UK vs. Vanderbilt Football

Photos by John H. Harralson Jr.

The University of Kentucky’s homecoming game against Vanderbilt University was held before a sell-out crown on Oct. 20 at Kroger Field in Lexington.

Trotting Around Breeders’ Cup

Morning feeding time for the Thoroughbreds backside in the barns at Churchill Downs.

By Janice Carter Levitch

A large international crowd gathered at Churchill Downs for Breeders’ Cup this weekend, and let me tell you, it was a privilege to sit in on the action. Whether you had the chance to visit the backside of the track or sit on Millionaires Row to watch the feature races, Breeders’ Cup was a magical experience. My Valentinos felt tighter and tighter as I trotted through parts of the massive complex of Churchill Downs in search of charismatic goings-on and interesting characters (mostly people with big hats).

Monday jumpstarted the week as I grabbed my best barn boots and knocked the dust off to go explore the backside. Eerily quiet in the pre-dawn, there is a peacefulness walking around the barns, watching the horses as each entourage bathes these beautiful creatures. One endearing sight was watching Elliott Walden, CEO of Winstar Farm, snap photos of his family as they watched the early morning training sessions.

Wednesday rolled around and it was time to visit Janna Flowers (my new bestie) at Clique Boutique. The skin care specialist began the daunting task of creating the effect that I get enough sleep and never drink wine (best of luck to her). Two hours and several vials of moisturizing serum later, I had glowing, revitalized skin. “My recommended treatments before a special occasion would be a facial a week prior to an event or dermaplaning a couple of days prior,” Janna commented. “I love seeing clients walk out the door with a boost of confidence from the services we provide.”

L to R: Steve Bass, Terri Bass, Steve Humphrey, Janice, Shiao Woo and John Shaw Woo.

Back at the track, I jumped in and out of the media center, where credentialed media from all over the world gathered to broadcast their podcasts – from Parisian journalists to the Los Angeles Turf Club director.

Saturday arrived in grand style as the rain finally stopped, which allowed the sun to shine in all her glory. The ladies’ fashions ranged from gorgeous fascinators to vintage fedoras (mine was Yves Saint Laurent) and hemlines had their own temperature (appropriate to the knee). Meanwhile, the gentlemen wore classic suits and looked dashing while sipping on their favorite bourbon. Overall, Breeders’ Cup had an air of sophistication.

The Jockey Club Suites were calling my name, so I ventured up to the fourth floor. My longtime friend Merry-Kay Poe was busy entertaining in one of the suites and was perfectly dressed for the day in an elegant Alexander McQueen suit topped off with a pillbox style chapeau designed by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock Couture, a British hatter company.

L to R: Jerry and Joni Sichting, Mike and Sandy Steele and Merry-Kay and Steve Poe in the Jockey Club Suites.

The suite was hopping, from Jennifer Lawrence’s parents to a Bengals football player (a VBP – very big person), the group was diverse and a blast to chat with. After enjoying the pit stop, I knew it was time to scurry on to the next adventure and pray to the lords of energy, better known as Red Bull, that I could make it to the Bacchanal held at the Speed Art Museum later in the evening. I made it and what a fantastical evening it was.

The week was finally over, and I knew my job was to fit all this into a condensed version (kind of like a bouillon cube) for this column. I set my alarm for an early morning call, but when the sound went off at 2 a.m., it was a different tone than I remembered, and it was coming from under the nightstand on the other side of the bed. Then, it made a fluttering noise. I grabbed my flashlight, startling the noisemaker, which then flew – yes flew –up in the air. Eek, a bat was in my bedroom.

There must’ve been something in my closet the bat liked because that’s where it landed. It’s still there. It was a rather funny (and unnerving) ending for such an amazing week. The bat must have gotten in when I opened the window on Saturday morning to greet the long-awaited sunshine. While a little shook up, I feel pretty lucky. Who else has a bat in her closet that doesn’t have Louisville Slugger engraved on it? I think I’ll name the creature Accelerate. VT



Albert, John N.

John N. Albert, 72, passed on Nov. 3, 2018. Born in the Bronx to John and Theresa Merger Albert, he grew up in Elmont, New York, where he attended Sewanhaka High. After graduating from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, he served in Vietnam with the 93rd Engineer Battalion. Upon returning home, he pursued a career as an actuary, starting at MetLife in New York City – where he made many lifelong friends and met his wife – and ending at Humana.

John was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Suzanne. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Barbara; his children, Betsy Kelly (Brian), Carolyn and John (Sandra); his grandchildren, Sherlyn, Barbara and John; and his brother, Christopher (Corinne).

The family wishes to thank all at Westport Place Healing Campus for the care and kindness shown to us during his last two weeks.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Nov. 7, 2018, at Saint Bernadette Catholic Church. Burial followed at Louisville Memorial Gardens East. Visitation was held Tuesday at Louisville Memorial Gardens Funeral Home East, 11601 Ballardsville Road.

The family suggests memorials be made to Wayside Christian Mission.

Condolences may be made at

Amburgey, Betty J.

Betty J. Amburgey, born March 6, 1935, returned home to her Heavenly Father on Nov. 4, 2018.

