An Organization of Empowerment

Family Scholar House continues to change the lives of members of our community through education

By Remy Sisk

Dedicated to ending the cycle of poverty and transforming our city, Family Scholar House is one of Louisville’s most important and impactful nonprofits. The organization empowers families and youth to succeed in education and achieve life-long self-sufficiency. Having recently opened its fifth Louisville campus, it is one of the area’s only institutions that facilitates opportunities for single parents and foster alumni to achieve the ultimate goal of confident self-sufficiency. This is achieved by attaining an education that will undoubtedly expand and enrich their lives. The nonprofit serves families and young adults who are grappling with homelessness or domestic violence situations so that they may become the best version of themselves for their own sake as well as their children’s.

Family Scholar House began in 1995 as Project Women, an organization that strived to help further the socio-economic positions of women and children in crisis. Committed to assisting these individuals in achieving a proper education, Project Women brought Cathe Dykstra on board in 2005. 

UofL President and Celebration of Education Gala keynote speaker Dr. Neeli Bendapudi.

Dykstra broadened its reach and saw the organization undergo a name change to Family Scholar House in 2008. For the last 10 years, the organization has been meeting the needs of single parents and struggling families while setting them off on a journey of lifetime success.

“Within 90 days of graduating and exiting our program, 73 percent of our families are off all government assistance,” says Family Scholar House Director of Strategic Initiatives Kate Brackett. “These families are taxpayers, homeowners and engaged members of our society. Due to the community believing in them and seeing their true potential, they are able to live out their dreams and are very quick to want to pay that forward to another individual or family in need. Our families and young adults help make this community a more compassionate community because they understand the impact of education and assisting those that need a hand up.”

Over the course of its history, Family Scholar House has seen 431 college degrees earned by its scholars and 43 homes purchased. Last year, Family Scholar House served 3,497 families with 4,718 children and 431 foster alumni with its 12-person full-time staff and more than 1,900 volunteers.  They ensure each participant receives academic advising, family advocacy, parenting and life skills workshops and connections to local resources. To further its commitment to these families, Family Scholar House will be holding the Celebration of Education Gala on Sept. 21 at the Omni Louisville Hotel.

“The Celebration of Education Gala presented by The Marian Group & LDG Development is just that, a celebration,” affirms Brackett. The evening will kick off with a cocktail reception sponsored by Brown-Forman as well as a sumptuous silent auction. Next, the main program, with LouAnn Atlas as honorary chair, will feature University of Louisville President Dr. Neeli Bendapudi as keynote speaker. Following the dinner and program, guests will be able to hit the dance floor as Endless Summer Band takes the stage to provide entertainment until midnight.

“All proceeds from this event directly support our mission,” Brackett emphasizes of the Celebration of Education Gala. “The funds will allow us to deliver our comprehensive list of services to families and young adults in our community. Family Scholar House receives no federal funding for our operation budget, so (donor) support is vital in ensuring we continue to serve this community.”

As it continues to move forward like never before, Family Scholar House is always looking for members of the community to get involved. Brackett maintains that anyone interested in volunteering or simply getting more information about this incredibly worthy organization may reach out by calling 502.548.8090 or emailing VT

Family Scholar House Celebration of Education Gala

Omni Hotel

6 p.m. Sept. 21

Stories That Define Us

In 2017, “Family Scholar House: Stories That Define Us” by Pam Platt was published and shared with supporters of the nonprofit. The following is an excerpt that tells the story of just one of the many graduates who overcame odds to achieve their dreams:

“Jaydee had always been independent, but she knew she needed to go to school and she needed to work, and she needed help to do that. She found Family Scholar House, and the second she walked into orientation, she knew it was where she was supposed to be. Her son was two years old when they moved in.

‘It’s never too late to be what you might have been.’

Jaydeen knew from the beginning of her two-and-a-half years living at FSH that she wanted to do social work.

‘I cannot fail,’ she told herself.

She was in a place designed to help her succeed, where she had an opportunity to pursue her goals and dreams without worrying so much about fitting together the puzzle pieces of finances and schooling for her son, a place where she didn’t have to choose waitress work over what she was meant to do.”

Nonprofit News

Alltech founder Dr. Pearse Lyons to posthumously receive Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder of Alltech, will posthumously receive the prestigious Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Lifetime Achievement during the sixth annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, held Sept. 20 at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards were created in 2013 to publicly celebrate the greatness of people from around the world. 

The award recognizes individuals who are driven to become agents of change for the common good.

For Dr. Lyons, making a positive difference in the world was an everyday reality of his personal and professional life.

After moving with his young family – wife, Deirdre; daughter, Aoife; and son, Mark – to the U.S. from Ireland, Dr. Lyons founded Alltech in 1980 with the mission of improving the health and performance of animals, crops and people. The company’s endeavours are guided by the “ACE principle” – a commitment to having a positive impact on the Animal, the Consumer and the Environment.

The Alltech ACE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established by Dr. and Mrs. Lyons to put their philanthropic passion into action. One endeavor funded by the ACE Foundation is the Alltech Sustainable Haiti Project, which supports two Haitian primary schools through the sale of Alltech® Café Citadelle.

In Kentucky and Ireland, more than a dozen state-of-the-art science laboratories have been built at primary schools, inspiring students to have greater curiosity about the world around them.

The Lyonses’ passion for education and the arts is reflected in the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition, which shines a spotlight on the hopes of young vocalists by awarding top performers with scholarship funds to join the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre.

As an entrepreneur who started Alltech in his home garage and built it into a multibillion-dollar company, Dr. Lyons recognized drive and passion in others and encouraged them to dream big. The Alltech Innovation Competition emboldens young entrepreneurs to create businesses that help solve local issues. Winners are awarded $10,000 – the same amount with which Dr. Lyons founded Alltech in his garage.

Whether through small acts of kindness or far-reaching scientific achievement, Dr. Lyons was committed to empowering others, inspiring lifelong learning and making a difference in the world – a mission he shared with the Muhammad Ali Foundation, of which Dr. Lyons was a long-time supporter.

Dr. Lyons passed away on March 8, 2018. Mrs. Lyons, director of corporate image and design at Alltech, and their son, Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech, will accept the award on his behalf during the ceremony.

“Like Muhammad, by their example, these awardees serve as role models to all of us, and they help to ensure that the legacy Muhammad left on this world continues to inspire, transform and ignite positive change for the betterment of individuals and the whole of humanity,” said Lonnie Ali, co-founder of the Muhammad Ali Center and widow of Muhammad Ali. “If there was a time for the power of his example to be heeded, it is now.”

American Cancer Society announces Real Men Wear Pink campaign

Men from Louisville and Southern Indiana will unite to fight breast cancer with the American Cancer Society through participation in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. 

In addition to wearing pink and raising awareness about breast cancer, these men will be raising funds to help the American Cancer Society attack cancer from every angle and save more lives from breast cancer. The campaign kicked off recently with a reception announcing the 2018 participants and lasts through October.

“These Real Men are real leaders,” said Lyn Palmer, senior manager for community development with the American Cancer Society. “They have stepped up to let the community know they are activists in this cause and that it’s not just a woman’s cause.”

Each Real Men Wear Pink participant accepts the challenge to raise at least $2,500. In just the first three weeks, the campaign has already passed the $10,000 mark. Funds raised help the American Cancer Society save lives from breast cancer through early detection and prevention, innovative breast cancer research and patient support.

Ryan Hoke, WAVE 3 meteorologist, participated in the 2016 Real Men campaign and is back again this year as a 2018 participant.

“Being a part of Real Men Wear Pink helps me elevate my advocacy for breast cancer awareness and prevention,” said Hoke. “Losing my mom to this terrible disease was awful, but being able to help those currently battling breast cancer is a way to honor my mom’s memory and pass on her positivity.”

The 2018 Real Men Wear Pink participants are:

Kyle Bilyeu of the Interfraternity Council, University of Louisville

DuRand Bryant of Mirazon Group, Louisville

Dr. Todd Carter of Dr. Todd A. Carter DDS, New Albany, Indiana

Tony Colyer of Colyer Law, Louisville

Steve Del Gardo of Del Gardo’s, Covington

Erik Eaker of Humana, Louisville

Patrick Edlin of Humana, Louisville

Ryan Hoke of WAVE 3, Louisville

Nick Karaffa of Karaffa Law Office, Louisville

Dan Kessler of Varsity Brands, Louisville

George Livingston of Humana, Louisville

Todd Lowery of Nationwide, Louisville

Tom Mabe of Tom Mabe, Inc., Louisville

Dr. Lawrence Mason of Baptist Health, Louisville

Bentley McBentleson of KFC, Louisville

Randy McGraw of West IP, Louisville

Michael Morgan of ADP, Louisville

Stuart Mushala of Humana, Louisville

James O’Reilly of Long John Silvers, Louisville

Todd Read of GoSoIN Tourism Bureau, Jeffersonville, Indiana

Al Snow of Ohio Valley Wrestling School, Louisville

Andre Wilson of Style Icon, Louisville

At Home with Edward Heavrin

By Janice Carter Levitch

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Edward Heavrin is a filmmaker with a passion for documentary storytelling. He calls home a 1913 Catholic school and convent that was once part of Saint Brigid Catholic Church. It was sold in 1984 and converted into apartments. Inside Heavrin’s space, you get the sense of his creative nature, a keen eye for specific design elements and his achievements as a filmmaker.

“The Potter’s Field” is his proudest accomplishment – a documentary about high school students who volunteer to give funeral services for the homeless and unknown. He also made a documentary that follows Steve Wilson, co-founder of 21c Museum Hotels, as he navigates the art and design world to bring his award-winning concept to life. “In Frame: The Man Behind the Museum Hotels,” premiered at the Kentucky Center and has since had TV screenings on PBS affiliate stations nationwide.

In 2012, Heavrin formed eALLEN Pictures, a commercial video company that has created hundreds of videos for national brands including the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Frazier History Museum, Bulleit Bourbon, PSA Airlines, Diageo and many more. To view his work visit

Heavrin recently invited us into his home to share his five favorite things.

1. WWII Japanese Soldier’s Canteen

“I love antique shopping, and this was one of the first pieces I ever purchased,” he recalled. “It’s a Japanese soldier’s canteen from World War II.” Heavrin went onto say, “When I picked it up, I could feel the weight of history and the story attached to this inanimate object. It gave me an appreciation for antiques and thus my collecting began.”

2. “Be Buffalo” by Joshua Huettig

“Huettig is one of my favorite Louisville artists,” Heavrin said. “He is proof that you don’t need technical ability or proper art schooling to succeed. All you need is passion, an opinion and the confidence to put yourself out there. A lot of friends aren’t keen on his work at first, but after a few visits to my apartment, they begin to ask where they can acquire a piece for themselves.”

3. Patton Oil Hat

“In his prime, my father was an entrepreneur who owned over 20 side businesses while still maintaining his day job as a lawyer,” Heavrin explained. “One of the businesses he owned was an oil company based out of Texas.”

He continued, “His oil company had struck millions of dollars of oil and he and his partners were all going to be rich. Unfortunately, greed overtook them and they drilled deeper and unexpectedly hit water, which ruined the oil and their fortune. This hat is a good reminder that greed kills.”

4. Art Deco Light Fixture

“I can’t just go to IKEA and buy a light fixture,” Heavrin admitted. “I have to punish myself for months, combing through antique stores for the perfect piece, often not knowing what I’m looking for until I find it. This fixture is the pay off from that fun yet arduous process.”

5.  Vote for ‘Tink” matchbook

Heavrin’s grandfather was a farmer and hardware store owner in Springfield, Kentucky. Having no prior legal experience, he decided to run for judge several years ago. “I admire his confidence to go after something with no prior experience,” Heavrin said. “He ended up losing and claimed the race had been fixed.” VT

State of the Art

Uplifting, Watching and Soloing

#MeToo, ‘From Silent to Resilient’

New paintings by Debra Lott with guest artists Meg White and Rachel Gibbs will take place at Pyro Gallery now through Oct. 20. Debra Lott is recognized for her figurative paintings that feature and uplift women. In her most recent body of work, Lott spotlights the current “#MeToo” movement where she reveals pivotal moments when women break free from the culture of sexual harassment.

Watch the Sky, Waiting for Signs

New work by Emily Church at Galerie Hertz in the Historic Shelby Park Neighborhood will be on display until Sept. 22. Regarding the exhibit, Church states, “What remains constant throughout this body of work is the persistence of the sky. …While some of my recent landscapes incorporate imagery of desert or oceans, many are views of Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Though urban-dwelling, I have always found refuge in parks built as an oasis from the relentless concrete of the modern metropolis.”

Glass Works by Nikolaj Christensen

Flame Run Gallery is proud to introduce the works of Nikolaj Christensen, who brings form, color, scale and function together in this solo exhibition. After growing up in Louisville, Christensen discovered his love of glass during his senior year at Washington University in St. Louis. He currently resides in Philadelphia, where he manages the East Falls Glassworks. This exhibition runs through Nov. 10.

The Sopranos

“The Magic Flute”

….and altos, tenors and bass of Kentucky Opera

By Laura Ross

Photos courtesy of Kentucky Opera

Kentucky Opera debuts its 67th season on Sept. 21 at the W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre with “The Magic Flute,” Mozart’s famed fairytale. The organization recently welcomed General Director Barbara Lynne Jamison, who took the reins of the arts organization in mid-August. She was previously with the Seattle Opera since 2011.

“My family and I were swept off our feet by the authentic warmth of Louisville,” said Jamison. “The city is so vibrant and varied. It’s a very exciting time to be here, particularly with the focus on making the arts available and accessible to everyone.”

Kentucky Opera’s Brown-Forman 2018/19 season includes two classic operas and one Kentucky Opera premiere. Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” opens the season, and in November, Ben Moore’s new opera, “Enemies, A Love Story,” premieres. The season concludes in February with Verdi’s tragic masterpiece, “Rigoletto.”

At the Seattle Opera, Jamison spearheaded new programming to reach those not typically served by opera. 

Barbara Lynne Jamison

She also created and implemented innovative camps, youth opera performances, adult continuing education courses and many school programs. She hopes to accomplish similar feats in Louisville.

“I’m just scratching the surface, but so far I’ve already seen that the arts in Louisville are absolutely world-class quality,” she said. “The community is extremely arts savvy. I’m looking forward to exploring how we can continue to deepen opera’s place in the Louisville arts scene.”

That means, in part, taking Kentucky Opera to the streets with special pop-up performances and collaborations in malls, neighborhoods or other venues. It makes Kentucky Opera accessible to all audiences, brings its performers one-on-one with people and hopefully, said Jamison, opens new audiences who may never have considered attending the opera in the past.

“Kentucky Opera seeks to do more than present the masterworks of opera within a dark theater,” she explained. “It’s important that we participate, show up and be part of our community. We are honored to bring arts experiences to different neighborhoods. While these can’t often include the theatrical elements of opera, they (serve as) ways we can contribute to and participate with our community.

“I think it’s essential to program operas that accomplish more than just learning to ‘appreciate’ the art form or ‘expose’ people to something new,” continued Jamison. “I believe we have an obligation to provide an experience that opens minds and hearts; produce arts that make the world a more compassionate, generous, beautiful place; and connect arts directly with the values of our community.”

Jamison succeeds Ian Derrer, who left Kentucky Opera in June 2018 when he was appointed general director of the Dallas Opera. 


The season was programmed by Derrer, but Jamison will be key in the season’s execution throughout the coming year.

All performances this season will be directed by women, which is unique for Kentucky Opera. Beth Greenberg (“The Magic Flute”), Mary Birnbaum (“Enemies, A Love Story”) and Kathleen Belcher (“Rigoletto”) are all nationally-accomplished directors making their Kentucky Opera debuts.

“As we all know, opera is an old art form, and just like Shakespeare, that means that the stories hold many antiquated depictions (of) women’s roles in society,” said Jamison. “In ‘The Magic Flute,’ we see men speaking of women as chatterboxes with nothing important to say. In ‘Rigoletto,’ we see men who exercise their power over women, both with the intent to abuse and to protect. And, while ‘Enemies, A Love Story’ is a dark comedy that takes place in the mid-20th century, we still see the fate of women dictated by a man’s choices.”

Jamison hopes her female directors explore this season through the lenses of 21st-century women, with a focus on the role of the women in these stories. “It’s important to visit these stories from the past and be reminded of how far women have come in our journey, and how far – as illustrated by the #MeToo movement – we have yet to go,” she said.

Jamison hopes to see traditional audiences return and new audiences grow in Louisville. “Often, I think the hardest part of going to the opera for the first time is finding someone to attend with,” she said. “Check out our events in the community and bring a friend to see if it’s something you’d be willing to spend an evening trying. Once you’ve bought your tickets, I would recommend our pre-performance talks to learn more before entering the theater. Come early, eat a light supper and hear an engaging talk about the show. Another thing that concerns first-time opera-goers is what to wear. If you like to dress to the nines, go for it. But, if you don’t, wear whatever makes you feel great. This is a great season to try opera.

