Tailgating Eats

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Tailgating season is here and we all know it’s about more than football. Food is the star of the show. Here, you will find some game-winning recipes from local restaurants and a fun “Tail-8-ing” recipe for Ale-8 fans. Whether you’re enjoying the game at home or in the heart of the action, these recipes are sure to capture the spirit of the season.

Cinnamon Candied Almonds

The Bakery at Sullivan University

Yield: 3 pounds

Start to Finish: 25 minutes

12 ounces granulated sugar

3 ounces water

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3 tablespoons butter

2 pounds whole, skin-on almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a saucepan, over medium-high heat, cook sugar, water and cinnamon. Stir regularly until boiling, about 10 minutes. Add all of the almonds and stir constantly until sugar begins to crystalize and is no longer wet, about 5 minutes. Add the butter and melt. Once the butter has melted, pour in a single layer onto a sheet pan covered in parchment paper. Place in oven and bake for five minutes. Serve immediately or let cool and bag for gifts to enjoy later.

Pimento Beer Cheese

Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar

Serves: 2 to 3

Start to finish: 15 minutes, plus one day to set

½ cup pimentos, drained and diced

½ pound cream cheese, softened

¾ cup cheddar cheese, shredded

4 tablespoons beer (the hoppier the better)

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black ground pepper

¼ teaspoon paprika

1 pinch of cayenne pepper, optional

Using an electric mixer, blend cream cheese on low until smooth. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine pimentos, cheddar cheese, beer, salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne pepper until comprised. Add the cream cheese and mix.

Place in a sealed container and let sit in the refrigerator for 24 hours. The mixture can be stored for up to six days.

Serve with chips, crackers or vegetables.

Game Day Ginger-Glazed Meatballs


Serves: 4 to 6

2 tablespoons butter

1 12-ounce bottle Ale-8 (1 ½ cups)

¼ cup rice vinegar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 ½ teaspoons minced fresh ginger

2 teaspoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon Sriracha or more to taste

1 pound prepared frozen meatballs

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and add Ale-8. Stir in rice vinegar, brown sugar, fresh ginger and soy sauce. Add Sriracha, adjusting amount if desired. Over low heat, simmer 10 to 15 minutes until reduced to about one cup. Place meatballs in a microwave-safe dish and drizzle with about half of the sauce. Heat meatballs according to package directions, remove to serving dish and drizzle with remaining sauce. Serve with toothpicks.

Recipe courtesy Ale-8-One recipe developer Jolene Ketzenberger.

Tailgating Muffaletta

Pizza LUPO

Start to finish: 30 minutes (24 hours in advance)

Servings: 6-8

1 loaf fresh focaccia

4 ounces porchetta, thinly sliced

2 ounces sopressata (Italian dry salami), thinly sliced

4 ounces provolone, sliced

2 cups giardiniera, house-made or store bought

2 cups of fresh baby arugula

Harissa mayo

On a cutting board, slice entire loaf of focaccia lengthwise to make two thin halves. Layer all ingredients, making sure to keep giardiniera away from the bread so it does not get soggy. Spread mayo on bread and top. Wrap entire sandwich in plastic wrap as tightly as you can then press the sandwich under something heavy (iron skillet, foil-wrapped bricks, etc.) while refrigerating overnight. Store the pressed sandwich in the top of your cooler. Unwrap, slice in six or eight pieces and serve.

Dry Rub Wings

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen

Servings: 4

2 quarts water

2 tablespoons black pepper

½ cup salt

¼ cup light brown sugar

3 bay leaves

1 cup ice

1 yellow onion

2 pounds chicken wings

In a medium sauce pot, add the water, pepper, salt, brown sugar and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Place the ice in a bowl and strain the sauce liquid into the ice.

Cut the onion in half and broil on high for three minutes. Dice the broiled onion, then add to the chilled brine. Marinate the wings in the chilled brine in the refrigerator for a minimum of six hours. Drain the wings and pat dry with paper towels – you want them as dry as possible.

Seasoning blend

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 tablespoon garlic salt

1 tablespoon onion salt

¼ teaspoon celery salt

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon chipotle powder

1 cup canola oil

Chives for garnish

Combine all ingredients except chives and canola oil. Season the wings with ½ tablespoon of the spice blend and set the rest aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and roast the wings for eight minutes. In a deep pan, preheat canola oil on high heat for about two minutes, then pan fry wings for three minutes to crisp them up.

Once the wings are crispy, pull them out and season with the rest of your spice blend. Serve with ranch dressing and fresh celery. Garnish with chives.

Bowman Field Aviation & Military Heritage Festival

Doug Blakeman at the 2017 Aviation & Military Heritage Festival. Photo by Kathryn Harrington.

Louisville’s aviation history will be celebrated in spectacular fashion for the third year in a row. The Aviation & Military Heritage Festival, which occurs Oct. 6 and 7, allows people to get up close and personal with some of the most magnificent planes ever flown, but the festival has other exciting activities to offer, too. To learn more about this year’s event, we spoke with Pat MacDonald from the Louisville Regional Airport Authority (LRAA) board of directors and festival planning committee.


In many ways, the festival is very similar to the original one held in 2015. “The mission remains the same: protect, preserve and promote the rich military and aviation history of Bowman Field while also introducing today’s youth to aviation,” said MacDonald. “As we grow the festival, we work tirelessly to improve on the previous year’s event and incrementally add more excitement towards the entire guest experience. Unlike an airshow, the festival is a full immersion experience for our guests. They can walk, talk and interact with living history all the while enjoying a fun filled day inside the fences at historic Bowman Field. The planning team is laser-focused on making each year better and bigger than the past.”


“We are planning on having 40 to 50 planes on both static display and flying,” MacDonald revealed. “Like any aviation event, weather always remains the great unknown, so with good weather, we should have a wonderful range of planes to experience. Rides will be available on the Ford Trimotor, a B-25, a biplane and possibly one or two more aircrafts.”