She is preceded in death by the father of her children, William H. Miller; parents, Dennis and Thelma Abell; her late husband, Jim Amburgey Sr.; two sisters, Jodi Pierce and Mary Dee Warren; and her grandson, David Whitney.

She is survived by her children, Shelly Fowler (Steve), Michael Miller, Gina Helms (Todd) and Stephanie Hagen; stepsons, Jim Amburgey Jr. and Mike Amburgey; grandsons, Derek Tingle (Kaitlin) and Nathan Hagen; and sister, Denise Krebs.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 11 a.m. on Nov. 9, 2018, at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions (235 Juneau Dr., Louisville, KY 40243). Burial will be held at a later date at Calvary Cemetery.

The family requests that contributions in Betty’s memory be made to St. Jude Children’s Foundation or the Mass of the Air.

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Ernst, Richard A.

Richard A. Ernst, 82, of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away on Nov. 3, 2018.

Richard was born on Nov. 14, 1935, in Louisville, Kentucky, to the late Gottlieb and Dorothy Ernst. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Carolyn Duddingston.

Richard was a graduate of Manual High School and attended Bellarmine College. Richard was a former member of the Air National Guard.

Most recently, he was owner/real estate broker for Ernst & Ernst Properties. He was a systems analyst at various companies in Louisville and Middletown for most of his life and retired last year from JCPS. Later, he was a computer science instructor and department head at Sullivan College (now Sullivan University.)

Richard was an avid UK fan, former president of Jeffersontown Lions Club and read for recording for the blind.

Richard is survived by his loving wife, Deborah Ernst; children, Brenda Bass, Beverly Spine (Terry), Jessica Letson, Corey Letson (Kelly) and Jody Letson (Missy); sisters, Betty Cummins and Doris Lucchese; grandchildren, Terry Spine Jr., Brad Spine (Allison), Nicholas Bass, Ashley Murphy, Branson Fowler, Abby Letson and Bishop Letson; and five loving great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held Nov. 7, 2018, at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions (235 Juneau Dr., Louisville, KY 40243,) A service to honor the life of Richard will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with entombment to follow at Louisville Memorial Gardens West. Memorial contributions may be made to Jeffersontown Lions Club.

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Fry, David “Dave” James

David “Dave” James Fry, 79, died peacefully at his home in Prospect with his wife of 39 years, Marjory “Margie” Ann Eller, at his side.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alma Van Kuren of Evart, Michigan, and Carl Fry of Pontiac, Michigan; a brother, Louis Fry of West Palm Beach, Florida; a sister, Jean McCurdy of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania; and a daughter, Cheryl Lynn Fry of Louisville, Kentucky.

Along with his wife, he is survived by his children, Sandra Jean Coleman (John), Micco, Florida; Susan Ann Ballew (Frank), Athens, Tennessee; Donna JoAnne Fry (Danny Reinstedler), Louisville, Kentucky; and Karen Denise Blair, Elma, Washington; two sisters: Jane Dixson, Pontiac, Michigan; and JoAnne Rhoads (Bob), Doniphan, Missouri; brother-in-law, Clifford Eller (Ruby), Overland Park, Kansas; seven grandchildren: Jason, Mark, Teara, Christopher, Zane, Savannah and Kenny; and four great grandchildren: Eve, Aurora, Josiah and Miles.

He was greatly loved by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Dave was a well-known local artist and exhibited at such places as the Speed Art Museum, the Water Tower and traveling exhibits in several states including Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio, South Carolina and Florida. He was a sculptor, painter and a potter. He studied art at the University of Louisville.

Prior to his art career, Dave worked in plant engineering and was a partner in creating the company Vacuum Depositing, Inc. that developed vacuum metallizing using NASA test chambers to metallize plastic film.

Dave was known as quite an inventor. A boss of his said, “Dave can build anything!”

He was a pilot (he once built his own airplane) and had a passion for flying. He was a member of the Aero Club of Louisville for over 50 years.

He spent his early life in Michigan. He also lived a year in Sitka, Alaska, where he worked in a pulp mill. The last 60 years of his life he spent in Louisville.

Dave loved family, friends, music and traveling. He was a regular at Saints, Homefront and other music venues of Louisville.

He was an active member of the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church.

Per Dave’s wishes, cremation was chosen. A celebration of his life will be held at Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church (4936 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY 40222) on Nov. 24, 2018. Visitation will be held from noon until the memorial service at 1 p.m., followed by a reception where all are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, those who would like are invited to make donations in Dave’s name to the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth ( or the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church (

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Keeling, Thomas M. “Tommy”

Thomas M. “Tommy” Keeling, 76, of Lebanon, died Nov. 1, 2018, at Jewish Hospital. He was born Dec. 14, 1941, and was a retired employee of Jim Beam.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Ellen Sloan Keeling; his parents, William Meredith and Mary Frances “Fannie” Keeling; and two brothers, Edward Keeling (Virginia) and Dennie Keeling.

Survivors include one daughter, Holli Keeling (Mark) of Lebanon; one son, Vince Keeling of Eden Prairie, Minnesota; one sister, Faye Kirtley (Joe) of Bardstown; three brothers, Bobby Keeling (Doris) and Jim Keeling (Jo), both of Louisville, and Jack Keeling (Jo) of New Mexico; two grandsons, Brendan Keeling and Bryan Keeling, both of Eden Prairie, Minnesota; one granddaughter, Dallas Brady (Chad) of Lebanon; one great-grandson, Thomas Leeland Brady; and several nieces and nephews.

The family has chosen cremation. To honor his memory, a celebration of life service will take place at a later date.

The Bosley Funeral Home in Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.

Ratliff, Edwin “Gale”

Edwin “Gale” Ratliff, 87, of Shepherdsville, passed away at his home Nov. 3, 2018, with his family by his side.

Gale was a Baptist by faith and a member of Boston Baptist Church. He retired in 1988 as a retired truck driver of Union Local 89.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rath Ratliff and Hazel Hall Ratliff.

Gale is survived by his loving wife, Nellene Ratliff, married on July 19, 1953; his children, Joyce A. Ratliff of New Albany, Indiana, and Ed Ratliff Jr. (Wava) of Shepherdsville; his siblings, Leason Ratliff, Freda Ratliff and Glecia LaRocca; along with four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 8, 2018, at Maraman Billings Funeral Home officiated by Bro. Carl Thomas with burial to follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Visitations held Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. and Thursday at 9 a.m. until time of the service.

Online condolences to the family may be made at

Tway III, Robert C.

Robert C. Tway III, passed away on Nov. 3, 2018, at Baptist East Hospital.

He was born on July 18, 1935. He is survived by two daughters, Anne T. Smith (Gary) and Louise T. Barousse (Clark); son, William T. Tway II; nine grandchildren; and a sister, Beverly T. Wagner.

He graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1953, where he was one of four seniors elected to Culver Cadet Club and was a three year letter winner on the golf team. He went on to graduate from Vanderbilt University in 1957 with a degree in economics and business.

He joined the Kentucky Trailer Company in 1957, served as vice president from 1967 to 1978 and president and CEO from 1979 to 1997, when he retired as board chairman. He was a regional board member of the National Federation of Independent Business Men and served a four-year term on the University of Louisville Board Overseers. He also served on the Clifton Center Board.

Mr. Tway was a member of the Louisville Country Club, River Valley Club and the Dennbarr Club. He was an avid Kentucky Wildcat and Cincinnati Reds fan and loved golf.

The joys of his life were his children and grandchildren, as well as many wonderful friends. He wanted to die known in life as “a good guy.”

A memorial service will be held at noon on Nov. 8, 2018, at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane. Visitation will be on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of service. There will be a private burial.

Memorials may go to the Athletic Fund or Fine Arts Guild at Kentucky Country Day School, 4100 Springdale Road, Louisville, Kentucky, 40241.

What’s Cooking

Photo by Jose Morones Vergara.

MESA Introduces Incubator and Catering Programs

MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen in New Albany, recently launched two new programs at its high-end studio kitchen, including an incubator program for start-up businesses and catering from MESA chefs.

The incubator program allows aspiring chefs and business owners to rent MESA’s kitchen space for catering, menu development and pre-restaurant launch events. It’s a great way for those looking to open their own business to test the waters, generate buzz and build a customer base.

Jenny Watson from The Elderberry Co. is MESA’s first incubator partner. The partnership allows Jenny to use MESA’s facilities as an incubator on certain days to create her homemade elderberry products. Owners Bobby and Ysha Bass got the idea from seeing similar concepts in bigger cities and wanted to bring it to the Kentucky/Southern Indiana region to help support local businesses and restaurateurs.

Businesses and groups can also now have the MESA experience catered for lunch or dinner. Customized menus are developed by talented chefs based on budget and food preferences. This option is perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

MESA continues to offer its experiential dining events curated by the region’s top chefs, mixologists and purveyors. A full schedule of upcoming events can be found at

Those interested in the incubator program or catering can email or call 812.725.7691.

MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen

216 Pearl St., New Albany


The Olivet Celebrates Move to New Location

On Nov. 2, representatives from the Olivet, the city of New Albany and One Southern Indiana (1si) celebrated the store’s new location with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Previously located in the Underground Station, the Olivet’s new home is at 137 E. Market St., Suite 103, New Albany.

The Olivet was first established in March of 2016 by owner Crystal Goebel. “We are grateful for the support the community has shown us since we opened in March 2016 and are excited to share our new location and expanded services,” said Goebel. “We also hope the Olivet becomes a place for people to gather and enjoy one another’s company while also experiencing our new offerings.”

The new location offers premium extra virgin olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, gourmet foods, handmade chocolates, truffles and candles, unique gifts, custom gift baskets, tastings and – brand new to the area – a hot cocoa bar.

The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.

The Olivet

137 E. Market St., New Albany


Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes to Make in Bulk

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, there will be plenty to celebrate in the coming weeks. These cocktail recipes from Louisville mixologists are ready to make in bulk and offer the perfect opportunity to imbibe with family and friends without the hassle of mixing up individual cocktails.

Bloody Harvest

By Eric Lattimore – Pizza LUPO

6 oz bourbon

6 oz fresh local apple cider (we use Huber’s)

6 oz Amaro Meletti

1 oz lemon juice
Lambrusco to top

Stir all ingredients together with ice in a big pitcher. Then, pour into however many glasses you care to serve and top with a nice dry Lambrusco.

Butchertown Nogg

By Eron Plevan – mixologist at ALEX&NDER

7.5 oz vanilla bean infused Butchertown Craft Brandy

3.75 oz heavy cream

3.75 oz cinnamon syrup (or to taste)

5 egg yolks

Nutmeg and cinnamon dust for garnish

Add all ingredients to a blender and mix to combine. Can be served with or without ice.

The Nulu Princess

By Davy Butterworth – beverage director at Decca

8 oz Cappelletti

4 oz Effen vodka

8 oz orange juice

4 oz lemon juice

2 oz simple syrup*

2 oz water

1 bottle of Mionetto Prosecco

Combine everything except the Prosecco and stir vigorously, then add Prosecco and stir gently. Garnish with an orange peel if you want to get fancy.

*Simple Syrup recipe: Combine 2 cups organic sugar with 1 cup hot water to a pot over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Store in fridge.

This is Fun

By Keri Smith – bar manager, Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar

15 oz Copper & Kings Unaged Apple Brandy

5 oz Fee Brothers Orgeat

5 oz Ginger Reál Infused Syrup  or 5 oz Ginger Beer of your choosing

0.5 oz Bar Keep Apple Bitters

Add all ingredients to a large glass pitcher filled with ice and stir to completely mix the ingredients well. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Serve over fresh ice and garnish with expressed lemon peels or a lemon wheel. Makes 10 2.5 oz cocktails.

Ale-8 Bourbon Holiday Cider

By Ale-8-One – Winchester, Kentucky

1½ cups apple cider

4 cinnamon sticks

2 apples cut into bite size pieces

1 orange, cut in half then into thin wedges

6 ounces bourbon

12-ounce bottle Ale-8-One

Cranberries (or pomegranate seeds, if preferred) for garnish

Servings: 4

Place cider in a pan on the stove with the cinnamon sticks, apples and oranges and heat until hot. Add room temperature bourbon to a heat resistant pitcher. Add hot cider and mix. Pour cider mixture into four heatproof glasses, making sure each glass has fruit and one cinnamon stick. Top each glass with room temperature Ale-8-One. Garnish with cranberries.

Boutique Buzz

Sharon “Sher” Stemler.

Sher’s Bridal Turns 46

By Libby Langlois

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson

Sher’s Bridal, owned by Sharon “Sher” Stumler, is celebrating 46 years in business this year in Louisville. The bridal store owner and her daughter, Heather Stumler, recently held an event at the storefront, 309 N. Evergreen Road, to celebrate the many brides that the two have worked with over the last 46 years.

“When this business started, I had no idea that we’d be (here) this long,” said Sher. “I have been able to dress generations of brides and am so thankful for all of the wonderful families that have continued to allow us to be a part of their big day. I’m excited to be able to take the time to visit with the women, men and families that have helped make this all possible.”

Christmas Eve of 1973 was the day that Sher began her well-known local business that is now Sher’s Bridal. The wedding industry, known for its small size, was nothing like we know it to be now. In 1973, there were around 10 to 12 bridal lines to choose from, and no one even thought of buying a wedding dress locally. But when Sher’s opened, it inspired a boom in the bridal industry at the local level. 

The industry took off in the 1950s after men started coming home from the war and couples had the time to thoroughly plan their big days. There were no coordinators at the time, so the bride’s mother typically took on the role of wedding planner. Mothers were in charge of going to the bridal fittings, booking the venue, hiring caterers and everything that goes into the execution of the wedding. Although this sounds like a big job, weddings were smaller than they are today. There was no such thing as a sit-down dinner, but instead, there were hors d’oeuvres. The attendants of the wedding were not required to dress for a black-tie affair because most weddings took place at churches. Weddings were known to be simple and small up until the 1980s.

When the ’80s rolled around, women had several more options when it came to bridal gowns. At the beginning, there were two top competitors of the 10 to 12 bridal lines: Priscilla of Boston and Bianchi of Boston. Brides flocked to these lines for one reason: the style. Most gowns were covered or trimmed in a synthetic Chantilly lace. The lace would continue onto the sleeve, which usually ended in what is called a bridal “pointe,” which was meant to point to the hand showing off a bride’s ring. High, sheer inset necks trimmed with lace were all the rage. With higher necklines came higher waist lines hitting below the bust, commonly known as the empire waist. To top it all off (no pun intended), the veils were usually attached to a hat that sat over the crown of the head. All of these small details amounted to a regal look, for a very stylish wedding.

A wedding day is a day to be remembered by everyone, but mostly the bride and groom. It is a day to be taken slowly. Sher knew when she started her business, in order to make a bride’s big day memorable, the experience leading up to it needed to be joyous. Sher sold her first gown to a woman who knocked on her door Christmas Eve night, one week before opening her doors. Sher’s mother told her that this was a good sign for her business. Walking into Sher’s, shoppers share smiles, a journey and at the end, a dress. A new era began when Sher opened her shop – an era of new style with brides who wore gowns that made them feel their best. VT

Pride at the Museum

For more than 10 years, the LGBT Center at the University of Louisville has provided support, educational resources and advocacy to UofL students and the community at large. Each day, the staff works to strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus community and welcome people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.

On Nov. 9, Pride at the Museum, the inaugural signature fundraiser for the LGBT Center, will take place at the Speed Art Museum. To learn more, we spoke with the center’s Executive Director Brian Buford.

What to Expect

“This will be a night full of entertainment from some of our city’s best talent in the most beautiful space,” said Buford. Performers will include the Louisville Ballet, Karan Chavis, Louisville Orchestra Conductor Teddy Abrams, All is Fair in Love and Fashion, Keith McGill and drag performers from PLAY Louisville. An open bar and food and drink stations will be provided courtesy of Wiltshire Pantry, Heaven Hill, Against the Grain, Goodwood Brewing and the Mocktail Project.

LGBT Center Staff Members Brian Buford and Stacie Steinbock.

While creating a delightful event, the LGBT Center’s team isn’t losing sight of the big picture. “Although we are creating a space for fun and socializing, it’s really about something greater,” affirmed Buford. “(We’re) making sure that LGBTQ young people overcome the obstacles and succeed. The night will benefit the LGBT Center at UofL and make sure that we can continue supporting students and helping them reach their goal of graduating and realizing their full potential. We, of course, want to say thanks to Terri Bass and the Bass Family Foundation as title sponsors of the event and as allies to our students.”

The Impact

“Our hope is that during the night, we can raise the funds to continue offering all the programs, scholarships, services and support that our students desperately need,” explained Buford. “The LGBT Center meets a critical need by buffering against all the risk factors facing LGBTQ youth. They are at high risk for dropping out, attempting suicide, becoming homeless and being the most bullied in their high schools. And sadly, they are sometimes rejected from their families and lose the parental support that they need. So we need to fill that gap and make sure they are successful. We hope our guests will become collaborators by supporting the center’s work.”

Making Strides

“UofL has come so far since we opened the center in 2007, with me in a part-time position and nothing but a small janitor’s closet for an office,” Buford said. “Now, we have a team of six and vibrant centers on both the Belknap and Health Sciences campuses, and we are doing work that is gaining national attention.”

One example of this groundbreaking work is the center’s partnership with UofL’s School of Medicine to develop a nationally-recognized LGBTQ curriculum called eQuality, which “is teaching doctors how to compassionately and competently care for LGBTQ patients,” Buford said. “(They’re) also improving patient care nationally by teaching other medical schools best clinical practices. We have also developed the eQuality Toolkit:  a brief, concise clinical skills manual that will be published this upcoming year and available to health professional schools and clinicians all over the world to use to improve clinical care.”

Since its start in 2007, the LGBT Center has worked with community partners to establish six LGBT-themed scholarships, a themed housing community where LGBTQ residents and allies can live together and study social justice, a campus visit day designed for LGBTQ high school students and a pride week celebration that brings national speakers to campus such as Janet Mock, Jose Antonio Vargas and this year, Nyle Dimarco.

Leaders in Inclusion

In recent years, UofL has earned accolades for being one of the most LGBTQ inclusive campuses in the nation. The LGBT Center intends to continue this legacy and make further progress.

“We have a pretty ambitious five-year plan for 2020 that takes us to the next level in terms of inclusion,” Buford said. “As our president wisely says, we appreciate these accolades and love seeing UofL make the news as one of the most inclusive campuses in the country, but (we) aren’t stopping there. Some of the areas where we want to grow include creating a more robust program that recognizes the unique needs of LGBTQ students of color, realizing our vision of an LGBTQ medical clinic – where our students can practice and where community members can receive competent care – and continuing to build a network among the LGBT Centers in the region so that we are supporting and sharing with one another.

“Doing this work in the South is different than in other parts of the country, so we have to rally together as allies,” he concluded. “We do that well with the University of Kentucky and Northern Kentucky University, and we want to be leaders in bringing the region together.” VT

Pride at the Museum

Speed Art Museum

7 p.m. Nov. 9

Supporter and Ally Terri Bass

Pride at the Museum is presented by Terri Bass, Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty & the Bass Family Foundation. Terri Bass has witnessed firsthand the effects the LGBT Center’s work can have on an individual.

“I had a daughter who came back from college and then went to UofL for a couple semesters,” she said. “She was really unsure about what was going on in her life at the time. I attribute the inclusive community for the LGBT for inspiring her to be who she is. She had not come out before that.”

The Bass Family Foundation, started by Sonny and Gladys Bass, has long supported the university and made major donations. Now, the family is proud to contribute and help further the work of the LGBT Center.

“The Bass Family Foundation was started by my husband Steven’s parents,” Terri explained. “They have always been very generous and have had a compassionate spirit.”

In addition to working with UofL, Terri began the Kentucky Chapter of The National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP). Through her work with Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty, she consistently works to build NAGLREP’s referral network of realtors, title companies, lenders, designers and other professionals.

Looking forward, Terri hopes to see the center grow and watch more students experience the profound impact it can have.

“I think it’s timely for this to be occurring and hopefully it will inspire other people,” she said. “I’ve seen the benefit through both of my daughters, who are both gay. I still see children and young adults who still don’t have that support from their family or anyone in their community. There has to be someplace where they can know that they’re supported and loved.”

Hosparus Health Candle Glow Gala

Andy Ford, Melanie Plumb, Hosparus Health President/CEO Phil Marshall and Kathi Marshall. Photo by Bill Wine.

This year, Hosparus Health is celebrating 40 years of serving people in our community and beyond with hospice care. To share in the excitement and raise funds for continuing their work, the organization will hold its 13th annual Candle Glow Gala on Dec. 1. To learn more about the fun event and the impactful nonprofit, we spoke with Event and Donor Development Coordinator Victoria Coleman.

What to Expect

“This year, guests can expect powerful stories of compassion and caring from families who have received Hosparus Health care,” said Coleman. “The event is a celebration of 40 years of hospice services while looking toward the future of expanded care for the communities we serve.” Additionally, many of Hosparus Health’s original founders will be in attendance and/or recognized at the event.

“This year’s gala is truly a celebration of everyone that has made 40 years of compassionate care possible,” she continued. “From our founders to our future partners in the community, this night is a chance to celebrate them and the many patients and families we have served – past, present and future.”

How it Helps

2017 Candle Glow Gala. Photo by Bill Wine.

Money raised from the gala supports programs and services provided to patients and families. “Funds support Kourageous Kids, the oldest pediatric hospice and palliative care program in the nation (as well as) our inpatient unit downtown on the top floor of the Norton Pavilion,” said Coleman. “Funds (also) support our comprehensive grief counseling center, serving anyone in the community that has suffered a loss, whether they used our care or not. Forty percent of our bereavement care is for families who have experienced sudden loss.”

Hosparus Health is available for individuals with a serious or chronic illness well before the need for hospice care. “At the time of diagnosis, we can help those with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, congestive heart failure and more to improve their quality of life,” Coleman explained. “(We) ensure everyone in need of our care receives the best possible care, regardless of their ability to pay.”

Who to Thank

“This event would not be possible without the generous support of donors and sponsors,” said Coleman. “We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our co-presenting sponsors, McGriff Insurance Services and The Bufford Family Foundation, as well as to our gold sponsors – Harshaw Trane, Republic Bank and The Voice-Tribune.”

Serving Veterans

“Our We Honor Veterans program cares for those who have served our country and is top priority for Hosparus Health,” Coleman affirmed. “In 2017, almost 20 percent of our patients served were veterans, and that number continues to grow. Through We Honor Veterans, we pair veteran volunteers with our veteran patients.”

Aging Innovation

“Hosparus Health is, and has always been, a leader in innovation,” said Coleman. “Our CEO, Phil Marshall, is one of the founders of the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council and now serves as the board chair for the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation. Louisville truly is the aging innovation capital of the world. We are proud to play an integral part in the innovation that will change the way we care for our aging population across the nation and right here at home.”

Looking Forward

“We will continue to provide the highest quality of care and the most compassionate services to the community and have set a lofty goal of serving 10,000 patients and families a year by 2021,” Coleman stated. “We believe every patient and family deserves the best possible care, never turning away a patient in need.” VT

Candle Glow Gala

Omni Louisville Hotel

6 p.m. Dec. 1


By the Numbers

114,000 – number of patients served in the last 40 years

8,000 – individual patients and families served in 2018

In the top 20 largest nonprofit hospice providers in the nation

27 – counties served in Kentucky

10 – counties served in Indiana

49,174 – volunteer hours contributed in 2017

Nonprofit News

Christian Academy Students Volunteer at Barren Heights Fall Retreat

Five high school students from Christian Academy of Louisville (two seniors, one junior and two freshman) recently participated in a service project at Barren Heights Retreat Center in Scottsville, Kentucky. Barren Heights provides free weekend retreats and outreach events for families who have children with physical or developmental disabilities. The Christian Academy students helped to make the weekend retreat run smoothly by doing things like meal prep, cleaning and organizing games and crafts. However, their main job was to simply love and encourage the guest families.

This is the sixth year that Christian Academy students have organized a fall mission trip to Barren Heights, which was actually founded by a Christian Academy family. CAL students also volunteer at weekend retreats over the summer and at the Barren Heights Community Center in Louisville throughout the year.

Christian Academy School System provides learning for pre-K through 12th grade, serving 3,000 students on four campuses in Louisville and southern Indiana. Campuses are located in Middletown, St. Matthews, Shively and New Albany, Indiana. For more information, visit

Leadership Louisville Center announces 44 emerging leaders selected for 21st Ignite Louisville Class

Forty-four emerging leaders have been selected for the Leadership Louisville Center’s Ignite Louisville Class of Spring 2019 that will run from now through April 2019. This is the 21st class of the award-winning program, presented by Norton Healthcare, which has graduated more than 915 up-and-coming leaders and offers two classes each year, preparing next-generation talent for expanded roles in their organizations and in the community.

Ignite Louisville is a seven-month program that grows mid-level professionals by developing the key components of leadership. In addition to the core curriculum developed by Norton Healthcare, Brown-Forman Corporation, BB&T and the U.S. Army, the class will participate in the Ignite Louisville Challenge. The Challenge provides an opportunity for the class to take on a project proposed by a local nonprofit and gain hands-on experience performing on a team and serving the community.

