertainment, all for a good cause!

Get out your black tie attire and show off your best dress to support USA Cares at their annual gala to celebrate 16 years of service. Come alone or bring some friends to honor and pay tribute to veterans, active service members, and their families. 

This year’s theme is United We Stand. The event will kick off with an inspirational speech by retired Major Jas Boothe of the US Army, a disabled veteran and cancer survivor who founded Final Salute Inc., an organization to assist female veterans.

In addition to more speakers and live music, guests can also look forward to participating in a silent and live auction. Last year’s auction included luxury travel packages, a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle, and custom jewelry from Davis Jewelers, so you don’t want to miss what’s in store for this year. 

This gala raises money for USA Cares, an organization founded to provide financial assistance and advocacy for post-9/11 active US military service personnel, veterans, and their families. Launched with support from WAVE3, Kroger, and Fort Knox, the organization originally focused on the Kentuckiana area and was named Kentuckiana Cares. In October 2003, the organization grew to USA Cares, a national nonprofit. Since its founding, the organization has assisted thousands of veterans, active military personnel, and their families. 

The gala will be held at the Louisville Marriot Downtown hotel on Saturday, July 27. Doors open at 5:30pm. Tickets range from $300 for an individual ticket to full tables, costing $3,000 to $10,000. 

Celebration of Life: Lou Ellen Carwile Williams

Photo by Tim Valentino.

Lou Ellen (Carwile) Williams passed away June 12, 2019 after a short illness. She was born Oct. 3, 1935 to Argus and Victoria (Deckard) Carwile. She was raised in South Louisville and spoke fondly of her childhood and the influence and support of her family and neighbors.

Lou Ellen married Billy D. Williams on Feb. 15, 1966. Together, they owned furniture stores; designed, built and sold homes throughout Louisville; and enjoyed being active in community organizations. They enjoyed furniture markets in North Carolina and Dallas and vacationing in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Family was important to Lou Ellen, and she was a caregiver to her mother for many years. She enjoyed family visiting and proudly taking them all over Louisville so she could “show off” her city.

Lou Ellen was a member and past president of The Fillies, Inc. and served on the boards of the Kentucky Derby Festival and the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation.

The Kentucky Derby was a highlight for Lou Ellen. Her friends and family will always pause the first Saturday of May during the annual “Run for the Roses” and think of her.

Her husband Bill passed away on Sept. 24, 2004. Lou Ellen and Bill were blessed with a loyal friend and selfless and dedicated caregiver, Julia Seng, and a trusted and devoted friend, Eris Frazier. With Julia and Frazier’s friendship, support and care, both Lou Ellen and Bill were able to remain at home until each of their passings.

Lou Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Kenneth Ray Carwile; sister-in-law, Madeline Carwile; and brother-in-law, Dale Trzynka.

Lou Ellen is survived by her brother, Jacob T. Carwile (Wichita, Kansas); two sisters, Marge Trzynka (Bismarck, North Dakota) and JoAnn (James) Montgomery (Cincinnati, Ohio); her beloved friends, Julia Seng and Eris Frazier; numerous nieces and nephews; and her dog, Annie.

A graveside service was held on June 15 at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.

Memorials can be made to the Kentucky and Southern Indiana Stroke Association.

Mummers & Minstrels Perform “The Fantasticks”

Come see your neighbors sing and perform in Mummers & Minstrels’ production of The Fantasticks, the world’s longest running musical with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. Written and originally performed in 1960, the story is like a fairy tale and is loosely based on Edmond Rostand’s play The Romancers. The funny and romantic musical is about two fathers living next door to each other who trick their son and daughter, Matt and Luisa, into falling in love by pretending to fight.  

The cast and crew have been rehearsing since auditions were held mid-May. The show is directed by Alan Weller as a production of Mummers & Minstrels. The troupe has been around for over 60 years. They started by writing and producing original productions on the veranda of the home of Mavis McGhee, a playwright and director who lived in the Anchorage area. The company was founded to showcase the theatrical talents of residents of the Anchorage area. In the past years, they’ve been performing a Broadway musical once a year. 