“Enemies, A Love Story”

“Every opera can’t be for everyone each time,” she added. “I don’t like every movie I see or every book I read, but we hope people have a meaningful experience that makes them curious enough to return again and again.” VT

Season tickets are now on sale and start at $107. New this year, Kentucky Opera will offer a $40 student season ticket series. To purchase season or individual tickets for Kentucky Opera, visit

The Magic Flute

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sept. 21 / Sept. 23

Sung in English and German

Enemies, A Love Story

By Ben Moore, Libretto by Nahma Sandrow

Nov. 9 / Nov. 11

Sung in English


By Giuseppe Verdi

Feb. 15 / Feb. 17

Sung in Italian

Letter From the Editor

While fact checking this week’s cover story about Give For Good Louisville, I was taken aback by one particular figure: Last year’s 24-hour online fundraiser for more than 500 nonprofit organizations raised just over $4.6 million from 13,000+ donors. Metro Louisville, which includes portions of Southern Indiana, has a population of almost 1.3 million people. Yet, on a single day dedicated to supporting our community’s nonprofits, only about 1 percent of us participated.

Yes, our community is known for being compassionate and giving. Just look at the number of benefit galas, events and causes so many embrace throughout the year. But what if every person who donated to Give For Good 2017 committed to finding someone who didn’t participate and convincing them to contribute – no matter how small or large – on this one day to just one nonprofit?

The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) is a tremendous organization that is effecting change for hundreds of charities, which in turn greatly impacts all of us in the community. On Sept. 13, we have an opportunity to join CFL’s efforts of being a collective force for good. If you want to be a part of the one-day initiative, go to You can also learn more about the special event in this week’s cover story. The goal is to raise $5 million. Surely, we can accomplish that together and so much more.

Business Briefs

Bourbon Women, Kentucky Distillers’ Association Honor Dynamic Leader

Kate Shapira Latts, vice president of marketing for Heaven Hill Brands, received the fifth annual Lois Mateus Networking Award on Aug. 24, honoring her thoughtful leadership and meaningful contributions to Kentucky’s signature bourbon and spirits industry.

Latts oversees the strategy, marketing and new product development for the diversified portfolio of brands for the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer. Heaven Hill is the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky bourbon.

Latts accepted the award at the opening dinner of the Bourbon Women Sip-osium, held at Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto.

Bourbon Women President Kerri Richardson and the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Affair Director Mary Gratzer presented Latts with a silver bourbon barrel cup to commemorate her outstanding work in elevating and promoting Kentucky’s treasured spirit.

“When women lead in bourbon, more women come to bourbon,” Richardson said. “Having Kate in a position of leadership in one of the world’s largest and most historic bourbon houses means that Kate has outside influence in the way people think about and enjoy bourbon. We applaud her contributions and congratulate Kate on her outstanding work in promoting America’s native spirit.”

In addition to growing the success of Heaven Hill, Latts is an active participant in the WSWA Women’s Leadership Council and Women of the Vine and Spirits – the world’s leading women’s organization dedicated to empowerment and advancement in the alcoholic beverage industry.

“Kate’s strategic vision and execution has been immeasurable in growing our signature industry, creating opportunities for others – especially women – to succeed,” said KDA President Eric Gregory.  “We are honored to present her with this year’s Lois Mateus award.”

The award is named for Lois Mateus, retired senior vice president of Brown-Forman Inc., and the first woman ever to serve on the KDA board. Her two-year term in 1992 paved the way for other women in high-ranking roles throughout Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry.

“I’m honored to be recognized as one of this great industry’s female pioneers,” Latts said. “Lois’s vision and leadership have been an inspiration for so many amazing women helping further the artistry of bourbon whiskey.”

Mateus said, “Kate is a remarkable woman, carrying on her family’s legacy of leadership and collaboration in the bourbon industry by sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm of this great spirit with consumers. She’s a networker and a brand builder.”

Latts’ father, Heaven Hill President Max L. Shapira, said his greatest accomplishment was attracting the third generation of family back to lead the business.

“I’m deeply proud that Kate as my daughter, a professional and a woman has been recognized for her commitment to American whiskey, which to this day, is the heart and soul of our business,” he said.

“Heaven Hill has been a cornerstone of leadership in this industry for three generations,” Gregory said. “Kate’s dedication and dynamic initiative is a big part of that, and it is a privilege to be able to recognize her success in this way. On behalf of the KDA and our 39 members, we congratulate Kate on her achievements and thank her for her significant contributions to the strength, integrity and longevity of Kentucky’s beloved bourbon and distilled spirits industry.”

Spalding U. leaders celebrate record $30 million capital campaign

Spalding University announced last week that it has reached a milestone in its ongoing, largest-ever capital fundraising campaign: surpassing $30 million in total contributions since 2014. They have supported new construction projects, facility improvements and academic and scholarship programs that broadly impact campus and student life.

The $30.4 million raised to date is a record for a Spalding campaign, and it far outpaces the original fundraising goals – $20 million by 2020 – set by the university’s board of trustees when it voted to launch the campaign four years ago. The goal was officially upped to $30 million in 2016.

“We are extremely grateful for the individuals and organizations who have stepped forward in support of our campaign and the mission and progress of Spalding,” Chief Advancement Officer Bert Griffin said.  “We’ve made improvements all over campus and have not used any tuition dollars to make it happen.”

Spalding President Tori Murden McClure added: “Through this campaign, we have provided our students and the community with more resources and services while making our campus greener and more beautiful. We are grateful to our many partners who are helping us meet the needs of the times and change our community for the better.”

Some highlights of the $30 million capital campaign are:

• Nearly $11 million in student scholarships and fieldwork stipends have been or will be distributed by way of the campaign, including more than $4 million in federal grants for clinical psychology and social work students from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

• More than $7 million has been donated or pledged in support of a greening initiative that has beautified the 23-acre downtown campus. Completed projects include the Mother Catherine Spalding Square green space on West Breckenridge Street between South Third and South Fourth and 2.2-acre Trager Park, which, in partnership with Louisville Gas and Electric Company and the Trager Family Foundation, opened last fall at the corner of South Second and West Kentucky. The Trager Park site was formerly an unused asphalt lot.

