After Hours at the Speed

The Speed Art Museum hosted its monthly After Hours party on the evening of Aug. 16.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Tuxes & Tails

The pawsitively fabulous Tuxes & Tails gala benefiting Kentucky Humane Society took place at the Louisville Marriott Downtown on Aug. 17. In keeping with the theme “Catsino Royale: For Your Paws Only,” the gala included casino games, live and silent auctions and adoptable furry friends. The Voice-Tribune was proud to serve as a sponsor for the Tuxes & Tails Lounge, which featured dancing with the band From Paris.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Kosair Charities Grants $100,000 to CASA of the River Region

Jessica Wissing, Ruth Reid, Emily Digenis, William Myers, Ashlyn Ackerman, Heather Metts and Carol Lomicka.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

With Kentucky having the highest rate of child abuse in the nation, Kosair Charities and its partners are working towards ending and preventing future abuse and/or neglect for the children in our community. Through their annual Gifts & Grants program, Kosair Charities’ generously granted $100,000 to CASA of the River Region (CASA) to train everyday volunteers to become a mentor, friend and advocate to vulnerable children. CASA volunteers ensure children have a safe home, opportunities to succeed in school and receive the medical/therapeutic services they need to overcome trauma. 

“There is an epidemic of child abuse in our state. Unfortunately, Kentucky gained the ignominious recognition of being number one in the country for child abuse and neglect,” says William Myers, CEO/President of CASA of the River Region. 

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Children’s Bureau “Child Maltreatment 2017” report (released in 2019) shows Kentucky now has the highest abuse rate in the country (about 22 out of every 1,000 children). 

Last year, there were 28,000+ substantiated cases of abuse and neglect in Kentucky, enough to fill 56 JCPS elementary schools. This prompted Kosair Charities to begin the Face It Movement, in which CASA is a partner organization. Keith Inman, president of Kosair Charities says, “We all need to rally to shine a light on abuse and neglect. The only way we end it is together. Most of our time is spent working with kids after the abuse. We need to get in front of the problem and stop it before it happens. We cannot do it alone. It takes a great deal of partners to ensure our kids will not experience abuse or neglect.” 

Inman continues, “Kosair Charities is about making sure children grow up happy, healthy and safe. We provide financial support, like the Kosair Kids program that helps families with medical bills; the Gifts & Grants program; and lease space for nonprofits, so they do not have to worry about overhead. One part of our mission is advocacy; there is no better advocate for the kids than CASA. They train volunteers to be the voice for kids who don’t have a voice.” 

President and CEO of CASA of the River Region William Myers, H.I. Stroth and Congressman John Yarmuth.

In 2018, CASA served 627 children (the most in its 35-year history) with 211 volunteers, but on any given day, approximately 150 children are waiting for someone to stand up for them in family court. Myers says, “CASA volunteers visit with children, ensure their educational and medical needs are being met and also write a report to the judge with their recommendations. It only takes about one to five hours per week to completely change a child’s life.” 

CASA volunteer Peg and her co-volunteer are paired with one case that has five siblings, all suffering from PTSD. Peg and her co-volunteer have been involved in getting special education services, therapy and assisting foster parents with court proceedings. For the CASA volunteer, they take vulnerable children across a scary bridge of uncertainty – leaving behind the bad and changing their story for the better. One of the kids summed up a CASA well by saying, “Miss Peg, you are the bestest big person in my world ever!” 

Rep. John Yarmuth congratulated Kosair Charities’ efforts and CASA’s success. “Thanks to CASA for their incredible work. I’ve been recently blessed with my first grandchild. When you look into the face of an innocent child, you think about the importance of a group like CASA, (which is) representing innocent people faced with horrible tragedies. The idea that we have 28,000 substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect in Kentucky in one year is stunning. It ought to be a wake-up call to all of us.” Yarmuth continues. “We need to do everything we can to guarantee innocent children have the kind of lives we want for our own.” 

Kosair Charities is elevating our community by committing over $12 million to 80+ partner organizations in 2020. 

To learn more about volunteering at CASA, attend an information session: casarr.org/casa101 To learn more about Kosair Charities, visit kosair.org. 

Mack Family Foundation Teams Up with BBBSK

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana teamed up with the Mack Family Foundation on Aug.15 for a back-to-school event at the Kroger on Dixie Highway. With the help of the Kroger Company, they invited 100 youth (grades K-6) from Big Brothers Big Sisters to receive back to school supplies, a Kroger gift card and healthy snacks to be better prepared to begin a new year. The kids also had the opportunity to meet and take pictures with University of Louisville Head Basketball Coach Chris Mack. 

For over 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana has been working to make a difference in the lives of children in our community. Since it was established, it has expanded its services to include all youths ages seven to 22 in 12 counties across Kentucky and Southern Indiana. It has also expanded its traditional community-based service delivery model to include site-based matches through programs such as School to Work and MentorU. These innovative programs have been pivotal in giving volunteers more options to becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, and in turn, more kids on the waiting list get matched with a mentor. Their mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth to help them achieve their full potential. 

The Mack Back to School Program is held with the purpose of ensuring elementary school students living in financially disadvantaged homes have the items they need to go back to school, ultimately providing the students more self-confidence and a desire to go to school. The Mack Back to School Program is one of the community outreach initiatives for the Mack Family Foundation, whose mission is to serve, inspire and help less fortunate children in Metro Louisville. 

“We were thrilled to partner with the Mack Family Foundation and Kroger on this back-to-school event. Little Brothers and Sisters are especially in need of the opportunities Coach Mack and his family have provided, and it will help them grow into their full potential during this upcoming school year,” said Jeri Swinton, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana. 

Additional information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana can be found at bbbsky.org and the Mack Family Foundation at mackfamilyfoundation.org.

An Evening with Friends

Fill your belly while fighting cancer at An Evening with Friends, a food-focused event to support the mission and work of Friend for Life Cancer Support Network. 

Spend your cocktail hour chatting up Chef Josh Moore of Volare Italian restaurant and winner of Food Network’s “Chopped”. This cocktail hour starts at 4:30 and includes beverages and appetizers on the patio. A buffet-style dinner starts at 5:30. 

In addition to great food and company, the event will also include a cash bar as well as live and silent auctions. 

Established in 1988, Friend for Life has worked to create a network of cancer survivors and co-survivors like caregivers who serve as trained volunteers. These volunteers provide individual emotion and psychosocial support for those recently diagnosed with cancer and their families. Friend for Life believes that having someone who can directly relate to their experience helps to create a sense of stability and hope. Volunteers help newly-diagnosed patients navigate the path of treatment and recovery.

This event is hosted at the Audubon Country Club. Tickets are $100 for the cocktail hour and dinner and $75 for dinner alone. 

Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 4:30PM – 9:30PM

Lionel Hampton Jazz Project

Do the keys of the piano tickle your ears? Do you tap your feet to the beat of the drum? If yes, then don’t miss the chance to honor one jazz’s greatest composers at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Project on Friday, August 23. 

Hosted at the Kentucky Country Day School Theatre, the concert aims to honor Lionel Hampton, a Louisville native and American jazz great. Featured artists include the Jamey Aebersold Quartet and Dick Sisto’s Vibraganic Trio.

Before the music, the event will present the prestigious Spirit of Excellence Award, which recognizes individuals in the community who exemplify an active commitment to education, community service, and leadership. This year’s honoree is Dr. J. Bruce Williams, Senior Pastor at Bates Memorial Baptist Church. 

Proceeds from this event benefit Lincoln Foundation’s signature Whitney M. Young Scholars Program. Founded by Berea College, the program empowers students and leads them to successfully graduate high school and college. Since 2000, nearly 500 postsecondary degrees have been earned by students in the program. 

The pre-concert reception starts at 5:30pm and the main event starts at 7pm.