The weekend-long gathering is definitely a family fun event, and there are so many ways to enjoy it in addition to the period planes. “We start the day at 8:30 a.m. with a run, walk or stroll around the field, the Bowman Field 4 Miler presented by (the Independent Pilots Association),” MacDonald explained. “The festival opens at 10 a.m. with many display booths, period singers, reenactors, play tent for the kids, food trucks, beer garden, vendor village, health screening, discovery flights, vintage automobiles and military exhibits. Also, Four Roses will be on hand sharing history which relates to the Golden Age and, of course, serving bourbon. There are so many things to come and experience.”


The Bowman Field 4 Miler benefiting Reach for Kids is a great kick-off to the weekend. “It’s a unique course around Bowman Field and the Seneca Park Loop,” said MacDonald. “It all starts in front of the historic Bowman Field terminal building and finishes in a dramatic stretch on the airfield! The race concludes with a pancake breakfast and a beverage on the airfield, and runners can stick around and enjoy the event with their race registration. There is also a free kid’s dash right after the 4 Miler, so the kids can get involved and earn their wings.”


Proceeds from the festival benefit the Bowman Field Aviation Heritage Foundation, Honor Flight Bluegrass and Vintage Warbirds. “Through the wonderful financial support provided by Humana Military, the festival will be able to provide rides in a B-25 Mitchell and TBM Avenger to some of our military veterans,” affirmed MacDonald. “Honor Flight Bluegrass does an exceptional job of organizing these flights for the veterans of Kentucky. Memories are shared, and stories are told. They can be contacted directly to arrange a flight.”

Being able to come inside the fences and experience Bowman Field is an exceptional opportunity. “Don’t miss the chance to spend a day mingling with history, family and friends,” MacDonald said. “The goal of the festival is to see history come to life, as well as to experience the vibrant world of aviation and honor our veterans.” VT

Aviation & Military Heritage Festival

Bowman Field

Oct. 6-7


Nonprofit News

2018 Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Gala Donates Over $1 Million to the University of Kentucky Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center

The Barnstable Brown Gala, the premier Kentucky Derby Gala, recently donated over $1 million from proceeds from its 2018 gala to the University of Kentucky Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center. Since 2008, the Barnstable Brown family has donated more than $15 million to the center from proceeds from the annual Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala held in Louisville, Kentucky, including this year’s 30th Gala.

The 2018 U.S. News & World Report ranked diabetes care at the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center 33rd in the nation. The center, which expanded and moved to its current Turfland location in 2017, treats more than 7,500 adult patients and 2,500 pediatric patients each year in the management and treatment of diabetes and related diseases.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Barnstable Brown family, patients with diabetes in Kentucky can receive the highest level of patient care and benefit from innovative research that impacts treatment and understanding of diabetes,” said Dr. Mark F. Newman, UK vice president for health affairs. “Due to the vision and amazing work of this family, those with diabetes, no matter what age, have access to the best in diabetes medical care, complemented with outstanding educational support.”

“The generous donations provided through the Barnstable Brown Derby Gala enabled us to open the expansion of the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center in late 2017 and now, with their continued support from this year’s gala, they continue to fund our efforts in both the research and treatment of diabetes,” said Dr. John Fowlkes, director of the Barnstable Brown Center.

The Center was first established when twins Patricia Barnstable Brown and Priscilla Barnstable, along with their mother, Wilma, pledged the initial funding to support the center in memory of Patricia Barnstable Brown’s husband, David, who passed away from complications of diabetes in 2003.

“When we started the Barnstable Brown Gala over 30 years ago, our goal was to build something lasting to help the millions of people who suffer from diabetes a disease our family has seen up close. The Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center has exceeded all of our expectations,” said Tricia Barnstable Brown. “This gift is only possible because of the generosity and kindness of our many ticket buyers, sponsors and celebrity guests.”

Gilda’s Club offers Biden Cancer Community Summit on Sept. 21 and latest details and treatments for metastatic breast cancer on Oct. 10

All are welcome to attend a free Biden Cancer Community Summit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 21, as well as a free “Frankly Speaking: Metastatic Breast Cancer” workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 10. Both will be held at Gilda’s Club Louisville, 633 Baxter Ave. Please call 502.583.0075 to RSVP and reserve your spot. Both are free to attend but RSVP is required.

Biden Cancer Community Summit: Join us for a Community Summit to learn about navigating the cancer journey, find support from other survivors and join the Biden effort to accelerate the progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.

Frankly Speaking: Metastatic Breast Cancer: Presented by Dr. Beth Riley from the James Brown Cancer Center, this workshop offers information on the latest treatments for metastatic breast cancer. In addition to learning about treatment options and side effect management, patients and their loved ones will also learn about ways to cope with the social and emotional challenges of this diagnosis.

Anyone whose life is impacted by cancer is invited to attend these discussions at Gilda’s Club.

2018-19 Fillies Board Announced

The Fillies, Inc. is delighted to celebrate its 60th year under the leadership of incoming President Debra Rayman (lower, center). Having served the organization in many leadership roles over her past 13 years, Deb brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role.  Rounding out the executive board are (seated, left to right) Joanne Hurst, treasurer; Melanie Miller-Kane, corresponding secretary; Susan Moore, president-elect, and Whitney McNicol, vice president.

Additional board members honored to serve the community as part of the Fillies Board are (back row, left to right) Helen Davis (kneeling), Cheryl Fisher, Paula Bishop, Darlin Hruska, Sherry Estep, Cindy Lewandowski, Glenda Thome, Barb Wainwright, Amy Brooks Hoffmann, Shannon Adkins and Jocelyn Dave (kneeling). Board members not shown are Shari Broecker, Becky Cowan and Beverly Keepers.

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: Fillies Official Kentucky Derby Festival Program, Derby Princesses, 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.

Locust Grove announces major gift and capital campaign

Historic Locust Grove, Inc. is pleased to announce the largest single gift ever made in the museum’s 64-year history. The late B. Preston Thomas has made a $1 million lead gift to Locust Grove’s $3.2 million capital campaign.

B. Preston Thomas served Locust Grove on the board as president, treasurer and secretary for over 20 years, even serving briefly as Locust Grove’s acting executive director.  A native of Washington, D.C., Thomas was a practicing pathologist and a veteran of the Army Medical Corps. He is survived by his wife, Margy, and his gift will dramatically impact Locust Grove and serve as a legacy to his service.

“From collecting tickets to working on financial statements, Preston enjoyed being part of the Locust Grove community,” says Margy Thomas. “He never sought recognition for anything he did – he would be embarrassed at the attention – but would be delighted that he was able to do something for a place and people he believed in so deeply.”

Locust Grove’s executive director, Carol Ely, worked closely with Preston during his years at Locust Grove. “Preston Thomas supported the work of Locust Grove in ways that were apparent and in ways that were invisible but so crucial to our success over the past decades. It is wonderful, and so characteristic of Preston, that he leaves a generous legacy gift to realize the vision of a more engaging, strong and vibrant Locust Grove for the future.”

Locust Grove is owned by Metro Louisville and managed through Metro Parks & Recreation in partnership with Historic Locust Grove, Inc.

For more information about the Campaign for Locust Grove and to give, visit locustgrove.org/participate/capitalcampaign or call 502.897.9845.

Locust Grove is located at 561 Blankenbaker Lane (between Brownsboro Road and River Road), Louisville, KY 40207.

Susan G. Komen Kentucky Hosts 23rd Annual Race for the Cure in Louisville

Susan G. Komen Kentucky, a local nonprofit fighting to end breast cancer forever, will host its 23rd Annual Louisville Race for the Cure 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk, presented by Bank of America, on Oct. 13. New this year, the race will take place at the University of Louisville ShelbyHurst Campus, located at 450 North Whittington Pkwy. in Louisville. Registration is open now for runners and walkers. Individuals and teams can register by visiting KomenKentucky.org or by calling 502.495.7824.

One in eight women and one in 1,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.  Funds raised from Race for the Cure will support global breast cancer research, as well as local programs and services that benefit people across Kentuckiana.

“Our mission represents so much more than just wearing pink and raising awareness,” said Lynda Weeks, executive director of Susan G. Komen Kentucky. “We are working to achieve Komen’s Bold Goal: to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2026. The community can help by registering and fundraising for Race for the Cure.”

To register for Race for the Cure or to learn more about Susan G. Komen Kentucky’s mission, visit KomenKentucky.org or call 502.495.7824.

To submit your nonprofit news, email circulation@redpinmedia.com

CBD Oil: What’s the Story?

By Jeff Howard

Photo by Jillian Clark

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about CBD oil, but I wasn’t clear on what it was, where it came from or anything about it. Being in the healthcare industry, I wanted to find out more, so I started asking questions of our members at Baptist Health/Milestone Wellness Center. I was surprised to learn that a number of them are using it to help with different medical conditions.

First, let me explain what CBD oil is: It’s a cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant. Until recently, the best-known compound in cannabis was THC, which is the most active ingredient in marijuana. But unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive (I hope this puts your mind at rest).

There are tons of different products available with CBD oil in them, but what I was most interested in is the CBD oil topical creams that help with pain and soreness.  To learn more, a good friend of mine put me in contact with Stephanie Curran, the founder of Biolief, a company that produces CBD oil products.

What’s the history of CBD and Biolief?

“Through our travels and meetings with some of the top CBD companies and attorneys in the country, we noticed one thing – everyone was using the same extraction method,” Stephanie said. “Because of our network, we were blessed to have been put in contact with the gentleman who owns the patent on the cold-pressed extraction method as it pertains to hemp and cannabinoids. He had been doing biological extraction in some capacity for over 10 years and was backed by some of the top physicians in the country. We knew this was the way to go. The clinical research done by the father of CBD – Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, a Hebrew University professor and organic chemist with six decades of research on cannabis – has laid the foundation for us to all be able to say with confidence that this is exactly what the world needs.

“Hemp has been used as a dietary supplement and as an agricultural commodity for thousands of years. Mechoulam’s research – an extensive collection that includes roughly 400 scientific articles cited nearly 100,000 times – is credited for the discovery of the endocannabinoid system and the isolation, determination of chemical composition and structure and synthesis of the major cannabinoids – notably cannabidiol (CBD), delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabigerol (CBG). We are barely scratching the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what we can use this plant to help heal.”

How is it used?

“One of the easiest and safest ways to utilize CBD is through topical application – topical creams and oils that have been infused with the essence of the CBD flower – much like using various essential oils,” Stephanie said. “The topicals are applied to the skin and are not absorbed into the bloodstream, but are (among) one of the most effective ways to use CBD.”

According to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, studies have found CBD to reduce nausea and vomiting, suppress seizure activity, combat inflammatory disorder, reduce skin irritation, improve mood and more.

“The testimonials of how many we have helped is our greatest accomplishment,” Stephanie said. “On the business front, we have collaborative partnerships with hundreds of doctors offices, wellness clinics and spas. Securing the relationship with Oasis Spa located in (Baptist Health) Milestone Wellness Center is yet another great accomplishment. We are also working with a franchise of 250 spas and some national retailers. Continuing to grow and help many more is our main goal.”