Ongoing outdoor projects are the seven-acre athletic fields complex between South Eighth and South Ninth streets that will be the home of Spalding’s NCAA Division III softball and soccer teams and the Contemplative Garden at Spalding University, which will be a meditation space at 828 S. Fourth St. that is designed to honor Trappist Monk Thomas Merton and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Thanks to a recent anonymous $500,000 challenge grant, installation of the playing surfaces at the fields complex is expected to begin this fall, and it could be ready for competition by late spring 2019.

• Kosair Charities has contributed more than $1.2 million to Spalding in support of the Kosair Charities Enabling Technologies of Kentuckiana (enTECH) assistive-technology resource center, the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy and the Spalding School of Nursing.

• A $500,000 challenge grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation has helped raise $1 million to develop programs focused on restorative justice and restorative practices as well as Spalding’s Center for Behavioral Health.

• Nearly $1 million was raised to renovate the lower level of the Columbia Gym into a student fitness center and lounge.

• Other facilities that have undergone major improvements and modern updates are the Republic Bank Academic Center, which is the home of Spalding’s nursing and social work programs; the Spalding Library; the historic Tompkins-Buchanan-Rankin Mansion; and the Egan Leadership Center Lectorium.

Salsa Soul at the Speed “Breaking the Mold”

The seventh annual Salsa Soul at the Speed, a lively multicultural social event celebrating our region’s diverse professional community, was held on Aug. 25 at The Speed Art Museum.

Presented by Prospanica, this event showcased and celebrated diversity and inclusion within our global Louisville community. This event was supported by generous contributions from PNC and Papa Johns, who were their Community Sponsors; Jack Daniels as Special Contributor Sponsor; Elite KY as Homes Sponsor; and Al Dia en America, La Ruta TV, El Kentubano, La Poderosa Radio and Juandeleon Designs & Printing also provided in-kind donations and support for this event.  All proceeds benefit the Louisville Chapter of Prospanica in its continued efforts to host events and fund scholarships for the members of the community.

Salsa Soul at the Speed Art Museum lobby was filled with people from every part of the world gathered in their finest to celebrate the diversity of our global community, bringing to life the theme of “Breaking the Mold.” The event featured a special guest for the night, Gerron Hurt from Fox’s “Masterchef,” one of the top ten chefs in season nine, who did a quick demonstration of his skills as a chef. This was followed by well-known local dance instructor Chelsey Owen, who kicked off the night with a salsa lesson for beginners and the not-so-confident salseros. The popular salsa band, Kentucky Salsa All-Stars, started playing and everyone gathered to dance the night away. DJ Xavi kept the crowd moving with several hits from a variety of cultures. CEO of Prospanica Thomas Savino made a special trip from Connecticut to be part of this celebration. Guests had the chance to capture the evening’s memories on the red carpet and the crowd favorite Framester photo booth.

Anniversary Announcement

Robert and Beverly Braverman celebrated their 60th anniversary on Aug. 30. They were married in a candlelight service on Aug. 30, 1958, in St. Paul’s Congregational Church in Nutley, New Jersey. Beverly Braverman is the former Beverly Greaves of Clifton, New Jersey.

Beverly and Bob began their journey together as high school sweethearts at Clifton High. After their honeymoon on Cape Cod, they were off to graduate school at Purdue University.

The Bravermans have lived in 11 cities in seven different states during Bob’s long business career. He was a senior executive with the Westinghouse Electric Company, the American Air Filter Company and Allis-Chalmers Company. He was president of Printing Research, Inc. and Bran Management Services and served as a director and officer of a number of other privately held companies as well. They returned to Louisville from Dallas, Texas, 12 years ago.

Beverly retired as vice president of Bran Management Services in Dallas, Texas. Previously, she was a physical therapy assistant at Humana’s Suburban Hospital and was a teaching assistant at the University of Kentucky’s PTA program at Jefferson Community College in Louisville. She was an executive secretary at U. S. Steel Corp, Curtiss-Wright Corporation and other firms.

The Bravermans have one child, Chris Ann, who is married to Arthur Cestaro. They live in the Louisville Highlands.

Over the years the Bravermans have visited well over 40 different countries together, many of these same countries numerous times.

They continue to follow their mantra: “Enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think!”

Wilson & Muir Bank Digs Deeper to Help Local Businesses

Andy Parker & Ben Palmer-Ball

Story by Wilson & Muir Bank

Digs, a local home and garden store located in St. Matthews, was looking for a bank that would take the time to build a strong relationship and get to know their business needs better. They had credit needs related to the working capital requirements of their business. Wilson & Muir Bank was able to meet Digs’ needs with an operating line of credit. 

“As a small business owner, I live by customer service and personal relationships – it’s what sets my business apart from my competition, so it was only natural that I would expect those same qualities in a banking partner,” said Ben Palmer-Ball, owner of Digs. “When other banks began cutting back on business services and personnel, I felt like an account number rather than a person – it was time to switch.”

“They also had needs on the depository side and we were able to meet those with cash management and deposit services and having a branch so convenient to them,” said Andy Parker, Commercial Loan Officer and Senior Vice President at Wilson & Muir Bank. “I remember Ben telling me he had experienced account officer turnover at his current bank and he was left with someone that didn’t seem to be able to meet his needs.”

Ben felt like he wasn’t a big enough client to be important to his past bank. “I spent a lot of time with Ben getting to know him and his business,” added Parker.

Parker clearly has a great deal of experience and knowledge to draw on, but it wasn’t just his years of experience that impressed Palmer-Ball. “Andy and the team at Wilson & Muir Bank have walked the talk on every occasion – it wasn’t just about securing our business and then moving on to the next client – Andy consistently reaches out to ensure the Wilson & Muir Bank family is meeting our needs,” said Palmer-Ball.