Friday, August 23, 2019 from 5:30PM – 9:30PM

KCD Theater
Lincoln Foundation

The Inaugural UPLift Uniting with HeART

Spend your evening supporting a great cause—and enjoy great art, music, and photography.
The inaugural UPLift Uniting with HeART event will showcase art that resulted from a three-month-long series of Art Empowerment workshops. Artist Shannon Stelzer led artists to create photography, water color, and visual journaling. This event supports the UPLift movement and hopes to continue to create space for individualized consultations, creative and technical mentorship, and healing through creativity. UPLift hopes to use art therapy to build community.
The exhibit will also showcase work from award-winning photojournalist Pierce Chambers. The photo gallery document a day in the life at UP for Women and Children and includes some of the women UP serves who wanted to tell their stories. This photo exhibit aims to display the crisis of homelessness in Louisville.
This event benefits UP for Women and Children, a day shelter for women and children. In addition to the art exhibits, the event will feature a silent auction, live music, a cash bar, and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Hosted at Actors Theatre, doors open at 6pm and close at 10pm. Tickets range from $40 for general admission to $500 for a group of four plus your logo in the event’s program.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 6:00PM – 10:00PM
Actors Theatre
UP for Women and Children

Party for Bill and Becky Lamb

On Aug. 10, Angela Bisig and Arnold Rivera hosted a going-away dinner party for Bill and Becky Lamb at their home.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Signature Social 2019

On Aug. 8, March of Dimes hosted its annual preview of the Signature Chefs Auction at Churchill Downs. Those in attendance were introduced to this year’s event co-chairs, Monica Bohn and Bryan Wiegandt, and Ambassador Family, Erin, Charley and Emory Grant. The Signature Chefs Auction will take place on Nov. 14 at the Omni Louisville Hotel.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Margaritas in the Ville

Presented by el Jimador, LEO Weekly’s annual margarita tasting took place at Captain’s Quarters on Aug. 8. Local bars and restaurants brought their A-game in hopes of winning the judges’ and peoples’ votes. Odeon took home the Critics’ Choice Award and Ernesto’s American Bar & Grill took home the People’s Choice Award.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Taste of South Louisville

Bring an open heart—and an empty belly—to this delicious event on Saturday, August 17. 

Taste of South Louisville is the best way to taste-test your way through more than 25 restaurants with brick and mortar locations in the South part of town. Enjoy barbeque plates from Shack in the Back, local seafood creations by The Seafood Lady, and delicious Asian cuisine from Vietnam Kitchen, in addition to plates and drinks from Sunergos Coffee, Wagner’s Pharmacy, Lady J’s Lemonade, and many more. 

When you’re so full you’re nearly bursting with great food, you can walk it off by making the rounds through the silent auction or wait to see if you’ve won a door prize. The event will also host some must-see secret special guests and a cash bar.

In addition to supporting local businesses in the South end of Louisville, Taste of South Louisville benefits South Louisville Community Ministries. Started in 1975, SLCM has been serving the South Louisville area for more than 40 years. The group advocates for collective compassion and works to make the neighborhoods in South Louisville great places to live. 

The Taste of Louisville event will raise money to help SLCM continue their mission to provide support and aid for neighbors in crisis by allowing them to help with stable housing and hunger. 

The event starts at 6pm and ends at 8:30pm. It’s hosted in the prestigious Millionaires Row at Churchill Downs. Adult tickets are $50. Admission for children ages 5 through 11 is $10 and children aged 4 and under can enter the event for free. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 6:00PM – 8:30PM

Taco Open Benefiting The Ruch Foundation

Do you like tacos? Do you like golf? 

If you answered a resounding YES! to the questions above, you’ll want to register for a slot in the 11th annual Taco Open at the Oxmoor Country Club. 

Each $100 ticket includes six holes of golf with carts, along with an open bar so you can enjoy some margaritas with your tacos from the complimentary Mexican Cantina. While you knock golf balls into holes, you’ll enjoy live music from 64 West. 

In addition to the golf open, there will be an exciting raffle. Each $25 raffle ticket enters you in to win highly coveted prizes like a rare bottle of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, tickets to Victoria National & Valhalla Golf Experience, bottles of Titos Vodka, and much more.

The event benefits The Ruch Foundation, which was started in 2008 in memory of James F. Ruch, a golf enthusiast who passed away due to small-cell lung cancer. In his honor, the foundation provides scholarships and continuing education opportunities to the Hosparus of Louisville nursing program. The 11th annual Taco Open serves to raise funds that will continue to support the foundation’s mission. 

The event starts at 3pm on Saturday, August 17 and ends at 9pm. General admission tickets are $100. If you can’t make it but would still like to support the event and the foundation, you can choose donation tickets priced at $100 or $250. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 3:00PM – 9:00PM