To see for myself, I reached out to Jennifer Romero, director of the Oasis Spa located inside Milestone. With the help of our massage therapist, we then tried the CBD oil topical cream on members. The results were amazing and the relief immediate. We have now included it in our spa menu, ranging from massage to targeted relief, and have it available for clients to purchase. For more information, visit biolief.com and baptistmilestone.com. VT

Boutique Buzz

Upcoming Events at Rodes

At Rodes For Him

Sept. 21-22 Ermenegildo Zegna Weekend Showing

in the Zegna Shop at Rodes

Oct. 13 Gravati Custom Shoe Show

Oct. 19-20  Eton Shirt Weekend

in the Eton Shirt Shop at Rodes

Oct. 19-20 Pantaloni Torino (PT) Trousers Trunk Show

At Rodes For Her

Sept. 27-29 Crescala Fashion Development (CFD) Young Designer Showcase

Oct. 4-6 Lourdes Chavez Fall Trunk Show

Oct. 11-12 Clara Williams Jewelry Show

Oct. 11-13 J Dosi Fall Showing of Buy Now, Wear Now Apparel; Cartise Fall Showing of Buy Now, Wear Now Apparel

Oct. 18-20 Milly Fall Buy Now, Wear Now Show;

LaPetite Robe Fall Showing

Oct. 25-26 Natura Bisse’ Facial Clinics

Oct. 25-27 Vince Fall Buy Now, Wear Now Show; Kinross Cashmere Fall Sweater Show; Hudson Denim Show; Vincent Peach Jewelry Show; Christine Moore Fall Hat Show

Nov. 8-10 St. John Spring 2019 Trunk Show

Nov. 15-17 Algo Spring 2019 Trunk Show; Orlanda Olsen Couture Jewelry Show

Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 Donna Degnan Spring 2019 Trunk Show;

DiOMi Buy Now, Wear Now furs

Dec. 6-8 Rene Ruiz Trunk Show

Rodes For Him & For Her

Oct. 11 Sip & Shop Fundraiser for the National Stem Cell Foundation

Oct. 18 Rodes Goes Red for “Sip & Shop” to benefit Go Red for Women

Dec. 1 Rodes’ Customer Appreciation Day; Cindy Borders Jewelry Show

Rodes For Him For Her

4938 Old Brownsboro Road

Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday – Saturday

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday



Nearly New Shop to Host Fashion Encore Sale

Nearly New Thrift Shop in the heart of the Highlands wants to help you get ready for fall with their annual fashion event.  This unique sale, taking place Oct. 7-8, features gently-used designer clothing for men, women and children. The sale also includes jewelry, vintage clothing, collectibles, household items and furniture.

Nearly New Shop is a nonprofit thrift store aiming to fundraise for the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Louisville chapter. The shop receives new merchandise daily thanks to donations from the public. The space is a 22,000-square-foot oasis with gently-used luxury items for men and women of all ages.

The Fall Fashion Encore’s proceeds will benefit NCJW’s community projects.

Nearly New Shop

1250 Bardstown Road

Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday – Saturday




Fall Into Autumn at Digs Home and Garden

Digs Home and Garden has switched seasons and completely transformed their Chenoweth Square showroom into an autumn wonderland. Shop all of the latest fall arrivals, now including top quality furniture brands for inside and outside the home. Plus, they have all  of the latest trends in wearables, jewelry, gifts and more.

Relax and take a self-guided tour or experience the expertise of one of the Digs’ staff members. Digs Home and Garden is Louisville’s homegrown, local destination for fine quality furnishings and accessories for inside, or outside, your home.

Digs Home and Garden

3905 Chenoweth Square

Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday and
12 to 4 p.m. Sunday



State of the Art

Popping Up, Growing Older and Collecting Dust


The Carnegie Center for Art and History is hosting its annual pop-up public art event Oct. 6 on Bank Street between Spring and Market Streets in downtown New Albany. Meant to celebrate creative expression, there will be temporary art installations, live mural paintings, skateboarding competitions and hands-on activities. Invited to participate are local university groups, who create site-specific art installations for the event.

The Art of Retirement Living

Treyton Oak Towers, located at 211 W. Oak St., is hosting a live music and art exhibition that will display artwork from residents as well as outside artists. The retirement community’s show will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 25. To attend, RSVP by calling 502.357.6603 by Sept. 21. Donations can be made to Treyton Oak Towers Foundation.

All Things That Are, Are Light and Soot

Year two of Quappi Projects begins this week with the opening of Vanessa Albury’s “All Things That Are, Are Light and Soot.” Inspired by the artist’s family history and the build-up of history in dirt, dust and ivy accumulated and grown over forgotten windows, Albury will be creating and exhibiting mural-scaled cyanotypes of massive and filth-caked windows. Guests may join Quappi Projects from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 21, as it celebrates this work and the inauguration of its second year. Quappi Projects is located at 1520 B Lytle St. on the second floor.

Off to the Races with the Breeders’ Cup Festival

Team Justify celebrating the Kentucky Derby win on May 5, 2018, at Churchill Downs.

By Laura Ross

Photos courtesy of Breeders’ Cup Festival

The Breeders’ Cup World Championship arrives in Louisville the first week in November at Churchill Downs and will bring multiple events along with it. While Louisville is used to the celebrations before Derby, organizers of the Breeders’ Cup Festival hope people will race to participate in the autumn festival as well.

The Louisville festival will kick off a week-long community celebration before the horses hit the track on Nov. 2-3. In addition, Equestricon will offer a fan fest experience geared toward promoting everything equestrian.

Festivities begin Oct. 28 and continue through Nov. 10. Since 2015, the Breeders’ Cup Festival has provided activities for locals and international horse racing fans to enjoy the special nature of each host city.

Jukebox the Ghost.

Organized by the Breeders’ Cup Louisville Host Committee, the Festival helps raise part of the $95 million in local economic impact that is generated by the Breeders’ Cup.

Festival and tourism officials call it rolling out the “purple carpet” for the city. “Louisville is thrilled to welcome the Breeders’ Cup and all the fans enjoying the community-wide festival accompanying it,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “We’re excited to showcase our city’s transformation, including all the new hotels, restaurants and bourbon tourism destinations since we last hosted the Breeders’ Cup in 2011.”

Equestricon, which kicks off the Festival on Oct. 29, at the newly-renovated Kentucky International Convention Center, is one of the signature events for the Breeders’ Cup Festival. The two-day event combines an international horse racing convention, fan festival and trade show all rolled into one. Equestricon includes conference discussions on equestrian topics; meet-and-greets with legendary trainers, jockeys and industry experts; tours of area horse farms – and much more.

“It’s totally geared toward the fan,” said Dan Tordjman, co-founder of Equestricon. “We have over 50 sessions on everything from horse betting and handicapping, ownership and people in racing to in-person stories, photos and autograph sessions with the trainers, jockeys, owners and major personalities in racing. If you geek out on the personalities, you’ll have a great time meeting them.”

Equestricon Fashion at the Races Brunch.

Fans and guests can attend multiple events or choose their favorites for as little as $10. Signature events include the Fashion at the Races brunch Oct. 28 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, the Breeders’ Cup post-position draw and an Oct. 30 concert by Jukebox The Ghost at the Mercury Ballroom.

“People come in from all over the world to attend the event, and where else, other than Louisville, can you gather the best of the industry in one place?” added Tordjman. “It’s our goal to prop up racing and give fans a destination to visit, meet their heroes and have a unique insider experience for one of the best sporting events in the nation.”

The Breeders’ Cup Festival also features several family-friendly events throughout the week, from trick or treating at Churchill Downs on Oct. 28 during Family Adventure Day, special displays at the popular Jack-O-lantern Spectacular event, to horse farm and bourbon distillery tours and concerts.

“The Festival gives the community and visitors the ability to celebrate that Breeders’ Cup can be just as fun as Derby week,” said Tara Guenthner, executive director of the Breeders’ Cup Festival.

And golf fans will have a unique opportunity to take a swing at Cardinal Stadium. The Festival, in partnership with Topgolf, will present Topgolf Crush Oct. 31 through Nov. 10. The event will feature food, music and golf, and will light up the night with massive glowing targets on the field at Cardinal Stadium. Toptracer technology will track and score every shot.

The Festival will also feature concerts at Fourth Street Live! Thursday through Saturday of Breeders’ Cup week, featuring the Spazmatics and Burning Las Vegas. Other activities include a photo contest for area middle school and high school students, called Hoof Prints, and a Breeders’ Cup Pastry Challenge for the baking, pastry and culinary students at Sullivan University.

Legendary trainer D. Wayne Lukas will be presented with the Breeders’ Cup Sports & Racing Excellence Award, and the Kentucky Derby Museum will unveil its renovations at a grand-reopening party on Oct. 31.

An event highlighting the art created around 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify is a highlight of the Festival week. It will feature a pop-up art gallery and autograph session with Team Justify, with Mike Smith, Bob Baffert and others scheduled to appear at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. All proceeds from the Justify event will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

With a nod to a Derby week favorite, Dawn at the Downs at Churchill Downs will also return for the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 1.

“Like Derby, The Breeders’ Cup Festival gives us another opportunity to enjoy an industry that is so important to our state,” said Guenthner. “It’s also a world championship that brings so much attention to our city, and frankly, it’s going to be just plain fun.” VT

Fans can view the Breeders’ Cup Festival events, many of which are free, at breederscupfestival.com and equestricon.com. Some events are ticketed. Organizers suggest visiting the sites often as additional events will be added as Breeders’ Cup week approaches.

Letter From the Editor

Kudos to our community for making the fifth annual Give For Good Louisville 24-hour fundraising event such a success. The endeavor hosted by Community Foundation of Louisville, set a record by raising a total of $5,475,153.72 for more than 500 local nonprofits – thanks to the 16,970 donors who stepped up to give to their most cherished charities. By the way, that’s a gain of more than 3,000 givers from 2017. To see a breakdown of the leaderboards or to learn more about the initiative, go to giveforgoodlouisville.org.

The Voice team had so much fun compiling the Q&As of this year’s What Men Want subjects. The quartet of fellas represent various industries and are professionals in the community – but they’re so much more. I’ll let you discover which of our fellas is an Amy Winehouse fan who has a past filled with a few poor hairstyle choices, what gent hates roller coasters but would love to design suits for NBA players, which of our interesting men is a jalapeno eating contest champ and what guy dreams of being a rock star. Many thanks to Brian Merkley, Chris Burns, Brian Bates and Ryan Olexa for participating.

The Voice-Tribune has been a fixture in this community for nearly 70 years. We’ve evolved and grown – thanks to your support – and have remained steadfast to our commitment to being your voice and sharing the voices in our community. That’s why I am eager to share with you our plans to shift from a weekly publication into a monthly, glossy, high-quality magazine beginning in December. We’re almost quadrupling the number of copies we print, will present the community’s stories in a beautiful magazine format and, best of all, it will remain free on stands, thanks to our advertising partners. I’ll provide more details in the coming weeks, although if you have any questions or comments, you can always reach me at angie@voice-tribune.com or 502.897.8900 ext. 208.

A Billion-Dollar Bank with a Focus on Community

Limestone Bank tailors its services to local communities and prioritizes charitable endeavors.

By Steve Kaufman

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

There are more than 130 state-chartered banks in Kentucky, an above-average number given the Commonwealth’s density of population. Limestone Bancorp is one of the larger ones with about $1 billion in assets. (By comparison, the average-sized state bank has assets between $300 and $350 million.)

“It positions us well to serve our communities,” said President and CEO John Taylor. “We have the scale and size to meet our customers’ needs. But our value proposition is a more intimate, more personalized experience than the larger national and super-regional banks offer.”

The Limestone approach to banking is unusual in a paperless, digital age. “Think about how the financial services industry has changed,” Taylor pointed out. “Larger banks are going to more commoditized approaches to deliver products and services. If you want to get a home mortgage from a large financial institution, you’ll probably have to do it online. Of course, we also have online and mobile banking, but we use them as complements to one-on-one personal relationships.”

That’s available to customers entering the bank, but it’s also available when the bank enters the community. “We go out and call on customers and we listen,” said Taylor. “When we call on entrepreneurs in need of financing to build their businesses, we don’t deliver a standard product and require the customers to work with that. We listen to their goals, objectives and needs, and then we come up with solutions for their particular situations.”

Limestone Bancorp was founded in the early 1980s, and its first acquisition was a bank in Bullitt County. It now operates 15 different locations in 12 counties. The Limestone name is new as of February – it formerly was PBI Bank – and Taylor said the new name “allows us to do a better job of identifying who we are and where we’re going.”

Why Limestone? “It’s a material found in over 80 percent of Kentucky’s surface,” he explained. “Everyone here knows that it’s solid and firm, so it’s a good way for us to tell the story of how we’re working to help our customers prepare for a firm financial future. It’s not just a name-change; it’s a whole brand re-identification.”

The Louisville branch at the bank’s Eastpoint headquarters has been undergoing a renovation as well. The centerpiece of the physical space is – what else? – a limestone fireplace.

But Limestone’s connection to its communities goes further than that. Its website lists a number of charitable endeavors that the bank participates in: Habitat for Humanity in Bowling Green/Warren County; the Super Student Athletes Life Center in Louisville; Next Step, a 10-week financial literacy program for low-income persons in Glasgow, Kentucky; and the Christmas for Kids event in Henry County, supported by its Pleasureville and Eminence banking centers. In Brownsville, Kentucky, the bank covers the costs of the GED exam for Adult Education Center participants.

In Jefferson County, perhaps its biggest corporate involvement is with the March of Dimes, known to millions of Depression-era and post-war Americans as the cause that fought the infantile paralysis epidemic. After vaccines reduced polio to less-than-epidemic proportions, March of Dimes turned its efforts elsewhere. It now works to improve the health of mothers and babies by funding research to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

As Stephanie Renner, Limestone’s general counsel, said, “Every baby is a March of Dimes baby.”

Limestone is a sponsor of Signature Chefs, March of Dimes’ major annual formal event, and it participates with more than money. Renner has been active on the local March of Dimes’ board of directors, serving as vice-chair for three years. She co-chaired Signature Chefs with Taylor in 2015 and chaired it by herself the following year.

This year, it will be held on Nov. 8 at the Omni Hotel Louisville, 400 S. Second St., starting at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails.

“As many as 30 local chefs, this year coordinated by Josh Moore of Volare, will come in and prepare dishes in a tasting set-up,” Renner explained. “There are also silent and live auctions.”

Currently, the still-expanding list of participating restaurants includes 8Up; 502 Bar & Bistro; Roc; Asiatique; The Brown Hotel; Brasserie Provence; Bourbons Bistro; Fat Lamb; Brooklyn and the Butcher; Joy Luck; Flavaville; The Porch; Fork and Barrel; Varanese/River House; Gospel Bird; Volare; Jack Fry’s; Ward 426; Levy; Bob’s Chophouse; Old Stone Inn; Sarino; Martini’s; Equus; and Cellar Door Chocolates.

Renner said the event raises between $300,000 and $350,000 annually. Tables start at $3,000, but it sells out every year – a fact Renner attributes to the powerful food community that is Louisville. “Louisville prides itself on its local chefs and restaurants, and everyone here wants to be a part of it,” she affirms.

When Renner tells other March of Dimes locals about the number of chefs who get involved here, they’re always amazed at the participation. “The truth is, we turn chefs away,” Renner said. “There’s always a waiting list.”

Nor is it your usual tasting event of cramped quarters, long lines and tiny portions. “It’s very roomy and comfortable, and everyone gets plenty to eat.”VT

For more information on Limestone Bank, visit limestonebank.com. For more information on the Signature Chefs Auction and sponosrhip information, visit signaturechefs.marchofdimes.org.

Business Briefs

Jenna Ahern, local business owner and entrepreneur, will offer valuable SEO insights at the 2018 Women in Digital National Conference

Jenna Ahern.

Jenna Ahern, the president and owner of Guardian Owl Digital Marketing Boutique, a top national search engine marketing agency, will be taking the main stage at this year’s Women in Digital National Conference. Women in Digital was founded in 2016 as a platform for women in digital creative fields to grow and empower one another. The 1,500 (and growing) members now span 19 cities nationwide, and international expansion is scheduled for early 2019.

Jenna is a founding member of the Women in Digital Louisville Chapter, which recently announced its 100th member and serves as vice-president on the board of directors.

This year’s conference, the third annual, will be held in Columbus, Ohio, and includes three days of learning and creative collaboration. It brings together industry leaders of all levels to inspire and educate each other with innovative topics, including developing a social media presence, website design, podcasting, content strategy and strengthening LinkedIn profiles.

Jenna’s topic, Your SEO Elephant, will educate and provide valuable insights into common Search Engine Optimization (SEO) misconceptions. As the “Elephant in the room,” SEO is often categorized as mysterious, elusive and exasperating mainly because its very definition and concept are constantly evolving.

Jenna’s unique approach to search engine marketing and how to make it work for Guardian Owl’s clients is hallmarked by their custom approach and alignment with each client’s objectives, which can change daily.

Other notable speakers attending this year’s conference are Tanisha Robinson, CEO of BrewDog USA, and best-selling author Joanne Lipman. A full list of speakers is available online.

Women in Digital is a driving force in the world of women’s empowerment and education, dedicated to the future of the evolving technical landscape, whose goal is to provide an inclusive platform for women to grow, learn and educate not only themselves but each other.

To purchase tickets and learn more information about Women in Digital National Conference, visit womenin.digital/2018-national-women-in-digital-conference.

Louisville Small Business Receives National Growth Grant Award

The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-business community, announced recently that Louisville, Kentucky-based small business, Pediatric Speech Pathology, LLC, has been awarded a $4,000 2018 Growth Grant to help expand business operations. Last year, NASE awarded $48,000 in grants to small businesses across the country.

Pediatric Speech Pathology is located in Louisville, Kentucky, and is owned by NASE member J. Allen Bridgman. Pediatric Speech Pathology is a clinic for children with speech disorders.

“Louisville-based small business, Pediatric Speech Pathology, was chosen for this Growth Grant award because of its demonstration of a well-defined plan for growth ranging from executing new marketing initiatives, purchasing new equipment or other creative ways to grow and expand,” said John Hearrell, NASE’s vice president of membership and affiliate programs. “America’s small business and self-employed community is the lifeblood of our economy, helping fuel growth along Main Street in small and large communities throughout the country.”