Members of the Ignite Louisville Class of Spring 2019
(October 2018 – April 2019) are:

Jennifer Asbrock, Frost Brown Todd LLC; Andre Barrie, Farm Credit Mid-America; Jessica Bickwermert, University of Louisville Hospital; Amy Blanchard, Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions; Sara Bowman, Flavorman; Lisa Brents, Nativity Academy; Christopher Carrico, Yum! Brands, Inc.; Nazifa Cassity, Louisville Metro Revenue Commission; Amanda Caufield, Dant Clayton Corporation; Morgan Eklund, Fund for the Arts; Da’Marrion Fleming, Sowing Seeds with Faith; Molly Fox, BrightSpring Health Services; Raechele Gray, Creative Spirits Behavioral Health; James Halaris, Brown-Forman Corporation; Lauren Hitron, Sacred Heart Schools; Cassidy Hyde, Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana; Emily Irwin, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP; Jonathan Jeanty, NIMBUS; Lauren Johnson, Louisville Tourism; Malena Kraig, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield; Nick Kues, Humana Inc.; Matthew Lea, Springstone; Elizabethe Liebschutz-Roettger, University of Louisville-College of Business; Lisa London, University of Louisville; Jenita Lyons, Norton Healthcare; Alex Marks, Hilliard Lyons; Jennifer Metro, Norton Healthcare Foundation; Jason Miles, Republic Bank; Liz Morgan, Courier Journal Media; Jennifer Mulvihill, LG&E and KU Energy LLC; Maria Pepitone, Humana Inc.; Erin Quinlan, The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts; Tihisha Rawlins, AARP; Luke Rebholz, Messer Construction; Joseph Reverman, Louisville Metro Government; Brett Rosenblum, Kentucky Democratic Party; Ann Smith, Presentation Academy; Michael Somervell, CBRE; Angela Champion Sprowl, St. Vincent de Paul Louisville; Casey Stallsmith, Hosparus Health; Julia Stough, Tandem Public Relations; Kate Vance, Yum! Brands, Inc.; Jason White, KPFF Consulting Engineers; and Daniel Wirth, American Red Cross.

Premier Caregiver Services Sponsors Kentucky State Squash Tournament

Premier Caregiver Services is a proud sponsor of the 61st Annual Kentucky Squash State Tournament. The 2018 Kentucky State Tournament will be held from Nov. 9-11 at the Louisville Boat Club. The tournament is for all ages – including seniors – and is a family activity open to the public.

The first Kentucky State Squash Racquets Championships were held in 1932, and the second one in 1960. In 1986, the Kentucky Squash Racquets Association (KSRA) was formed as a non-profit to promote the sport of squash in Kentucky, encouraging a healthy lifestyle and camaraderie. The organization has 150 current active adult players and 50 juniors in the state, centered mostly around Louisville but also in Lexington, Owensboro and Northern Kentucky. In addition, the KSRA hosts about 200 players each year who come from Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Atlanta, St. Louis, Charleston, Chicago and other cities and countries to participate in tournaments, exhibitions and invitational matches.

KSRA invites all ages to compete, relaying the message that you are never too old to participate in sporting events like squash. For further info, visit and, or call Lee Scott, tournament director, at 502.780.8622.

Health & Hope Breakfast Hosted by Supplies Over Seas

Supplies Over Seas (SOS) held its third annual Health & Hope Breakfast on Oct. 19, at The Olmsted. Patrons and community partners gathered to hear of SOS’s important impact in our local community and in medically underserved regions all over the world.

Denise Sears and Dr. Seth Wanye present Jordan Goldberg with the inaugural Health & Hope Award. Photo by Tim Valentino.

A panel discussion titled “Voices from the Field” shared personal experiences of working with medical mission trips, the positive environmental impact of recycling surplus medical supplies and partnering with local medical and nursing schools.

The breakfast raises support and awareness of SOS’s mission of saving surplus medical supplies and equipment from our local landfills and sending them to hospitals and clinics in medically underserved communities worldwide.

For more information or to schedule a tour, visit at

Creative Sparks

Inside the Governor’s School for the Arts experience

Summer 2018 Governor’s School for the Arts students.

By Laura Ross

It’s undeniable that a foundation in the arts builds leaders who guide with integrity, creativity and enthusiasm. In a world with troubling funding cuts in arts education, more than ever, it’s imperative to offer young people the chance to shine in the arts. The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) does just that.

An annual three-week intensive summer arts residency program for high school sophomores and juniors, GSA builds a creative voice through many disciplines for more than 200 of Kentucky’s most talented teens. Students focus on nine different disciplines: architecture and design, creative writing, dance, drama, film and photography, instrumental music, musical theatre, visual art and vocal music.

Dance students during their final performance.

For Elizabethtown High School senior Lily Addington, 17, it was an opportunity to explore her love of writing this summer as she attended GSA in the creative writing discipline. “I’ve always had a passion for telling stories, and I gained so many valuable lessons from my mentors about going deeper in my stories and how to strengthen my diction with conviction,” she said. “However, some of the most important lessons I learned from my mentors were about being vulnerable and present to the world around me.”