Having worked in the banking industry in Louisville since 1987, Parker had experienced the same big bank frustration. So, three years ago, he joined Wilson & Muir Bank. “Wilson & Muir Bank has been serving Kentucky since 1865. That stability and commitment to the client relationship is the formula that attracted me as a Commercial Loan Officer. I know that this is the best bank for me to be able to take care of my clients,” said Parker. Headquartered in Bardstown, WMB has locations in Nelson, Hardin, and Grayson Counties.  Their Louisville location is right in the heart of St. Matthews.

“I can pick up the phone and speak with Andy at anytime, including his cell number. It’s literally like having a private banker for my business!” added Palmer-Ball. “I imagine Wilson & Muir Bank has many other larger, business clients, but they make me feel like my business is important to them. That’s my perspective of course, but it’s reassuring to have a partner that thinks like me.”

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A Season for Romance

On Lane: Eleventy jogger pants; Isaia turtleneck sweater; Boglioli sport coat; Jack Mason watch; Oliver Peoples sunglasses. Available at Rodes For Him For Her. On Shannon: Free People sheath dress available at Dillard’s. Easel sweater available at Tunies. Tat2 Designs earrings, wrap necklace and medallions. Bella Rose long necklace. Available at Rodeo Drive.

Photographer: Clay Cook

Creative Director and Stylist: Fitz Fitzgerald

Set Design: Lindsay Moreman and DeeDee Diamond

Hair Stylist: Coco Elaine

Makeup Artist: Tia Mao

Models: Shannon Markesbery and Lane Conway with Heyman Talent

Stylist Assistants: Phillip Williamson and Jenell Glymph

Photo Assistants: Emily Maddox, Ahmad Merhi and Nayo Ayegbajeje

Location: Alliance stud farm

Ermenegildo Zegna shirt and pants; Corneliani ID coat; Oliver Peoples sunglasses. Available at Rodes For Him For Her. Dallas Booth lapel pin available at Tunie’s.

On Shannon: Aratto top; Liberty Black bag. Available at Tunie’s. Chelsea & Violet jeans available at Dillard’s.

On Lane: Holland & Sherry vintage jacket. Duluth Trading tee. Available at Evolve: The Men’s Resale Store. J Brand jeans; Torino Leather Co. belt; Converse sneakers. Available at Rodes For Him For Her.

Murano suit and shirt available at Dillard’s.

Rebecca Minkoff blazer and track pant; Spanx sheer crop top; Dita sunglasses; Sassy Su cross necklace; Cimber geode necklace. Available at Rodeo Drive. Art by Amy necklace available at Tunies.

Elie Tahari pants; Bailey top; Tat2 Designs medallion necklace. Available at Rodeo Drive. Boots from stylist’s personal collection. Flower crown created by Formé Millinery with flowers provided by Belmar Flower Shop.

On Shannon: Aratta duster; Bernardo shoes. Available at Tunie’s. Antonio Melani pencil skirt; Free People top and wrap belt; Tat2 Designs necklace. Available by Dillard’s.

On Lane: J Brand jeans,John Varvatos boots; Jack Mason watch. Available at Rodes For Him For Her. Louis Vuitton custom cowhide pouch available at Tunie’s. BLK DNM jacket; Marc Jacobs shirt. Available at Evolve: The Men’s Resale Store.

Trina Turk pants; Abbey Glass vest; Alexis Bittar bracelets; Cimber crystal necklace; Tat2 Designs medallion necklaces. Available at Rodeo Drive. Free People top available at Dillard’s.

Zanella pants; Torino Leather Co. belt. Available at Rodes For Him For Her. Michael Kors shirt available at Dillard’s. Vintage Louis Vuitton briefcase available at Evolve: The Men’s Resale Store.

A Kentucky Kind of Welcome

Andy Treinen, Penny Peavler and Brigid Witzke.

The Frazier History Museum launches Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center and permanent ‘Spirit of Kentucky’ exhibition

By Remy Sisk

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

A project years in the making has at last been completed. As of Aug. 30, the Frazier History Museum is the official starting point to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and now asserts itself as such with the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center and the permanent “Spirit of Kentucky” exhibition. True to its slogan, “Where the world meets Kentucky,” the Frazier is now a sort of gateway to one of Kentucky’s most renowned and recognizable assets, providing a place where locals and out-of-towners alike who are interested in America’s native spirit can come and begin their journey of discovery. While the welcome center may be a convenient resource for those looking to experience the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the exhibit is a robust anchor for the museum, elevating its identity and illustrating its commitment to showcasing the best of Kentucky’s past and present.

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center is a completely free experience located in the lobby of the Frazier. There is always a knowledgeable concierge on-site who is ready to offer advice and suggestions to folks thinking about heading out onto the bourbon trail. Prior to opening, the staff conducted deep research so that team members would be ready to help out with whatever was needed by guests, whether it be transportation, restaurants or sights to see along the way.  Additionally, they are poised to help build the perfect experience that’s completely suited to one’s needs. Should you, for example, only have a few hours, they can make informed recommendations that guarantee you’ll get the most out of the time you have to spend.

Moreover, there are interactive monitors visitors can use to virtually explore the bourbon trail, as well as a DRINKiQ station that helps guests learn how much alcohol they can safely drink along the way. The already impressive gift shop has expanded to include more bourbon-themed items for sale as well as plenty of bourbon itself. And all of this experience is, again, completely free of charge.

Before the welcome center opened, there was no formal start to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. But four or so years ago, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association decided there should be a physical place where the Trail could commence. Consequently, a host of individuals and organizations eventually came together to name the Frazier as the venue that would host the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center. “There was a variety of forces coming into play here,” recounts Frazier President and CEO Penny Peavler, “and a lot of synergy among the (Louisvile) Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Mayor’s Office, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the Downtown Development Corporation and ultimately the Frazier Museum when the Frazier was selected to create this.”