Hearrell continued, “It’s an honor for us to make an investment of $4,000 to help NASE member and Pediatric Speech Pathology owner J. Allen Bridgman invest in their business and help grow the local economy.”

For nearly 20 years, NASE’s focus has been on finding the most effective way to bolster success for small business and self-employed members in communities across the country. NASE has awarded nearly $1 million since the program’s inception and continue to see significant return on our investments in the growth of member businesses helping to fuel their local economies.

NASE’s Growth Grant program is intended for businesses planning to take the next step in their venture. It provides available capital for small businesses and sole proprietors to be able to hire and train additional employees, market their business in new and existing ways or invest in new equipment or software.

Applications for the NASE’s 2018 Growth Grant program are currently being accepted from now through Dec. 31. Applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year and winning small businesses will be awarded $4,000 grants monthly throughout 2018. Visit the Growth Grant page for more information.

NASE members also enjoy a comprehensive list of benefits designed to help small business owners and sole proprietors start and grow their business. NASE members are offered a host of resources designed to help support entrepreneurs and small employers including access to professional “Ask the Experts” services in tax, health care and marketing, a navigational assistant health care portal, scholarships and grants, discounts on shipping rates and affordable email marketing systems and web-hosting services. NASE’s newest member benefits continue the tradition of providing real-world, bottom-line assistance to small business owners.

The Greater Good

Cara Baribeau and Molly Melia with the Community Foundation of Louisville.

Behind-the-scenes with the Community Foundation as it prepares for Give For Good Louisville

By Mariah Kline

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) began its 24-hour giving day, now known as Give For Good Louisville, in 2014. Since then, the annual event has raised nearly $14 million for local nonprofits. This year’s participants include more than 500 organizations, all of whom have received invaluable guidance from CFL in order to raise as much as possible for their cause on the big day.

In the last several weeks, The Voice-Tribune has closely followed the foundation and two of its key players, Vice President of Marketing & Communications Cara Baribeau and Marketing & Communications Associate Molly Melia, leading up to Give For Good Louisville on Sept. 13. Watching Baribeau, Melia and their colleagues at work is inspiring. Their passion for helping the community truly knows no bounds. Thanks to the efforts of this team, every participating group has the chance to propel their cause forward and serve more people than ever before.


Last year’s Give For Good donations surpassed $4.6 million. This year CFL hopes to reach $5 million via micro-campaigns each nonprofit launches.

“Three hundred sixty-five days a year, we help our donors do more than they ever thought possible with their charitable giving and invest in nonprofits to help build their capacity to best serve our community,” said CFL President and CEO Susan Barry. “Through Give For Good Louisville, we’re able to show this on a grand scale.”

Lindsey Robinson, Sarah Humphrey and Meredith Pack with Home of the Innocents.


Wildlife in Need.


Social media plays a major part in generating buzz for the day of giving as well as telling the stories of nonprofits. CFL spends a few weeks every summer visiting different organizations and filming a series of Facebook Live videos. Getting to Know the Good, as they call it, allows featured organizations to share their stories and missions and introduce themselves to new donors.

I tagged along one afternoon as they visited Kentucky Shakespeare in Central Park. Producing Artistic Director Matt Wallace said his organization raised around $20,000 during the 2017 Give For Good campaign and look forward to what Sept. 13 has in store.

“Give For Good is great at exposing more people to our work,” explained Wallace, “and not just our audience members or the folks we perform for in schools but people who just might not realize what we do.”

Kentucky Shakespeare puts on 60 performances of seven different productions each summer, and every performance is free. By the end of July, they had already served nearly 22,000 people. “Because we’re free, I believe we engage the overall demographics of Louisville more than any other organization just about,” said Kerry Wang, the nonprofit’s board chair.

The live videos can reach thousands of people in a matter of hours thanks to the accessibility of social networking.

“Each nonprofit’s constituents, friends and family members see it when it’s shared, so it has this kind of ripple effect,” said Melia. 

Chris Hartman and Jamie McClard with Fairness Campaign.

“It shows the power behind these organizations that are doing such great work and that’s why it takes off so well.”


Preparing for Give For Good begins months before the actual day, starting with a nonprofit training camp, which was held this year at the Muhammad Ali Center. This event brought together several fundraising experts to teach more than 300 people from different nonprofits how to make the most out of the 24-hour giving period.

Representatives from GiveGab, the online platform that makes the entire day possible, spoke at length about peer-to-peer fundraising, goal setting and the best way to utilize the platform’s tools to attract donors. Last year’s participants who implemented peer-to-peer fundraising – having one’s supporters share the fundraiser via their social networks – managed to earn an extra $100,000 in donations.

The day’s keynote speaker was Bobbie Donahue, a faculty member from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy who spoke at length about donor engagement. She advised audience members to shift their focus from what their organization needs to what the community needs, getting to the heart of what really matters and why the giving day is so essential.  “You are an advocate for donors to help them make change in the community that they can’t do on their own,” Donahue said.

The AMPED Jazz Ensemble receives a donation of $50,000 for their program.
Photos by Tim Valentino.

Following Donahue, Sarah Riley from the Courier Journal led an enlightening talk on effective storytelling, which resonated with several participants. “I like the storytelling idea,” said Pamela Carter with USA Cares, a nonprofit that assists post-9/11 veterans and their families in financial crisis. “We have some amazing stories to tell from veterans and families that we’ve helped, so I think we can take away a lot from this.”

To be part of Give For Good and receive such a high level of assistance with fundraising is beneficial. 

John Wells and David Benson with Dogs Helping Heroes.

Every person attended the camp for free as part of their nonprofit registration and received invaluable advice they can carry with them long after the day of giving has passed. For first-time participants and seasoned professionals alike, the camp provided both information and inspiration.