For four nights next weekend, you can experience the fable. Evening performances start at 7:30pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. A matinee performace on Sunday, July 28 will start at 2:30pm. All performances will be performed at the Anchorage School Auditorium in Anchorage. 

Friday, July 26, 2019 from 7:30PM – 10:00PM
Anchorage School Auditorium
Mummers & Minstrels, Inc.

Forecastle Festival 2019

Festival-goers enjoyed three days of live music and spectacular entertainment at Waterfront Park the weekend of July 12-14. This year’s Forecastle included performances by the Killers, the Avett Brothers, Nelly and many more.
Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Show Off Your Inner Einstein!

Are you a Jeopardy! Junkie? Can you recall who won the World Series in 1979 at the drop of a hat? 

Show off your trivia chops at the fifth annual Trivia Night benefiting the Boys and Girls Haven. At this exclusive event, teams of up to 8 participants will compete in several rounds of trivia in hopes to win the $500 grand prize. Runner-ups win admission to The Gravy Cup 2020 as well as Boys and Girls Haven merchandise. There’s even a surprise prize for last place!

If your team doesn’t skyrocket to victory, there are still treasures to be claimed at the event’s raffle.

Beer, wine, and soda will be for sale at the event. Although no food will be served, participants are encouraged to bring their own snacks. 

All proceeds of this event will benefit the Boys and Girls Haven. Founded in 1948, the Boys and Girls Haven serves young adults in Kentucky, providing shelter as well as teaching them to be productive members of their community. For over 70 years, this organization has helped more than 5,000 children.

Doors open on July 19 at 6:00pm and the questions begin at 7:00pm. Reserve a table for $200—just $25 per participant for a team of eight. All participants must be at least 21 years of age. Put your cell phones away! You can only use your brain for this one. 

Friday, July 19, 2019 from 7:00PM – 10:00PM
Boys and Girls Haven
Boys & Girls Haven

Bourbon and Bonbons

There’s no better way to spend a Thursday evening than stepping back in time to the era of flappers, gangsters, and lush, underground speakeasies at the first annual Bourbon & Bonbons. 

Starting at 6pm, guests can enjoy bourbon-inspired plates from local vendors like Bourbon Raw and Griff’s as well as sample pours from local distilleries like Jeptha Creed and local wineries like Old 502 Winery. There will also be a special guest performance from Richard Darshwood, the Whiskey Wizard. 

Show off your Charleston moves on the dance floor or bid in the live and silent auctions, featuring items like tickets to Actor’s Theatre, gift baskets from Copper & Kings or Buffalo Trace, or a guest experience for eight at Castle & Key.

All proceeds from Bourbon & Bonbons will go to the Exploited Children’s Help Organization (ECHO), an organization which has worked to reduce child abuse and exploitation since 1983. A volunteer-based organization, ECHO works with schools, community groups, and law enforcement to teach children and parents about how to prevent child abuse. 

Tickets are $75 per person. The event is hosted at The Olmstead on Frankfort Avenue. Be sure to bring your appetite and your dancing shoes!

Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 6:00PM – 9:30PM

Flyover Film Festival Pre-Flight Reception

Movie buffs celebrated the upcoming Flyover Film Festival at 21c Museum Hotel on July 10. The Louisville Film Society will present the festival July 21-26 with films featuring ties to Kentucky.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Refresh for Summer

On June 29, the Marcus Lindsey hosted this perfectly-pampering and entertaining event. The afternoon featured makeovers, massages, a live and silent auction and a fashion show. A portion of the proceeds raised benefited IDEAS xLab, the artist-led nonprofit.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Recovery Courts Celebration

The Jefferson Family Recovery Court and the Louisville chapter of the National Council Of Jewish Women hosted a reception for benefactors and volunteers on July 2 at Independence Bank in St. Matthews. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and learned about the new Recovery Courts for Kentucky.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington