The Monarchs Benefit for JAM

You can feel good about dancing the night away—it’s for a good cause!

Enjoy an evening of upbeat music by The Monarchs sure to have you tapping your toes. In between bouts of dancing, you can snack on some heavy hors d’oeuvres and peruse the silent auction and raffles for gift cards, bourbon barrels, and bourbon. 

The big item of the evening is a bottle of Buffalo Trace poured from the 6 millionth barrel of whiskey produced at the distillery since Prohibition. Only 400 bottles are available across the country, so this may be your only chance to take one home!

This event benefits Jeffersontown Area Ministries, a USDA community food distribution center that has special programs for those 60 and older as well as those on disability. They also help with financial assistance for rent, utilities, and medications. The Monarchs Benefit is the organization’s only fundraising event, so every ticket matters.

The event will take place on Friday, October 18 from 6:00 to 10:00 at The Jeffersonian. Tickets are $30 each.

The 2019 Makers of Change Awards

Celebrate those who always put others’ needs first at Community Action of Southern Indiana’s Maker of Change Awards.

This annual ceremony aims to honor people in the New Albany community who work quietly to improve the lives of others by helping them reach economic security and self-reliance, in addition to notable progress in the fields of education, public safety, leadership, religious guidance, community service, health, and business. The ceremony will also give awards to young people in the community who are working to create change, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Posthumous Award. Each of the award winners have been nominated by the community.

For over 40 years, Community Action of Southern Indiana has worked to provide crisis assistance and community outreach to Southern Indiana counties. Even after all this time, they remain committed to assisting neighbors to reach a goal of economic security and self sufficiency.

The 2019 Makers of Change Awards will be held on Thursday, October 17th at The Grand in New Albany from 6:00 to 8:00. Tickets are $30 for individuals and $240 for a table. 


Previously known as Bourbon Bash, KMAC Museum’s longest-running event took place on the evening of Oct. 5. The celebration of bourbon and art included inventive food from local chefs, specialty cocktails and much more.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Night of a Thousand Flowers

In celebration of the opening of the Graeser Family Education Center, supporters of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens attended this elegant outdoor gala on Oct. 5.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Bowmanfest 2019

Despite a little rain, aviation enthusiasts enjoyed two days of fun at Bowman Field on Oct. 5 and 6. Attendees had the chance to see more than 50 planes, take part in the first-ever 5K on the Runway, take rides in historic aircrafts, view military exhibits and so much more.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Bluegrass Farm-to-Table Dinner and Conservation Awards

Ashbourne Farms hosted this elegant dinner and awards ceremony on Sept. 28. Guests savored gourmet bites from Ashbourne’s kitchen as former Kentucky First Lady Libby Jones of Airdrie Stud was honored as the Land Conservationist of the Year.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Power of 1 Breakfast

Volunteers of America Mid-States hosted its annual fundraising event at the Kentucky International Convention Center on Oct. 2.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Cocktails on the Lawn

Benefiting the Cave Hill Heritage Foundation, this annual outdoor event took place at Cave Hill Cemetery on the evening of Oct. 1.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Wigs on Tap

On Oct. 3, Gilda’s Club Associate Board’s signature fundraiser took place at Play Louisville.

Photos by Tim Valentino

Louisville Ballet + Lexington Ballet Present Historic Collaboration 

It’s an event of athletic prowess that rivals others – by leaps and bounds. In a historic collaboration that unites two cities, Lexington Ballet and Louisville Ballet come together for the first time in United State of Dance! 

Although the two cities may be rivals, at the end of the day, only one thing matters: the kids. Five dollars from every ticket will be donated to DanceBlue, and attendance to this event will be worth three Spirit Points for DanceBlue participants. 

Sally Martin, DanceBlue overall chair, said: “The kids who spend most of their lives at the DanceBlue clinic matter. The kids who don’t get to go to school matter. The kids who miss birthday parties, vacations, sleepovers and days at the playground matter. The kids who still laugh with a smile on their face despite cancer staring right at them matter.” 

Through this collaboration, both companies hope to bring a divided state together to be part of the healing power of dance. 

Come see Louisville take on Lexington, and watch both win. 

PERFORMANCE The evening begins with George Balanchine’s Serenade performed by dancers from Louisville Ballet. It continues with Capriccio Italiano, a world premiere by Lexington Ballet’s Artistic Director Luis Dominguez featuring dancers from Lexington Ballet. Both companies will come together for MODELS, a world premiere by The Australian Ballet’s Tim Harbour. 