Peavler emphasizes that, much like the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh or the Bordeaux Wine Experience in France, having this welcome center and exhibit really highlights how the history of Kentucky intersects with the history of bourbon and how that intersection has come to bring the bourbon story to fruition. “What these centers have done is really galvanized all the greats working in the tourism space around a common goal and common theme that is true and authentic to the sense of the place,” she says. “What I mean by that is bourbon is much more than a spirit to us in Kentucky. It’s about the people, it’s about the culture and it’s about the history. And when you start layering in the stories of hospitality, which we are well known for here, and our wonderful and diverse food ways and food traditions, it’s really a rich and multilayered story. And it’s a story that can be enjoyed by all generations.”

That story is told – and told beautifully – in the “Spirit of Kentucky” exhibition, which is included with museum admission. The exhibit, Peavler describes, has four goals: to position Kentucky as the authentic home of bourbon, to celebrate its makers, to spread the passion for bourbon and to become the encyclopedia of bourbon. In collaboration with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, as well as creative design firm Imagination, the Frazier team has achieved those goals extraordinarily.

The 9,500-square-foot highly interactive exhibit is divided into three chapters – Enchanted, Gracious and Refined, all three of which are aspects of bourbon. You enter it all across a bridge surrounded by sight and sound monitors that play a seemingly endless loop of video showcasing the beauty of rural, natural Kentucky. This not only shows visitors there’s more to Kentucky than bourbon and Louisville, but also that our spirit is completely derived from the natural earth.

In the first section of the exhibit, the focus is on all of the natural elements of Kentucky that make it the perfect place to produce bourbon. There’s information on the limestone and the water as well as the methods of transportation the industry has used over the years. There’s also a sensory experience where guests can smell charred oak, brown spice and orange peel – three common bourbon tasting notes – and see if they can connect those aromas to bourbon. And for fun, you can even stack your own (miniature-sized) bourbon barrel and learn how the pieces come together to make the whole.

The second chapter of the exhibit – Gracious – is without question the centerpiece of “Spirit of Kentucky.” In the center of the room is an enormous dining room table that actually is one gargantuan screen with which visitors can interact for hours. “If you know the people involved in the industry, there have been several examples of how if somebody has a problem, the others help them out,” offers Frazier Director of Marketing Andy Treinen. “So, how better to tell that gracious story than with a huge dining room, the place where we all meet? And at the center is this huge dining room table that is also a massive computer and content provider, and this is the technological marvel of the whole exhibition.”

Indeed it is. There are 10 individual stations at the table, and on the screen, portraits, logos and other images relating to bourbon history float by. When you see one you want to learn more about, you can pull it in to you and dive deep into the history and culture surrounding it. And if your friend has, say, George Garvin Brown pulled up and you have Jim Beam, a link will appear between the two stations explaining how George Garvin Brown and Jim Beam are connected. There are over 300 entries – all historically accurate – and the Frazier hopes for this to become the true encyclopedia of bourbon as it is representative of the spirit’s entire overarching history. Though all stations can run independently, there is also a driver function, which allows teachers or bourbon educators to lead seminars where every screen shows the same information.

Next is the Refined space in the exhibit, which features vintage bottles, branding and bourbon advertisements. It is also in this area that guests will discover the bottle wall – a stunning backlit display of every single bourbon currently in production in Kentucky. The room was designed with a forced perspective that makes it easy for visitors to get a photo in the room – the only place anywhere that you can get a photo with every bottle of Kentucky bourbon. And if you show the picture you take to certain distilleries once you hit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, you’ll be able to receive special deals and discounts. The exhibit concludes with a stop in the speakeasy, but you’ll have to find the way in for yourself.

Without question, this exhibit will be a glorious new anchor to the museum that locals will want to show off to their friends and family. “It’s highly interactive, it’s differentiated and it’s repeatable,” asserts Peavler, “so I hope it will be a place where Louisvillians will bring their out-of-town guests to give them a little experience of Kentucky hospitality and learn a little bit about the bourbon trail before they go out to one of the member distilleries and try the product and see how it’s made.”

The experience, as Peavler mentions, is eminently repeatable. There’s such a vast wealth of information that no two visits will be the same, and as Chief Curator Brigid Witzke hopes, once visitors get a taste of what the exhibit has to offer, they’ll want to keep coming back for more.  “As I’ve learned more about bourbon, I just want to know more, so I’m hoping that our visitors, when they come, will feel the same way – the more that they see, the more that they uncover, the more they’ll want to learn about it,” she enthuses. “And I hope that they get a different experience here than what they get at (other) visitor centers. There, you’ll get the brand’s story, and you see how they make their bourbon and why their bourbon is special, and those are great stories. But who’s telling the overarching story? We really want to be that place, and I hope that with this exhibit and the welcome center that we’re going to do that.”

The final aspect to this bourbon launch of sorts at the Frazier is improved bourbon programming. Treinen says that they hope to offer something bourbon-related every week, whether that’s bourbon education, tastings or bottle signings. But as he points out, everything here is only supplemental to what you’ll discover on the trail itself – its an enhancement to the experience, not a substitute for it. “Everything we’re doing is only additive to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail,” he affirms. “They already tell people how to make bourbon and they do an outstanding job of it. We’re adding value to that and adding to those experiences.”

The museum has established an unparalleled kickoff point, but it is only meant to set visitors on a path toward greater discovery.

“What I think the Frazier’s really becoming is a place that is truly a welcome center to Kentucky where you can come and learn about all the things Kentucky has to offer and then find out where else you can hear the rest of the story,” Peavler maintains. “For instance, in the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center, you will come in and learn about those member distilleries, and then if you want to learn how bourbon is made and you really want to experience bourbon, then you must go out on the bourbon trail.” V

So Sweet

“You can grow, but if you don’t have a team to sustain it, your quality will suffer. I’ve been very fortunate to have very few executive chefs.”  — Susan Hershberg
Photo by Whitney Neal.