Begun as a public-private partnership between the Kentucky Center for the Arts, the Governor’s office and others in 1987, GSA has seen more than 6,100 high school students benefit from the intensive arts-focused experience. GSA students attend the summer program for free, with the program covering all expenses for tuition, room, board and supplies. GSA students participate in daily seminars, masterclasses, lectures, workshops and field trips to regional arts attractions led by professional artists. The instructors act as positive role models for the young artists and provide insights into the professional world of the arts, art careers and arts education.

For the past five years, GSA was housed at Centre College. The University of Kentucky recently announced that the UK College of Fine Arts will host the GSA for the coming four years. The 2019 GSA summer program will take place June 23-July 13.

An instrumental music student’s final performance.

“I am thrilled to have the University of Kentucky join GSA in our vital efforts to empower the Commonwealth’s next generation of creative leaders,” said GSA Director Nick Covault, who is also an alumnus of GSA’s Vocal Music program. “I look forward to the collaboration as we remind young artists that they are valued and crucially important to society.”

“GSA is a strenuous program,” said Addington. “You never truly stop working and it will test your fervor for your art form, but it was also the most exciting time of my life. It is an unparalleled experience that permits you to constantly be working at the passion you love dearly and exposes you to other facets of art.”

LIly Addington.

According to GSA leaders, its young alumni are highly competitive prospective college students, who routinely score higher GPAs and ACT scores than both the state and national averages. Ninety-eight percent of GSA alumni attend college and/or receive scholarships to a higher education institution. Additionally, 29 colleges and universities offer scholarships to alumni of GSA.

“The world we live in today is so clouded by division and hate, and the arts have the power to exemplify positivity and open the door for raw emotion,” said Addington. “When youth are inspired to be honest in their beliefs and display them through their talents, the future has no boundaries. There was such a diverse group of young adults at GSA that I gained unique perspectives from, and I am unbelievably thankful for those relationships.” VT

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 summer program at The deadline to apply is Jan. 11, 2019.

State of the Art

Natural landscapes, familiar faces, Kentucky pride and a taste of consumerism

‘Breathe’ in New Paintings at B. Deemer

Pam Folsom is well known for her bold contemporary paintings of rural landscapes. Her new works are about summer, the warm sun and fresh air. Folsom says, “These paintings are about slowing down, drinking in the day, stopping to appreciate the moment and finding the visual language to express what I need to say. Life is intoxicating if you take the time to notice.” “Breathe” will be on exhibit at B. Deemer Gallery Nov. 10 through Dec. 11.

Revelry Reveals ‘100 Faces’ from Susan Howe

Revelry Boutique Gallery is thrilled to welcome local artist Susan Howe for her solo show, “100 Faces,” opening 6 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 10. Howe’s work can be found in many private and corporate collections. She is also the owner and primary instructor at Mudpies Studio in St. Matthews. In her show featured at Revelry, she will showcase pieces inspired by notable Louisvillians and other famous people who have impacted her life, whether that be through listening to their music, watching them on the silver screen or reading their novels.

Double Duty at KFA and Gallery at the Brown

The Kentucky Fine Art Gallery is hosting its new show “Kentucky Amber” now through Jan. 18. The show currently includes works from artists David Schuster, Robert Halliday, Jaime Corum, Susan Hackworth and Greta Mattingly. It draws heavily from the bourbon industry in Louisville. Artist Jordan Skeens will be featured as a guest artisan during the show’s running along with sculptor Michael McCarthy.

Also featuring five KFA artists, “The Kentucky Cup” opened at Gallery at the Brown on Oct. 26 and will run until Jan. 1. These works spotlight horses in keeping with the celebration of Breeders’ Cup.

Art Sanctuary is ‘Tasting Abundance’

The Gallery at Art Sanctuary is hosting an exhibit of recent work by one of their studio artists titled, “Tasting Abundance.” The colorful mixed media sculptures by Linda Erzinger are created using discarded materials that are at the core of environmental and social health issues in our country. The artwork prompts viewers to think about the earth, women’s health, consumerism and other major issues. The exhibit is on display in the main gallery through Nov. 25. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 8.

Letter from the Editor

This week’s cover story was a special one that our editorial intern and University of Louisville senior Kelly Vetter brought to the table. We knocked it around for a moment and saw a beautiful piece take shape. There’s a lot of heart in this week’s cover story and a reminder for us all: Those who serve need and deserve our support. I hope you’ll take the time to read Kelly’s feature and if you feel compelled, help the Ice Warriors in their healing.

We devoted quite a few pages to Breeders’ Cup coverage, particularly by our photographers Andrea Hutchinson and Amber Chalfin. From start to finish, the weekend we had at Churchill Downs was one we won’t soon forget. Also shot this weekend was the Bacchanal at the Speed Art Museum, where guests brought their angelic A-game for the theme of “Fortune.” If you don’t see your photo in print, check us out online at to see what else we captured.

I am so grateful for the amount of engagement and number of responses my last editor letter received on our website and Facebook page. So many of you – us – are ready to see the violence and division come to an end. The ongoing conversation gives me hope.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read The Voice. Your support is so appreciated.