TICKETS United State of Dance runs Oct. 25 through 27 at The Lexington Opera House. Performances will run at 8 p.m. on Oct. 25 and 26 and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 26 and 27. Tickets start at $30 and are available at the Lexington Opera House’s website, box office or over the phone at 859.233.3535. 

From University of Kentucky’s KRNL:

Louisville Ballet + Lexington Ballet Collaborate on Historic Performance Benefitting Fight Against Pediatric Cancer in Kentucky

Two cities. Two companies. One message. 

Never before done in Kentucky’s history, the artists of Louisville Ballet and Lexington Ballet are coming together not only for a shared love of dance but a passion for what is greater. Though it may seem out of the ordinary for rival cities to work together, they each bring unique talent to the stage. While this will be a performance of the arts, the two companies are taking this opportunity to demonstrate that there is more to ballet than the act of dance. 

Ballet can bring healing and tell stories that impact lives. Speaking to the motivation behind this partnership, Cherie Pérez, marketing director for Louisville Ballet, expresses that ballet will not be the only thing communicated to the audience. “We stand for unity and inclusion,” Pérez declares. “That includes lifting up other organizations to recognize the hard work of others.” Louisville Ballet places emphasis on partnering with other nonprofits to strengthen, support and celebrate differences within society. 

The three-act show, United State of Dance, will include dancers of both companies and multiple styles of dance. The attendees are encouraged to wear red or blue attire to support their respective city, not to show divide but to instead unite the crowd in color! Opening night to the public will be on Oct. 25 at the Lexington Opera House and will continue throughout the weekend with two shows on Saturday and a Sunday matinee. 

If you’re not inspired to attend the performance yet, there’s something else you should know about this special event. Louisville Ballet and Lexington Ballet are giving $5 from every ticket purchased to DanceBlue. This is a beautiful reality of dancers helping dancers being done in a way that will help kickoff the charity’s fundraising efforts. In addition, the families and medical professionals involved with DanceBlue will receive a behind-the-scenes, private performance. 

A vision of one united, powerful voice is rooted in United State of Dance. This voice, spoken by the two performing arts companies, has the influence to make both cities more welcoming and connected. Artistic and Executive Director for Louisville Ballet Robert Curran reveals that, “It’s important today that people, institutions and cities that seem to be enemies can rise above and lend a megaphone to the messages of others.” 

In their collaboration, Lexington and Louisville are accomplishing exactly that. Simply put, in the passionate words of Curran, “This is an event where red meets blue where blue is, and blue meeting red where red is.” United State of Dance will be a performance you don’t want to miss. 

The Fillies Announce New Board

Courtesy photo.

The Fillies, Inc. is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 board. Under the leadership of Susan M. Moore (lower, center) the Fillies, Inc. is excited to celebrate its 61st year. Having served the organization in many leadership roles over her past 24 years, Susan brings a rich history and tradition to The Fillies. Susan’s Mother, Mary Lou Meyer, also served as president of the Fillies.

Joining Susan on the board are (seated, left to right) Pat Harrison; Shari Broecker, Recording Secretary; Ashley Brooks Hoffmann, Corresponding Secretary; Melanie Miller Kane, Vice President; Joanne Hurst, Treasurer; Paula Bishop, President Elect; Jen Matthiessen; and Jude Elkins. Rounding out the board are (standing, left to right) Jeff English, Kentucky Derby Festival Liaison; Barbara Gargala; Tabitha Rhodes; Jocelyn Dave; Stacy Serad; Debra Rayman; Angie Springate; Kimberley Gant; Jo Graves; Barbara Wainwright; and Julie Hinson. Not pictured are Cindy Lewandowski and Sherree Bollinger.

The Fillies, Inc. is a support/social organization of the Kentucky Derby Festival, which enhances the quality of life for the citizens of Louisville and surrounding communities. The Fillies membership works jointly as a non-profit organization in promoting Derby Festival activities including the Fillies, Inc. Official Derby Festival Program, Princess Program, Fillies Derby Ball, The Children’s Tea and The Fillies Float. The Fillies, Inc. is proud of its annual contributions to The Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation and is committed to continued service to the people of the great Commonwealth of Kentucky.