Wiltshire Pantry spreads wings to meet needed neighborhood niches

By Mandy Wolf Detwiler

Photos courtesy of Wiltshire Pantry

Susan Hershberg epitomizes the age-old philosophy that loving what you do daily helps you thrive. Sure, there are setbacks – such as nearly every bank in town using the ugly word “no” and running out of square footage more often than not. But where there’s a will there’s a way, and Hershberg could teach a class on perseverance.

Hershberg’s family moved to Louisville when she was a teen after her father took a position with the University of Louisville. “I’ve always loved cooking and I worked my way through high school and college working in restaurants, coffee shops and pastry shops and bakeries, and I just loved it,” she says. “For me, it was kind of a natural fit to go into the food industry. I never had a master plan for ‘OK, this is what I’m going to set out to do  – start with A and expand to B.’ We have just sort of seen the company organically grow.”

Photos by Dan Dry.

Hershberg originally opened a small tea room in St. Matthews where, “I would change the menu every day, and we just had fun with it,” she says. Soon, the need for more space – and perhaps a larger menu – led her to a spot in NuLu in 2009, Wiltshire on Market, where the current gentrification had just begun its renaissance.

It took about six years for Wiltshire as a brand to gain success. What helped them take off? They started doing catering at Gardencourt and nearby Whitehall.

“Those two venues really brought us into a different league in terms of the types of catering we were doing,” Hershberg says.  “It allowed us to see some pretty rapid growth. Years one to five were just a big struggle. Year seven we took off, and now we’re where we are.”

She also credits much of her company’s momentum thanks in part to local PR expert Merrily Orsini of CoreCubed, who made sure every food publication in the area knew about the Wiltshire brand. “We doubled our sales in a year, boom,” Hershberg snaps her fingers. “She did a fantastic job, and we got amazing press. People who had never visited the restaurants suddenly came to taste. And with venues like the Muhammad Ali Center, we were doing two to three weddings in a weekend for 200-300 people. It was huge, and some way or another, we managed to keep up with it.”

In 2014, the bakery and café opened on Barrett Avenue, an area that straddles historic homes and businesses, and by 2016 Wiltshire had won the bid for the Speed Art Museum.

Surprisingly, each business operates autonomously, with separate chefs helming each kitchen. At the dinner-only Wiltshire Market, Chef Roy O’Connell creates new dishes nightly, such as the 3-D Valley Farm New York strip steak with grilled Woodpecker Chase Peaches, Rootbound Farm Shishito peppers, N&J summer squash and Chimichurri Rojo ($25) and the Kenny’s Fromage Blanc Gnudi: Rootbound Farm beet butter, roasted Prayer Mountain oyster mushrooms, red veined sorrel and parmigiano-reggiano ($18).

At Wiltshire Pantry, Executive Chef Jonathan Exum serves up fresh soups, sandwiches and wild shrimp salad featuring garlic and lime pan-roasted wild shrimp, local greens, sweet corn, roasted poblano, ancho cauliflower, pepitas and a house-made tomato-like vinaigrette ($14 full; $9 half).

The menu is rarely the first item that catches the eye.  The tour-de-force pastry chef is Patricia Kelley, who whips, dips and well, chocolate chips everything from French almond cake ($6 a slice), lemon blueberry mini cakes ($8) and mousse bombes dipped in white chocolate and rolled in sprinkles and silver dragees ($4). They’re all on display – mouthwatering and difficult to ignore.

Wiltshire uses a commissary, but all of the chefs have some modicum of autonomy to give them creative license in their own kitchens.

With the businesses operating successfully and at the beginning of the farm-to-table movement, Hershberg turned her attention to catering, which she is able to do out of the bakery/café location on Barrett, affectionately dubbed “the mothership.”

“I never intended to have a restaurant,” Hershberg admits. “I always wanted to stick with catering because (with) catering, you know how many people are coming, and you know what they’re having for dinner, and then they go home.”

The building she’d found in 2007 was perfect but had a failing tenant – a sandwich shop – that closed, and in 2013 Hershberg opened the eight-seat Wiltshire Pantry, with the catering section in the rear. 

Photo by Original Makers Club.

Hershberg made a risky move after being turned down by most banks – she financed Wiltshire Pantry on credit cards, but paid it off within two years.

“You can grow, but if you don’t have a team to sustain it, your quality will suffer,” Hershberg admits. “I’ve been very fortunate to have very few executive chefs.” In nearly 30 years, she says she’s only had about six executive chefs.

Photo by Nerissa Sparkman.

When the economy soured, Hershberg worried about laying off the very employees who had built her brand loaf by loaf. Low turnover and autonomy seem to keep the machine well oiled, and some of Hershberg’s employees have worked with the company for decades. Catering, it seemed, was just the ticket, using the Barrett Avenue location to supply the Market shop every weekend. The idea behind it? Catering 101, which eventually turned into 25 percent of Wiltshire’s business.

“Catering is hard to generate press for,” Hershberg says. “I feel like publications love to write about restaurants, and all of a sudden we had a restaurant that magazines and newspapers wanted to write about. We saw a big jump in our catering business since Wiltshire on Market was our own little press entity.”

Today, Wiltshire Pantry serves as a commissary, but Hershberg also rents a commercial kitchen off of River Road solely for the cakes, cookies, pies, tarts, breads and other delicacies that supply her businesses. There’s something new each day, but regulars will recognize cult favorites well. They sell homemade breads and pastries made by hand at the Douglass Loop Farmers Market. (Get there early – there’s usually a line.)

With each business running under the tutelage of their executive chefs, Hershberg now allows herself some downtime.  Still, she’s not one to sit back on her laurels. She’s got a project in the works in Shelby Park’s upcoming Logan Street Market and a mobile unit called Wiltshire on the Go.

“That’s a lesson that I’ve learned now: I kept my eyes open for opportunities throughout the course of Wiltshire Pantry’s existence and that’s what’s really allowed us to grow,” Hershberg says. “I’ve always found that if you’re doing what you love to do and you’re doing it well, you’ll be happy and have happy employees. And that’s going to lead to growth and expansion.” V