“This is a great learning opportunity,” said Kassi Cawood, board chair and volunteer with Dogs Helping Heroes, which provides trained service dogs to wounded veterans and first responders. “We’re a small nonprofit so we have a lot of volunteers with a lot of energy, but maybe we don’t have all the direction that we need. …We all have our good intentions and good ideas, but now I have some direction that I can share and utilize with our volunteers.”

“As the host and organizer, what’s so encouraging to me is that there’s a real thirst for this information,” said Baribeau.  “Seeing the turnout and the amount of engagement is a great testament to what the Community Foundation does, which is build the capacity of our organization and serving our community.”


CFL is not the only institution that makes Give For Good Louisville such a resounding success. They partner with several sponsors to make the most out of the day, allowing for bonuses to be given out and a large prize pool to be collected from. 

Elizabeth Blickenstaff and Michelle Schofield with McClanahan School of Irish Dance.

Golden Ticket Sponsor Delta Dental makes the day’s impact go even further by awarding $1,000 bonuses to randomly selected charities. The company gives out one an hour for 24 hours, and six additional tickets are awarded at the Give For Good rally, adding up to a total of 30 $1,000 boosts for nonprofits.

The midday rally, which is held at Fourth Street Live, serves as a celebration of the day. Out of the 500 participating, around 200 organizations gather under the atrium to share in the excitement with their volunteers and meet members of the community. Outside of the rally, many organizations hold open houses, meals and other events on the big day to connect with their supporters and raise awareness of their cause.

“At the foundation,” said Barry, “we believe that anyone can be a philanthropist and this day makes it easy for everyone to see how if we all do a little, we can have a big impact on our community.”


While a great deal of time and energy is put toward this one day of giving, CFL does not lose sight of helping nonprofits achieve their long-term goals and succeed in the future. Below you will find an article written by Dr. Michael G. Strawser and Molly Melia about how nonprofits can interest young philanthropists while continuing to reach their current donor base. The Bellarmine University professor and the CFL associate delivered this information at the nonprofit training camp during an informative panel and presentation about millenials and philanthropy, giving those in attendance advice for how they can garner support from the coming generations.


Staff members and actors from Kentucky Shakespeare took part in Getting to Know the Good, the Facebook Live series presented by the Community Foundation. Photo by Mariah Kline.

Behind the scenes, the Community Foundation of Louisville works tirelessly to ensure that Give For Good reaches as many people as possible. Now, it’s our turn. The goal is $5 million. The day is Sept. 13. The community is ours to make better. VT

Give For Good Louisville

Midnight to midnight Sept. 13


Natalie Smith with Anchal Project.

The Counties Served:

Photo by William DeShazer.

Give For Good goes beyond Louisville Metro






Clark (IN)

Floyd (IN)

Harrison (IN)

Next Generation Philanthropy

How nonprofits can reach young donors

By Dr. Michael G. Strawser and Molly Melia

Most organizations struggle to address the “generational crisis.” For workplaces, questions center around onboarding, recruiting and retaining talent. For nonprofits, questions and concerns revolve around next generation philanthropy. Who are these “next gen” donors and how do nonprofits reach this young donor base while engaging current givers?

Recently, Pew Research Center designated 1996 as the “final” birth year for millennials, meaning the youngest millennials are 22 and oldest Generation Z members are 21 – old enough to volunteer, display passion for causes and donate.

If you follow next generation philanthropic patterns and habits, the following statistics will not surprise you:


Averaged 40 volunteer hours over the past year;

Account for more total charitable donations than any other age group;

Will inherit $30 trillion from their boomer parents.

Generation Z

32 percent donate their own money to causes;

50 percent are looking for a job in the “volunteering” realm.

So, how can you engage next generation donors?

1.  Stop focusing on Millennials.

Millennials grab headlines because they are transformative, but Generation Z members are nicknamed “Philanthroteens” for a reason. They are passionate, engaged and want to be involved. Engagement strategies should focus on those even younger than millennials by creating opportunities to promote your campaign and volunteer.

2.  Be mobile ready and digital friendly.

Leverage platforms that are already in use by younger generations. Millennials love Facebook (for now), Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, and Generation Z loves YouTube. Meet younger donors where they are and ask them how they want to be engaged. Online remains the number one donation preference for millennials but personal request, email and direct mail rank closely behind. Emphasize mobile giving and online giving options, but don’t forsake the old ways just yet – this will help you continue to engage older donors as well.

3. Share impact across channels.

All donors want to know what happens to their money when it leaves their pocket. Supporters, especially younger donors, need a clear call to action. Be transparent about what you need. Share successes. Relay impact. Emphasize community. Engage your donors in the narrative so your stories resonate even more. And, share content across multiple platforms. Then encourage Millennials and Generation Z to share your stories and leverage their ability to expand your audience.

These engagement strategies are not exhaustive. Your organization should still develop a comprehensive communication strategy that considers message, medium and audience. But, it is important to consider how to reach younger generations. Consider creating a board position specifically for a member of generation Y and/or Z; reiterate the power of peer-to-peer giving, and promote online giving days. Remember to treat Millennial and Generation Z donors like other givers – stay in contact, say thank you, and don’t minimize contributions of time or money.

Millennials and Generation Z want to give, but it may look different. Their discretionary income levels may not be as substantial, but there is reason to be cautiously optimistic about next generation donors. Remember, they are passionate, engaged and active, and they want to participate – empower them. VT

About Michael G. Strawser, PhD

Assistant professor and the director of graduate programs in the School of Communication at Bellarmine University, Michael is a communication trainer and consultant through his business, Legacy Communication. He specializes in communication skills training and inter-generational interaction.

About Molly Melia  

Marketing and communications associate for CFL, Molly assists with branding, marketing, PR and content creation. She also works as the project coordinator for Give For Good Louisville and served as a facilitator for the Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council. Molly is a graduate from the Master of Arts in Communication program at Bellarmine University.





Susan Overton and Lisa Hebert with Habitat for Humanity.


Nathan Hewitt and Susan Bramer with Actors Theatre.


Lisa Sobel-Berlow with Jewish Family & Career Services.